Zhi Chen dropped out of university as an engineering student in China to pursue her dream of working in fashion. After winning a national scholarship to study at Parsons School of Design in New York, Chen studied both in the USA and at London College of Fashion. Shortly, after graduating, Zhi founded i-am-chen.

Since then, Chen has received many accolades- including the Fashion Scout SS19 Merit Award. This saw i-am-chen take part in their first solo show during London Fashion Week. We caught up with the practical and creative knitwear designer backstage post-show, to find out how she was feeling, what’s next and why London is such an inspiration.