Achieving her Fashion BA Honours in 2012 at Kingston University London and Personal Training certifications in 2009, sportswear designer and fitness expert, Charli Cohen, has already made a splash with her graduate collection. A finalist for numerous awards including the prestigious Lycra Future Designers Award at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, the Gold and Womenswear Awards at Graduate Fashion Week and the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award, the Wiltshire-born designer is now developing the first commercial collection for her eponymous activewear label, Charli Cohen. Snapped up by a high profile Italian sportswear company immediately after graduating, Charli also works as a freelance fashion designer in addition to her own endeavours.
Prior to commencing her degree, the designer’s first foray into fashion was at 15, designing and customising a range of T-shirts and selling to boutiques. At 17, she travelled to South East Asia to have a womenswear collection produced, which was sold through a selection of stores in the UK and New Zealand. Despite having resolved at an early age to become a fashion designer, Charli developed a keen interest in nutrition and exercise science, devouring as much literature as she could find on the subject and beginning what would become a longterm fascination with scientific journals and studies.
Adamant that she could and would pursue both her passions simultaneously, Charli qualified as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant alongside her degree. Whilst she uses her background in sports science to create ergonomic, high-performance sportswear, her fashion-oriented approach refuses to sacrifice style for function, resulting in garments that not only feel great to train in, but look great too! The young designer also demonstates concern for the future, using eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable production processes and UK-based manufacture.
Aside from fitness and fashion, Charli is a keen music-lover, having done her share of performances as a singer/songwriter and guitar player. She continues to play in her free time, on the rare occasions she has any spare! Writing is also a passion and alongside her own blog (formerly haveyourcakeandeatitdiet.com), Charli is a contributer for The Huffington Post and Spindle Magazine.
Charli Cohen’s upcoming collection, sponsored by performance-wear innovator, Lycra, is set to hit stores next January.