Here some impressions of ECCO Leather’s dream factory at the Bread & Butter fair in Tempelhof. A leather heaven where some lucky visitors were able to create their own dream bag and have it evolve in front of them. I was able to watch the process of my bright green clutch evolve infront of me; from cutting by Leather Designer Anke and Makis, stitching by Paula and then Pauline adding the press studs. Panos, the CEO of ECCO Leather always in the middle of it doing his magic. Also part of the Open Circle Lab: creative collaborators Marisa and Callum from Method Studio. Progressive Leather craftsmanship at an arms length!
Have a look at ECCO Leathers website here.
One of my favourite shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin was again Vladimir Karaleev. For SS15 Vladimir plays with a sport luxe feel, crafted elements and juxtaposition of proportions all executed in a beautiful and fresh colour palette of Burgundy, Pinks, hints of neon Orange and Yellow. The outdoor setting in the beautiful garden of the Kronprinzenpalais was just perfect on a hot summer Berlin evening too. Congratulations Vladimir!
Have a look at Vladimir Karaleev’s AW14/15 collection here.
During this years ‘Start Your Fashion Business’ award at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, last years winner Bobby Kolade also showed his most recent collection. Here some photographs from his inspired, beautiful cut and just lovely show. Congratulations Bobby for constantly evolving and staying true to yourself and also to Tim Labenda who won this years award!
After always having shown during Stockhom Fashion Week, last week Tiger Of Sweden conquered London.
During London Collection Mens, they showed their SS15 “The Warriors” collection in the Old Sorting Office. Beautiful cut, sharp fitting suits in colours of the night like Black, White, Grey with hints of mauve Pink and rusty Red portrayed elegance yet with attitude. Yes, looking strong the Tiger Gang.
Last week I had the pleasure of participating at the annual ECCO Leather hotshop 007. A fun, creative, innovative 3 day leather workshop where designers, developers and merchandisers from the industry come together to inspire, to be inspired and to develop concept ideas for the longterm Meta trends. Here some impressions of day 1 at the Hotel Goudfazant in Amsterdam, where we startet to built our ideas from various objects and imagery. Indeed ‘Inspiration can be found in anything’.
Firstly a big thank you to my friend Rachel King, who is currently in northern Thailand working with the Karen Women’s Organisation. She took these beautiful photos on the yearly KWO day celebrating their culture and heritage. The theme of this year was the traditional clothing of Karen women. They are gathering knowledge about all the various styles of clothes as there are many different groups within the Karen ethnic group and the styles of clothing change. They organised a competition on the day and each woman had to explain where her clothes were from and the meaning of the different colours, patterns, etc. even the seeds sown onto the cloth and the strings hanging from the cloth have meaning to the Karen.
The Karen people are one of Burma’s major ethnic groups, living mostly in the mountainous eastern border region and central delta area. For over 60 years the Karen people of Burma have been resisting political, economic and cultural suppression and human rights abuses by the Burmese military regime. Since the 1970s the Karen people have fled across Burma’s many borders to escape the persecution. The KWO is a community based organisation active in all seven Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border and in Karen districts within Burma working for women’s equality, empowerment and freedom, whilst supporting the Karen community to maintain its culture and identity.
If you are interested to find out more, please have a look on their website here.
Berlin has finally its own fashion guide book, featuring labels, lifestyle, looks and the people behind it. For Saturdays launch party at Lehrter Siebzehn the single pages of the book were pinned to the wall and it was fun spotting the featured person just right in front of it.
Everyone was there: The gorgeous and charming Franzi Mueller, Malaika Raiss, Vladimir Karaleev who was DJing, Kerstin Geffert from Silk Relations, Michael Sontag, Florian Müller from Müller PR & Consulting, Dandy Diary, Anton of Alexx and Anton and of course Julia Stelzner the author of the book published by Prestel.
Marta and Paulo, the duo behind Marques Almeida, have struck again!
From season to season the masters of frayed denim have consistently added new materials to their repertoire. This season they bring panne velvet back to life and the frayed concept has expanded into knitwear and fluffy feathers. Vibrant Yellow suits and sheepskin; a frayed, shiny denim suit with a casual Orange sheepskin throw and bright Red and Orange Satin suits. The masters of denim, just grew into masters of colours, textures and sheepskin with an inspired and directional collection. Congratulations Marta and Paulo!!!