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 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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The Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker Jacket

Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker Jacket

Now here’s something we would like to try out;Jacket-with-tag-levis-interactiveThis 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 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






MBFWA Futura F/W 2016

MBFWA Futura F/W 2016

Futura is a “Dutch men’s- and womens wear fashion brand focusing on clean, minimalistic, timeless designs. Ran by Anne Bosman, Sanne Schepers and Tom Renema.” (read more and based in Deventer, The Netherlands.

The Futura collection for W2016 sure was Fresh & Clean! Schepers and Bosman managed to show a smart balance between everyday outfits and fun pieces! Mimi Berlin Blogger Team says; Auch Haben!
If you missed this show, no worries you can catch up with Futura at the SEEK fashion trade show in Berlin this week.

Dear Futura, thanks for the frontrow pic, we enjoyed the show very much, Thanks for inviting us. xoxo Mimi

Menswear Spring 2015: Romance

Menswear Spring 2015: Romance

Romance Down to Earth Style:
Patchworked, bleached, printed or otherwise embellished denim.
Think: Nostalgic Americana,  Little house on the prairie and The Waltons
Color; blue
Silhouette; baggy

Junya Watanabe showed nothing but (embellished) denim with a worn down, patched up feel to the outfits. At Louis Vuitton there was a little denim segment (the odd one out at the show, but still…)

Romance Dramatic Style:
Embellishment galore from brocade to tule.
Think: Dance, in a broad way; from ballet to bull fighting
Color: Neutrals and greens
Silhouette; most important, cropped tops

Dolce and Gabanna showed a clear theme: The Toreador. Cropped (toreador) jackets were also present at Walter van Beirendonck and Balmain. Dries van Noten’s collection was inspired by Nureyev, adding embellished accents to the shoulders in the shape of  “holsters” and epaulettes in (embellished) brocade  (images via

See all reports on menswear for Spring 2015 on this blog HERE

Charlotte Gainsbourg X CURRENT/ELLIOTT

Charlotte Gainsbourg X CURRENT ELLIOTT

Current/Elliott creative director Serge Azria and Charlotte Gainsbourg created a special capsule collection ; Effortless Chic, Contemporary Classics with a Parisian Twist is a good way to describe this collection. The first collection has about 40 pieces that range from denim pants to corduroy outerwear to tailored wool suits, Our favorite is the petite pants in black leather. Continue reading

gsus sindustries show at AFW

At gsus sindustries we got to see the first collection supervised by Hyun Yeu, now lead designer at gsus sindustries. They told 3 stories at Gsus for W2013; military, folklore and the dandy, the allover inspiration was Russian Dandy-ism.

Styling was meticulously done by Sonny Groo, nothing was left up to chance, gsus sindustries is a mature brand and showed a well balanced collection. We always love the quirky touches at Gsus (prints and dessins) but the more serious garments like the jackets, jeans and parka’s made in tweed, denim, wool etc. looked very good and truly ready to wear.

The cropped men’s blazers caught our fancy, but the neopreen women’s sweater was our favorite: Auch Haben!

It’s nice to see some of the best that Holland has to offer in the industry at Amsterdam Fashion Week. Today, at the gsus sindustries and Sjaak Hullekes shows we actually got to spot a trend, that’s a rare sight at AFW.  Dutch designers mostly do their own thing on the runway, in total neglect of trends, hard to understand, but true.

For more frontrow and people at the gsus sindustries show click HERE