HJK REDEFINES the boundaries of knitwear using time-honored traditional craft techniques, luxurious Italian yarns, and unexpected material combinations to create a uniquely expressive fashion collection.
HJK UTILIZES knitting, hand-embroidery, and crochet as the visual language of a modern fashion knitwear brand founded upon unique textiles. Collections are heavily inspired by the process of making and an innate love for the textile development process, following each idea through multiple experiments. The silhouette references today’s modern uniform of the casual sweatshirt, reformulated using labour-intensive, luxurious techniques. The collection is designed and developed in the studio in Southern California and made to order by a skilled team of specialists based in the USA, and internationally.
HJK is proud to partner with Nest, a non-profit organization bringing transparency, business development and advocacy to the global artisan community. Utilizing Nest’s transparent sourcing program, we are connecting directly with talented global craftspeople to generate artisan purchasing while enriching our collection with timeless techniques. To learn more about Nest’s work visit www.buildanest.org, and please join the movement @buildanest.
Hannah started her textile career at a young age, learning to knit, crotchet, and hand-embroider from her grandmothers in England. Discovering her love of making, she followed her passion by taking art-textile classes in secondary school and earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Brighton in Fashion Textiles Design, specializing in Knitwear. Inspired by the creative scope of being able to design and develop a textile alongside a garment, she launched her professional career at a small creative knitwear studio in London, honing her skills of developing knitted textiles and operating manual knitting machinery.
Hannah earned her MFA in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons, The New School after receiving a full scholarship. Her MFA collection, My Heart, was shown at New York Fashion Week and garnered enthusiastic responses from the fashion industry and press.
During the MFA program, she was selected to compete in the Feel the Yarn competition at the Pitti Filati tradeshow in Florence, Italy with her collection From Material to Immaterial.
Hannah gained valuable industry experience working for a number of well-known fashion designers and brands in New York and California. She established HJK after receiving continued interest in her work and seeing the opportunities for knitwear production in the United States. Hannah continues to exercise her knitwear design skills within the industry alongside launching small, specialty, hand crafted collections from her studio in Southern California.