Ayo Keys is a writer and designer based in New York City and the only American recipient of the LVMH Graduates Prize.
She completed her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons The New School for Design with a minor in Journalism and Design at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. There she produced her graduate collection, featuring six women's wear looks inspired by a childhood love of science fiction movies and the ability to manipulate fabrics with light.
She has always been inspired by the irreverent, emotional, eclectic, coherent, rebellious and transformative power of stories and clothing. She feels that every piece of clothing has the power to create a miraculous narrative for the wearer and that every piece of writing is simply clothing worn in the mind and over time becomes apart of the body.
Her dedication to craft, detail, and instilling elegance and eccentricity into her work is what sets both her writing and design work apart from those of her peers. She is constantly working to push her skills and her work to the next level.
Ayo's past work experience includes Interview Magazine, CR Fashion Book, Micheal Kors, and Marc Jacobs. She is currently working on women's wear collections for a Nike owned sports heritage brand.