Now based in London, United Kingdom, Curtis Oland is a fashion designer and artist originating from the Okanagan Valley of the Canadian Far West. 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 Ryerson University in Toronto, and in 2016, debuted his graduating menswear collection "Harvest" at the Mass Exodus 2016 show. He has since won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award at Toronto Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 with his collection "Oyama Lake". The following season, he presented his most recent collection, "Visceral Architecture", at Toronto Men's Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 show. He has also been nominated for the Simons Fashion Design Student Award for the 2017 Canadian Art and Fashion Awards Gala in April of 2017.
Oland's connection to his indigenous Lil'Wat heritage, and his love for his supernatural homeland, are driving forces in his creative process. His memories of exploring the supernatural, mountainous landscape of Western Canada have stayed with him, and his connection to nature lives on through his work. His approach to design is the product of his multicultural upbringing, and concurrent experiences as a young world traveler and urbanite.
Curtis is currently working on Savile Row in London as a design and production intern for renowned tailor, Ozwald Boateng.