New York based fashion designer Sue Stemp, from Burnham -on – Crouch in Essex, England, moved to London to study fashion, earning a First Class BA Honors degree in Fashion Design. After graduating she began her design career working for the innovative British fashion label Ghost. Her talent then brought her to New York where she worked first with Daryl K and then took the position of co- Head Designer of Tocca leading the brand to a successful re-invention.
Subsequently Sue began designing and selling her one-of-a–kind inimitable party and wedding dresses under her own name. During this time she also embarked on various freelance projects including design research in New York for Alexander McQueen where she worked on his Fall ‘05 collection “The Man Who Knew Too Much”.
This all culminated in Sue launching her label with a debut full collection for Spring 2006 during New York fashion week in September 2005, which graced the cover of WWD.
For Fall 2006 Sue held her first presentation at The Players Club on Gramercy Park, with her “Honeymoon Delight” collection. This was well received to critical acclaim by press and buyers alike. The line has now been sold to over 25 exclusive boutiques and specialty stores worldwide.
Sue held her first runway show with her Spring 2007 collection, “Byrd of America” on Wednesday September 13th 2006 at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square.
Her subsequent show (held 3 months after giving birth to her first baby) took place on February 3rd 2007 at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York with her Fall 2007 collection entitled “The Girl in the Golden Atom”. An after party at the Tribeca Grand followed this where the New York based band Arckid performed. Then during London Fashion Week the following week, Sue launched her Fall / Winter collection in the UK with a party hosted by Erin O’Connor.
For Spring 2008 Sue’s collection “ Désordre Anglais” (a French expression used to describe the haphazard chic of the English) was shown at the Cabanas in the Maritime Hotel in New York on September 5th 2007. The front row included an eclectic mix of downtown meets uptown high profile girls including Agnyess Deyn, Jacquetta Wheeler, Margarita Missoni, and Lauren Davis.
Her Spring 2009 collection was showcased with a rooftop presentation on September 4th during New York fashion week.
In 2008 Sue was invited to become a member of the CFDA.
Familiar in fashion circles in New York and London, Sue’s distinct personal style reflects in her designs, bringing together relaxed, feminine silhouettes with sharp English tailored sportswear and a flirty, modern, cool. Her clothes rely heavily on her passion for color and textiles, often collaborating with other contemporary artists on print designs.
Rosemary Ferguson, Levin Rambin, Arden Wohl, Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl, Olivia Wilde, Chloe Sevigny, Kim Gordon, Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jacquetta Wheeler, Erin O’Connor, Natalia Vodianova