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_shift introduces: Portuguese fashion brands

Indulge into Portugal’s incredible fashion scene

Somewhere off Portugal’s notorious beaches, the surfer paradise’s fashion scene is bubbling. In 2018, Portugal introduced Moda Lisboa, the country’s own fashion week, which took place in Portugal’s capital last week. To the local designers, exploring local craftmanship and tradition is equally important as transcending into the gender-neutral fashion orbit and redesigning contemporary fashion. _shift introduces five designers and brands with a modern eye that hold an artisanal and sustainable approach to fashion design.

 

1. Constança Entrudo

Lisbon-born and based designer Constança Enrudo founded her namesake label in 2018. The Central Saint Martins graduate is known for creating pieces by bonding recycled threads into deconstructed woven fabrics. The looks are an amalgamation of bold colours, graphics, and handcraft, reflecting the designer’s modern eye and sustainable approach to fashion.  

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2. Ricardo Andrez

Established in 2006, Ricardo Andrez is the eponymous label of Porto-based designer Ricardo Andrez. With a focus on menswear, the designer reinterprets streetwear and sportswear, experimenting with volumes, colours and graphic prints. 

3. Gonçalo Peixoto

Also based in Porto is Gonçalo Peixoto – founder of namesake womenswear brand Gonçalo Peixoto. Oscillating between a summer holiday in Capri and a trip to Wonderland, Peixoto’s collections show a great variety of designs exploring asymmetry and shapes and contrasts.

4. HIBU.

HIBU. is a Portuguese brand pushing gender boundaries. Founded in 2013 by Marta Gonçalves, the brand plays with materials, colours and the idea of gender-bending shapes and explores concepts like minimalism and deconstructed aesthetics.

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5. Carolina Machado

In 2016, Leiria-born and Porto-based designer Carolina Machado founded her namesake womenswear brand. The designer’s minimalistic and sophisticated approach to fashion design gives timeless classics an elegant yet edgy twist. Operating with a made-to-order system and reusing leftover fabrics from previous collections, the brand avoids textile waste and dead stock.

 

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