Based in London, United Kingdom, Curtis Oland is a fashion designer and artist originating from the Okanagan Valley of Western Canada. His experience of connecting to his indigenous Lil'Wat heritage, and the teachings of the land, have inspired a carefully curated raw, organic aesthetic. His elegant use of soft tailoring, natural fabrics, colourful earth-tones, and an array of unconventional, textural details, gives his garments an essence of subdued wilderness. The supernatural, mountainous landscape of Western Canada are the driving forces in his creative process, which is translated into a celebration of material. His approach to design is the product of his multicultural upbringing, concurrent with an exploration of cultural exchange and sustainable ethics.
He first earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011, where he majored in Visual Arts with a concentration in Sculpture. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Design at Toronto’s Ryerson University in 2016. He has since won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award at Toronto Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 with his collection "Oyama Lake". He has also been nominated for the Simons Fashion Design Student Award for the 2017 Canadian Art and Fashion Awards Gala. Most recently, Oland has made his London debut at Somerset House for the 2019 International Fashion Showcase where he represented his home country with his latest Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, “Delicate Tissue”.