Growing up on Portugal’s Azores Islands, where Susana Lopes fell in love with knitwear and her passion to become a designer all started. After studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion, Susana develops traditional lace techniques since childhood and continues to explore the relationship between technology and handcrafting knitwear techniques. Experimental designs to create new fabrics and a passionate belief in future fashion are at the core of SUSANA BETTENCOURT’s signature.
"We need to change strategy and the future is less mark up and more fair prices to the clients. That means investment in press, which is a budget I don't have. And moreover, we need a distribution strategy with agent and representatives instead of trade shows. OPENMYMED PRIZE will help me to create a company that is ready for the future."
Awards winner: Mittel 2012 and sustainable fashion London LCF / press show LCF at V&A