Carrie-Ann Stein—Designer Profile
Lancashire-born and London-based, Carrie graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2013 with a First Class BA Honours in Fashion Design with Knit. Her graduate collection, Postcards from Blackpool, was selected for the Central Saint Martins College Press Show where it met with justifiable acclaim in The Telegraph, Style Bubble, Elle, Harvey Nichols, Grazia, Hunger TV, Not Just A Label, Fashion Fox, and Le Monde.
The conceptual knitwear collection was a candid study of the real Blackpool via the medium of postcards. Vivid, neon, promenade colours were captured and applied to the unsung back streets, with knit-weave and cut-float techniques providing a foundation for sublimation printing and a connection to Lancashire’s weaving heyday.
During her degree, Carrie interned at Michiko Koshino where she developed her understanding of silhouette and pattern cutting; and in 2012 she won the 1st Umbria Cashmere District Award. She was selected personally by Brunello Cucinelli of the eponymous international, luxury, cashmere house and worked with his team in Italy.
In September 2013, London Fashion Scout selected Carrie’s graduate collection for their Graduate Showcase during London Fashion Week. Shortly afterwards, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise invited her onto their New Market Entry Programme. She is delighted to have London Fashion Scout’s ongoing support; a panel consisting of Hilary Alexander, Alexandra Shulman and Jessica Bumpus selected Carrie as a Ones to Watch designer for LFW February 2014.
Working class culture inspires Carrie, in particular, the double meanings and humour inherent in the genre. Striking androgynous silhouettes together with bold prints on experimental textiles are her trademarks. Carrie’s childhood was spent in a small, post-industrial, cotton-mill town suffering from the loss of its textile trade.
She left for London in search of a vocational career to provide new challenges and financial security. Carrie trained there as a lawyer and developed an expertise in design and trademark work but remained fascinated with the atmosphere that pervaded her home county of Lancashire. Armed with a powerful new perspective, she decided to change direction and embrace the environment she had rebelled against, a decision which marked the beginning of her unique creative journey based in the cultural capital of the world.
Carrie’s aesthetic vision, social commentary, design experience, legal training, and business skills mean that she is perfectly placed to establish an inspirational label for an aspirational consumer.