After meeting as students at Kingston School of Art, Freya Grötecke and Julia Forslund founded Ecke Faei during 2020’s lockdowns. Drawing from their shared backgrounds, the duo design fragile knitwear pieces for all sizes and gender identities.

Freya and Julia are winners of the Oxo x Arts Thread Graduate Residency Programme. This new initiative offers two complimentary studios at Oxo Tower Wharf for a four month period to graduate designer-makers. The aim of the residency is to support emerging designers in launching their studios, with a space to work, showcase their creativity and sell in the heart of London.