Luther Riley (Fantôme) is 19 years old and has been designing clothes his entire life. As a child he made clothes for his sisters’ Barbie dolls out of socks and old pillow cases. Fantôme’s seasonal collections are a reflection of the things that surround Luther and his life at the time. Gaining inspiration from everyday events and objects he finds ways to incorporate everything from a conversation with a friends to an empty seat on the train.
Luther’s dream is to make Chicago a fashion hub and have people appreciate fashion as an art form instead of a commercialized commodity. He launched his fashion brand Fantôme in April 2016 and is currently enrolled as a sophomore at the Illinois Institute of Art in downtown Chicago.