Minimalist and Contemporary
LUMIN was established in 2014 by Amy Liu-Saunders and James Barrett-Poulsen. A contemporary South African women’s wear brand defining itself through varying degrees of soft and hard, light and dark, symmetry and asymmetry, the LUMIN style is relaxed and easy-to-wear.
With a focus on quality fabrics and the perfect fit, part of the brand’s mission is to encourage and support high-end fashion manufacturing in South Africa.
A WORD WITH
Amy Liu-Saunders &
Designers and founders of LUMIN
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER?
We both have a love of designing and creating and we knew we wanted to be our own bosses.
WHAT STYLE ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR?
Monochromatic colours, Japanese silhouettes
BEST CAREER MOMENT SO FAR?
Winning the SA Fashion Week Sunglass Hut New Talent Search in 2016
ANY ADVICE FOR TOMORROW’S YOUNG DESIGNERS?
Hustle, hustle, hustle... The hard work pays off, just keep focused on your goals. But always remember to have fun!
WHAT ITEM OF APPAREL WOULD YOU NEVER GO ON HOLIDAY WITHOUT?
WHAT CORNER OF SA MOST OOZES STYLE, IN YOUR EYES?
Definitely Joburg... it’s such a melting pot of ideas, cultures, creativity and experimentation!
FAVOURITE FABRICS TO WORK WITH?
Beautiful linens and other natural fabrics
MOST STYLISH LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL CELEB IN YOUR EYES?
To us, Sharon Becker is effortlessly chic and sophisticated.
AND WHO URGENTLY NEEDS A FASHION MAKE-OVER?
We like to think of it as “room for improvement” - Helen Zille has room to improve :)
WHERE DO YOU FIND DAILY INSPIRATION?
All different places; a piece of music, a fabric sample, architecture. Depending on your outlook on life, inspiration can be found in all sorts of places.
“We knew we wanted to be our own bosses.”
AMY LIU-SAUNDERS &
on becoming fashion designers
AMY LIU-SAUNDERS & JAMES BARRETT-POULSEN