Leo Carlton

“I've felt very touched and fortunate for the whole experience.” 


Leo Carlton is a London-based headwear and fashion artefact designer who makes headpieces using a 3D printed PLA (polyactic acid) filament, made from biodegradable fermented plant starches. Each headpiece was developed in virtual reality using Oculus Rift, allowing Leo to purge ideas and test forms, stability and bespoke sizing, before even touching the raw material. Graduating from Cordwainers, London College of Fashion in 2014, Leo has since collaborated with many other creatives, including Charles Jeffrey and Tim Walker - and has been featured in Another Man magazine, British Vogue, Vogue Italia. They continue to work as millinery assistant at Stephen Jones. Leo was in-residence at Sarabande Foundation for 2 years from 2015 – 2017.