London-based Russian/Korean designer and Central Saint Martins graduate Timur Kim has announced the opening of a pop-up shop at East London’s Hackney Shop, running from 27 April to 3 May. The SS15 collection, as well as samples from the brand’s previous seasons and archive, will be on sale.
Born in 1989 and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia, through hard graft Kim started teaching himself how to sew from the age of 12, launching his first collection at the age of 16 at Saint Petersburg fashion week.
In 2006, Kim moved to London to embark on the esteemed Central Saint Martins BA Fashion and MA Fashion. He is the youngest ever MA graduate under the legendary Professor Louise Wilson, who encouraged him to launch his own brand in London.
Along the way, Kim has assisted Alexander McQueen in his Clerkenwell studio and in 2011 he won the Chloe Award and the Pringle Award for the second consecutive year. Kim launched his eponymous brand in 2012 and is based in Dalston.
Sample prices start at £25, while the current season collection retails at £70 for a T-shirt, going up to £590 for a signature patchworked denim coat dress. On the Thursday evening of the pop-up shop Timur Kim will host an evening drinks reception, giving local customers and industry press a chance to meet with the designer and see his collections in person.
Part of Hackney Council’s regenerative Fashion Hub initiative, Kim follows in the footsteps of London designers such as House of Holland, Markus Lupfer, Roksanda and Jonathan Saunders who have all held pop-up sample sales and events at the Hackney Shop.