co-creators: LEONARDO CUNHA

Instagram accounts: @lkunha (personal account), @world_lk (business account)

Leonardo Cunha is 18 years old and lives in Portugal.

He is studying Coordination and Production of Fashion at EPAVE, in Portugal.

His interest in fashion started 5 years ago. At the moment he works with the designer Elsa Barreto.

What is your current role? I work for the designer Elsa Barreto.

What inspires you to create?Flowers and architecture are my main source of inspiration.

How would describe your style of design? My style is asymmetric, structural and I use straight lines. I think my pieces bring new cuts and a new way of interpreting clothing items.

Who do you design for? I design for people who enjoy wearing something new, who would like to run away from normality and are fearless.

Have you ever worked on a collaborative project before? Do you think collaborative design can be the future for fashion? It’s the first time I work in a collaborative project. Collaboration is important for fashion brands, it brings diversity and new visions of style and pieces of clothing.

On your opinion what makes a product desirable? To be desirable the piece has to have something new. This is what people are looking for, we want novelty.

Who is your favourite designer or brand? Can you afford to purchase items from them? If not, where do you alternatively buy your clothes from? My favourite designer is Alexander McQueen, J. W. Anderson and Loewe. Alternatively I buy my clothes at H&M and Zara.

If you could be involved on the design of a piece of clothing or a collection from the past, what would it be? It would have been Alexander McQueen 2006/2007 autumn/winter collection.

What music are you listening to now? Katy Perry — Rise.

Please share with us an artist or a piece of art that inspires you. Why does it inspire you? Oscar Niemeyer, who has great works with precise and fresh forms, which inspire me a lot.

If you were given a choice of having only one colour to use for the rest of your life, what would it be? I would choose white, it’s gentle and pure. I could use all white looks forever and it would never upset me.

Please share a film you could watch over and over again. The Hunger Games.

NEXT: discover the concept behind Leonardo’s co-creation in AWAYTOMARS’ #512 collection.