Photograph by Michael Kai Young
Now based in London, Curtis Oland is a fashion designer and artist originating from the Okanagan Valley of the Canadian Far West. Curtis completed his studies in fashion design at Ryerson University in 2016 and later that summer won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award at Toronto Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 with his collection "Oyama Lake". He has since presented his second collection, "Visceral Architecture", at TOM* Autumn/Winter 2017. His work focuses on raw use of material, utilizing soft tailoring, organic forms, earthen tones, and a genderless mindset.
Curtis's connection to his indigenous Lil'Wat heritage, and his love for his supernatural homeland, are driving forces in his creative process. His memories of exploring the mountainous landscape of Western Canada, and his connection to nature lives on through his work. His approach to design is the product of a multicultural upbringing, a two-spirited perspective, and concurrent experiences as a young world traveller and urbanite.
He is currently working on Savile Row in London as a Design Assistant for renowned tailoring designer, Ozwald Boateng.