Fashion Editor: Savannah Barthorpe
Fashion Scout showcase the London based Eponymous brand Tolu Coker , as the winner of the AW19 coveted Merit Award. Created in 2009, the new talent initiative is worth £20,000 across three seasons and has been created to support and develop new designer businesses on a global level.
Unisex fashion brand Tolu Coker, centres her designs around inclusivity, diversity and social responsibility. More than just a fashion label, it serves as a creative outlet for the youthful expression of political reform, changing social and economic climates and new emerging identities.
Tolu aims to showcase her identity throughout her work by embracing dual heritage and cultures. She does this by reconstructing the black identity within the western world by adding personal prints, embellishments and personal old polaroid photos of her family.
Reworked denims, recycled leathers and re-used plastic and lace scraps are paired alongside striking and daring silhouettes, bold illustrative prints/embroideries and a playground of textures to add a youthful,contemporary and luxurious flair to each piece.
The young designer was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the ASOS Fashion Discovery 2018, and is a triple- award winner of the globally-acclaimed ITS 2018, where she took home a hat trick of awards acrossboth Fashion and Artwork categories - The Diesel Award, The Vogue Talents Award and The ITS Time For Coffee Award.