The Young Designers Collective

Today, I'm going to introduce all of you the works from a group of young designers from New York City. These designers design for non-profit organizations and auction their works at the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund.

About The Young Designers Collective
The Young Designers Collective is an association of artists and designers based in New York City, who design for non-profit organizations to promote good will as well as gain exposure individually and for the cause we are working towards. We aim to provide young designers a platform that would have otherwise been difficult to build and gain recognition with on their own. In an ever-shrinking world, working together to achieve success has never been more important.

The YDC also allows for a free exchange of ideas and talents, thereby fostering the growth of artists and art in commercial design. We want to bring appreciation back to the artist behind the designer, to quality or handmade products, and to a more sustainable future. From design to production we believe in fair trade and source our materials with this in mind.

By “doing well by doing good” we connect our designers to non-profit organizations in order to create a favorable outcome for both parties. Both benefit from the high quality products designed to produce revenue for the organization and promote the designer’s name into a new or national market. With philanthropy and fashion hand in hand, we hope to further charitable works as well as bring new talent to light sooner than ever before.

Shilpa Iyengar- CEO of Young Designers Collective
After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2012 I have been working to bring together fellow designers, who on their own would not be able to gain as much exposure, and design collectively. Not only does a collective allow for a free exchange of ideas and talents, it fosters the growth of artists and art in commercial design as well as make more of an impact in the market.

As an artist and designer, I use fashion as a platform to bring my love of art into a functional form. I let the concept guide me in whatever I design and hope to produce a wearable work of art in the process. Inspired by my travels across the world and by my love of cultural history, I design clothing, shoes, hats, and textiles in hopes of bringing my vision to the public as painter would a painting.

I also strive to be knowledgeable of both the garment and the material it is made from to achieve the best quality and comfort possible. For this reason I studied at Central St. Martins in London, where I was able to learn how to design textiles and gain a better understanding of fabric. Most of my work since has been printed and painted by hand and solidifies the idea of creating wearable art.

Ultimately my goal is to put forth elegant, interesting, and unique works of wearable art that bring an appreciation to the art behind the design.
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Hanh Lam-Designer

Hanh Lam is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. As a fashion designer, she alternates between her two primary interests: the organicity and the fluidity of knitwear, and the refinedness of  old-world tailoring techniques. Her knitwear work is an exploration in manipulating raw materials into textural forms that are artistic, yet wearable. Her tailored pieces are often the result of personal obsession with arcane tailoring techniques, such as the German drated sleeves. Driving her pursuit are the principles that knitwear is about letting the raw material guide the hands, while tailoring is about taming and controlling the fabric.

She currently lives and works in New York City, and can often be found doodling during her subway commute.

Harmony Pilobello-Designer
While pursuing a BFA in Fashion Design, Harmony Pilobello was fortunate enough to meet Professor Timo Rissanen who was equipped with the skills to guide her through a junior and senior thesis focus in sustainability.  While studying under him she was able to explore more about zero waste approaches in fashion design, including the Japanese Saori Handweaving technique. Now, she is using her design background to make one-of-a-kind garments and accessories that involve sourcing materials from small mills like Ardalanish: Isle of Mull Weavers in Scotland or sourcing for deadstock within New York City.

Eventually, she would like to have seasonal collections dedicated to also sourcing from non-profit organizations that support women who fall under the poverty line, like the Awamaki Organization in Peru. She also hopes to pursue a PHD in fiber science and social enterprise.

Heart & Soul Charitable Fund Auction
These pieces were presented at Christie's Auction House and auctioned online. All proceeds went to the Navigators USA, a national youth scouting group formed in response to the discriminatory practices of the Boy Scouts of America.
All pieces are custom made.
The Heart & Soul Fund is a non-profit organization in New York City that support community-based programs that serve New York's marginalized populations through the investment of time, money and compassion. 
View their auction catalog at (all of the items available for sale)
All the featured pieces are still available for custom order through our website. 

For more of their wonderful works, view their Gallery.

Young Designers Collective
YDC is also open for more projects and charitable endeavors. Contact YDC here for more details.

Till then! Cheers! (●♡●)

I am not in anyway affiliated to the YDC and its organization. All photos are taken by YDC and are approved to be used in this blogpost.


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