Supporting young talent from all over the world
At YKK, we celebrate creativity and embrace innovative thinkers. That is why it is important to us to support young designers who are revolutionizing the industry and pushing boundaries with their original creations.
These are a few of the ways YKK is supporting designers globally:
Fashion that gives back
Angela Luna, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, is utilizing her fashion designing skills to help those affected by the refugee crisis occurring in the Middle East and Europe.
Her collection, Crossing the Boundary, is a unisex and one-size outerwear collection that is functional and practical, but also fashionable. YKK® fastening products are used on numerous applications on her collections, including a child-carrying jacket, inflatable flotation jacket, and a series of transformational jackets that convert into a tent, backpack, and sleeping bag.
“I have to say the zippers I used on the project absolutely held up better than any other fasteners I’ve worked with. From testing in refugee camps in Greece, to camping out in Zion National Park, they absolutely surpassed my expectations of durability and functionality. I have probably set up these tents over 600 times now and everything still works perfectly. It was such a great experience collaborating with YKK and my team at ADIFF looks forward to more opportunities in the future!” shared Luna regarding her partnership with YKK. For more information about her project visit the website:
Check out Angela’s video below.
Recognizing ground breaking creations
The YKK Fastening Awards celebrate unique and edgy creations of young artists who incorporate YKK® products such as fasteners, surface fasteners, buckles, and snaps & buttons into their designs.
The products submitted in the competition have to follow two criteria: the final creations have to be “work that can be worn by people” and work that can help illustrate “new possibilities” and adaptations of YKK’s fastening products. The event takes place in September (Osaka) and October (Tokyo). A collection of 30 works are selected to be showcased on the runway during the final fashion show.
Curious about this year’s creations? Follow YKK Fastening Awards on Instagram @ykkfa for up to date information about this one of a kind event.