Ryan Kirk Designs™ is a newely started handmade fashion label situated in Scotland with all garments being produced by Ryan Kirk.
Ryan initially had aspiration to go into architectural studies but soon made a swift decision to persue his true passion for fashion design. Starting his fashion studies at Fife College, he achieved a HND diploma and successfully gained entry into the third year at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels, Scotland to further his education. Ryan graduated in June 2015 with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in Fashion Technology.
His designs show a true reflection of his love for architecture, by playing around with texture, silhouette and shape. His graduate collection was positively recieved and once again showed his hardwork, determination and craft. Focusing on environment sustainability and ways he could help overflowing landfill issues, his aim was to use a combination of natural fabrics and post-consumer waste to create a fashion-forward contemporary collection and graduate with a bang!
Ryan managed to source a textile created entirely of 100% Banana fibres which was a major talking point amongst his graduation. Also, creating his own textile using waste plastic within his graduate colleciton, by collecting the waste from a plastic manufacturer in the Scottish borders town of Kelso was seen in his collection. The idea for the use of waste plastic was to prevent it going to landfill. The use of natural materials was the idea of them biodegrading themselves over time if they were ever to get sent to landfill.
The jaw dropping collection was seen on the ITV Borders programme, 'Border Life' in June 2015, gaining snippets on the BBC Scotland website and having an interview with online sustainable fabric supplier; 'Offset Warehouse'.
Ryan, so far, has gained excellent exposure during his studies and prides himself on his creative hand and high quality craftmanship in everything he creates and now wants to grow as a brand and share his talent with you!
The House of Fraser Popup:
The most recent achievement for the Ryan Kirk label has been gaining a popup position within the iconic House of Fraser (Jenners) department store in Edinburgh, Scotland with the 2017 'Midnight Jungle' collection.
This received a great amount of attention and support from the general public and created a great platform for the brand.
House of Fraser (Jenners), Edinburgh, Scotland - August-September 2017 (Popup Space).