INTRODUCING - TEN NEW DESIGNERS
INTRODUCING - 10 NEW DESIGNERS COMING TO UNCONVENTIONAL
Introducing - part 1:
A preview of designers arriving at unconventional in the near future. With a focus on forward-thinking mentality, each avant-garde designer pushes new and unconventional designs and encourages risk-taking, experimental creativity and the rejection of the mainstream within their respective sectors.
Avant-gardism, by definition, rejects the notion of trends, conventions and anything that involves a lack of originality. This new crop of fashion designers avoid what is considered culturally popular and surprise with designs that are not only meant to last but also expresses their individual identities through wearable art forms.
ELLIOTT EVAN: LEATHER EXPERIMENTATION.
From the depths of the mind of Elliott Giffis, comes a first-hand look at the darkness and mayhem created on a single needle industrial sewing machine and a big table. With an unwavering wanderlust and need for escapism, each piece hones in on an ageing protagonist and his melancholic nostalgia. Leather outerwear, the epitome of masculinity, translates through the L.A. based designer’s honed skills and perspective forming his own signature language, distinct colour, incorporating a longing sentiment into his craft.
REPLAY LABELS: RAW CUT TAILORING
The universe of Cookie H. is at times oneric and romantic. Oscillating between a range of emotions, her designs both singular and artisanal, seem to tell a story of places lost and time passed. Fabric manipulation is the root of her creations and materials can often be found deconstructed, hand-dyed or restitched, lending a very unique identity and poetic sensibility to her garments.
XPERIMNT: DARK DAYWEAR
Xperimnt offers a contemporary reinterpretation of everyday pieces in a monochromatic palette and utilitarian twist. With each collection carefully constructed, the contemporary forms create a coexistence between femininity and masculinity. Deconstructed outerwear plays a key role allowing you to mix and match two halves of two different leather pieces to create your own individual statement.
ADAM KHELLER ROULSTON: UNREFINED JEWELLERY.
Founded by self-taught jewellery designer Adam Kelleher-Roulston, the jewellery is inspired by a lifetime of travelling to the farthest reaches of the world. Designed to focus on the imperfect and to highlight flaw, rather than refining each piece to perfection, they are left in a state of unprocessed, organic beauty, allowing them to capture a moment or emotion. Working on a growing body of work by creating small capsule collections, nothing is produced on mass. All work is made entirely by hand using traditional techniques combined with contemporary practices, allowing each piece to possess unique qualities. This is Jewellery designed to become a part of the wearer’s life, by allowing them to age and alter with time, the beauty of each piece increases. Every scratch is a part of its history.
OBJECT: GARMENT RESEARCH
Research, innovation technique and experimentation are the focus of each piece. Hand cut and sewn in the finest fabrics Object has a maniacal attention to detail down to the most insignificant characteristics. The designer characterises his pieces with his original style and endless modernity producing wearable art forms with hand painted finishes, defecting and manipulating seams in order to achieve a clear and unusual fluidity.
ERNESTO DOLANI: TRADITIONAL SHOEMAKER
Around the early 90’s, ERNESTO PACCAPELO gives the company life, in the Italian footwear cradle, Marche. Improving forms and materials, Ernesto’s handcrafted footwear maintained the unique "Made in Italy" charm. The ERNESTO DOLANI establishment brand has continued this journey, fascinated by inventions and the international stages. The family run business's aim is showing this project as a meaningful portrait, related to craftsmanship, quality research, details, passion and hand-made work. Unity design. Identity forms. Custom details. ERNESTO DOLANI bases the cornerstones of it's success on innovation and Italian artistic class. As each piece offers unique style and craft, ERNESTO DOLANI'S constant material research and process care combo, maintains they stay at the forefront of contemporary art and fashion trend.
KESA: AVANT-GARDE ELEGANCE
Kesa offers handcrafted clothing inspired by traditional ways of living through simplicity, mystery and elegance. Using only ecologically treated fibers and natural dyes, all pieces are rigorously sewed and assembled in meditative silence. The stillness is infused within the fabric to create solemn garments.
NUTSA MODEBADZE: LEATHER ARTISAN
Nutsa Modebadze is a Georgian artist who launched her own label in 2007. Her collections for women and men established her as a designer of opposites and compliments, where masculine and feminine elements are balanced into sensual asymmetries. Each individual object made by Nutsa is an architecture of innovative items skilfully sticking together cuts of fine manually painted natural leather, entangling in a life-and-rebirth secret ritual the energies preserved into the animal skin. “This curve is your smile and this cross is your heart, and this line is your path”, says a mantric song, illustrating the artist’s obsessive drive to give shape to unique states of mind. In both old and new, discrete and non-conformist style, the exquisite creations of Nutsa Modebadze – from shoes to avant-garde garments – offer the means to engage your dream-state.
NOMENNESCIO: SIMPLISTIC TAILORED GARMENTS
“Nomen nescio abbreviated to N.N., is used to signify an anonymous or unnamed person. From Latin nomen, name, and nescio, I do not know, it literally means, I do not know the name.” In a strict palette of black the label produces elegant and minimal everyday pieces, stripped back of unnecessary details, focusing heavily on silhouette and fabric selection.
ALIUS ARTIS ATELIER: ONE OFF JEWELLERY PIECES
Alius Artis Atelier is a Dutch independent jewellery brand. The designer of Alius Artis originally comes from a small town surrounded by forest and mountains in the very North of Russia. From the beginning of her interest in jewellery design she wanted to work with a technique where she can show her gratitude to Nature. All silver and gold pieces she creates are non replicable and made by using an organic ancient technique where the casting "mould" is a bone of dead fish. The result is a 70/30% split between nature and human respectively. As the details are created organically inside these natural "moulds" during casting process no two pieces will be identical in form of detail. The human part in this process is just a tool in the hands of Nature.