5 Sri Lankan Designers Making It Big

With the Sri Lankan Design Festival and Colombo Fashion Week having taken place for several years now, more, and more Sri Lankan designers have been making it into the spotlight. From using traditional Sri Lankan methods like batik, to more contemporary styles – Sri Lankan designers are making their mark both here and away from home. These designers were born, raised, and spend much of their time in Sri Lanka.

Here are 5 fabulous designers you should know, check out and own pieces from!

1. Rum Punch Resort wear by Binara Seniviratne and Rukshika Fernando Seniviratne

Rum Punch Resort wear tapped into the Island spirit that every Sri Lankan holds dear, and produce stunning pieces of swim and beachwear. Often appearing in the pages of Cosmopolitian Sri Lanka, their fun, bold and exotic prints have you wanting to run off to the beach as soon as possible. They allow you to even create and design your own swimwear, and curate killer playlists. This is Sri Lanka’s Island aesthetic for the stylish, fun, and hip young woman.

2. ANUK by Saamadhi Weerasinghe

Launched in 2016 – ‘ANUK’ is a much newer brand, but one that is making people take serious notice. The ready-to-wear brand is based on simple silhouettes in luxury fabrics, giving you classic and tailored pieces that will never go out of style. The brand is defined by its creator as ‘simple silhouettes in fine fabrics; made in the tropics, for the tropics’. As a firm believer of everything in moderation, Saamadhi’s designs reflect clean cut designs with an overall polished look.

3. Papillon du thé by Saskia Fernando

Saskia and her family are no stranger to Sri Lanka’s design scene! Her father Udayashanth Fernando is a creator behind Paradise Road, and her sister Anika is the woman behind the incredible PR Store. Saskia as a designer and gallerist created Papillon du thé, a Sri Lankan handcrafted jewelry line. The line is bold, contemporary and unlike anything you will ever find elsewhere. Each of the pieces are unique, and they have the beautiful structure that all handmade jewelry emulates. My personal favourites are the gorgeous statement rings. She says “My pieces are for every woman. I have statement pieces for those who like to make a statement, and delicate pieces for women who prefer to be more discreet with their fashion accessories”

4. Nithie by Nithesha Jayasekara

Described as “an exquisite line for those who prefer subtle sophistication and casual chic, carefully designed and crafted with love and special care for finer details”. With two collections released so far, Nithie retails online and features classic pieces that allow you to style it to reflect your preference and occasion. The current collection saw well-stitched white shirts, casual dresses, and skirts all of which rapidly have become staples in fashion-forward women’s wardrobes. Classic with a girly twist – this brand has something for everyone!

5. Acushla batiks by Sonali Dharmawardena

Sonali Dharmawardena is another name that is well known it the design circles, she has been pioneering ground-breaking ideas for years. Using batik as a medium, Sonali creates stunning, statement pieces that turn every woman into a fashion icon. What is more Sri Lankan than batik? Taking it away from the usual blouses and sarongs, Acushla batiks adds a sophisticated flair with silk saris and more.
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Sharanya Sekaram has harboured a passion for writing for longer than she can remember. She uses the opportunity to write on any and everything when possible - and believes that words can change lives. Sharanya also has an obsession with simplicity and straightforwardness being used in all aspects of one’s life.

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