Hakan Akkaya left Bilkent University Architecture Department on the second year and took fashion design training in Istasyon Art Academy and over the past 20 years he is persuing his fashion designer career. He had been a department manager in the leading companies of the fashion industry such as Boyner Holding , Altınyıldız and Sarar.

He was the first Turkish designer who attended Who’s Next Paris and Bread&Butter Berlin Fair with his menswear collection in 2012. He had attracted great interest with his fashion shows both men and women collections for eight seasons in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week İstanbul.

Hakan Akkaya was also the moderator and jury of the TV shows for six seasons.

For Kızılay corporate employees, Hakan Akkaya’s designs made from nanotechnology fabrics with the support of ITHIB (Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association), were presented with a press conference held in Çırağan Palace.

He is consultant of ITHIB and also he has been 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th ITHIB Fabric Design Contest jury at 2014 and 2018. The finalist’s fabrics become elegant garments at ‘Hakan Akkaya’s Atelier and presented with a fashion show.

His two fashion shows in Turkey ‘120 Days of Sodom’ and ‘Marie Antoinette’ become a sensational news in Turkish and worldwide press. He represented his collections with a magnificient runways.

Hakan Akkaya become the first and the only Turkish Designer who included to the New York Fashion Week Official schedule. He presented his collections in New York Fashion Week in February 2017, September 2017,February 2019 and February 2020.

As well as preparing custom made designs for both men and women with the brand HAKAN AKKAYA, he is also designing pret-a-porter products