Istanbul based, London born ready-to-wear brand OUTKAST PEOPLE was built up by designer Emre Aktuna in 2014 in the UK. Emre studied Industrial Design at Yeditepe University and got her Fashion Design MA from Domus Academy, Milan in 2010. After moving to London in the same year, she interned at Christopher Beales for London Fashion Week, AW11. She and her designer friend participated to Earl's Court Festival, 2011 and their "paper dress" was selected for the "Designer Pages" exhibition (Wonderland Magazine). Their project was exhibited for 2 months at the Wapping Project London. In the meanwhile, she started working at Design House London as a "Junior Designer" for River Island in 2011 and for the next 2 years, she designed collections for the British high street retailer company groups; River Island, New Look and Dorothy Perkins. She got her final job as a 'Softs Designer' at TOPSHOP in 2013 and she had the opportunity to design some of the significant pieces of the brand, that was sold in many countries. Between the years 2012-2013 she also worked as a part-time ‘Print Design Assistant’ for Nara Textile which is a textile company located in London. Finally she decided to start up her first own collection in London and moved to Istanbul to build up her brand, OUTKAST PEOPLE.
OUTKAST PEOPLE is an urban fashion brand that designs women's and men's ready-to-wear clothing. The brand is aiming to question the contemporary wardrobe, the soul represents the raw energy and modern urban edge and the garments offer multiple expressions of identity, contrasting elements of androgyny with dress codes across cultural and historical spheres.
From the first collection on, OUTKAST PEOPLE is influenced by music, art, history, anthropology and words. The brand’s general manner is fed by the underground culture.