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Shantell Bancroft is a Barbadian, British born Fashion Designer based in London UK.
She has been drawing, painting, designing & sewing for over 20 years.
She studied A-Level Art & Design at LA SWAP Sixth Form college in North London.
Leaving there in 1999, she went on to attend Goldsmiths University in 2000 gaining a BTech National Diploma in Art & Design.
At Goldsmiths, she was able to let loose. Her tutors embraced and encouraged her to blend art and garment construction.
Shantell went on to study at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, ( now UCA) graduating in 2004 with a BA in Fashion Product Development.
She went on to work in simultaneous roles in 2005-2007.
A Production / Studio Assistant to Jon Jourrou at Seirra Designs - a House Of Fraser luxury womenswear concessions brand.
At the Arcadia group- a freelance Design Assistant to the Menswear Design Manager for street brand Burton Menswear.
In 2009 she continued her experience within design - assisting Fashion Designer/founder Christine Mhando at ChiChia London.
Shantell took the first steps to forming her company in 2005. In 2009 she began developing the brand and womenswear.
She established the label, The Urban Tiger in 2011, launching with a small collection of lace boleros.
Inspired by her Barbadian heritage, her work celebrates West Indian culture.
Unravelling the history shared between the Caribbean Islands. Discovering the stories of the first indigenous people to discover, settle and nuture the lands.
Shantell honors the deeper meaning of the 'Afro' hairstyle within Black culture. As an icon for beauty, empowerment and self acceptance.
She explores the conciousness of the natural world. The alience between animal and nature.
The science of the Universe, its Laws and powers of creation.
All, to form irregular textile prints and dynamic metal forms.
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