Yang Li's realisation that he wanted to become a fashion designer happened in the most unlikely of places - a basketball court. Li has never done anything conventional, which is what makes his story interesting. Born in Beijing, educated in Australia and London, and launching from Paris, his edge derives not only from his international background but from his approach to the craft that is inspired by old-school modernists like Helmut Lang and sub cultures like music and sport. Li received a scholarship to study at Central Saint Martins, London in 2007. During this time he interned with designer Gareth Pugh, with whom he didn't stick long and went to seek greater inspiration in Belgium where he interned for Raf Simons. In 2010, he returned to London, ready to launch his own line. Quality and design go hand in hand in Li's collections in which subtle details do the talking. What's also unique to Li's designs is that he mixes machine and handmade details on one piece.