London Fashion Week is kicking off its Fall/Winter 2022 season today, and we're so excited to see what London's best creatives have up their stylish sleeves. It's a return in full force to physical shows and the schedule is packed. We've chosen three designers to spotlight this season as exciting talent to get to know better so you can keep an eye on them (and indulge in supporting some independent brand retail therapy!)  A common thread between them is how they've used their native homelands and all the childhood memories that come with that to interpret their SS22 collections - pieces that we've shot here. We love their unique perspectives and look forward to seeing what they have to show this February for the new season to come! 

J.E. Cai: 
Inspired by China in the 1980s and the military cut of army uniforms, Jen Cai presents a collection composed of versatile, modular components. The pieces (say a jacket and a skirt) can be mixed and matched to create different outfits and silhouettes, and cleverly they work with previous season collections too, so that you have to build your J.E. Cai wardrobe in your own personal way.  We admire the sharp cuts and tailoring that this Discovery Lab designer excels at, and Cai manages to balance control and chaos with volume and pleats in a beautiful way. 

Robyn Lynch:
We were first introduced to Robyn Lynch's work back in September 2022 when we spoke with her about her approach to fashion. The Irish menswear designer Robyn Lynch combines technical wear and traditional cabled knits, refining her formula of working with technical deadstock and detailed garment construction, using her traditional knitwear and structured cuts. Continuing her collaboration with Colombia, she used her teenage years in Ireland and her gang's love for the Columbia logo on their puffer jackets as a starting point for this newest upcyling colleciton. While her own mainline wholesale collections are taking a back seat for now, Lynch is offering a lovely perspective on upcycling with a giant of outdoor gear that brings a fresh take on an old classic.

After many years of living abroad and absorbing the influences of unfamiliar cultures, Jennifer Droguett turns her attention back to her birth country of Colombia and presents us her own brand Anciela. A graduate of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, her collection celebrates local folklore and her aim for sustainable production methods means a local London-based factory, as well as using deadstock.  With experimental shapes and bold prints, the designer gives us a taste of her culture and childhood experiences in colourful print.

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