Rushemy Botter was born on Curaçao and have lived a big part of his life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
He started His fashion studies in Arnhem at a more technical school. From there he went to the Royal academy of the Hague. He knew very fast that he wanted to follow his studies in Antwerp. As soon as he got his propedeuse degree he applied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He got accepted and was able to develop his creativity each year to a next level. He was mentored by Walter van Beirendonck and in his master year by Dirk van Saene.
Along the way he was lucky to have won a few awards, in his second academy year he won the prize of the most promising student. In his third year he has won the IFF (International Fragrances & Flavours) awards and with his bachelor collection the same year he was picked up by the VFiles jury and won the VFiles Runway 7 prize. He presented his collection during New York Fashion Week and got mentored by Jerry Lorenzo, Naomi Campbell, Mel Ottenberg and Young Thug.
With his Master collection he is launching the Botter brand together with his partner Lisi Herrebrugh, who has been working together with him on the background during his studies. Lisi is born in Amsterdam and have lived traveling back and forth between The Netherlands and the Dominican Republic. She is raised bilingual as her mother is Dominican and her father is Dutch. Rushemy and Lisi have met nine years ago before their fashion adventure started and had their dreams pointing in the same direction very quickly. Lisi Herrebrugh have studied at Amsterdam Fashion Institute and graduated Cum Laude. During her studies she interned at the atelier of Viktor & Rolf, where she developed her technical skills as she worked on the first Haute Couture collection Viktor & Rolf made after thirteen years of absence on the Couture calendar.
Recently Rushemy won the first Belgian Fashion Awards for most promising designer.
His Master collection titled ‘FISH OR FIGHT’ won several awards among which:
Dries van Noten award, collection that reflects the most passion for fashion
BVBA32 Ann Demeulemeester Award, most promising collection
Flanders DC/UA award, most commercial potential
Belmodo Award, most visionary collection
Weekend Knack award, most promising designer
Botter is a menswear label who designes garments in an elegant way. They find them selves looking back at their Caribbean roots. Between Caribbean virility and femininity lays a very thin layer, men are idle. This is why their style is elegant. The use of rare details makes the collections have a poetic feel.
The collections represent a look into a personal diary, a look and opinion on the world are being expressed through their work. They believe this is important to the relevance of a collection.