by Walter Thulin
For many designers, having their work featured on a set of national post stamps is a defining moment of their career. For John Rocha, it was merely a blip on the radar of public recognition of his fashion.
Rocha - a Hong Kong born, Ireland based designer – has been a staple of the European and Asian fashion scene since the 1980s. Upon graduating from the Croydon School of Art in London, Rocha established a name for himself by designing independently before selling through outlets such as A Wear and Brown Thomas.
After testing the water in the European design world, Rocha expanded into home and lifestyle design. Working with Waterford Crystal and glassware designer Marcus Notley, Rocha designed cut, crystal stemware and vases. His work outside clothing design helped hone his overall aesthetic. His fashion designs have since drawn on the simplistic, repetitive styles of his glassware.
Rocha’s increasing recognition is an exciting expansion of the American fashion scene. His designs balance cutting edge fashion with affordability. By distributing his clothes through numerous retailers, Rocha has been able to keep prices down, allowing him to experiment with new designs. Recently recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Art and Design at The Asian Awards, Rocha is riding high. With a Spring/Summer collection about to come out, his new work stands to be the most exciting yet.