A recent University of Northampton design graduate has hit the big time after launching his clothing label in India, resulting in a Bollywood actress wearing one of his designs for a red carpet event.
After graduating with an MA in Design, Fashion and Textiles in 2015, Jebin Johny returned to his home country of India to work on his clothing label, Jebsispar that concentrates on using textile prints for women’s wear. He was selected as one of the Gen Next designers from over 500 applicants and launched Jebsispar during Lakme Fashion Week, which was held in Mumbai at the end of August and has already featured in the Indian editions of Elle and Vogue.
Jebin commented: “Lakme Fashion Week was a great platform for me to launch my clothing line and I couldn’t ask for a better start. After a well-known Bollywood actress wore one of my pieces on the red carpet, which was fantastic exposure for my label, I am now getting more orders and working with multi-designer stores in different parts of India.
“In the future, I would like to establish my brand further and expand into the UK market. It will be competitive with a lot of hurdles to overcome, but I think I am well equipped to deal with these.
“My time in the UK and studying at the University of Northampton changed my life; both personally and professionally. By completing my MA, I feel I became a true artist/designer and I am thankful to my tutors, Emmeline Child and Liana Psaralagoki for all the support they have given me. I learned something new each and every day and I would proudly say I received the best education.”
Emmeline Child, Subject Leader for MA Design at the University of Northampton, commented: “Jebin’s MA has been a pivotal starting point for his career in fashion, enabling him to experiment with his concepts. We wish Jebin all the support for his future career and the development of his label moving forward.”
Find out more about Jebsispar and find out more about the MA Design, Fashion and Textiles programme.