Michal Perelmuter and Julia Payton are the design duo behind the label avrgbbs. Nostalgia, play, and fantasy are integral to their process as they create garments with illustrative motifs, intricate embellishments, and textiles made from latex & upcycled materials. As two queer designers, their relationship and identity give them a unique perspective and approach to design.
In the summer of 2017, Michal and Julia traveled to London, UK to intern and develop their collaborative undergraduate thesis. Inspired by childhood creativity, they created a 5-look collection titled “Won’t you play with me?”, and an interactive book meant to reignite adult creativity. After graduating, their second collection, “The tale of two average and nostalgic babies” opened Fashion Art Toronto in April 2019. In September 2019 they will be moving to London, UK to evolve their imaginative world.