Lang Leav's arresting portraits of moody, villainous girls are equal parts kooky and cool. Her original artworks, fashion range, stationery and jewellery are created under the Akina label and are becoming incredibly popular around the world. Now is the time to snap up artwork, as this rising star's work disappears off the shelves almost as soon as it is stocked.
Based in Sydney, Leav started the Akina label in 2005 and subsequently won the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Awards, giving her valuable support from fashion industry vetrans and a financial boost too. She has since launched her label in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and in 2007 was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to travel to Japan and continue to study the Harajuku Girl phenomenon that inspires her work.
The Akina fashion range includes singlets, t-shirts and dresses, and you can find limited editions of jewellery, badges and stationery at select stockists. Limited edition Akina prints are avialable at Stupid Krap! Limited products are also available from time to time on the Akina Website. Check out some behind-the-scene Akina images on the Facebook fan page Akina and the Secret Society of Button Fetishes.
Image: Little Miss Liliput by Akina