A third-culture kid raised by a family of artists and art dealers, New Zealand bred designer Claudia Li fell in love with fashion and painting at a young age. Following her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Li moved to London to pursue her interest in fashion design at Central Saint Martins, and eventually to New York for an MFA in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons School of Design.
Before launching her eponymous label in 2015, Li took on coveted design roles under highly respected designers: Brandon Maxwell for Haus of Gaga, then British designer J.W. Anderson.
Known for her architectural silhouettes and use of vivid colors, Li's background in fine arts is visible in her collections, which have earned accolades for their craftsmanship, wearability, and sense of artistry.
Li was the winner of the FGI Rising Star Award and a U.S. finalist for The International Woolmark Prize. In 2017, Li was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Art and Style honoree. Currently based in New York, Li creates her current collections with the help of her team in the Garment District.
ABOUT THE BRAND
Founded in 2015, Li's eponymous brand CLAUDIA LI defines creativity and true craftsmanship by combining the designer's quirky and artistic design aesthetics and an emphasis on architectural silhouettes and attention to detail. CLAUDIA LI has garnered a cult following that dares to stand out from a crowd and craves special fashion pieces. With her use of bold shapes and vivid colors, each season, Li paints a story to express emotions and abstract experiences into a tangible collection for today's independent women. The brand currently shows twice a year during the seasonal Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter New York fashion weeks.