Aysegul Ikna graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT, with a marketing degree, and later attended Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA, where she received a master’s in fine arts in fashion design.
Aysegul was exposed to fashion as a child in Istanbul, Turkey, where her family owned a contemporary women’s clothing business.
She started her own retail business and design studio in New Haven, CT. After running the business for several years, she moved to Los Angeles to gain more technical and industrial experience, consequently creating a men’s line, “Rodrick Gilchrist Fashion House.” She states: “I was amazed at how much tailoring was involved in men’s clothing. I wanted to learn the craft and apply it to women’s wear.” As a designer, she focuses on the details of garment construction. Her work is sustainable and only uses recycled deadstock fabrics.
Aysegul likes the idea of “Slow Fashion,” a movement that is not only concerned with the environment, but also shows how the designer cares about the process of creating a piece. Slow Fashion is a matter of caring. In today’s world, we don’t value craftsmanship as much as we should. Fashion can be different things.