International, ecological and fun, SAAKO designs are perfect if you are looking to add a special detail to your outfit for a good price. We talked to Ana Capel to know more of this brand that is already being sold at Urban Outfitters and that recently joined the startup ecosystem of Twitter Incubator San Francisco.
Can you tell us more about the concept behind SAAKO ?
Saako was born in Barcelona but we are an international team, we are a team of 4 people with 3 different nationalities (American, Portuguese and Spanish ). Now is almost 4 years since we started selling on the international market, which has welcomed us very well from the beginning.
What materials you use to create your products?
All our products are handmade and most of the collection has been made with reused fabrics. We focus on sustainability and quality products . The Saako designs are labeled with the name of the woman who has done it with a brief history, so in addition to buy stylish street accessory you know you have a personal product.
You were recently picked up to be part of the the Twitter Incubator in San Francisco. What does this mean for you as a company and at as a creative level ?
Being accepted into the incubator in San Francisco Twitter has been a great adrenaline rush for us, as it is a recognition for our brand and the possibility that many doors will open for Saake, we hope to have great news soon …
Do you plan to create another type of clothing plus accessories ?
Yes, we have in mind to expand our product offerings but more in order to create menswear and children.
Future plans, or news you would like to share?
Our future plans include mainly working hard to continue to grow the brand. We are currently selling our designs at Urban Outfitters and the museum shop of New York MOMA which does nothing but confirm that we are going in the right direction. By the way! In short our social networks hang by a video on how to wear/ use our designs, we have filmed at the MACBA in Barcelona and has a futuristic inspiration we are sure you will love.
What can be more cozy than wrap oneself in a soft handmade pull-over on a winter day? Not so many things! At Knitbrary they create knitted garment with the most luxurious wool of the world: Vicuña, the excellent Peruvian Pima Cotton, baby alpaca or merino wool. Beautiful in their simplicity, these sweaters are pure temptation on grey days like today. They don’t come cheap, but if you are looking for something really unique, here is their website! [...]
Are you a young fashion accessories designer? Then you have run and enter the competition here, before December 18th 2013! A great opportunity: Muuse x Vogue Talents offer to the winner:
- A feature in the VOGUE TALENTS, Vogue Italia’s online showcase of the best up & coming Accessories Designers
- An accessories capsule collection produced and sold by MUUSE under your own name
- A designer portfolio on MUUSE.com
- Production of custom pieces
Good luck everyone!
Aquí está el link para participar en el concurso para diseñadores de accesorios de Muuse X Vogue Talents, los premios incluyen un artículo en Vogue.it, una colección cápsula, un portfolio en Muuse.com y la producción de prendas. Buena suerte!
Image by Yusuke Maegawa
Nuovum is the online equivalent of a hip pop-up showroom. They select carefully each piece, offering the customers a beautifully curated shop. Independent and young designers, the brands you will find are in perfect synergy with this blog aesthetics. Favourites like El Colmillo de Morsa, Ida Johansson, A Couple, Deux Souliers, Begoña Noya, Who, Elena Gallego, ppi, Krizia Robustella, just to name a few, are all names that we have been following from their beginnings, and that here they are beautifully showcased. Don’t miss the jewellery section!
Images with styles by Colmillo de Morsa, Who, Selim de Somavilla, Fahrenheit
p[pi:] presents a new selection of hand-crafted bags, this time including the idea of backpack in their designs. For example, the Barcelona based brand created this multipurpose satchel, which combines leather in three colors, can be used as a briefcase, as a backpack and as a crusader bag. The leather straps are fixed to the top. At the lower end are fastened with screws, allowing change and couple them to each other, to use as cross bag. As I mentioned before the attention to detail and original features make these items exquisite must-haves!
New York based label Revisited, presents for next SS14 its most conceptual collection. This multidisciplinary team, which came together as a response to the saturation of mass production, the fast-design and excess in general, was inspired this time by the Japanese tradition of Kintsukuroi, which consists of repairing ceramics with a lacquer containing gold or silver.
Coinciding perfectly with the philosophy of Revisited, they decided to translate this technique / philosophy ( if it was broken , it’s beautiful) to the garments. For example, one 40s foulard is ”repaired” or sack fabric pieces are embroidered with golden raffia thread. With unusual dyed and embroidered textures they study the crackle in ceramics. Jetske Visser collaborated creating hand-dyed foulards that seems that the ink has cracked and stopped when in contact with silk. As always they also added a series of robust and unique necklaces, in collaboration with the brand Choses .
I can not help but thinking that it’s an extremely inspiring philosophy carried on a daily basis. How often do we look in the mirror and wished to erase that scar in our body? Not to mention the scars of the soul…How poetic to wear garments that remind us to embrace does details that make everyone of us so unique.
More info on their website and online shop .
Come close but not too much. Maybe that’s a common feeling today. Should I trust you? Should I let you in? I loved the concept of this collection by Anna Kathryn Gregor, a ZUYD university student. Keep distance! Is inspired by a text of Arthur Schopenhauer in which he compares the behavior of porcupines with human society and that reflects on human behavior in private and public spaces. She adds to the idea a technological process in which special thermal ink responds on body heat, adding to the transitional character of the collection
Schopenhauer describes the human need for both affection and protection. People avoid getting hurt by trusting only their inner circle with their deepest wishes, dreams and feelings.
“Keep your distance! Because I’m not willing to divulge myself because I don’t know if you are worth it.”
The natural armour of the porcupine inspired this collection of deformed body shapes and the usage of elements of safety clothes. The process of metamorphosis of the porcupine is depicted in layers of clothing. Layers of wool, silk, cotton combined with big sculpted fake fur showpieces, build a layer of safety around the body. More layers equal more protection.
In my opinion, clothes are protection, but in the end, they always expose who you are and who you are with. And that’s actually one of the most fun qualities of fashion!
Lina Michal is a Swedish fashion designer who has been awarded most visionary designer 2013 by the final public vote on vogue.it/talents. Michal has previously intern for Mary Kratantzou and and will be an Editorial Intern at Opening Ceremony in New York. With her exam collection Heathen Hearts she wanted to examine her Swedish heritage and modern man’s primitive urge to decorate oneself. Bold, beautiful, baroque, her designs are stunning. Lina will join MUUSE and design a MUUSE Editions capsule collection to be produced and sold by MUUSE.