Ilke completed her MA in Textiles at Chelsea College of Arts / London and her BA in Textile and Fashion Design at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University /Istanbul. During her MA at Chelsea College of Arts, she specialised in sustainability and adapted an earth-friendly approach. Ilke is a multi-talented and multi-approached designer with sustainability in mind.
She moved to London in 2014 and started giving Design & Sewing Services to companies and designers such as Strawberries & Cream, Doc Cotton, Little Bevan, Rockins, Lisa King, Fyodor Golan, James Hock, Gosha London, Bagpad London, Petit Pli, Geraldo Forazao, Luluyetha Howell.
Pattern making, sampling, bespoke making, small-sized productions as well as design and consultancy are included among her services.
After helping other companies with Design & Sampling queries for 6 years, she decided to slow down and create her own brand.
Ilke Usluca Design focuses on creating earth-friendly and conscious textile products aiming to bring some joy while being eco-conscious. In her products, she uses sustainable / zero-waste practices to create beautiful and high-quality items that are long-lasting and multifunctional. All the prints are designed & the products are handmade by Ilke. In her prints, she takes inspiration from geometry, urban life and illusions. Her designs reflect her way of seeing life, both experimental and joyful.
She uses digital printing and eco-friendly inks on her fabrics. Her products are made with zero-waste techniques to cut down the pre-consumer waste and she is also using old deadstock fabrics and remnants of her own printed fabric.
There are various sleep masks, tote bags, tea towels/placemats, versatile scarves, cushion covers and kimonos within her range (and hopefully more to come soon).
Instead of using unnecessary packing materials or virgin papers, all of the purchased items are posted in biodegradable kraft packaging and in cotton drawstring bags, therefore she aims to provide a sustainable process from design to delivery.