Duran Lantink, NETHERLANDS
Some designers have mood boards for inspiration. Duran Lantink, based in Amsterdam, instead creates some of his designs after trawling the city during the Tuesday night ritual when its residents leave things out on the street for others to take. “I never understood using new materials when there are so many beautiful things around me,” says Lantink, who started designing as a teenager, cutting up the Gaultier and Margiela his mother no longer wore. More recently he has utilized the likes of a vintage Balmain dress, a ’60s fur coat donated by a friend’s grandmother, and a regiment’s worth of army sweaters for his three-year-old label. “You get a pile of clothes and just start digging in,” Lantink says, laughing.