My grandfather, chimney sweep by profession, could sometimes come across as a bit coarse. He was, nonetheless, meticulous when it came to his wardrobe and dressed with a certain degree of elegance. He did not own many clothes, but the clothes he did have he knew how to care for. His Sunday best was brushed down after use and his collars starched. When out of his wingtips, he made sure to put shoetrees in them and followed this up with contemplative polishing.
Somewhere along the way we stopped caring – presumably when mass produced, cheap, and oftentimes deficient, clothing was introduced. Due to wear and tear the mere idea of garment care seemed distant. And this came to pass over the course of just one generation or two.
Nowadays though, when quality of fabric and pattern making – the passion for craftsmanship – is of interest once more, so is the need for proper care. In the light of this we are set to provide a superior range of garment care products, not emanating from the chemical industry or flung off conveyor belts, but products that will naturally and effectively give your garments a long life.
David Samuelsson, Founder
Visit the Website: www.tangentgc.com
Craftsman by passion, self-taught and creative in the soul, Christophe imagines, designs and makes contemporary jewellery in gold and silver, crimped gems fine and ornamental, but also of pearls and pebbles.
When looking for the purity of the lines, this designer highlights that inspires each gem to echo its flicker, its sweetness, its geometry.
Imagination of Christopher born in titles evocative and poetic, the stone collections or the aesthetics of the jewel was born Pearl.
Each jewel Christophe realizes is a unique piece signed of his mark. Working on command, it adapts to your size and your desires a chosen gem amongst its collections, or your idea a reality.
All the creations of Christopher Hummel are a deposit model with the INPI.
Visit the Website: www.ch-bijoutiercreateur.fr
“ISSO” is the brand name of Aizome (indigo dye: ai means indigo and zo-me or so-me means dyeing) atelier, conducted by Tokiko Kajimoto.
We make Aizome products by a traditional technique that has been handed down from the past, using only natural materials: the rare natural blue dye “Awa-Ai (also called as Sukumo)”, lye of trees (oak, cherry tree, etc.), lime and very special Sake of Tokushima (or Fusuma, bran that is sieved when it is milled wheat).
To make those who use our products feel the fascination of “Color” hiding in blue by indigo, we’d like to keep making products with simplicity, not more or not less. If our indigo-dyed products can give people with a comfortable and peaceful time in their life, we’re so happy.
The color of Ai is deep, free and ambiguous….. Indigo blue may lead you to a “Blue” world connected with both the sea and the sky.
Visit the Website: www.awa-ai.com
Munkh is the story told by nomads through the precious fiber of Mongolian cashmere made into an intricately crafted, extremely practical clothes and home textile pieces.
The company offers generic knitwear that one can enjoy every day and home textile products meant to maximize one’s comfort and meant to last.
When realizing her dream, company’s founder Bayarmaa imagined her creations to be a loving item and to be long-lasting possession to its owner. Because Munkh means “eternity”- the brand that strives for eternal quality for every piece it creates.
Visit the Website: www.munkhcashmere.mn
From a desire to live a comfortable and healthy way of life, our products show a diligence in bringing you all the best characteristics of the unique SASAWASHI. What we take for granted today may become increasingly difficult tomorrow because of our changing environment & lifestyles. What is truly good is that which you will want to use for a lifetime. Our simple designs are a result of an emphasis on comfort and natural feeling while using our products. Strive to be better without changing. Our goal is dedication in creativity.
WHAT IS SASAWASHI
SASAWASHI is a new fabric woven by twisted Washi yarns that are blended with KUMAZASA.
No other paper in the world is as useful as WASHI - a strong, durable, water-resistant and versatile material with its own beauty. Shoji (sliding WASHI paper doors), for example, keep you cool in hot, humid summers and warm in winter thanks to their humidity control, water absorption, insulation and UV protection. As WASHI can absorb both oil and water, it is used as blotting paper and oil absorbent cooking paper. Absorbing different substances at the same time is especially handy when using SASAWASHI socks and towels.
Visit the Website: www.sasawashi.com
An irresistible collection of pouches, handbags and I-Tech sleeves, ultra trendy and made in Barcelona.
Established in 2008, based in Barcelona! Woouf finds fresh inspiration from urban culture, music, art and latest fashion trends. The result is a unique and creative collection with distribution in more than 30 countries and exclusive stores as Bon Marché and Selfridges.
Visit the Website: www.woouf.com
Admittedly, it appears somewhat eccentric to claim that a recipe for gin has the power to unite great British traditions, the exoticness of India, and the purity and nativeness of the Black Forest. And yet it is precisely this eccentricity that defines the enigmatic character of Montgomery Collins, from whom our Schwarzwald Dry Gin originates. His childhood as the son of a diplomat in East Asia, his military career among the ruins of Berlin, and his late-adopted home in the Black Forest supply the autobiographical background for a recipe that represents an audacious combination of native Black Forest herbs and berries and exotic Asian botanicals.
A good third of the ingredients for this special gin come from the Black Forest and are definitely not what you would call typical gin flavorings! In total, 47 handpicked ingredients, prepared in extremely soft spring water from our own Black Forest source, give MONKEY 47, whose pièce de résistance is the use of local cranberries as some sort of "secret weapon" typical to the Black Forest, its unrivaled complexity and quality, which is fully brought to bear through masterly distillation and maturing in traditional earthenware containers.
Whether with tonic, as a sling, martini, or gimlet, the unique and complex taste of Monkey 47 is an ideal basis for both classics and more eccentric cocktails. With the distinct and pure scent of juniper, a tangy and crisp citrus note, a sweet, floral aroma, a hint of peppery spices, subtle bitter fruit, and a deep and harmoniously balanced complexity with a tremendously racy finish!
Visit the Website: www.monkey47.com
STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE (headquartered in Ghana, West Africa and USA) is a social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands through worldwide distribution and manufacturing of our private label artisan produced collection as well as through our support of other brands.
We focus on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training. The first collection was launched on February 14th 2013 in honor of One Billion Rising.
Created by the hollywood actress Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, the mission of Studio OneEighty Nine and the idea for Fashion Rising took shape following a trip with V-Day in February 2011, through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy.
Shop Now: www.studiooneeightynine.com
PAZ ALPACA unites French design and Andean alpaca heritage to create soft, light and premium textiles. Our portfolio of handcrafted pure alpaca products includes men and women fashion as well as home fabrics..
Our La Paz studios.
All our products are handcrafted in our own studios, located in La Paz, Bolivia. Because we do not outsource, we control quality and are able to conduct our business in an ethical way. And because we only use pure wool from local alpaca herds, we are able to deliver our customers genuine, durable and desirable products.
Visit the Website: www.pazalpaca.com
The SLIDER. Since its first appeareance in our collections the slider became our most iconic sneaker. With its clean lines and strong concept Pierre Hardy simplifies to the extreme the structure of a trainer. An essential to any shoes collection.
Copenhagen is a UNISEX below the knee and hooded raincoat. Made from a semi translucent fabric with a soft hand feel and a mat surface. Features contrasting waterproof YKK zipper, as well as large logo at the side of the jacket. For increased comfort and mobility it also features raglan sleeves and eyelets under the arms for breathability. The waterproof construction includes welded seams and will guaranteed keep you dry even the wettest of days. Wear it over either your regular outfit or a coat/jacket.
ABOUT WON HUNDRED
Established in 2004
Since the beginning “rock and roll" lifestyle have been an influential source of inspiration at Won Hundred, which over time have shaped the heart of our identity. This is embodied in the continuous use of denim and leather, where we always try to move the boundaries of our Scandinavian and minimalist approach.
That being said, our collections range from daring pieces with raw attitude, as well as versatile quality staples which will fit into everyone’s wardrobe. It is founder and creative directors Nikolaj Nielsen’s vision to create a brand that never loses its relevance, whether the occasion is work or leisure.
Today we offer men and women and unisex ready-to-wear collections, including shoes and accessories. You will find the largest selection of Won Hundred on our site and in our own stores.
A not-for-profit social enterprise promoting the full supply chain of Africa's fashion and textile industry.
Fashion Africa Yearly Conferences and events create opportunities to share ideas, information and expertise, to raise awareness and elevate the perception of design from the continent.
Our events are must attend events where there are a mix of press, brands and industry influencers and insiders with a mutual involvement and/or vested interest in elevating African trade, design and production, and who want to be part of the wider solution to raise Africa as a trailblazer in quality design and production.
‘Fashion Africa’ Conference and Seminars were created to be a catalyst in the industry to help change perceptions of the fashion and textile industry in Africa and to ask those in Africa working in garment design and textile manufacturing what THEY think and need and so aim to keep these discussions ongoing in different locations annually where possible international industry leaders can connect.
Marmol Radziner Jewelry is a natural extension of the architecture firm Marmol Radziner, which integrates a range of design services, including landscape, interior, exterior, furniture, prefab, housewares and jewelry design. The same master craftsmen who work on full-scale building details and furniture in the Marmol Radziner metal shop, handcraft rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants from bronze. All of our jewelry pieces are proportioned for both men and women and are available in light, natural, distressed, dark and a unique "torched" finish.
Marmol Radziner Jewelry began when Design Principal Ron Radziner, FAIA, couldn't find any men's jewelry that was minimal, yet solid and strong. Remembering a piece of metal he once found on the beach and wore as a bracelet, Ron designed a cuff. He asked the metal shop craftsmen to fabricate it with the same dark patina as the hardware in the Vienna Way Residence. Soon after, Ron's wife Robin Cottle, and a few architects jumped in to design pieces they wanted, eventually creating a collection.
0770 is a high-end brand that consists of womenswear and leather accessories.
Straying away from the concept mass distribution and focused on high standards through the use of quality materials, construction and design, every piece is made in Italy and is made with the utmost care.
Is a journey that starts from the outskirts of Naples, southern Italy, between creativity, arts, crafts and contemporary technology.
Hand stitching and using ancient techniques and form, modern details are entwined with handcrafted, sophisticated details.
The focal point is the female body; the concrete being the essence of femininity. Loud and proud, sensuality is loud and vivid, bossy and riotous: it’s pure rock.
Merging together, Enzo Pirozzi, (designer) and Irene De Caprio (photographer) come from diverse backgrounds and various studies, and take their experiences that produce pieces of wonder and enchantment. Their collaboration expands beyond the brand: the duo has worked together for over 10 years, and has collaborated with other artists ranging between theater, cinema, music and solo exhibitions in art galleries.
The two designers who are behind this name are Enzo Pirozzi and Irene De Caprio. The creative duo started collaborating in 2003, when they still studying, one at the Academy of costume and fashion, (Rome), and the other at the Institute of Photography and integrated communication, (Rome). Coming from different stories intertwine theirbackground complementing . Enzo, with a history in the family's tailor, has a passion for fabrics, attention to detail and volumes. Irene, coming from a family devoted to aerospace, brings a love of technology. Both lovers of art, music, theater and cinema fuse their know-how and their love into their creations.
The creative path that takes to the realization of a collection is always different but the common denominators: the study of the tribe of style and the emotional and psychological impact of art.
Their creations are made with the most advanced technologies but always refined and assembled by hand, getting digital handcraft. The production of their prototypes is basic math. The high tech vision does not overlook the importance of ethics and materials with low environmental impact, such as vegetable tanned leathers and all exclusively made in Italy.
Knot Standard creates a luxury menswear experience like no other; using trusted stylists, fit technology, and classic tailoring. Each custom look is as individual as you are.
Name: Mikio Sakabe
Occupation: Fashion designer for the brand Mikiosakabe
1. What made you want to study fashion outside of Japan? I knew I couldn’t learn about the world in school — I had to go outside of my country to experience it.
2. If you could only wear one fashion item for the rest of your life what would it be? My Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume.
3. What made you want to be a designer? I like new and fresh things. Fashion itself is the creation of newness.
4. If you could dress up as anything for Halloween, what would you be? A zombie. I look like a real one by accident anyway.
5. Where do you find inspiration for your collections? I get my inspiration from walking around my neighborhood in Nakano (Tokyo).
6. What do you think about fast-fashion culture? It’s a waste of fabric, that’s what it is.
7. What do you think is the biggest difference between streetwear and high fashion? The biggest difference is the attitude of the people who wear them.
8. What goes through your head when you are taking a bow at the end of the show? I’m thinking, “How far do I really have to walk out onto the runway?!?”
9. Do you read reviews on your own shows? Just … sometimes.
10. If you had to watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be? That sounds like a pretty terrible thing to have to do!
11. What is your favorite cafe or lunch spot in Tokyo? I’m always somewhere in Nakano.
12. What do you think when you’re standing on the train? I usually play around on my iPhone.
13. If you could design an outfit for anyone in history, who would it be? I would love to have designed the outfit for the first ape in history to have worn clothes.
14. What does the kanji of your first name — 三樹郎 — mean? Does it match your personality? My name Mikio means “three tree man” — I have never thought about that before.
15. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I’d be happily working in a part-time job somewhere.
16. Is there someone you respect the most? Belgian designer “Walter van Beirendonck,” as his collections are always madly creative.
17. If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why? I would be a time traveler. It’s a secret.
18. What is your favorite word or phrase in Japanese? “Maa ne,” or “well, whatever.” I don’t like to make decisions.
19. Do you have any words of advice for young people? Being young or being old isn’t really all that different.
20. Tell us something about yourself that people might not know. I don’t do any research for my designs.
Interview reproduced with permission from Japan Times.