Fronté is a London-based womenswear brand established in 2016 by Jiyun Lapthorn.
“I make elegant, minimal and versatile clothing for modern women who are independent, strong and original to express their own style.
I create clothes, not fashion, as I consider well-designed and useful clothes are tools for life. Beyond the comfort and functionality, I am making truly transformable pieces that are effortlessly elegant and will adapt throughout your day. It is all about the construction; the clever way it’s built.
All my garments are made in London supporting local businesses, and use the best fabrics that age well; often containing fair trade and organic fibres like bamboo and eucalyptus.
Fronté lives through an ongoing lifelong search for good designs that are clever, useful and beautiful. ”
– Jiyun Lapthorn – Designer & Founder
Jiyun Lapthorn graduated her M.A. with a distinction from London College of Fashion. Her first collection was shown at the V&A to an all-star crowd including Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes and Harold Tillman. She has since worked with Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark London and Caroline Seikaly in Paris. She worked as a freelance designer for a few years before establishing her own label. She sold designs to various clients including Valentino, DKNY at exhibitions such as Premiere Vision, Como and Direction. Her work has been worn by Carmen Dell’Orefice and Sasha Pivovarova and featured in The Telegraph, Vogue and Italian Vogue.
“It’s amazing – to see these ideas and what they’re creating. There’s a real spark among them. It’s brilliant to support young talent. I was thinking what happens to the outfits now?” Roberts, hopeful and clearly impressed said after the show. “I really liked the feminine pieces, and in particular the Lapthorn dresses” – exquisite inky draped numbers from womenswear student, Jiyun Lapthorn.Vogue - Jessica Bumpus
Photography by Agatha A Nitecka.