Combining timeless designs and reclaimed leather, artwear designer Gnykol creates a sense of fearless expression in her handmade outerwear.
Artwear describes one-of-a-kind wearable art fashion. It is a word coined by True Self Couture, the ArtWear Collective of which Gnykol is a founding member.
Repurposing spent materials is a core ethic of Gnykol’s work. She breathes new life into otherwise discarded leather; the “waste” of the fashion industry becomes the jewels which Gnykol spotlights in her stunning compositions. Her eccentric works boldly display the raw edges of leather hides, rejected sections, and pocked and marred surfaces. Ranging from lightly embellished with functional hardware to elaborately adorned with high densities of studs and spikes, each piece is a work of art. Her love for color and texture pulses throughout her collections, melding classic cuts with her own street style.
Gnykol’s creations offer the opportunity to behold the beauty in the rough edges. They encourage radical self expression by empowering the wearer and igniting inspiration by all who view them.