a.ACHAT is a Berlin-based fashion label that understands itself as a platform, rather
than just a clothing brand – founded by Bergit Faßl in 2015.
It aims to establish an interface between contemporary art, fashion, food, and music.
a.ACHAT’s projects are often based on collaborations with artists, illustrators, and
On the edge of contemporary and avantgarde, the clothing part of a.ACHAT is based
around simplistic shapes, playful patterns and clashing textures for all sexes.
a.ACHAT creates handmade products in small quantities and small irregularities are part
of their character. We work with high quality fabrics and materials to complement our
designs while keeping an eye on sustainability as much as possible.
If you were a…
- A time of day?
Around 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning
- A city?
Tangier or Kyoto
- Where do you source your inspiration?
people, materials, journeys, landscapes, life in total
- What do you dream about?
For that moment about mycelium in general and Lingzhi mushrooms
- What is your favorite thing about what you do?
screen printing and other printing techniques, working togehter with people
- Can you tell us about any exciting plans or goals for the year ahead?
Have fun. Stay tuned.
You can find a.ACHAT’s collection at our Mitte location. Come join Studio183 28.04 // for a.ACHAT’s gallery weekend event!
Did Berlin change your aesthetic and approach to music and design in any way? ye, I adapted a slight more lady like LA hip hop style when I was there (nothing trashy was more sporty spice I guess) and I let that go as soon as i was gone, was a short phase, and didn’t go that deep.
head-to toe in Martin Margiela vintage (dress & tabi boots)
You began collecting vinyls at a young age, when and how did your passion for music start? My passion for music started at a pretty young age, I was influenced by my older sisters that were also obsessed and I would steal their cd’s and listen to them in my room on my own compact disc. Later on I took it much further than they did. Music was always an area I felt strong within, as I wasn’t so good in school.
You just completed your US tour. Highlights? wow so many highlights, but visiting some places for the first time like Pittsburgh, Detroit, Tuscon and Portland was a very special. I met really good people with great visions and happy to see rave culture develop once again in the US.
You are also a jewellery designer, what inspires you the most and what drew you to the materials you use? I think for me its basic shapes and play with those shapes. one idea leads to another, its an endless thought stream (check out Mor’s line MYRRH jewelry)
Who’s your style icon? The only one that comes to mind is Gwan Stefanie. Sometimes it gets cheesy but she always makes it work somehow.
Ding’s Narrative House was launched in 2014. It is a growing collection of my own design creations. I call them wearable art, inspired from my visual artworks. Currently the focus is on limited edition, unique satin silk scarfs.
The main idea is to build my brand in a visual way, to tell the stories that I have experienced in my Nordic everyday life. The most precious thing for me is to be able to give people the chance to wear my art in their everyday lives.
What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?
Touching stories. Some are stories of strangers who I encountered on the streets. Others are stories I have come across in various spaces. The spaces may be forests or islands, shops or museums, or just some people’s homes.
You fuse traditional techniques with modern, contemporary imagery in your designs. Could you tell a bit more about this duality?
I am Chinese. My roots are in Asia but I trained to become an artist and a designer in Europe. Both aspects are quite important to me. Without these elements my designs would be lacking a soul.
All of my designs originate from my art. The starting point for my art is the use of traditional Chinese art materials: rice paper, brush and Chinese ink and pigment. They represent my Chinese roots. With ink pen, I am able to express visual, contemporary stories that merge influences from the West with those from the East.
However, I want to distance myself from traditional Chinese painting in which clear patterns are created. As my subconscious mind controls painting with ink, the artworks form by themselves to an extent. I draw everything on the rice paper and later I modify them on my computer to become textile patterns.
What inspires you the most? Do you have a muse?
The stranger. I am a talkative person and I like to meet people and listen to their stories. Finns are mostly quite shy. All the people not scared of foreigners who like to share their life stories are my muses. Many of them have become my friends. They are hippies, artists, antique dealers, lawyers, shop owners, waiters or teenagers. They are part of my Finnish life and inspire me a lot, even if you can’t see any faces on my art.
What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?
I am continuing the planning of my project: Pomo pop – The story of the face. It is an art project that involves 100 people. Pomo pop merges Chinese ink with western pop art. I want to record Finnish culture through the lens of Pomo pop. This can be seen as a documentary research project into Finnish people and people who have lived in Finland for at least ten years. The practical concept is to offer a stage to the life stories of a diverse group of people. I would like to print all 100 paintings on silk. It is quite big project that will take some time to finish.
I will continue to design some new wearable art scarves this year. But I am quite a slow person ;-) My design philosophy is timeless, like that of Finnish design in general. I don’t have strict schedules for my products like most fashion brands. Mine emerge when the time is right.
The collaboration is very unique in its own right, the collection consists of individual, one-off pieces. Playful, hand-painted images of doll-eyed, beautiful young girls interweave in perfect harmony with the elegant kimono shapes of the designer celebrating feminine beauty.
The artist displayed his sublime photography in our window space alongside the avantgarde pieces of our designers and projected a few conceptual works all over our guests attending the event.
The night was made more enjoyable by the tracks of HC Kurtz, and the artist himself also got behind the DJ decks.
JUAN CARLOS CASASOLA ART INSTALLATION VERNISSAGE
On Friday Juan Carlos Rosa Casasola, the Berlin-based Spanish artist displayed an extraordinary art installation made entirely of clothes donated to art in our Bikini Berlin window space.
Our guests could participate in this collaborative art project by donating their old clothes to support art and recycling for a good cause during Fashion Week and see the results of their charity on Friday at the vernissage.
If you attended, we hope you enjoyed our events as much as we did. And if you missed them this time, don’t worry, we are already planning the next ones!
Let’s revisit what happened during this event-packed, fashion-heavy week!
MARTIN MARGIELA ARCHIVE POP-UP
We started the week in our Flagship Store in Mitte with a very special opening night for our Maison Martin Margiela Archive Vernissage and Pop-Up. We presented unique pieces, iconic accessories from the designer’s early collections, alongside lookbooks, exhibition catalogues, and original fashion show recordings from the ‘90s screened on VHS.
The fashion-pack joined in full force to celebrate the ever-relevant designer - thank you for everyone who joined us on this journey!
See the highlights of the night as a collection of images on our blogpost about the event!
AVEDA STYLING LOUNGE
Our lovely group of influencers and the amazing Aveda Team made the second day of the week very special.
The influencers selected their favourite pieces from our designers, while the professional hairstylists and make-up artists of Aveda brought out their best features before they posed for photographer, Mark Hunt.
See the images all over Instagram and the Berlin blogosphere, and check out a collection of behind the scenes images of the shoot on our blogpost.
IVANMAN FASHION SHOW AND DISPLAY
On Tuesday many designers showed their latest collections on the runway, but we specifically liked IVANMAN, who also displayed his strongest pieces on the Designer Shop floor of MBFWB. Playing with workwear references and clubbing appropriate pieces in royal blue and black, with patches of neon yellow, orange and green thrown into the mix.
IOANA CIOLACU FASHION SHOW
Photo: Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images for IMG
Our other favourite of the day was the London College of Fashion graduate and Romanian designer, Ionana Ciolacu, whose ethereal collection of flowy fabrics and feminine silhouettes left us mesmerised.
NATHINI VAN DER MEER PRESENTATION
photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
In the evening, the promising young talent, Nathini Van Der Meer presented her latest offering of artschool cool kids from the ‘70s, modelled in front of life-sized paintings depicting people wearing her designs. We loved the atmosphere and look forward to seeing more from her!
I DREAM OF SHAPES X MARIE MAY ART INSTALLATION VERNISSAGE
On the same day in our Bikini Berlin store, we fused art with fashion at the opening night celebrating the creative collaboration between the designer I Dream of Shapes and the French artist, Marie May. Ben Smith and HC Kurtz provided the electronic tunes to dance to, and our generous sponsors took care of the drinks for everyone.
In between the shows and preparations, we popped into some of the extensive trade shows to meet fresh talent amongst the 1000+ designers who presented their collections. We definitely found a huge number of interesting designs and dedicated fashion creatives - it was worth the visit!
We also bumped into our unique Studio183 jacket at Bright, styled brilliantly by one of our customers.
STEINROHNER FASHION SHOW
Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty images for Mercedes-Benz
On Thursday we attended the magical fashion show of Steinrohner, where the models walked in transparent flowing garments reminiscent of snow crystals. The feminine silhouettes were adorned with flower prints surprisingly made from technical fabrics. We swooned over this beauty!
STICK AND POKE TATTOO PARLOR WITH MYRIAM KORIAT
On Thursday, we welcomed the lovely tattoo artist Myriam Koriat in our Flagship store in Mitte, who worked her magic on our guests’ body canvases in stick and poke style, while DJs Dan Meyer and Oda Haliti played the coolest tunes. We celebrated with Dr. Koehler prosecco and sipped on gin and tonic from Windspiel manufaktur.
LIVE ART-FASHION PERFORMANCE with CHRISTINA KNOBBE
On the last day of Berlin Fashion Week we had the chance to present the spellbinding performance of our resident Berlin artist, Christina Knobbe. The artist painted her signature style live onto a garment worn by our wonderful model, Maurice. Christina’s abstract swirling shapes kept us hypnotised for quite a while!
Our guests could be part of this collaborative art project by donating their old clothes to support art and recycling for a good cause during Fashion Week- and see the results on Friday at the vernissage.
ODEUR FASHION SHOW @ BERLIN FASHION WEEK
Among all the preparations for our events we made sure to attend the Odeur Studios Fashion show on Friday, the last day of Berlin Fashion Week, where we could admire their talent for creating sportswear-inspired, contemporary designs with an edge.
FASHION WEEK CLOSING PARTY @ STUDIO183 FLAGSHIP STORE
We closed the week with a huge celebration of fashion and the Berlin design scene in our Flagship Store in Mitte. Thank you to everyone who attended, we had a blast, and can’t wait for the next one!