Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan graduated top of his class in 2009, following an invitation to be the only Indonesian designer to present his collection during China Fashion Week 2009 in Beijing as part of Hempel Award. After graduation he instanteously become involved in the fashion industry, working for several major brands before opening his own label in 2010. Originally producing only made-to-order garments, Yosafat launched his debut ready-to-wear collectiong during Jakarta Fashion Week 2011.
Yosafat’s balance between complex design construction and a sense of relaxed wearability has been praised in the pages of Vogue Italia, ELLE Indonesia, and V magazine, among others and his brand is stocked by three stores in Jakarta.
“As one of the youngest designers in the program in terms of age and business, I feel very fortunate to be a part of the CFE programme. It has always been my dream to be a world class designer and selling internationally and be a part of the global fashion community while still holding on to my idealism and design aesthetic. Being an Indonesian designer, it seemed like the dream was just going to be a dream. But when the CFE team arrived in Jakarta, providing us with the knowledge and giving us a taste of what it’s really like out there, the dream has starting to become a reality. Now, thanks to CFE, I have grown up as both a designer and a businessman. The programme gives me confidence to really make a mark in the Indonesian fashion scene while pursuing the dream of going global. The kind of knowledge that I gain from CFE is the one that you’re going to remember and keep for the rest of your life. Thank you Centre for Fashion Enterprise!” – Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan