What’s the story? Born in Chile and based in New York, Maria Cornejo founded her namesake label in 1998 with the goal of making desirable fashion for real women – and it worked. Cornejo won the fashion prize at the 2006 Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Awards, after being selected as a finalist in 2005, and her list of loyal clients includes actress Tilda Swinton, model Christy Turlington Burns and United States first lady Michelle Obama.

Why we love it: minimalist and utilitarian, Cornejo’s clothing is masterfully tailored, often from a single piece of fabric, using clever techniques to cut, fold and drape the material, to create stark and sleek silhouettes that seem seamless. The brand also ticks the right green and socially conscious boxes, using sustainable fabrics. And there is a big “go-gal” vibe: the company is owned and run by women, with the team continuously looking to develop collaborations with female artisans globally.

What we’d pick: the thighskimming vest (above, centre; HK$8,500) cuts a sharp figure while the loose-fitting tunic-style dress with asymmetrical hem and deep low pockets (above, right; HK$9,000) would add a classic touch to any summer wardrobe. We also love the black and white asymmetrical top (above,er left; HK$8,300).

Where can you get it? Zero + Maria Cornejo is available at Harvey Nichols.