At the Royal College of Art Teija Eilola acquired skills in traditional tailoring and atelier approach to design. Her MA collection exhibited her skills in creating versatile yet subversive tailoring that challenged our usual understanding of contemporary womenswear.
From RCA Teija was hired as a designer by a Japanese London based Michiko Koshino label who embraced Teija's deconstructed drapery. Since then Teija has worked as a joint head of design at an international brand as well as a consultant for other brands. Teija launched her signature line in 2012 at the final of Fashion Fringe competition, where she was mentored by the chair Christopher Bailey.
Teija brings to her work minimalism from her Nordic roots while also playing with techniques discovered in Victorian wardrobe and early century French atelier. Looking into couture finishes together with modern explorative cut Teija plays with challenging new silhouettes that are yet somehow timeless.
Teija finds inspiration in a muse who is often the intellectual, the iconic woman. Thus her designs often explore shapes that are both feminine and sensual, as well as oversized or challenging in the proportions.
In June 2017 Michelle Obama, Ex Flotus, wore Teija piece on holiday and caused a wave of attention in the press as well as social media globally.
During her first degree Teija was awarded Royal Society of Art Student design award. She has since been gaining international recognition from established magazines and stores like Vogue Italia Vogue Talents to watch 2016, Grazia top 40 new labels to know 2015 and Barney's New York window display of British Design visionaries January 2017 in collaboration with British Fashion Council. Teija label shows four collections a year and is currently sold at stores internationally, among them top names like Barneys New York, Dover Street Market, Galerie Lafayette and Matches Fashion.