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 →
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.”
(imagecredits: Maison Alaïa)
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 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?!(campaign image credits: Photography by Jan Bijl. Models: Jelke Ostermann, Angelina Koemans, Johan Amenyeku, Ebony Netserab, Eisha Hersilia. Design: Mary Pelders. Assistance: Pia Please)
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)
Assembly-Line is a collaboration project that generates small, locally manufactured products. ASSEMBLY-LINE / 01 is the first product from this series: a re-make of a classic wooden slipper from the sixties. Made with EU locally sourced materials and assembled in the Netherlands. In a nutshell: Limited editions, timeless designs, slow design, European product.
Assembly-Line 01 Revival of a Classic Shoe
Assembly-Line 01 Revival of a Classic Shoe with interchangable straps.
About ASSEMBLY-LINE / 01
The first project of Assembly-Line is a revival of a classic: a wooden soled sandal from the sixties. Once extremely popular but now somewhat invisible in the wider shoe landscape, this sandal was waiting for an update and a repositioning in the here and now. The new sandal is produced locally in limited editions, and in collaboration with small workshops, using EU sourced materials. The packaging is low-impact, and the leather straps are re-placeable. The slippers can be ordered at assembly-line.nl. Continue reading →
New MimiMerchandise! Pierrot Leggings by Mimi Berlin
Show off your legs with these fabulous, body-con leggings, the surrealist print-style is designed for a tremendous (optical) slimming effect! Legging ‘Pierrot’ is a fun and sensible choice to wear to the gym, your yoga/pilates class or even to your salsa lessons! Aside from being functional sportswear, and maybe needless to mention;
wearing these fine leggings as a fashion item is really a fantastic option.
A view of the backside of Pierrot Leggings. Available online at mimimall.amsterdam