BySympany x Kuyichi Jeans with Upcycled Textiles

BySympany Upcycling by Sympany

Sympany is a textile recycling social enterprise from The Netherlands, it collects and re-purposes used clothing in order to fund charitable projects. The gathered second-hand clothes are being sold a.o. in African countries. (specifically to Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo and Angola) The used clothes are also being recycled into cleaning cloths and insulation material and they are upcycled into ‘new fabrics’ as well.

BySympany

BySympany is a new initiative in which funds are generated by collaborating with (sustainable) fashion brands. The collab with Dutch jeanslabel Kyuchi is the first in line: ‘By Sympany By Kuyichi created jeans with upcycled rags. (20% of the jeans consist of recovered fibres)
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Maison Alaïa the Digital Store

Maison Alaïa

The ultimate designer clothes, from Alaïa, who sadly passed away last year, are brought back to live in the shape of Maison Alaïa. And to be more specific: its first digital store which exclusevily carries the New Edition Collection, a series of iconic pieces selected from the Azzedine Alaïa archive. Make sure to visit this site, even if it’s only once.

New Edition Collection

“Each of these garments will be made to the exact specifications and rigorous construction insisted upon by Mr. Alaïa himself and in the original fabrics or, should these no longer be available, in new materials inspired by them. Garments will carry a label according to the year this design was first shown.”

Maison Alaïa
(imagecredits: Maison Alaïa)

Flagship Stores

Current season Maison Alaïa ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories will be available, also
the ‘Les Intemporels’ which are classic pieces. And if that isn’t enough for you: there are two Alaïa flagships stores, one in in Paris and one in London. Continue reading

Susan Bijl x Etnomanie Special Collection

Etnomanie by Ellie Uyttenbroek for Susan Bijl

Susan Bijl is a designer best known for her nylon shoppingbags. Ellie Uyttenbroek is best known for the ongoing photoseries Exactitudes. These two women themed up to create the newest ‘Susan Bijl collection’ named ETNOMANIE. Have a look at the campaign images below, how lovely are they?!Susan Bijl x Etnomanie Special Collection(campaign image credits: Photography by Jan Bijl. Models: Jelke Ostermann, Angelina Koemans, Johan Amenyeku, Ebony Netserab, Eisha Hersilia. Design: Mary Pelders. Assistance: Pia Please)

Wordplay

Etnomanie is a wordplay capturing the modern-life hysteria of globalization. Ms Uyttenbroek is the ‘inventor’ of this word. Click here to read more about the 2017 Etnomanie exhibition, shaped by Ellie Uytenbroek, at the Dutch Photomuseum in Rotterdam.

The collection of bags, pouches and a raincoat is available in five colors, based on skin tones. The colors are named after former Nobel Peace Prize winners: Wangari, Barack, Malala, Liu and Agnes (buy/see all at susanbijl.com)

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TRINHBECX Show at the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week

TRINHBECX

Dutch fashion designduo TRINHBECX showed the ‘Talking Trash Show’ last friday. It’s the newest collection for the TB19 season. The location was apropriate; Afvalpunt Oost (That’s the name of the place were you can dump your garbage in Amsterdam)

In collaboration with Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, TRINHBECX had the opportunity to work with companies that offer a sustainable alternatives to existing materials such as leather and cotton. Materials like viscose developed from coffee grounds, leather created from plant cells, buttons that are made from fruit waste, in combination with textile surpluses.

(imagecredits: Mimi Berlin Blogger Team)

As always, TRINHBECX showed well proportioned garments, including their signature bold detailing, we especially fancied the strong silhouettes. This collection can be seen as “a playful patch-work-story in a miss-match of materials with graphic lines and quirky (de)constructions.” Continue reading

Schueller De Waal Fashion Film Installation Spring-Summer 2019

Fashion Film Installation

Dutch fashion designduo Schueller De Waal (SDW) presented their vision on fashion in an autonomous presentation at Palais de Tokyo, Paris: a Fashion Film Installation. The film: ‘Gateway To Fashion’ is starring Dutch topmodel Iekeliene Stange acting as the ‘Fashion Therapist’. She guides us to ‘The Gateway To Fashion’.

(image credits film: Director: SDW STUDIO Fashion Therapist: Iekeliene Stange Director of Photography: Lonneke van der Palen Digital Art: Max de Waard Sound Design: Bea1991 Hair and Make-Up: Bastien Zorzetto. lookbook: Model: Valeriya Shae. Event Photography: Team Peter Stigter)

The presentation of this conceptual Fashion Film Installation was planned smartly at the end of Paris Fashion Week. SDW offered the audience (“fashion victims or victims of fashion”) time to reflect and to slow down, by watching the film “Fashion Therapy” in comfortable furniture, whilst getting a massage. (And maybe more soothing things, we don’t know. Sadly to say, Mimi Berlin Blogger Team was visiting Berlin, the heimat.)

SDW Studio

This presentation is categorized under art-direction rather than design. SDW didn’t create a new collection. Instead they re-styled all of their former collections into a new concept for Spring-Summer 2019.

We are exited to find out when, or if, the duo ever are going to design a pret-a-porter collection again. Will they be SDW (S(eeking)D(esign)W(ellbeing) Studio; art-directors and stylists from now on? They are doing very well in all disciplines, so wir sind gespannt about their future work! By the way; their last newly designed collection was for Winter 2018/2019. Click for links and more info below. Continue reading

Dots in Vintage Fashion

Dots

If you follow this blog maybe you’ve noticed that Mimi Berlin is very fond of dots. The other day we found 2 pretty images of our favorite print from the sixties, just that.
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Yes, that’s a young Cheryl Tiegs in de middle on the first pic!

(images via coutureallure / christianmontone)