“Go through your wardrobe, make do and mend”.
This sentence is lifted from a 1940s information book for women issued by the British government. It advises those wishing to remain elegant in times of crises, to rediscover garments, pieces they love and cherish and to alter them, transform them, to prolong their use: shrunken knitted jumpers, old-fashioned dresses, suits long neglected by their husbands…
We feel that this is still relevant now. The collection suggests that one revisits their unique, personal garde-robe and reinvents it. Creates novelty from things already owned.
Today, we present a collection of past and discordant elements, full of stories and memories whose final chapter is the garments they become when worn tomorrow. Together, these pieces form an emotional and intimate arrangement, arising from sedimented eras, styles and generations.
Spandex, cool wool, cotton, cotton Alpaca, technical wool, mohair, satin silk, silk ties from Lyon, silk caddy, jacquard silk, leather.
Hand painted tie fabric, daisy printed silk georgette, silk georgette printed with a 1940s motif.
Hand painted acetate goggle accessories, thermo-moulded leather sandals, knitted socks, “key ring” and “coat stand” bags, trompe-l’œil varnished silver daisy jewelry.
SPRING — SUMMER 2015 / THE COLLECTION
Part of the family – Clothing from varying cultures and generations are innocently assembled, naturally and without stylistic reasoning or purpose. Rules are broken. New silhouettes are created from unexpected sources, wardrobe staples, and humble materials. Subtle nods to the Maison. Americana pop clashes with traditional Japanese culture, underwear becomes eveningwear, household objects are transformed into clothing. Garments play with volume and materials. The collection is accessible, handcrafted, playful.
The allure is spontaneous and nonchalant, naively put together; a patchwork of inspirations customised and appropriated. Items fluctuate, become adjustable, changeable. Straps and obi belts are omnipresent, playfully adapted to alter the garments main function. Proportions are inversed, shrunken, elongated. Shirts appear too big, jackets too small.
Sun bleached or washed-out denim, latex, suede, twill, cotton, lace, satin, leather.
Peach, beige, khaki, burnt gold, old yellow, red, washed-out blue, jade, plum, greying green, optical white.
A bandana becomes a clutch, scarf or even a top.
Old-fashioned Japanese sandals merged with club kids rave shoes create monochrome platforms with transparent bands.