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.
The launch at Magazijn in Amsterdam, behind the sewing machine: Vita Stasiukynaite, student at the fashion dept at the Rietveld Academy.
Embroidery-artist Victoria Villasana’s embelishment of the black and white photography by JW Kaldenbach. imagecredits: mimi berlin blogger team
Invite for the launch. imagecredits: bysympany.nl
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) Continue reading →
Yesterday the Kenzo x H&M show was held at Pier 36 in New York (Creative Director: Jean-Paul Goude/Music Director: Sam Spiegel/Choreography: Ryan Heffington) We thought it was a blast! We don’t agree much with the mass produced garments and policy sold by H&M; but we do hope the people in the streets, in 250 cities worldwide, will turn brighter and more pretty with this collection, only if it was for one season…….
From the H&M Press office:
The KENZO x H&M collection will be available in over 250 H&M stores worldwide, as well as online, from November 3.” Continue reading →
Now here’s something we would like to try out;This is a jeans jacket with an interactive surface: it can access a phone wirelesly and activate a functionality by tapping or swiping a sleeve. The technology is blended in with the fibres of the standard cloth, which is still washable and feels like a normal piece of clotihng, so they say. ‘They’ being Levi’s and Google’s Atap. The invention is called: Jaquard Technology.
Levi’s wants you to wear this jacket while riding your bike (see the promotion clip here at levistrauss.com) But we, at Mimi Berlin, feel the audience could be broader; for instance by placing this technology in a (women’s) bag. But what do we know……’they’ probably already came up with several wonderful ideas themselves. Swipe to mute, xoxo Mimi
Area designers Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg teamed up with Opening Ceremony for a minimalistic and very stylish 2015 capsule collection, buy or see that at Opening Ceremony
“Area is a design studio specializing in textile manipulation. Beckett, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Virginia, where she studied Architectural Design with a concentration in Multi-disciplinary studies. Piotrek was born in Poland and raised in Holland, where he studied Fashion Design at the Artez Institute of the Arts, before working at Chloe in Paris. The designers met while pursuing their Masters in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons, where they overlapped for one year and found a similar aesthetic in their respective collections. Beckett went on to work at Calvin Klein Collection, and the designers then joined to begin work on area in 2013.” (read more at Area)
Good Morning! Today we have a tip on how to spend your Sunday; Go visit The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague for the fashion exhibition “Ode to Dutch Fashion”. It will brighten up the day….
windmills and Viktor & Rolf
The Netherlands as seen from an airplane
Metz & Co
Matthijs van Bergen on the far right
photo by Sabrina Bongiovanni
Silent Disco Room
Silent Disco Room
Designs by Bas Kosters, People of the labyrinths
Designs by fong leng, ernst-jan beeukes, fong leng
D.I.Y; give your head a nice fashionbody
Ms van Rossum in Frans Molenaar; She owns the positive colrcombo!!
Desgns by Ernst Jan Beeuwkes and Frans Molenaar
rightside; André van Veen van den Worm the designer of A+A Fashion Mens wear in front of his 1980s design.
Yesterday we went to the opening of the fashion exhibition “Ode to Dutch Fashion”. (see some party snaps here) The museum highlights well known names like Viktor & Rolf and the fact that the dress worn by Queen Maxima at King Willem-Alexander’s coronation, designed by Jan Taminiau, is on show. These are great designers but they aren’t the most spectaculair at this exhibition; it’s the exhibition itself that’s so great! Wandering trough the rooms filled with all these designs, (new and older ones side by side) paintings and the custom-made photo series, is really the best experience. Well, it made US happy, hope you like it too! xoxo Mimi