Jumping on a plane. India, Japan, UK, Iceland, wherever. Searching creativity with a plane ticket in our hand. It’s rooted in our DNA and the Closer documentary series we shot in those years perfectly captured that feeling of being on tour for talent.

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Baldwin Pui / Homing Fung, ChinaFinalists, ITS 2009 – Accessories Leather jacket bags? Can’t find another way to describe it. A project recycling vintage leather jackets into accessories. Brilliant quality, not common in 2009 to see Chinese creativity of such high level.

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Erik Boker, USAFinalist, ITS 2009 – Photography The ways in which one can twist reality to remind us about something else instead of what you’re portraying. Chapeau, Erik Boker!

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Skye Gwillim, UKFinalist, ITS 2019 – Accessories How do people carry bags? Often on their laps. Hours spent looking at people in public transports, trying positions and shaping her mockups… met her at RCA when she was working on it!

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Ankur Gupta, IndiaFinalist, ITS 2009 – Fashion Collection on sheer creativity we have as children and how we shouldn’t allow ourselves to loose. Internship with Manish Arora, now own brand KOSMC of home furnishings & accessories. Amazing textile project producing covid masks to the poorest sectors of society.

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ITS 2005. Passing of the baton between Demna Gvasalia, now creative director at Balenciaga, and Marcus Lereng Wilmont, former and following winner of the Fashion Collection of the Year Award.

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Clare Bottomley, UKFinalist, ITS 2009 – Photography There’s genius in her self-portraits. Terrific sense of irony depicting herself as greek gods of mythology. At ITS she won the SVA Photoglobal Award, that sent her to a master in NY.

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Ali Forbes, ScotlandFinalist, ITS 2009 – Accessories She moved to Glasgow to London in 2004 to become a designer and what an incredible designer she became: ITS, Swarovski, set designs, collabs with artist. Now, stronger than ever, she’s back in Glasgow with her own studio. Not just a designer, an artist.

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