Jonathan Anderson, Northern Ireland fashion designer born in 1984, is the founder and creative director of JW Anderson since 2008 as well as Loewe’s creative director since 2013 (to what he was appointed at the age of 29 years old!).
Even though the now designer started by studying drama in the USA, ended up graduating from London College of Fashion in menswear design in 2005. His graduation was followed by a position of visual merchandising at Prada under the mentoring of Manuela Pavesi (who works alongside Miuccia Prada).
In 2008 decided to launch his own brand, JW Anderson, where he would dedicate himself as a menswear designer.
His brand was right away marked by the British Fashion Council as one to keep an eye on.
After receiving a sponsorship to produce some collections for Topman, Jonathan Anderson debuted his menswear brand at the London Fashion Week in 2010 with the support of British Fashion Council’s NewGen committee. In the same year launched a women’s capsule collection following another sponsorship from the same committee. The permanent womenswear collection only came in 2012, the same year the designer won the “Emerging Talent, Ready-to-wear” award from the British Fashion Council.
In 2013 released another collection with Topshop and was the guest designer for Versus Versace’s 2014 resort collection.
A brand relatively new, just a few years old, but already leaving its mark in the British Fashion world.
In 2013 LVMH invested in JW Anderson brand and appointed him director of Loewe, which came as an important step in his path, gaving him a worldly spotlight.
Between many others awards, in 2014 won the award as the Menswear designer of the year and in 2015 was recognized as the womenswear and menswear designer of the year (the first designer to win both in the same year) from the British Fashion Council. Became a permanent jury member for the LVMH prize in 2015 and this year became a trustee of the V&A museum.
So far it has been Anderson’s innovation driven mind and genuine way to create fashion that has lead him to success. The designer stands out for mixing old references with futuristic details and genderless clothes as well as for his partnerships with other brands – for example Converse or Uniqlo.
Jonathan Anderson and his brand are now internationally renowned. The British designer has started to build a fashion empire in the last decade and we cannot wait to see what is to come.