MLH is an accessories label by Michelle Lowe-Holder known for their intricate weaving and complex folding techniques. Every collection is conceptualised and designed in the London studio before each hand crafted piece takes shape.
MLH has been featured in press internationally including Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Financial Times, Dazed and i-D magazine.
BIO / PROJECTS / EXHIBITS
Born in Canada holding UK and USA citizenship - Michelle Lowe-Holder went on to study Fashion Design at the Pratt Institute in New York where she graduated with BA Honours. Michelle worked for several years in the industry before returning to study and completing an MA in Knitwear at Central St. Martins in London. Following graduation the “MICHELLE LOWE-HOLDER” collection was launched. Several BFC “New Gen” sponsorships followed including on-schedule runway shows at London Fashion Week and sales representation.
In 2009 the MLH label took a change of direction when London College of Fashion and the Center for Sustainable Fashion invited Michelle to attend a mentoring program to help develop a more sustainable approach to making. The AW10 “Ribbon Reclaim” is the first MLH accessory-only collection using heritage handcrafting and vintage details with upcycling and end of line materials. New collections are presented bi-annually and have been exhibited and are sold internationally in shops such as MAD Museum (NY), Santa Fe Gallery (CA) , Gjerdet Museum (Norway) , Be-Jewel Boutique (Texas) , Rue Pigalle (Toronto) and Gill Wing Gallery in London. Alongside the seasonal collections Michelle Lowe-Holder has been involved in many projects from designing a knit pattern collection for a heritage Norwegian wool company to upcycling for M&S and being part of the CFS development team for the Nike Maker App.
LECTURING / MENTORING / WORKSHOPS
Michelle Lowe-Holder holds a Teaching Certificate from MMU and has been a regular lecturer at Istituto Marangoni in London from 2006 specialising in Textiles, Design Concepts and Sustainability with MA / BA Design and Styling students.
Guest lecturing includes University of Venice, Norwich University, American University, Kent University , East London University , Show Studio and for LCF - Fashion Futures MA / Fashion Design H&M Project BA / Fashion Jewellery BA and Fashion Buying BA.
Michelle has held several MAKING workshops most recently at the University of Venice. Past events have been held at the “Science Museum” in London / “Textile Studio” in Toronto, Canada and M&S/ Oxfam "SHWOP" event Draywalk Gallery in East London. She has also held youth workshops in the “Osteroy Museum” and “Gjerdet Museum” in Norway and the KCP Youth Centre in London.
She has also been a mentor for the "Kering Award for Sustainability" for CFS / LCF for the past two years alongside author Amanda Johnston and sustainability managers from Stella McCartney, McQueen and Brioni. 2017 marks the third year as a student mentor working with Kering labels - Gucci and Stella McCartney
Previous mentoring include the NIKE year long designing project for the "MAKING APP" and MA dissertation students for Istituto Marangoni.
MLH accessories have been featured in the following published books:
“CORK in ART, FURNITURE , FASHION & ARCHITECTURE “ by Guillaume Bounore / Chloe Genevaux 2017
“MARKETING FASHION” by Harriet Posner 2015
“RE-FASHIONED” by Sass Brown 2013
”THE NEW JEWELLERS” by Olivier Dupont 2013
“ACCESSORY DESIGN” by John Lau 2013
“OPERA VOL II CONTEMPORARY NUDES“ by Matthias Straub 2012
“SUSTAINABLE HANDBOOK” by Sandy Black 2012
“AMELIA’S COMPENDIUM OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION” by Amelia Gregory 2011