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!
Hermione Flynn is Berlin based fashion studio offering a wide range of designed garments made in an unisex approach. The German label has been developing different lines focusing on artistic integrity, aesthetic, function and sustainability. HF’s designs are challenging current norms through a creative process using Human body, space and time with clothes.
Check out the 3D fashion film made by HERMIONE FLYNN and MIMIC PRODUCTIONS.
A country? I’ve moved around a lot, so I don’t feel particularly connected to one country, I’m not nationalistic in that sense. Instead of being a country, I’d describe myself as the ocean.
An adjective? Enthusiastic
A fictional Character? Hermione Granger - those books taught everyone how to pronounce my name.
An Artist? Marina Abramović
An Animal? My dog, Wednesday Addams
An invention? The battery
A historical event? New Zealand leading the world in womens’ Suffrage.
Your clothes highlight creative and social commentary. In your opinion, how might the fashion industry become more socially responsible? It goes without saying that the consumer has been educated by the market to believe that clothing costs a certain amount to make, and this price is inaccurate. For starters, we need to educate the consumer so that everyone understands actually how much clothes cost. That will inevitably lead to ensuring that there are fair wages for workers, and processes that don’t interfere so much with the environment etc… Alongside this level of social responsibility in the production, I also think about fashion’s social responsibility in terms of aesthetic, and how we could break the boundaries a little more. If fashion’s leading the way in terms of the aesthetic of clothing, there’s potential there to also show the public that men can wear dresses, or bigger women can wear particular silhouettes, or whatever.
HF’s range is original for being unisex. Do you think that it will become increasingly a norm to create unisex collections in fashion? Yeah I think so, and I hope so. The only challenge is adjusting for different body sizes. Other than that, I don’t see any reason why men shouldn’t wear certain garments and visa versa. No reason at all. If patterns are adjusted to fit a man’s body shape, there’s no reason why men shouldn’t be wearing dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, whatever they want.
“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.”
… A song? Ingen appel, by Søren Huss a danish singer
… 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
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.
“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.”
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.
… A movie/series? Wes Anderson “The Royal Tenenbaums”
… An invention? A clock
… A monument? Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbours”
… A cocktail? Gin tonic
… A book? The Magus
… An island? Saaremaa
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!
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.
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.
Pictures have been shot by Getter Kuusmaa from Studio GET
Simple Community is an accessory label based in Amsterdam and founded by two travel addicts sharing a common passion. Simple Community endeavours to make your daily life and journeys easier with multi-functional products. They give great importance to practicality, functionality and quality whilst keeping it simple! Their bags are originally designed, using traditional Kutnu fabric, which is made from silk and cotton and woven on the hand looms of craftsmen from Gaziantep in Turkey.
If you were…
… A city? Izmir, Turkey
… An animal? Humming bird
… A drink? Aperol spritz
… A season? Spring
… A song? Adventure of a lifetime
… One of the 5 senses? Taste
… A festival? Coachella
… A nightclub? Single Fin, Bali
… A plant? Palm tree
… A restaurant? Mangerie, Turkey
Could you explain to us how you founded your community? We are two friends who are passionate about traveling and easing our daily lives by using functional products. We love collecting memories and enjoying the life to the fullest so we created bohemian products with functional designs. We hope to share this feeling in our community.
3 adjectives to describe your crew? Travel addict, passionate, joyful.
What’s your main objective for 2018? Unite people in a community who share same interests and bring joy and a sense of belonging to their lives by using our products.
… 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.
… A painting? Jonas Burgert, trag früh 2017.
… An animal? A black cat.
… A sport? Chess.
… 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.
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.
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.
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
No Cure Apparel originated in Vancouver, Canada in 2013, founded by Jasmine Hirtz. With the hopes of infusing street style with mountain wear, the Pacific North West inspired No Cure to unearth the functional mechanism required to spend quality time outdoors. A perfect mix of comfort and original hand-made designs made through an exclusive small production in Berlin.
Concepto is an independent Fashion label from Romania. It is a brand that stands for powerful women, based on minimalist lines, unconventional cuts and unique combinations. A label inspired by women who know what they want in life. Who own their path, so it is easy for them to fulfill their dreams. Such women never give up, because they manage to always find their inner strength.
8. Best place to be creative? In
the workshop – the creative vibe is already there.
9. Your own favourite design?The
Django Janis leather jacket.
10. Your most tricky one?The Maxine Dress.
11. An artist we should follow?Pavel Grosu.
12. Biggest influence in your
13. What are the 3 key values of Concepto?Courage, determination and innovation.
14. Your passion for this environment started thanks to a sewing machine
from your Grandmother. Would you also like to convey this passion to the future
generation of your family?By all means! We’d love to cultivate the
aesthetic sense among the youngest members of the family.
15. A last word to describe your work?Provocative.
VIS A VIS is a street wear label based in Vienna. The label was founded by 22 year old Andrea Kerber in April 2016. VIS A VIS represents the interaction between noble an urban clothing. The apparent contrasts blend together perfectly and create a signature look. Another feature of the brand is the cozy and simple cuts, which ensure wearability and comfort. The label focuses on quality, craftsmanship and timeless design.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
VIS A VIS draws its inspiration from music, different fabrics, people and icons. The diversitiy in Vienna concerning different cultures and people affect VIS A VIS. During drinking coffee and listening music, I watch people passing by. But also some special fabrics are able to trigger a new idea.
Your collections are modern and feminine, perfectly encapsulate the character of the contemporary woman. What is the ideal woman you design for like? Do you have a muse?
The ideal woman I design for is a self-confident and strong. The idea behind VIS A VIS is to dress women who want to look fashionable and find comfort important at the same time.
My muse is definitely Caroline de Maigret.
You created a jewelry collection with jewelry brand Nadine Now, which we also have in store, and also asked a few questions from the designer, Nadine on this blog. Could you please tell a bit more about how the collaboration came into life?
Two years ago Nadine and I met up in Vienna searching for a flat. We stayed in contact and when we launched our labels and became self-emplyed, we decided to create a collaboration.
What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?
In September I am part of the Vienna Fashion Week, so for now I have to prepare all the looks for the Show.
What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?
When thinking of a new collection, I always start with the material. That is most important to me. We wear clothes all the time, so they should feel pleasant on the skin.
You really attend to the needs of women while designing your collections. Your pieces are made from natural materials such as wool, silk, cotton and linen, so that they would be comfortable to wear. Could you please let us know more about your ideal woman to design for? Do you have a muse?
I do not have a muse in particular. When designing, I like to think of a busy woman, who quite often has to spend all day wearing the same clothes and wants to feel comfortable and a little more distinct too.
Natural materials are great for day-long wearing because they are breathable. My personal favorite, wool is a great insulator and repels water and dirt. These materials are also very pleasant for me to work with. I tend to design minimalist clothes and play with patterns. Sometimes, I put in a bright color to balance the bald cut. I want my garments to be able to stand out or to nicely complement the look, depending on the wearer’s mood.
Where do you find inspiration?
My desire to create originally came from the love for textiles, so I usually let fabrics speak to me. Besides that, the inspiration comes from the streets as I love watching people. And there are still plenty of ideas stuck in my head and some pop out during the creative process.
Your pieces are created under sustainable practices. Could you let us know more about the production process?
I strive for sustainability in several areas. I use natural materials as they are biodegradable. I try to use local suppliers as much as possible. For example, the cotton I work with was mostly woven in the Czech Republic and I buy locally produced threads and haberdashery.
The working conditions are very important for me. I hate the idea of a huge amount of people working in a terrible and dangerous environment. All my products are made either by me, or by a seamstress in the Czech Republic. This way I know exactly who made which piece and moreover, it helps to reduce travel costs. I like to have limited collections and not to produce too much stock of one type of garment, the clothes are then a little more exclusive and less waste is produced. When I have any excess material, I try to think of some other way of using it.
What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?
My brand is still very young, so everything is exciting and new for me. What I would like the most, though, is to make women (and men too) think more about what they wear, what it is made of, where and how it was produced. And, to think more about themselves, who they are and if what they wear reflects that. I am here to help them with all this :)