Born in Canada and having accomplished an Honours degree from Pratt Institute in New York, Michelle Lowe-Holder worked for several years in the industry before attending Central St. Martins program in 1999.Having finished an MA in Knitwear - the Michelle Lowe-Holder own label collection was presented at ” Browns” 2001.The BFC sponsored several New Generation catwalk shows shortly after, followed by sales in boutiques worldwide. 2007 saw the collaboration of TOPSHOP and Michelle Lowe-Holder with 4 collections sold in over 100 shops in the UK and abroad.In 2009 LCF's Centre for Sustainable Fashion invited Michelle Lowe-Holder to attend a year long mentoring program and AW10 “Ribbon Reclaim ” collection marked a big change in direction.The Michelle Lowe-Holder label reformed with more sustainable practises and as an accessories only collection, after 10 years of designing and producing women’s wear cothing.The collection's focus shifted , whereupon the handcraft detail (often vintage and heritage ) which would have been a part of the clothing and often the inspiration - became the design or piece itself. Sustainable and ethical practises of zero waste , upcyling by using ends of lines and “cabbage” (scraps from previous collections) with UK production has become integral to the label. Collections from AW10 develop and explore “ribbon art”, a kind of antique folding technique interlaced with crochet and hand cut bases. AW11 also includes the idea of taking "thrift shop finds"- including old discarded accessories of bangles, necklaces and rings and covering them in the zero waste process of “flocking ” to velvetize, revive, recolour and regenerate.AW10, SS11, AW11 and SS12 collections were all exhibited at “Estethica”, Somerset House, London Fashion Weeks. AW12 “TRIBES AND UNIFORMS” / SS13 "ELIZABETH"and recent AW13 "CIRCUS" collection were all exhibited in Paris "Premiere Classe".