Calik is a fully integrated denim mill with a wide-ranging sustainability program, and an in-house denim university that combines theoretical and practical training for all stages of denim manufacturing. “Our passion matched with that of Outkastpeople’s Emre: we both want to try new things that have never been done before. Her atypical questions also gave us the immediate feeling that we wanted to work with her.”
After attaining her masters at Milan’s Domus Academy, Istanbul-based designer Emre Aktuna moved to London in 2011 to work for high street retailers River Island and TOPSHOP. In 2014, she moved back to Istanbul to establish her own urban underground brand Outkastpeople, which is influenced by music, art, history and anthropology.