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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!

MEET THE DESIGNER Inga Meyer BerlinCould you please introduce...

July 29 2017


MEET THE DESIGNER  Inga Meyer Berlin


Could you please introduce yourself and your brand?

My name is Inga. I have studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London – a long time ago, and I have been working as an Art- and Creative Director in the field of advertising and design for many years. Recently I have created my new label Inga Meyer Berlin, or also used under the initials “I’M Berlin”

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

I love creating strong visual worlds and I’m intrigued by the city of Berlin and its stories. I believe this combination makes my designs special. It is both a fashion statement and a Berlin statement.

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Your designs are strongly connected to the iconic sights of Berlin. How does Berlin inspire you in your designs?

The designs are inspired by the city and depict different famous sites of Berlin in a modern and abstract way. These Berlin sights are shown in new perspectives and are combined with powerful colours and strong graphical shapes. That way the scarves become both a very refined fashion accessory as well as a sophisticated souvenir from Berlin.

I love silk – it warms you when it’s cold and it cools you down in hot weather. These fine scarves are being produced in Como, Northern Italy – right in the heart of traditional Italian silk manufacturing.

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What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?

I am currently working on new designs. On top of that I am also planning on producing my Berlin Scarfs in a new material: wool. For that I will be working with a small, family run fair trade production in India. I have run a couple of test prints on wool with them and they came out beautifully – with colours just as bright and strong as on silk!

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Website: www.ingameyerberlin.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/ingameyerberlin

Instagram: @inga_meyer_berlin