Makins was founded in 2020, aiming to make a positive change to the current fashion industry and promote Australian fashion production, especially in Boorloo (Perth). Makins is making conscious decisions to promote slow fashion and encourage ethical and sustainable practices and vows to make garments more sustainable and make necessary improvements as the business develops and new technology evolves. Makins is designed to be season-less and encourages consumer to buy fewer, higher quality garments. All products will be made to order as fabric stocks are limited. This is due to our sourcing methods and our commitment to minimizing wastage.
Courtney Makins, an award winning Scandinavian fashion designer, is the founder of Makins. She was born in South Africa in 1993 before moving to Boorloo, (Perth) Australia in 2007. She began her fashion studies graduating with an Advanced Diploma from the Central Institute of Technology (2014) and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from Curtin University (2015). Courtney then moved to Borås, Sweden and graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in Fashion design from the Swedish School of Textiles (2019).
Courtney has gained awards such as Accumark CAD Training Award by Gerber Technology (2015) and the Exhibition Award from Designers’ Nest and Designmuseum Danmark (2020). She has also attended a Creativity Through Skills Masterclass by Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo and presented her work at FashionClash Festival in Maastricht (Netherlands, 2019) and Designers’ Nest in Copenhagen (2020). Her work has been featured in the ‘Absent Bodies’ Exhibition at the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen (Denmark, 2020) and at ‘Future Nordic Fashion’ at the Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde museum in Stockholm (Sweden, 2021).
Image by Nathalie Malric