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Following his graduation with a BA(Hons) Fashion and Weave in 1990, Mark Eley formed a highly successful creative partnership with Wakako Kishimoto to become the high fashion brand Eley Kishimoto.
Eley Kishimoto are renowned as the “the patron saints of print” and as the plaudit suggests, the company is primarily known for its print design across a wide variety of applications.
Following its formation in the early 1990s, Eley Kishimoto quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their craftsmanship gracing the world’s catwalks through work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name but a few. In the mid 1990s the partnership created their first women’s wear collection and showed a catwalk collection each season at London Fashion week.
The company’s has always been very much associated with their freedom to decorate anything and everything, and it is this print design aesthetic that is key to their works’ identity. This has led to them creating numerous products to display their designs, such as wallpaper, furniture,
fabrics, glassware and crockery.
Eley Kishimoto also operates in areas usually ignored by fashion designers including the automotive industry, architecture, phone and computer technology, packaging, and artist and gallery collaborations. The company sees each new design challenge as a platform from which to communicate with a wider, more varied audience.
Living by the maxim “Print The World,” Eley Kishimoto have always strived to create work that is executed simply, clear in intention, exhibiting a unique creative flair that rejects passing trends and fads.
Creative directors for Paris based fashion house Cacharel between 2008 and 2009, Eley Kishimoto are currently artistic directors of new lines for the Japanese market of Laura Ashley London.