The Belgian brand Komono is the result of Timing and Vision, a special intersection between the balanced forces of the two founders. Everything started when Raf Maes, the perfectionist, and Anton Janssens, the free spirit, met each other snowboarding and chose to share their common Belgian heritage based on fashion, design and dedication to quality.
Their views are the ones used to see over the mountains, the ones admiring and projecting constantly to the future moved by a never-ending need to dynamic tension and stream of new ideas. Komono method is to ensure a contemporary approach that avoids conventions and the inspiration is taken from culture, music and life instants.
For the fall-winter 2016/2017 collection “Crafted by Komono” is a portfolio of premium level accessories realized using high-end materials and authentic craftsmanship. The lightness of the accessories reflects the weightless connectivity and delicate bonds that make the world so intimately attached now-a-days. The eyewear are realized using paper-thin Italian acetate and stainless steel frames. The anti-glare lenses are flat following Komono dedication to simple and basic forms.
Komono creations are shared among three deep concepts; Core – a blend of the most current trends, Crafted – the one marked by premium materials and artisanal finishing and Curated – an ongoing collection joining collaborations with the best artists of our time.
Discover more on komono.com .
Don’t worry about here young age, Ilke Cop is a bomb!
Founded one year ago in Brussels, ILKECOP brand is having such a huge buyers and press success that last month she attended Amsterdam Fashion Week showing her collection! What a great exploit!
Ilke is a designer full of talent and creativity, concentrated about working hard and taking inspirations about something actually unusual but so curious. Circus atmosphere, freak shows, gipsy style and monster creatures are her flair and dinosaurs her mascot.
Three are the key points Ilke is focusing about and they’re all found in her label’s description: urban couture for the non-conformist.
Urban places and urban life are her first artistic elements developed through fashion. The colors chosen are in particular the reflection of the colors of the city, happy and bright tints that she wears (on her hair also!) and loves.
Couture represents the quality of her clothes, never considered on the background but always taken as the first need to start producing something really high standard. Entirely made in Belgium ILKECOP collections are embroidered by hand and an important attention is given to details and manufacturing.
Non-conformist means everything about sustainable and ethical production, respecting people and environment.
Visit the webshop https://ilkecop.com/ .
From Florence to London. Here is the story of a knitting artist who takes inspirations from Pop trend and urban culture landscapes.
Carlo Volpi founded his label in 2014 thanks to his life-long affair with knitting. Both of his grandmothers worked for small knit factories in a village next to Florence and from them he inherited the passion for his craft.
After completing the Royal College of Art in London, Carlo Volpi’s works started to gain popularity and prestigious success. Winning an award at Premiere Vision in Paris, being chosen in 2015 by Vogue to show his collection during Milan Fashion Week, exposing at the event Altaroma, Carlo Volpi Knitwear brand is known as one of the best example of knitting experimentation and study.
Carlo Volpi’s creations are characterized by a vibrant clash of colors and an eclectic mix of stitches and textures. He loves to reinvent traditional hand crafted techniques mixing them with the latest manufacturing technologies. The result is a series of exclusive and limited pieces created in London and Italy by himself and a small team of knitters.
After the collections Lipstick Stab Wounds and 000, 0Love 4Love takes inspiration from the short and repetitive love stories passing by on the radio. The fast and banal emotions that characterize modern love songs reflect the artistic taste evolution in the society; everything moves so quickly and we don’t have the time to pay attention. The colors are bright and the tones matches quote advertise logos and sport uniforms.
As always the man who chooses Carlo Volpi Knitwear brand is eccentric, nonconformist and trusts in his individuality.
Visit the website http://carlovolpi.co.uk/ .
Da Firenze a Londra. Questa è la storia di un artista del lavoro a maglia che si ispira alla corrente Pop e ai paesaggi culturali urbani.
Carlo Volpi ha fondato il suo brand nel 2014 grazie alla passione per la maglieria, ereditata da entrambe le nonne fin da ragazzo.
Stéphanie Anspach prefers learning from life experiences instead of attending fashion schools. She founded her brand in 2014 in Brussels, thinking about a young and chic woman who loves to travel, dream and wear comfortable clothes. Music is often one of the starting points for her collections and one of her main inspirations, together with femininity and freshness mixed with a touch of androgynous elegance.
Facing the strong theme of food, for her spring-summer 2016 collection Stéphanie Anspach transposes in fashion the society’s habits about eating obsessions. On the background a modern society constantly taking pictures about healthy food and good-looking courses, on clothes leeks, radishes and vegetable’s leaves embroidered by hand. Green, white and purple, as some of the main colors found in vegetables, enrich the all capsule. Inspired by the beauty and charm of textures, the designer chooses to combine very different materials and techniques like neoprene and cross-stitches decorations, exclusively realized in Belgium.
Regular volumes and minimal lines are the fil rouge with Stéphanie Anspac’s previous collections and the style is still clean and spontaneously refined.
The right motto for Stéphanie Anspach is “less is mode”; to symbolize that a well made dress doesn’t need anything else to be beautiful.
Visit the website http://stephanieanspach.be/ .
Stéphanie Anspach preferisce attingere da concrete esperienze personali e professionali, per questo non ha frequentato una scuola di moda se non per un breve periodo. Nel 2014 ha fondato a Bruxelles il suo marchio, pensando ad una giovane donna che, come lei, ama viaggiare, sognare e indossare vestiti comodi e chic. La musica è spesso fonte di ispirazione, insieme a femminilità e freschezza mixate ad un’androgina eleganza.
Narguess Hatami is the creative soul of the brand Miahatami, label founded in 2015 in San Marino. The name, a clear reference to the designer’s surname, reflects her family artistical Persian roots and the Middle East culture.
Influenced by art and its thousand sides and in particular inspired by painting, drawing and music, Narguess creates an intercultural, eclectic and sophisticated style. Colors, patterns and traditions are the main values for Miahatami, brand that the creator considers “a meeting point between Middle East and European design”.
For the spring-summer 2016 collection a very contemporary femininity starts from tapestries and frescoes typical of the Persian Empire. The charm of iconography travels from kilim carpets to the image of the sovereign FathAli taken as a decoration for t-shirts and shirts thanks to the illustrator Federico Monzani. The study of shapes is a light abundance of volumes and rational imbalances. Repeated overlapping give movement to the silhouette and, in many cases, the veiled transparent outer layer reveals the internal one, featuring both the same patterns which create three-dimensional impressions. Kaleioscopic pictures, embroideries and colors quote the atmosphere of Persia, the legendary “silk road”. Royal blue, canary yellow, flame red and sunny orange play with each other in prints, stripes and inserts while nobles materials coexist with techno-textures: nylon organza and silk organza, poplin, georgette and duchess, raffia and cotton.
Visit the website http://www.miahatami.com/ .
Mix & Match is synonymous of versatility and Made in Italy tailoring. From 2014 the Italian brand Pommes de Claire designed by Chiara Salvioli is enriched with a continual collection next to the seasonal ones. The chromatic choice is absolute; just black and white. Basic pieces of clothing realized to be combined and mixed for never-ending looks. The process is simple and funny:
- Choose the top: shirt, t-shirt, top, jacket and outercoat.
- Choose the second piece: skirt or trousers.
- Mix & Match.
Even if Mix & Match color choice is only about black and white, from the textile point of view there’s such an explosion of experiments. Pattern, lace, leather, cotton, wool, jacquard, silk. Everything mixed with cool accessories like collars and suspenders.
For the spring-summer 2016 the news is lace. For the first time the designer introduces long dresses in two different versions: in black with long sleeves and calf-length skirt or in black with short sleeves and long ankle-length skirt. The lace bomber jacket is fabulous!
Mix & Match is available online on http://www.pommesdeclaire.it/ .
Mix & Match è sinonimo di versatilità e sartorialità Made in Italy. Dal 2014 il marchio mantovano Pommes de Claire di Chiara Salvioli si arricchisce di una collezione continuativa parallela alle proposte stagionali che persegue una scelta cromatica ben precisa; bianco e nero. Capi basici e senza tempo sono realizzati per essere combinati e mescolati; l’obiettivo è comporre look sempre diversi e adatti ad ogni occasione. Il procedimento è semplice e divertente:
- scegli il capo sopra: camicia, top, giaccha, gilet e capospalla.
- scegli il capo sotto: gonna e pantalone.
- Mix & Match.
Se dal punto di vista cromatico Mix & Match non si discosta da bianco e nero, dal punto di vista dei tessuti la collezione è esplosiva. Pattern, pizzi, pelle, cotone, lana, jacquard, seta. Il tutto abbinato ad accessori come colletti o bretelle.
Per la primavera-estate 2016 i pezzi chiave Mix & Match sono in pizzo. Per la prima volta la designer propone un abito lungo realizzato in due versioni: nero con maniche lunghe e gonna all’altezza del ginocchio oppure nero con maniche corte e lungo fino alle caviglie. Il bomber in pizzo poi è una favola!
Mix & Match è disponibile esclusivamente online su http://www.pommesdeclaire.it/ .
Eva Velazquez takes inspiration from history and its importance. The brand founded in Bruxelles in 2014 by Eva and Hugo Velazquez has strong roots in the past, honoring the nobility of history and making up for the lost time.
In love with timeless clothing, the designers are fascinated by the aesthetic of farmers’ coveralls, housecoats and military uniforms and they re-interpret that style transforming ancient garments in contemporary clothing for women. Mixing different social classes’ costumes, Eva Velazquez challenges the aesthetic values of the modern society’s rules giving nobility to poor clothes. Eva Velazquez preserves and enhances the beauty of old clothes as symbol of quality that lasts in the years. The “ancien” soul of every collection and accessory is the result of intense studies and knowledge of fashion history, very important theme for the creative duo.
Designed and produced entirely in Belgium, Eva Velazquez clothes are realized using pure textiles. Linen, cotton, silk and velvet but also raw materials like wool and canvas. Ancien Atelier is the most exclusive capsule and the symbol of limitless stylistic research, combining ancient pieces from all over Europe chosen for textile’s quality, artisanal manufacturing and uniqueness. Once clean and fixed they are sold as models which safeguard the value of time through generations.
In the first Eva Velazquez store in Bruxelles Eva and Hugo will love to tell you the story of every garment and you will travel to another age. From the fall-winter 2016-2017 season a new men collection will be available.
Visit the website http://www.evavelazquez.be/ .
Eva Velazquez si ispira alla storia onorando le qualità del saper fare e dell’essenzialità. Il marchio non inventa tendenze e nuovi stili ma fonda le radici nel passato, portandone in vita la preziosità. Eva e Hugo Velazquez fondano il brand a Bruxelles nel 2014 e, in un epoca in cui la nozione di progresso è legata alla catastrofe e al deterioramento, fanno del recupero della storia la loro filosofia.