Stefan Kartchev

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp graduate STEFAN KARTCHEV honed his craft working with fashion giant Walter van Beirendonck, footwear frontrunner Rombaut and sportswear specialist Bioracer

Through his practice, Kartchev seamlessly connects matters that at first glance seem polar opposites. Whether it is digital versus physical, historical versus future fictions or traditional crafts versus the most groundbreaking of technologies: in the universe of Kartchev they subvert and unite to strengthen each other. 

Stefan’s interest in activewear is strongly present in his work, always challenging innovative industrial applications in a playful manner to expand the creative notions of his collaborators. Warping silhouettes and morphing prints indicate a journey through time. One in which technology enhances and extends the human body and its capabilities.  

Kartchev is currently based in Brussels. In addition to his various collaborative ventures, he is focussed on research within the field of fashion and textile, both in Belgium as well as his native country Bulgaria.