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MEET THE DESIGNER - KLEVANG“My name is Heidi Klevang and I am the...

March 13 2018


                                 MEET THE DESIGNER - KLEVANG


“My name is Heidi Klevang and I am the founder of KLEVANG, a Nordic fashion brand with location in the Copenhagen. With a heritage of dark Nordic aesthetics and having roots from the Faroe Islands, KLEVANG gets is signature from these beautiful islands and its culture. Timeless classic designs disrupted by raw details, focusing on exclusive materials and excellent craftsmanship.My visions for KLEVANG are to create a brand that speaks to empowered and independent women who appreciate craftsmanship and clever sensuality.

It has always been a dream for to launch my own clothing brand. I started out in a designers collective studio in Copenhagen, making my own production. Last year I took the leap into having my own show room and this season is the first time for an outsourced and bigger production. So a lot has happened this last year.”

Check out our selection of Klevang collection at Studio183, Bikini Berlin.


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If you were…

… A city? Tórshavn, my home town. 

… An adjective? Melancholic.

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… A meal? Vietnamese springrolls

… An island? The Faroe Islands 

… An artist? Hansina Iversen, a faroese painter

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… A fictional character? An elf

… A song? Ingen appel, by Søren Huss a danish singer

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… A nightclub? Have no idea, but if I could choose a bar it would be a Salon 39 in Copenhagen. 

… A book? The power of now, by Eckart Tolle

… One piece of your last collection? Black pants

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You get inspiration from Nature and try to develop sustainable collections. In your opinion, how the textile industry could become more eco friendly and socially responsible?
The textile industry should be more open to sharing knowledge. There is a lot of pressure on the people in this business and sustainability can mean a lot of things. It is not only being aware of using eco-friendly materials, but also being socially responsible. The textile industry should be better at sharing knowledge. Contributing to your local area, using local materials and resources. Making long lasting garments, recycling and contributing to the society.

Any specific scheme in preparation for 2018?
2018 is in for a bit more color and hopefully new collaborations.

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“My inspiration often comes from the beautiful nature of my home the Faroe Islands. There is a very special kind of ambiance in the air.”


https://www.klevang.com/

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MEET THE DESIGNER - KAIRI LENTSIUS Lentsius Design is an...

February 28 2018


                        MEET THE DESIGNER - KAIRI LENTSIUS 


Lentsius Design is an accessories and clothing independent label created in 2013 by Kairi Lentsius, who is a versatile artist proposing an interesting combination of accessories and conceptual fashion design. In fact, her designs are symbolized by new materials and shapes, sustainability and incorporating technologies in the development of her line. On another hand, she has been developing handmade jewelleries and accessories in Estonia, in particular with her father Mart Lentsius, to create unisex Scandinavian chic and timeless pieces.

Shop Lentsius Design items at STUDIO183 Flagship Store.


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If you were…

… A country? Estonia 

… A song? “The Time Is Now” by Moloko

… An artist? David Hockney maybe?

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… A supernatural power? Flying

… A movie/series? Wes Anderson “The Royal Tenenbaums”

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… An invention? A clock

… A monument? Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbours”

… A cocktail? Gin tonic

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… A book? The Magus

… An island? Saaremaa

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You have been working on different projects from print designs, accessories and garments, using original materials and technologies. Do you consider that it’s important to be a versatile artist?
I find it interesting to work in different mediums and to reinvent my ideas in different materials. I also prefer to think of myself as a product designer who loves fashion!

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Sustainability is a key feature of your work. At a citizen scale, how could we move toward an efficient sustainable development in your opinion?
Oh, I think about it every second day! It does sound like the basics but recycling should really be a part of everyones daily habits but it ain’t so. Also avoiding plastic bags is such an easy thing to do if one think that it brings benefit.
As a designer I like the idea that I produce as much as people buy from me. I don’t create large amounts of excessive trash to this world and I do take responsibility for it. We hardly create any left overs that can’t be recycled.

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What’s your biggest influence in your artwork?
Materials and people. My brother inspired me to start making jewellery with his knowledge about aircraft engineering, my dad inspired me to incorporate wood to my collections and my friends inspire me to create things for their niche.

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          Pictures have been shot by Getter Kuusmaa from Studio GET


http://lentsiusdesign.com/

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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 - STUDIO WINKLER Julia Winkler, who grew up in...

February 20 2018


                     MEET THE DESIGNER - STUDIO WINKLER                               


Julia Winkler, who grew up in Zurich and is now working in Berlin, launched STUDIO WINKLER in 2012 after graduating from Berlin’s International University of Art for Fashion (ESMOD) with a Diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern-Making. Her collections contain many influences that are smartly connected, which create the magic of her work.

Find your favourite Winkler’s piece at both store locations STUDIO183 Flagship Store & BIKINI Berlin.  


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If you were…

… A city?
A mix between where I live (Berlin) and where I come from (Zurich) with some unknown ingredients of cities I have never been.

… A monument?
It’s not a monument but a sculpture, Maurizio Cattelan’s Ostrich.

… A season?
Winter but with snow.

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… A painting?
Jonas Burgert, trag früh 2017.

… An animal?
A black cat.

… A sport?
Chess.

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… A book?
“Das weisse Buch” by Rafael Horzon or Rocko Schamoni “Risiko des Ruhms” –
both hilarious. And the Dries Van Noten inspiration book.

… A movie/series?
Comedians in Cars getting Coffee.

… A song?
Moodymann, Sunday Morning.

… A nightclub? 
I don’t really go to nightclubs anymore… I tell you my favourite bar – Rias GT in Manteuffelstrasse or Würgeengel.

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Your graduation collection made in 2012 has been a springboard given that you won 2 awards for it, and you subsequently worked at Barbara Bui in Paris. How would you describe this experience in France?
Working at Barbara Bui was a very intense experience as I was thrown into embroidery design which I never did before. Luckily, I had the best boss I could imagine and left the company with skills I did not have before. We’re still in contact today and I am grateful for the fact that she let me jump completely into her creative world, teaching me all she knows about embroidery and print design in ready-to- wear, accessories and shoes.

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What are your 3 main values?
Patience (which I rarely have so I am practicing), loyalty & live and let live.

Your objectives for 2018?
I am still working on the perfect womens suit so I hope to come close to my expectations within this year. I am working on accessories and of course I want to work on the growth of my label and business.

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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

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

MEET THE DESIGNER DOLINERCould you please introduce yourself and...

August 19 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER DOLINER

Could you please introduce yourself and your brand?

My name is Gili and I am a detail explorer and maker, originally from Israel.  I graduated with a BA in jewellery design from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv. 3 years ago I moved to Berlin where I am currently based.

I define myself as a detail explorer & maker because this describes best the essence of my practice which is expressed in all of my designs. My pieces stand on the fine line between art and design therefore you can find them in design stores like Studio183 and in galleries or art jewellery exhibitions, such as Joya Barcelona.

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

I don’t relate to the idea of creating seasonal collections. I choose to look at it more as a “growing collection”, quite like a personal jewellery box that you have at home, which contains jewellery from different periods in your life, and is characterised by various aesthetics.

What connects all the pieces together is simply the fact that they were all curated by the same person, who found a reason to have/keep each and every one of them. They are all connected in a way and hold different stories and memories within.

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Your jewelry pieces are sometimes playful in design, or a mix of ancient heritage and very modern. Where do you find inspiration?

My creative process starts with eyes wide open. I collect and document moments from my life and in my work I see the world through the enthusiastic eye of a child who’s experiencing things for the first time. I try to maintain this childish enthusiasm by provoking the viewer and by creating objects with Kinetic elements and hidden details, which trigger him or her to experience the same curiosity that I’ve experienced and transform them into material, into jewelry.

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For example my Chicken earrings, when not being worn, they are literally sitting and functioning as an object on a shelf with a lot of character.

Then, while functioning as earnings, they stand upright. I love to see the surprise on one’s face, as he discovers the hidden function of this Object-Earring.

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I also like the fact that they don’t just fulfill their job as earrings and go into a box. Each Chicken is made from many tiny parts and take a long time to make. It’s almost like being in a meditative state. I’m always happy with them. They make me smile.

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Your pieces are handmade and cared for with great attention to detail. Could you please let us know more about the production process?

To be honest I refer to “great attention to detail” in an almost obsessive way. My starting point are the small details, they are my trigger for creating. It can be a mechanism or a tiny piece of metal, I then find the extension of the thing that triggered me and express it in the piece.

My table is cluttered with tiny pieces and I work simultaneously on a few things at the same time. It might be connected to my A.D.H.D but the design process for me is like riddles that I keep inventing and which need solving. This is why when a “solution” appears in my mind I abandon the rest of my work and put all of my attention on finishing the piece.

What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?

The next thing coming out is a new series of rings, the collection deals with expressions and moods. I can’t wait for them to be out! I promise you will also be able to find a couple of pieces in the lovely Studio 183.

I inform my customers about new pieces on Facebook & Instagram, you can follow me for updates.


Website - www.gilidoliner.com

Instagram - www.instagram.com/gili_doliner

Facebook - www.facebook.com/dolinerdesign

MEET THE DESIGNER ASMITA MARWAPlease introduce yourself and your...

July 18 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER ASMITA MARWA

Please introduce yourself and your brand! 

We at Asmita Design have always believed in timeless fashion and we keep evolving a concept over a few seasons. Recycling, upcycling and sustainable fashion is what we at Asmita Design believe is the future and have established ourselves as a brand that has given resort wear a whole new dimension, keeping sustainability, and eco-friendly design at the heart and soul of the label.

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Our clothes are for the free-spirited world traveller, who is bohemian at heart, dreaming of a world without boundaries. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically herself, comfortable in her perfect imperfection - that is the true essence of beauty.

This Zen label celebrates wanderlust and the eternal traveller, bringing together various cultures and heritage art forms to tell a story, season after season.

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The designer, Asmita Marwa believes in taking the less-travelled road, and her collections reflect the same ideology as she fuses traditional and global aesthetics through her avant-garde sensibilities, her forte being resort wear.

She has been a part of Lakme Fashion Week since 2008 and Fashion Week in Goa since 2011, and has now been invited to show her ‘Zero Waste’ collection at the recently concluded Global Sustainable Fashion Week, Budapest, Hungary. A bundle of talent, Vogue has featured her as a ‘Promising Talent To Watch Out For’. Since then she has been re-inventing Fashion and Style every season like a breath of fresh air.

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

I work towards a synergy of aesthetics, a certain flow which is seamless yet innovative - drawing inspiration from my rich culture and heritage, but the design language remains global!

We make a lot of separates, which can be added to any wardrobe and give it a distinctive appeal. My design mantra is timeless fashion, which crosses borders and boundaries. There is a certain spiritual energy, which comes through as every garment is handmade with great care.

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

I’m an avid traveller and love exploring new places and cultures. It has been my main source of inspiration.

My muse, Maya is a product of my imagination but I know she exists in every modern Woman. Maya, the free spirited world traveller bohemian at heart, dreams of a world without boundaries.

She is independent and spirited enough to wear a drape with the same sanguine ease as a pair of samurai pants or shorts. She is eclectic. She is bohemian, and her wardrobe is a perfect example of diversity - mixed and matched in quirky abandon.

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You employ sustainable practices. How do you incorporate environmental consciousness into the production process?

As we have mentioned, we at Asmita Design have always believed in timeless fashion and are evolving a concept over a few seasons. Asmita Marwa is a sustainable fashion label creating and manufacturing garments in-house, using ethical norms and practices. We believe in ‘Cradle-to-Cradle’ design, or re-generative design, which is holistic. We create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste-free.

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Could you tell us a bit more of what sustainability means to you?

Sustainability is an ideology, a state of mind, and a concept close to my heart as a designer and a creative person. It is the crux and essence of my label and brand. Sustainability is about slow-fashion, time-less fashion, it’s about evolving a concept, re-inventing and re-interpreting it over a few seasons. Sustainable fashion does not believe in churning out collection after collection making the consumers feel that they are outdated because they don’t have the latest pieces. It is about adding separates to continue the evolution of a concept or design language.

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What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?

We will be taking part in Fashion Week in Delhi and Mumbai the coming season, and will also take our brand to various other cities in India. We are looking forward to retailing in Europe and are working towards it.


Website: www.asmitadesign.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marwa.asmita/

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