Jarno Leppanen and Key Chow



London based sustainable brand, which explores hedonism, gender fluidity, and reimagines traditional textile crafts and reworks everyday streetwear with an unusual balance of simplicity and soft masculinity. KA WA KEY creates unique artisanal textures and fabrics with their signature techniques. KA WA KEY are International Woolmark Prize 2018 semi-finalist, Centre of Fashion Enterprise alumni and RCA Creative Brand Accelerator graduate. They are known for their artistic performance based presentations and soft soulful visuals. 

Key graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master’s degree in Fashion Menswear. He was nominated as one of the finalists at the H&M Design Award for his graduate collection, which was showcased in “DOUBLE JE” contemporary art exhibition in Palais de Tokyo in Paris. 

Finnish born Jarno has cross-artistic background and holds a Master’s degree in Arts. He translates their designs unique design language into poetical visuals, films, performance and various projects. 

The designers have designed and produced KA WA KEY collections together since AW17 and have presented their collections during fashion weeks in London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Helsinki and of course New York. This is KA WA KEY’s fourth time showing with NYMD. 

KA WA KEY’s designs are seasonally featured in international fashion and culture publications as the designers continue to break boundaries between traditional fashion and art.