Leah Das is a London-based designer and writer working between cloth and communication.

Practice & Approach

Drawing on the characterful charm of a British upbringing and the rich vibrancy of an Indian heritage, my work makes use of garment-making, textiles, installation, image and the written word to express a world of ideas.

Led by research as much as practice, my interests have ranged from exploring body politics, social media, and technology to diving deep into industry issues, ecological alternatives, and social responsibility. I believe art and design offer the potential to imagine and enact new ways of living, being, thinking and doing in our ever-evolving modern world. I value the physical side of making as a way to connect with things that matter – both literally and figuratively. My focus now is on marrying thoughtfulness with creativity to make work that feels honest and approachable, whilst acknowledging the landscape of thought and emotion that drives the process.

I am passionate about slow craft, the power of making, creative storytelling, gentle provocation, and enabling people to think about stuff beyond a consumption mindset.

Education & Work

I graduated with a first class honours in Fashion Design from UWE Bristol in 2013 before attaining a distinction on the MA Fashion Futures programme at London College of Fashion in 2017.

I produce self-initiated and collaborative projects of an art/design/craft-based nature, as well as writing around these topics online and for publications. I have also co-facilitated practical workshops in textiles, and been a visiting tutor at Central St. Martins and London College of Fashion.

Alongside this, the other string to my bow is communication. I work with various clients on visual and written projects to help them connect with their audiences clearly and with consideration. Past clients range from charities and civic services such as Birmingham City Council, Oxfordshire NHS Trust and HCV Resource Network, to start-ups, independent designers and artist-led projects like the Loft Bham, Meame and Rize.

Find examples of both self-led and commissioned work in Projects.

Get in touch: hello@leahdas.com