After earning a Diploma from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, in 1998 Hakan Yildirim (1971) won his first prize in the Young Fashion Designers Contest hosted by the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association. He then worked as creative director for some Turkish textile companies for several years. In 2001 he opened his own company under his own name, Hakan Yildirim, and started doing couture dresses for his customers.
He did important collaborations with one of the biggest textile companies in Turkey named Koton and they launched a collection ‘Hakan Yildirim for Koton’. This was a huge success for both.
He then decided to move to London in order to have an international name and a ready-to-wear brand of his own. He launched his brand HAKAAN and presented his first collection during London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2010. With that collection he won the Andam Award and continued launching in Paris Fashion Week.
He created a new affordable luxury brand called Section Mode Unique. This brand is very young and energetic. It has its own store in Istanbul, Galata with plans to expand into the USA, with particular focus on New York.
HAKAAN YILDIRIM will be showing H BY HAKAAN YILDIRIM at London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2015.