Fashion Design alumnus and CCAD Fashion Icon award winner Edward Buchanan (CCAD 1988-1991) was featured in the March issue of W Magazine for his line, Sansovino 6.
Listed in the Ahead of the Class article for “up-and-coming labels [that] are keeping fashion on its toes,” Buchanan’s feature focused on how his line came to be. “Two years ago, while working as a designer for Sean John, Edward Buchanan discovered that his favorite Milan knitwear factory was getting clobbered by its competition in China,” J.J. Martin wrote for the magazine. “In an attempt to keep the company’s doors open, Buchanan launched Sansovino 6.”
Martin continued, “This spring he has taken on the world of jeans. Indigo knits, washed and distressed by an Italian denim specialist, have been used to create unisex cutoff shorts, jackets, and various pant silhouettes. The five pocket boot cut could be mistaken for a stylishly worn-in pair of Levi’s, but done up in fine-gauge cotton knit, it feels as snuggly as sweats.”
Buchanan enrolled at CCAD in 1988 to study retail advertising and fashion illustration. After CCAD, he moved to New York City in 1992 to pursue a career in fashion design. While taking courses at Parsons School of Design, Buchanan worked with prestigious clothing lines Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, and Michael Kors. In 1995, Buchanan moved to Europe as design director of luxury accessories line Bottega Veneta. Prior to arriving at Bottega, the collection was primarily luxury accessories. Buchanan moved to Milano, Italy in 1995, and worked for Bottega Veneta for six years. He was hired to develop a capsule collection of knitwear and leather goods to round off the world of Bottega Veneta. The collection was an instantaneous success and helped the brand gain popularity in the ready-to-wear luxury accessories market.
Want the rest of the story? Check out our blog, CCAD to Honor Edward Buchanan with Alumni Fashion Icon Award. Want to see works by the next generation of CCAD fashion designers? Check out the 2011 Senior Fashion Show.