Led by David Laport, the Studio is a group of designers, illustrators, producers, tailors and technicians available for commissions, couture appointments, events and creative pursuits. As an ongoing sustainable textile innovator, our approach to circular couture means we never over produce, always developing materials so our projects result in little to no waste. We closely collaborate with every client to ensure the most thoughtful, sustainable solutions remain our focus.
Clients include Bijenkorf, Cartier, Conservatorium Hotel, Dutch National Ballet, Dutch National Theatre, Disney, Eurovision Song Contest, Foam Photography Museum, Gemeentemuseum, HKU, Largo, L’Oréal, Lucasfilm, Oostpool, Richemont Group, Silfridges Group, Tommy Hilfiger, TED, Vlisco, Vogue, Wella, W hotel.
To celebrate the luxury department store’s 150 year anniversary, we designed a very unique couture filled window for the flagship locations that fulfilled the collaboration’s circular and sustainable direction.
Working with the esteemed wax fabric house, we created a series of expressive looks inspired by the merchants of Central and West Africa for the brand’s latest advertising campaign. Beginning with the heritage printed fabrics we worked on designs to bring a celebratory, festive feel to the essence of the campaign. Constantly experimenting with the fabrics to add weight, create softness and adding more embellishments to the fabric finishings, we developed an entirely new contemporary feel, which breathed new life to this historically driven fabric house.
We designed and tailored the couture garment for Rihanna to be worn at the Crop Over, a traditional harvest festival which began in Barbados, her home country. Using our own wool-based materials to recreate the look of Ostrich feathers – the end design was filled with movement so that Rihanna floated through the streets with a powerful but playful silhouette. For Solange Knowles we designed and tailored the couture costume to be worn at the MET Gala, where the theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. A brief we loved, the bright canary yellow pleated design we created came from a series of experiments in technical fabric design. Innovation was key to making Solange stand out on the red carpet.
A design project that culminated homeware textiles and interiors inspired by the Dutch seaside and David’s Zeeuwse roots, we designed and refurbished a series of villas for the luxury property developers.
Innovating the look, feel and weight of wool, we designed six Merino Wool pieces that promoted the diversity and sustainability of this beautiful material. Exploring its versatility, we embraced a spontaneous design process to embark on wool fishnets, crepes and fringed fabrics that allowed for movement and hand craftsmanship, taking the ideal of how to work with wool into a more contemporary mindset. The result was a series of light, transparent designs that sat in contrast with the body.
In collaboration with choreographer Peter Leung we rethought the tutu with our signature pleated silhouette in mind. Using fraying techniques, hand dying and last minute boduce work the movement and shape of the designs were perfected for the opening night. With the studio working for four weeks, six days a week at 12 hour days, we dressed the corps de ballet for a phenomenal performance for the premiere at Stopera Amsterdam.