Tesfa Joseph recognized for his sustainable fur designs in London

As part of his final exam from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London, design student Tesfa Joseph teamed up with Kopenhagen Fur to develop six beautiful fur styles in mink and swakara.

His designs were shown at the Central Saint Martins’ BA Womenswear Assessment Show on Thursday 16 May, and out of the 43 participating students, Tesfa Joseph was among the 14 chosen to participate in the great BA Fashion Press Show on 30 May, which is covered by influential fashion media, including British Vogue.

- I am very happy and grateful for the support from Kopenhagen Fur, said Tesfa Joseph, after receiving the good news.

Tesfa Joseph is very concerned with sustainability and the fashion industry’s impact on the environment, and his focus upon sustainability makes fur an obvious material to include in his designs.  

Fur is both a natural and long-lasting material, and longevity is a very important aspect for the designer. His fur designs are multifunctional – for instance, you can mix and match one fur style with a similar style in lace, so you can wear it all year. Also, nothing goes to waste, among other things he is using mink fur leftovers to design small fur bags.

After graduating, Tesfa Joseph is planning to launch his own brand together with partner Tommy-Louis Julius Funch Kraglund, with a brand DNA based upon sustainability using natural materials and functional fashion designs.