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MEET THE DESIGNER - KINAKina is an independent fashion label...

February 22 2018


                                  MEET THE DESIGNER - KINA


Kina is an independent fashion label founded by the designer Julia Penkina 13 years ago in Hanover. She has been developing an attractive mix of functionality and efficient aesthetic using geometric forms and sophisticated silhouettes. Kina’s line firstly specialized on scarfs and shawls. Then, Julia expanded the range of products with the simple straight cuts, flowing subtle fabrics and functionality becoming characteristic of the brand image. Kina collections are focused on portability, sustainability and femininity.

Check out our selection of KINA items at Studio183, Bikini Berlin.


If you were…

… A city? St. Petersburg

… A monument? The statue of Lenin

… A season? Winter

… A painting? Black square

… An animal? Snake

… A sport? Shooting

… A book? Idiot

… A movie/series? Das Leben ist schön “La vita è bella”

… A song? New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

… A nightclub? Studio 54…;)))

Why did you choose to focus on making scarfs when you launched Kina?
Scarves are the basis for each garment… But at KINA* they do anything but boringly hang around the neck - they are spiced up and become favourite pieces… I wanted to jazz up outfits already existing and not be forced to buy a whole new outfit…

You are proposing a sustainable production that highlights an eco-friendly spirit. What are your ideas to minimize the environmental impact of textile industry?
The whole collection is made without any remains of material, because the cuts are in rectangle form. In addition all the materials are not synthetic and are gained from renewable resources. The message of the label is to be found in the name - handmade, locally produced favourite pieces far away from cheap mass production – notmadeinKINA*… Also KINA* offers a lot of possibilities for teaming the pieces of this collection with different accessories. This makes it easy to combine favourite pieces and wear them several times at any occasion - whether it is for office use, casual in the leisure time or nicely styled in the evening. Same but different!

What’s your favourite Kina’s item?
The scarf that covers the shoulders, the “Ärmelschal”.


www.notmadeinkina.com

www.facebook.com/kinastyle

https://twitter.com/notmadeinKINA

https://www.instagram.com/notmadeinkina/

MEET THE DESIGNER - SHIORI AIBAShiori Aiba is a Japanese-born...

January 15 2018


                               MEET THE DESIGNER - SHIORI AIBA


Shiori Aiba is a Japanese-born material designer who is challenging our modern perception of exhausted materials by experimenting different methodologies and using different techniques. Her goal is to to adapt humble raw materials to the global market and to contribute to appreciate for all the materials we use disrespectfully. 

You can find a selection of her original artwork at STUDIO 183 - Bikini Berlin / 1st Floor. 


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1. One word to describe Berlin? Free

2. Day or Night? Day

3. Mountain or ocean? Ocean. Honestly I was more like a mountain person before but changed after living in Berlin.

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4. Music or silence to design? Silence.

5. Abstract or Realistic? Abstract.

6. Monochrome or colour? Definitely Colour!

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7. Analogue or digital? Analogue.

8. Best place to be creative? Bath. I often got inspiration when I was taking a bath.

9. Your own favourite design? Paper Marble series.

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10. Your most tricky one? Circle series. Even they are signature pieces, it’s still difficult to make proper shape by hand.

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11. An artist we should follow? Envisions 

12. Biggest influence in your craft?
Texture, smell and colour of raw material.

13. Your graduation project “Paper redressed” open the way to another scheme called “Paper Menow”. Is there a new project in correlation with these two former ones? I’ve started to develop this material to make much bigger scale for furniture or architectural material. Also for further project I’m thinking to combine with other material such as metal.

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14. What was your incentive to focus on paper as main material for your craft? Basically I’m interested in experimenting material with several methods. Paper is an ancient material and was highly valued in the past, however today it’s simply become banal. So then not many designer featured and developed this humble material to the upper level. That’s why I wanted to spotlight paper as an exciting material again to invent new usage.

15. A last word to describe your work? Revival of paper as an exciting material.

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http://shioriaiba.com/

https://www.instagram.com/shioriaiba/

MEET THE DESIGNER - TAURI LOOKTauri Look is an independant...

January 10 2018


                              MEET THE DESIGNER - TAURI LOOK


Tauri Look is an independant Fashion label founded in 2016 in Lithuania. The aim of Tauri Look is to create the image of a cute office woman. They pay a lot of attention to the selection of fabrics and only buy materials in high quality branded Italian homes. You can find a selection of Tauri Look’s collection at STUDIO 183 - Bikini Berlin / 1st Floor. 

1. One word to describe Berlin? Art
2. Day or Night? Days for business, nights for networking with moon, sky and stars :)
3. Mountain or ocean? Mountains with ocean view :)

4. Music or silence to design? Silence
5. Abstract or Realistic? Abstract
6. Monochrome or colour? Colour

7. Analogue or digital? Analogue
8. Best place to be creative? In a plane on a flight

9. Your own favourite design? Classical office woman style with spices
10. Your most tricky one? Our autumn cardigan of wool
11. An artist we should follow? Jonas Mekas, New York

12. Biggest influence in your craft? Vibe and synergy that appear with a people we meet: family, friends, clients..
13. What are the three key values of Tauri Look? High quality, passion for personal service, joy
14. A last word to describe your work? Joy


www.taurilook.com

https://www.facebook.com/taurilook/

https://www.instagram.com/taurilook/

STUDIO 183 Fashion Week Events / 15-18 January 201815.01.18 //...

January 09 2018


               STUDIO 183 Fashion Week Events / 15-18 January 2018


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15.01.18 // Form Of Interest. & Friends
6PM - 9.30PM
STUDIO 183 FLAGSHIP STORE


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16.01.18 // KALTBLUT Magazine Fashion Award winner 2017
Ebby Port x Curated by Girls
7PM - 10PM
STUDIO 183 FLAGSHIP STORE


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17.01.18 // NOETIA Live - Studio183 x Kaltblut Magazine
5PM - 8PM
Bikini Berlin - Studio183 - 1st Floor


18.01.18 // Opening Andreas_Hachulla Studio183
Vernissage, Merch Launch, Live Digital Drawing Performance & Dj Set  
7PM - 10PM
STUDIO 183 FLAGSHIP STORE


Many thanks to our sponsors: Freimeisterkollektiv, Michelberger’s Fountain of Youth, Tropicai, Lovely Day, Frau Tonis Parfum !  

MEET THE DESIGNER NADA QUENZELPlease introduce yourself and your...

August 04 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER NADA QUENZEL


Please introduce yourself and your brand!

As a product- and photo designer I’m combining two of my passions, featuring faces and showcasing handcrafted design. To transform the traditional millinery into a new and individual context, I’m spending a lot of time experimenting with different techniques and hat shapes. My designs underline the individuality of the wearer through a clear design. All models are carefully crafted in my studio in Berlin.

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

Many of my hats are unisex … timeless, puristic and universal. I pay special attention to wearing comfort. The summer hats are light, breathable and adapt themselves to the headshape of its wearer through their braided structure.

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For my Autumn/Winter collection I’m using fine hair felt, mainly in velour, smooth hair and melusine. Those materials not only impress with their classy optical characteristics and a soft grip, but furthermore they are warming, windproof and water-repellent.

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What inspires you the most? Do you have a muse?

The sources of my inspiration are very diverse, ranging from classic movies like Fellini’s 8 ½, to impressions from my travels as well as targeted searches for special materials. I found many rarities in old, traditional shops in Paris, for example.

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Could you please tell a bit more about the production process?

I produce my hat collection by hand, using traditional hat makers techniques, with special attention to high quality, natural materials. For example, for the braiding I’m using renewable raw materials, like paper yarn and parasisal straw. Paper yarn is made from silk paper, which is cut or torn into stripes, then coated with celluloid (bioplastics composed of cellulose).

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For parasisal straw, fibers from sisal agave are used. Handwoven hat bases, dyed in Italy serve as a starting material. Many of my hat models are developed on very old wooden hat blocks. Only a few models I’m shaping by hand. It takes time to create a perfect hat.

What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?

The Autumn/Winter collection ‘17/18 will definitely be extended by a few models for men!

LOVESOME MAGAZINE SHOOT WITH TEMPERberlin AND SONJA...

August 03 2017


LOVESOME MAGAZINE SHOOT WITH TEMPERberlin AND SONJA LITICHEVSKAYA


The talented crew of Lovesome Magazine shot these inspired images for the editorial Sleek, and added playfulness drop by drop to the mix with vivid colors and fun prints featuring our designers, TEMPERberlin, and Sonja Litichevskaya.

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Sonja Litichevskaya’s bold prints perfectly complement the Parisian chic of TEMPERberlin, the unusual color combinations assembled by Surreflections,  on Hanna and shot by Simone Galstaun makes this editorial a standout piece, alongside the modern tribal-looking make-up created by Ana Manuela Buvinic.

Click on the images to see them in bigger size.


Thank you for the Lovesome magazine crew!

Photography Simone Galstaun
Styling Surreflections
Hair & Make-up Ana Manuela Buvinic
Model Hannah Novak @ Iconic Management

MEET THE DESIGNER LISA DOROSHENKOVACould you please introduce...

July 27 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER LISA DOROSHENKOVA

Could you please introduce yourself and your brand?

My name is Liza Doroshenkova, I am a designer of my own brand LisaDorochenkova (pronounced in French). The brand exists for more than three years now. It all started with noticing the variety of beautiful fabrics and a strong wish to do something with them. In the first year I haven’t created entire collections, rather I designed unique items for individual clients. Now I create tiny collections two times a year. The collections can be purchased through the Internet, in a Moscow showroom hhlvk, and in Studio183 in Berlin. I continue working with the individual clients as well, and I am always open to new opportunities of cooperation.

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

When I start to work on a new collection the first thing I create is a mood board. I look for new textures, forms, fabrics… a stormy creative moment. At the same time one should always remember for what, and -what is more important- for whom you are creating your clothes, should think about the people, what do they want to wear. That is why I carefully work on the construction of my clothes to make it not only interesting and gorgeous, but comfortable and convenient at the same time.

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What or who inspires you the most?

Every time I am inspired by different things: paintings, movies, music, nature, textures, cities, or architecture. Though probably most of all I am inspired by people: people around me, people on the photos, old photos, I love to observe them, to study their faces, costumes, small details in their outfits, accessories. 

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How would you describe your interaction with the materials you use in your collection?

The fabrics that I use to create the clothes are important for me. The priority for the garment is to feel comfortable, so I prefer to work with natural fabrics. At the same time I experiment a lot with the fabrics, I check their possibilities and limits. I paint the fabric, bleach it, I create the prints and embroideries, I tear the fabric up, strain it and do various manipulations to it. Not all the experiments I use eventually in my works, but the process itself absorbs me.

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What has been the best compliment someone has given you on your work?

A girl bought my dress to wear it for her sister’s wedding. She told me she would buy the dress even regardless of the wedding, she loved it so much. Fortunately the dress did not just suited the girl, but looked amazing on her. Later she wrote me a thank you letter full of warm wishes including the photos from the wedding - that was really touching and a pleasure to read.

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

I will keep on working. I would like to change the work process slightly to make it more efficient, but I won’t reveal the details for now. For my summer collection, I collaborated with a painter from Moscow, Katya Gavrilova, she created the images of shuttlecock for me. We both enjoyed working together, and plan to continue our cooperation.

I also wish to increase offline sales and start cooperating with new shops. And as always I am open to all new creative projects like movies, theatre, photography – these works are always interesting.


Website: dorochenkova.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fine.LisaD

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lisadorochenkova

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