Androgynous label to show at fashion week

Androgynous label to show at fashion week

15 July 2015

A young New Zealand fashion label will show for the first time at NZ Fashion Week in August after only six months into production.

Created by Old Collegian Ezekiel Crawford (2009-2013), Slaeve is expected to turn a few heads with its androgynous high-end style.

The young entrepreneur’s brand breaks the boundaries of contemporary high-end streetwear introducing gender neutral pieces in urban tones like black, greys and whites.

“Slaeve began conception about eight months ago as drawings and over the past six months I have managed to get the money to start production,” Ezekiel said.

“Everything within this brand has been created from the pattern up and has been made in New Zealand from my own designs.”

The opportunity to display his first collection at NZFW was completely self-driven. The 18-year-old University of Auckland architecture student says he sent a “cheeky email” to the organisers of the event suggesting his collection would be a valuable addition.

“I said my collection could be an awesome showcase for NZFW and since I am very young it could be a promising start for my brand,” Ezekiel said.

The green light from NZFW organisers has blown the young designer’s mind.

“Starting up a fashion label at 18 years old and presenting a collection at NZFW is a pretty insane opportunity.”

Ezekiel is currently fundraising to pay for his presence at NZFW. To support him, head on over to Indiegogo to make a donation: