Umit Kutluk was born in Turkey. He completed a degree in Textile Engineering and worked across many disciplines in the Turkish fashion industry – textiles, manufacturing, sales & distribution – before moving to Dublin in 2007. Following further study he graduated with honours in fashion design from the Grafton Academy, Dublin in 2011.
In the same year he won the Alfa Romeo DIT Young Designer of the Year Award and the overall prize in the Gillette Venus Fashion Design Awards to name a few. Kutluk developed his brand Umit Kutluk in 2011. A year later he opened his salon in the relaxed grandeur of a magnificent Georgian building at 27 Merrion Square.