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MEET THE DESIGNER OIL BY OLIVEPlease introduce yourself and your...

June 20 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER OIL BY OLIVE


Please introduce yourself and your brand! 

I’m Olive - from OIL by Olive. I was raised in NY, but have been residing in Berlin for the last 3 years. I just released my third collection, which explores the freedom of expression - where style is no longer defined by gender, class or sexuality - and we have the total ability to define ourselves.

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What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?

Comfort - not only in the pieces themselves, but for the wearer, to be comfortable in their own skin. I want my clothes to make someone feel great about themselves, to help them feel confident and beautiful, sexy and powerful.

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What or who inspires you the most?

I draw influence from the world I see around me, in which no one can be defined by a single term. My collection represents a specific point, where him and her, gay and straight, trash and elegance all meet and can be confused for one another.

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Do your clothes also convey a political message about society? How important is it for you to offer an alternative regarding gender norms?

We live in a world that often tries to label us and pressure us into acting one way or another. We’re asked to choose our identity based on limited options.

At OIL by Olive we reject labeling. My aim is to provide an alternative, to let people stand out and stand above, to be their true selves.

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How does Berlin influence your aesthetics?

I think I still retain a lot of my aesthetic from my time in New York. But being in Berlin has greatly opened my mind to the many different forms of self. I’ve met so many intriguing characters in Berlin - who feel free experimenting with their identities in this open and accepting environment. I’ve realized just how limiting popular culture is, which is why I want to offer an alternative for those who crave the ability to express themselves freely.

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Can you tell us about any exciting plans for the year ahead?

At the moment, OIL by Olive is dedicated to sustainability - everything is hand-made and produced locally in Berlin. By doing so we reduce waste and avoid unethical production processes. As we grow and evolve, I’d love to dedicate more to environmentally-conscious practices, such as using only surplus materials and renewable energy. Because without the future of the planet, there is no future for OIL by Olive.  


website: http://oilbyolive.com/

instagram: @oilbyolive

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oilbyolive/

MEET THE DESIGNER ELIZABETH LEFLARPlease introduce yourself and...

June 17 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER ELIZABETH LEFLAR


Please introduce yourself and your brand!

I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, currently based here in Berlin. Raised by two artists, I always knew that I was meant to make things, but for many years, could never quite figure out exactly what. Jewelry design is something I sort of stumbled into but it left me completely enchanted.

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My label comes out of that enchantment. It’s born out of curiosity and guided by an instinctual design aesthetic. The precise inspiration behind the line is mysterious to me and takes many forms, but in the end, I think the greatest inspiration goes back to that idea of transformation - from the physical transformation of the materials, to that feeling when you put on a piece of jewelry, the stories it may carry with it, and the sense of empowerment all that can make you feel.

What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?

“Would I love to wear this?” So much design - fashion or otherwise - has turned to mass appeal, but I was raised to trust my eye and my creative instincts, so if I’m not personally excited to wear a piece myself, then it has no place in my collection.

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In your most recent collection, the Tidal collection you use organic shapes and natural materials, like pearl, sterling silver, and brass. How does nature inspire you in your designs?

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, my family spent a lot of time outdoors and on the Oregon Coast, so I’ve always felt a really strong connection to that area.

For this reason, the Tidal Collection is probably the closest to home for me, drawing its inspiration from there. Dancing down the windswept beaches, climbing the rocks and peering into tidal pools - there’s so much rough and rugged beauty. As a child, I always had sand in my shoes and a beach agate in my pocket. I loved the idea that this all could be reinterpreted and incorporated into something to wear, still to treasure.

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You employ ethical practices in the production process. Could you please explain about it a bit?

Again, my entire childhood had a backdrop of forest and ocean, so this is something important to me. In an effort to reduce my ecological footprint, I use recycled metals whenever I can, sustainably sourced pearls, and I work with local suppliers at every opportunity.

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Can you tell us about any exciting plans for the year ahead?

I’m currently finishing the prototypes for my upcoming collection, which will play with light, some bolder shapes, and finally introduce a little color! This time inspired by our beautiful planet’s transformative nature, it plays with organic versus geometric form. It will definitely be something new for the line and I can’t wait to share it with Studio183 soon!


website: www.elizabethleflar.com

instagram: www.instagram.com/elizabethleflar

facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabethleflardesign

twitter: www.twitter.com/elizabethleflar

MEET THE DESIGNER MOONKIDPlease introduce yourself and your...

June 15 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER MOONKID


Please introduce yourself and your brand!

I am Anja Mrakovic, the founder and designer behind Moonkid Jewellery Design, Berlin based contemporary jewellery label.

Everything started as a personal side project while I was still working as an architect in Zagreb and Montreal. After moving to Berlin I decided to finally pursue it as a full time profession. If I should briefly introduce the brand, I would say that the brand tries to combine different expressions - it is bold in one way and minimalistic in another. Combination of color applied to a pure geometric form is what makes my jewellery striking but simple at the same time.

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What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?

So far, with color as the hallmark of my first collection, I was constantly introducing new items to fit into the existing span of various colors and patterns. I am still just in a phase of experimenting with some new techniques and materials for the new collection while my main concern is to stay original - staying inside the same aesthetic range but avoiding the trap of repeating myself.

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Who is your muse?

It is hard to talk about a specific person that influences my designs. I wouldn`t say that there is some specific “muse” that inspires me… It is more about various influences that come from my background, many of which maybe even I am not aware of.

Also, very often people ask me if I was inspired by Africa or Egyptian jewellery – although it was never a conscious decision, my love for travel has to have something to do with it.

What kind of craft techniques do you use when creating your unique pieces?

The process is strictly mechanical – no soldering or welding, only “dry” joints. Some pieces are also industrially premade, which I then assemble into small structures. At the moment, I work mostly with copper and cotton thread folded in different patterns, a process that requires great precision and time.

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How does your background in architecture influence your designs?

I would say that the influence is mostly visible from the fact that I approach each of my pieces as a structure made of different layers: a body that consists both of inner “skeleton” that keeps the form and an outer  "facade".

The skills, tools and insights acquired from architecture education are definitely something that allowed me to quickly scale down to jewellery, considering I had no formal training as a jewellery designer.

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Can you tell us about any exciting plans for the year ahead?

My main wish for the future is to continue developing new jewellery and skill sets, but the main preoccupation right now is to increase the online presence of the brand, and expand to markets outside of Berlin and Germany.

Website: http://www.moonkidjewellerydesign.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoonkidJewelleryDesign/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moonkidjewellerydesign/

MEET THE DESIGNER BIJOUX INDISCRETSPlease introduce yourself and...

June 13 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER BIJOUX INDISCRETS

Please introduce yourself and your brand!

I am Elsa Viegas, the designer and co-founder of Bijoux Indiscrets.

Bijoux Indiscrets is a trailblazing company in the market of erotic chic products. From the time it was founded in 2006, in Barcelona, the brand has achieved position as a European and worldwide referent in the sector; and it’s currently present in over 40 countries all over the world.

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What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?

From our products, to events, to side-projects, our whole brand is centred around celebrating women and female sexuality. Throughout history, female pleasure has been treated almost as if it doesn’t exist. Women have been denied the right to feel pleasure on our own terms, yet our bodies are designed for it. We want to reclaim our power!

Being a designer and a woman in a woman-founded company gives me a very feminine approach to the development of new collections, and when I design new pieces I’m not only doing it as a designer but also as a critic and user.

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Your collections convey a sensual feel, seduction, and exude confidence. Who is your muse and ideal woman you design for?

I guess there’s nothing more powerful than a sexy woman, because it is not about how you look but how you feel. Self confidence. Sense of humor. Elegance. Intelligence.

There are so many women I look up to and all for different reasons: Monica Bellucci, Emma Watson, Madonna, Serena Williams…

I love powerful women.

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What dreams and fantasies would you like to fulfil?

I would love to have our products featured on the cover of Vogue, worn by one of these powerful women!

I would also like to see a day when women and men, irrespective of gender, are treated as equals, in all aspects of life (career opportunities, education, wages, sexuality, etc…).

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Can you tell us about any exciting plans for the year ahead?

I love what I do. I love being a designer. And right now my plans are to keep designing accessories full of sensuality that empower women and break established prejudices and taboos, questioning social roles and rules!

website: http://www.bijouxindiscrets.com/en/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bijouxindiscrets

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bijoux_indiscrets/

twitter: https://twitter.com/Bijouxindiscret