Walking the line between high art, couture, and pop culture, designer Jeffrey Sebelia and artist Kirk Woodward Nelson have combined their unique talents to create a_i_r. An exclusive, meticulous and provocative lifestyle brand, Candid's Thomas Falkenstedt finds a combination of 90s London meets Tate Modern meets fashion while introducing us to the designers behind it.
a_i_r’s ethos is simple, combining subtle sophistication with a focus on craft; it is a direct response to the insatiable needs of contemporary society. a_i_r utilises sophisticated textures, colours, and silhouettes to create wearable clothes that are unique in the fashion landscape, however giving me a slight flashback to walking the streets of London as a kid in the 90s.
As a progressive brand, a_i_r is tapping directly into contemporary culture’s intense self-preoccupation and desire for individuality. And yet, Kirk Woodward Nelson and Jeffrey Sebelia stand apart from the intense bombardment of images and ideas generated by a fractured media landscape. Driven forward by a need for innovation and a passion for youth, vigor, and relevance, a_i_r is both an answer and a statement of intent.
Jeffrey Sebelia is a fashion designer with fifteen years’ experience that runs the gamut in the fashion world; from working directly with high-profile celebrity clients (hand making couture dresses, gowns, and suits) to designing fast fashion for major mass retailers.
He has has worked in television both in front of and behind the camera and has worked in eight different countries throughout Europe and Asia. Over the years, Jeffrey has influenced the world of fashion via his vision selling in the most-revered stores in the world, styling many popular fashion icons, creating four different fashion brands distributed worldwide and being a design consultant for major fashion companies.
His strengths are in design, trend forecasting, product development, brand concept, and interpretation of design for production and to retail market.
Kirk Woodward Nelson is an artist and filmmaker who resides in Los Angeles. He continues to work in independent film production. He was the writer and director of the feature film Humanoid produced by David Schwimmer and Dark Harbor Stories.
He has made several short films that have been screened both at Hollywood Shorts and AFI in Los Angeles. His recent music video Miracles and Light for the band Sargent was a finalist in the Silver Sound music and video festival in New York.
As a fine artist, Kirk had a solo show at Kim Light gallery entitled Fade to Black. He has also shown with Perpetual Art Machine in Miami, Scope Art Fair in London, LA ART in New York, and the Hayworth Gallery in Los Angeles.
In 2011, alongside entrepreneur Melissa Bochco and fashion designer, Jeffrey Sebelia of Project Runway, Kirk created the original artwork for an avant-garde boys' clothing line called La Miniatura. Kirk earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, and his masters degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Together with Jeffrey, Kirk has joined forces which has lead to this collection.
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