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.
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 .
Spanish shoe brand Deux Souliers continues to grow. Their unique, high quality and sometimes quirky styles can now be found at one of the biggest online marketplaces: Asos.com. I think it’s great news for a young brand like this one and it gives it the opportunity to reach a broader and international audience thirsty for this kind of product. The brand is comprised of an interesting combo: it is directed by Nunu Solsona (a fashion designer trained in traditional footwear design) and it’s creative director is the designer Albert Folch (you may recall his name as the designer of the fashion bible Metal Magazine).
Here are some the models you can find between 185 and 255 euros at asos.com:
French designer Claire Pignot is the name behind this brand new label, Heinui. Claire lives in Barcelona and actually you may recall her name, she used to do dresses under the name of Cocotte a few years ago. After a hiatus following the birth of her son, when she spent her time doing custom-made clothing and wedding dresses, she is now back with these feminine and sometimes retro silhouetted designs. Beautiful and more grown up, this is a brand to take note. The garments will be available next September in selected stores in Barcelona (Colmado), Paris and New York. More on her website.
Marijo and Jesús are Malahierba, an independent brand designing and producing in Barcelona since 2007. They create feminine, affordable and fresh designs with beautiful prints. “Spies” is their latest collection, enjoy!