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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 TANJA CHRISTIANI Please introduce yourself and...

July 11 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER TANJA CHRISTIANI


Please introduce yourself and your brand!

My name is Tanja Christiani, I’m a Berlin-based fashion designer focusing on womenswear.

After a term abroad at Central Saint Martin’s in London I graduated at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin) and founded my eponymous label at the end of 2015.

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What or who inspires you the most?

Modern Architecture has always been a big inspiration for me. My graduate collection was inspired by buildings of Mies van der Rohe, Frank O. Gehry and Zaha Hadid, thus when I founded my label I just went on. Usually I just pick some buildings or their layouts, trace parts of it on transparent paper, deconstruct it and put it on the body. I would say architects and their work inspire me the most.

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

My love for architecture and sculptures which influences the shape, colour and textures of my designs. I deconstruct and distort given forms to merge them into something new. The first sketches of a collection are always quite opulent, with a lot of unnecessary details - for my taste. So I downscale these details until the garments are wearable. Besides wearability, quality, femininity and fit are the most important things in my collections. Clear cuts and feminine silhouettes are made from high-quality fabrics. I renounce the use of fur, leather, silk and wool and everything from sample to the final garment is made in Berlin.

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How you would describe your affinity and your interaction with the materials you used in your collection?

It is important to note that all the fabrics are high quality and vegan. I especially like working with volume, cuts, textures and colors. I love black, it is timeless and goes with everything, that is why I use black in every collection and pair it with other colors from my research and my inspiration.

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

We just shot our Spring/Summer ‘18 collection and in September the Autumn/Winter ‘17 collection “Városkép” will be on sale. In 2017 we want to start to develop and find more stores outside of Berlin to sell our collections.

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 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/