Ex-Brampton student, Essie Buckman, has launched fashion label Fortie, which is already a hit with celebrities such as Rhianna! Essie studied at Brampton College from 2009 to 2011 and achieved A*A*A in Art, English and Classics. She went on to do an Art Foundation course at Central St Martins and continued her study there, graduating last summer with a BA in Fashion Design.
The Snobette, a Magazine for Women’s Fashion says Essie Buckman is somewhat of a “creative phenomenon”:
‘After showing her Central Saint Martins graduate collection in London this year, Buckman’s Fortie label pieces have begun to show up in editorials for highly-regarded publications like Vogue Italia and i-D. This week [August 2916] fashion darling Rihanna donned a Fortie label’s “Katja” bustier for her performance at Drake’s OVO festival.
Not shy about making statements, Buckman defines her label Fortie as an ode to the strength and duality in women. In fact, the label’s name is inspired by the Forty Elephants, an all female gang who existed in London from 1873 to about 1950.
Commenting on her vision, Buckman stated, “Strong women have raised me all my life and made me who I am today. With so many issues in the world including sexual harassment, equal pay and equal rights I was driven even more to demonstrate the beauty and power of women and to really elevate the reputation of young women and to give us the confidence to wear what we want to wear and allow us to be more than just one dimensional human beings. Women are fun, devious, sensitive, sensual, intelligent, feisty, creative, radiant and important and with this collection I wanted to raise these notions and I hope to continue this with Fortie and all my Fortie woman that have helped and assisted this vision come to life.”’
Huge congratulations Essie, what an inspiration. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for you.