SEVEN THIRTY ONE:
SEVENTHIRTYONE is a Toronto Based women’s wear label that was created back in 2010 by the designer duo; Defne Husrevoglu and Maiko Suzuki. Sharing a similar vision for their brand; the creative engine that drives the two is to create visiual representations and designs that speak to diverse cultural contexts.
SEVENTHIRTYONE defines themselves by using the highest quality materials without the use of buttons and zippers. This is to maintain natural comfort when worn, and stimulate a second skin. Letting the clothes develop character over time due to wear.
It all started out when Defne and Maiko met in Paris and became roommates. While the girls were living together they soon discovered that they share the same birthday, July 31. Little did they know at that moment this would later inspire the name for the label, SEVENTHIRTYONE.
Defne Husrevoglu started her fashion career designing for a company in Bolivia, deisgning a line of exotic leather handbags, while she was still a fashion student at Seneca College. After this experience she decided to quit school and move to Paris to pursue her dream of starting a clothing line.
Maiko Suzuki started her fashion career as a buyer while studying international business marketing. In 2009 she moved to New York to work as a manager for a buying agent, supporting designers and international retail stores. Through this experience she grew an interest for developing new fashion designers.
In 2013 the Canadian-Japanese label was selected as a top 4 designer in “TFI’s New Label Competition”, an event presented in collaboration with Target. They were also selected as Semi-Finalist in “Mercedes-Benz Start Up”. They currently sell at selected fashion stores now in the US, Kuwait and Japan.
We believe that their distinguishing style will keep all our inner fashionista’s longing for more by SEVENTHIRTYONE. Their S/S14 collection is available at selected boutiques in New York, Japan, Austria, and more. See website for locations near you: www.Seven-thirty-one.com or check out their Facebook page for daily updates.
(Above image: LEFT – Designer Maiko Suzuki, MIDDLE – Fashion stylist Michael Black, RIGHT – Designer Defne Husrevoglu)