Collado Garcia is a recently set-up designer label founded by its two designers, Francisco Collado and Carlos Garcia, which launched its first collection, SS 2005, at On/Off, London Fashion Week September 2004, at the Royal Academy of Arts. On/Off is a major initiative which supports the best of emerging talent during London Fashion Week. Collado Garcia was one of the 12 brands that had been carefully selected by a high profile industry panel.
Despite having constituted the company a year ago, both Francisco and Carlos have extensive experience in couture, pret-a-porter, jewellery and accessories. After working for major British and International brands -like Fake London, Philip Treacy or Felipe Varela-these two young, Spanish-born Londoners, decided to focus their creativity on their own brand.
The brand has had extensive coverage in different media ever since its launch, landing excellent reviews in websites, such as fuk.co.uk and planet magazine online, and TV channels such as Bloomberg. Other events in which the designers have participated are Swarovski´s “Runway Rocks” in London, where they designed a stunning pharaoh headpiece and kilt for jewellery designer Simon Harrison. Their collections can now be found in stores in Hong-Kong, Japan, Germany and UK.
Collado Garcia’s women’s wear was born from a desire to create wearable clothes that combine the discipline of the designers’ couture background with their passion for breaking the rules. The concept which lies at the heart of their designs is contrast. Formal fabrics and raw edges, teamed with luxurious beading and exquisite detailing, comprise the basis of their collections. The Collado Garcia woman is modern, quietly confident; someone who likes to make a subtle statement, but who also is extremely feminine.