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Models Archana Akil Kumar & Mariette Valsan for Rumpunch © Courtesy of You're My Favourite
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Fashion Designers you need to know in Sri Lanka

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Updated: 27 August 2017

Ethically-sourced fabrics, boho prints, brightly coloured batiks, and fun, sun-loving designs that’s what’s behind the blossoming of the Sri Lankan fashion industry. Online platforms, as well as boutiques which handpick the best designer pieces, are treating Sri Lankan fashionistas to a hot selection of haute couture. Graduating from fashion colleges abroad, securing work experience with famous names in fashion, and taking inspiration from island culture, Sri Lanka’s young and progressive designers deserve worldwide exposure.

Lovi

The traditional staple wardrobe items of many Sri Lankans are saris for women and sarongs for men. Lovi is on a mission to bring the thrill of sarongs to people around the world. Born in San Francisco and made in Sri Lanka, Lovi sarongs are designed for being active and outdoors. They have pockets for cash and phone, and a belt to keep it tied securely. They can be dressed up with a shirt, jacket and shoes, or dressed down with a tee and flip-flops.

Buddhi Batiks

Batik is one of the most popular items tourists pack into their suitcases for the trip home. The business of ethical fashion is taken to a different level by Buddhi Batiks, who add a quirky twist to their fabrics. Each piece produced is hand-painted in wax by talented artisans, then hand-dyed in an unlimited variety of colours, ranging from the most vibrant to the softest pastels. Buddhi Batiks not only create stunning bridal saris, but also gorgeous one-shoulder dresses, kimonos, vintage skirts, clutches and shoes!

Amilani Perera

Amilani Perera’s ‘exotic luxury’ brand is famous for its chic Sri Lankan motifs. A graduate from  the La Salle College of Arts in Singapore, she has shown at Colombo Fashion Week for the past few years, as well as at the USA/Sri Lanka Fashion Week in New York earlier in 2017. Amilani’s exquisite designs build a connection between fashion and history.

Rukshani

Rukshani is an experienced designer who has worked with many famous names, including Jonathan Saunders. She recently premiered her new ‘Nika by Rukshani’ ready-to-wear label to much acclaim on the Colombo fashion scene. Her hallmark is unique modern pieces, such as white ruffle blouses and tropical island print pencil skirts, created for women who like clothes which express their uniqueness and individuality.

Dimitra

Dimitra is a relative newcomer to Colombo’s fashion world, but has already created unique pieces which celebrate what it means to be a new island woman – strong, liberated and beautiful. Creating artisan, hand-embodied couture, Dimitra’s delicate designs are the culmination of different sides of one person – an edgy hipster, an ethnic rebel and a modern-day goddess. All her fabrics are sourced through ethical and sustainable local practices, and each piece is a true one-off.

Isuru Liyanage

Isuru Liyanage is a talented young designer, and heads up the team at Fashion Market. A modern simplicity welded to traditional handcrafted luxury is his touchstone. Isuru’s inspiration comes from the simple beauty of nature, traditional Sri Lankan artisan techniques, and fine-detailed embroidery. Neutral tones and simple linen shapes make his clothes ideal everyday wear for a tropical island trip.

Beautiful Linen Dress © Courtesy of Fashion Market

Rumpunch

Founded by Rukshika and Binara Seneviratne, Rumpunch is a brand of swimwear that is inspired by Sri Lanka’s tropical hues and island lifestyle. The brand’s hip and stylish designs, infused with vibrant colours and bold prints, cater to the discerning and adventurous women of today. What’s more, this progressive brand offers a custom-made beachwear option through their online design app.

Models Archana Akil Kumar & Mariette Valsan for Rumpunch © Courtesy of You're My Favourite

Models Archana Akil Kumar & Mariette Valsan for Rumpunch © Courtesy of You’re My Favourite

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