After working at Alexander McQueen, Swiss designer, London based Arlette Ess decided to start her own accessories label. She creates prints and products that stand out because of their intellectual elegance. Like the scarf you see above, a beautiful piece called ‘sleeping dogs’, that reminded me somehow of Escher’s paintings. So when I learned a bit more about the history behind the print, I wasn’t surprised to know that Ess is inspired by the works of Jung and the idea of a collective cultural identity. Particularly this design is inspired and influenced by various experiences and mythologies.
The actual drawings are derived from very different dogs: street dogs encountered on travels, beloved pets of friends, or unknown darlings on the web. But all the dog drawings have a bit of their own identity, never intended to be a mere copy of an animal I met or saw on a picture. Dogs enjoy a rich mythological history. The dog has long been viewed as a liaison between the physical and non-physical dimensions. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Celts and Aztecs all have prescribed the dog as a sacred guardian of the Otherworlds.
Besides this powerful association with death and transition, as a symbol the dog often stands for loyalty, friendship, guardianship, protection and communication.
Arlette Ess aims with her designs to dress you with a cherish adornment. An accessory is a very personal object, she says, to which we can relate to with our own experiences and dreams. Emotion and reason are intertwined in her designs.
The scarfs themself are stunning, in amazing silk quality, made with lots of attention to detail in the UK. After talking to her last weekend, I left wanting to know more about those dreams and ‘emotional landscapes’, something that often happens when you talk to someone that is passionate about what they do. More of her designs can be found on her website. [...]
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.
Julie Egli presents a new edition of silk scarves made in Italy. Marinaro&Gelato is available now here. [...]