Emerging Designer Spotlight: Edward Mongzar
Soft, gentle, free and liberating. That’s how UK-based label Edward Mongzar believes womenswear should be. His touch? Marbling on each of his silhouettes, which he keeps as classic and then ads a touch of flare like ruffles, ruching, collars and cuffs. Breezy silk dresses, balanced with velvet staples like leggings and tops make up his latest collection told through a soft sherbet, dreamy blue and warm hunter green color story.
My core beliefs as a designer are perfectly represented by the hand marbling that I use. The gentle swirls of the marbling, juxtaposed with the unpredictability of the dye, represent my belief that womenswear should be soft and gentle, as well as freeing and liberating. I view the marbling process as a representation of the ideal 'live and let live', with the water and dye acting independently but coming together to create something beautiful.
From India to the United Kingdom, he sharpened his skills working for a variety of high street brands and a couturier. During this time, he realized the negative impact the fashion cycle had on the manufacturing process and the environment. That’s when he decided to launch his own line focusing on ethical design and a transparent supply chain.
To-date, he’s laid the foundation of his business with these beliefs. Mongzar’s marbling process doesn’t use electricity and therefore energy efficient, but never compromises design. In fact, the subtle differences in each piece make his garments special for each client. At the studio, they recycle water when dying and dry each piece in the sun. Working with local suppliers, he can pay workers fairly and keep his eye on the quality of each collection. And for his factory partners, they are all woman owned, something he’s proud to support.
Learn more about the brand at Edward Mongzar.