Growing up on Portugal's Azores Islands, it was here, as a young girl that Susana Bettencourt fell in love with knitwear and her passion to become a designer all started. Developing traditional lace techniques since childhood, Susana took an international leap, relocating to London to study at both Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion. By undertaking a BA in Fashion Knitwear and later an MA in Digital Fashion, Susana had mastered the knitwear and womenswear skills needed to become a success. Susana graduated in 2011, having already presented her Knitwear Collection at the London College of Fashion MA Press Show at the V&A.
By immersing herself in the city of London Susana has brought a unique urban, sporty luxe edge to traditional knitwear. It wasn't long until her sculptural designs were translated into the dimension of seamless knitwear. Susana Bettencourt continues to push the boundaries of knitwear with her talent.
Since launching her eponymous brand Susana Bettencourt has gained high praise and recognition within the fashion industry. Her intricate designs have been featured in various publications such as Vogue, Elle and Paper countless times, with well- known personalities like Lady Gaga, Susanna Lau and Ana Moura adorning her exquisite knits.
Susana continues to explore the relationship between technology and handcrafting knitwear techniques. Her aesthetic is completely experimental and authentic. Susana's understated use of colour and geometric print allows you to see the abilities she possesses; from manipulating the jacquard creating rich new textures and silhouettes to boldly embellishing digitally aware designs. Experimental designs to create new fabrics and a passionate belief in future fashion are at the core of Susana Bettencourt's signature.
Having already showcased at London Fashion Week and won numerous accolades and awards Susana Bettencourt is definitely one brand to be keeping an eye on.