Katie Battersby is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts. Her approach to design is firmly grounded in contemporary art practice – enquiry, experimentation and prototyping. The clothes are concept-based and often influenced by classic films or music; producing collections that are intelligent, witty, and wearable. Her customers are creative individuals who can appreciate the workmanship in a handmade garment, like to look a little different, have a sense of humour and appreciate the irony of fashion. She established bespoke t-shirt company Binkie in 2006, selling products both online and through retailers in Australia, Germany and New Zealand. The launch of her eponymous label in 2010 signaled a new period for her as a designer. Previous collections have included Steamboat Bill, From Her to Eternity, Roma, Lost and Found, No Aloha, Natural History, New Wave, American Beauty, Floating World and Wild Wood. Katie lives in Auckland with her husband Ben and her children Bruno, Ruby and Noah.