Born in Ethiopia, raised in the Cote d'Ivoire and educated in the UK, Hiywet is a ready to wear designer based in Brooklyn. Her origins and exposure to textile and craftsmanship in Africa ignited a passion for textile innovation and fashion design. A modern sensibility coupled with textile and organic inspirations are the core of her creations. Fabrics are often the starting and inspirational point for Hiywet.
Over a successful 25 year career in New York, Hiywet has led and been an integral part of successful design teams at Armani, Vivienne Tam, BCBG Max Azria and others. Hiywet has also consulted and designed for a range of brands including Rebecca Taylor and private label brands.
Recognizing a need for knowledgeable designers experienced in both modern knitwear and woven categories, Hiywet launched Atelier Artisane.
Atelier Artisane is a design consultancy business that provides concept, design and technical support for emerging and established fashion brands.
Hiywet has the expertise to conceptualize and design into any brand's DNA and deliver quality modern collections, while managing technical challenges, making her one of the most sought after creative partners in the business.
With an affinity and passion for textile, sustainability and fashion, Hiywet successfully partners to build collections that embody an exquisite combination of luxury, modernity, femininity and style whilst keeping a sharp eye on detail.
“I am attracted to the singular combination of luxury and fragility and I design with the aim to convey a sense of timelessness. My goal is for the wearer to develop over time a sort of intimacy with the clothes."