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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
OFF FARM 17 Luxury department store KaDeWe is showcasing the Merino wool apparel created by Germany’s top emerging design talent. Fashion journalist Melissa Drier, who mentored the designers throughout the project, is pictured here showing a page from The Wool Lab to the crowd at the launch at KaDeWe. For three weeks Berlin’s KaDeWe will exhibit the designers’ outfits as part of The Berlin Wool Lab Project. “The Wool Lab project made me fall in love with wool all over again. It is inspiring to see the latest ideas that manufacturers have and put them to work. Wool has always been an essential part of our collections but to pair it with modern technology to this extent is new for us. The Wool Lab is a fantastic opportunity to work one on one with wool companies, get to know them and understand how they operate today. It is wonderful to have the possibility to connect and learn from each other.” Mira von der Osten, CRUBA www.cruba-berlin.com “I have always been obsessed with wool, but The Wool Lab broadened my view on wool with regard to soft falling, very elegant, modern fabrics. I feel that both styles I designed for the project are very much in line with my general design aesthetics: a fusion of traditional materials and crafting techniques with a very modern, contemporary look.” RIKE FEURSTEIN www.rikefeurstein.com “It was a pleasure seeing in The Wool Lab very diverse materials created through outstanding techniques, making the wool appear very non-traditional and contemporary. Developing looks from a structured, yet lightweight and rich wool allowed me to practice some of the main aspects of my design, the merging of traditional and sports elements against a backdrop of classic menswear.” Sissi Goetze, GOETZE www.goetze.xyz “The Wool Lab is a perfect way to find new manufacturers which offer an amazing knowledge and skill in making fabrics. It is a robust compendium that showcases the possibilities behind the material. We found many of our suppliers through The Wool Lab.” Antonia Goy and Bjoern Kubeja, ANTONIA GOY www.antoniagoy.com “I created a graphic garment for The Wool Lab project, combining different wool structures in one garment. Working with high quality fabric is always a big inspiration to my collections and an important part of the working creative process.” VLADIMIR KARALEEV www.vladimirkaraleev.com “The Wool Lab offered an insight into wool for summer! Regardless of the season, tailored pieces are always at the forefront of all collections at BOBBY KOLADE. The pieces on display in The Wool Lab are a summery and playful take on suiting.” BOBBY KOLADE www.bobbykolade.com “The Wool Lab showed me, and confirmed, how great it is to work with wool and how multifaceted the fibre can be. Wool has always been classic yet modern and timeless, always in step with the time. But now to me it’s even more promising.” HIEN LE www.hien-le.com “What is important to my company is the origin of the fabric and fibres we use. We specifically focus on Merino wool, which has helped IVANMAN retain its unique high-end look.” Ivan Mandzukic, IVANMAN www.ivanman.com “The Wool Lab project made me think differently about the possibilities of wool. The opportunity to be connected with new wool manufacturers brought us up to a new level, as well as giving us the potential to create our own textile designs in wool.” Malaika Raiss, MALAIKARAISS ww.malaikaraiss.com “We love to play with elegant and fresh combinations. The green of this wool evoked to us spring, vacations, pleasure, and sunny cityscape. We created from that inspiration an elegant but nonchalant look for the city.” Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad, PERRET SCHAAD www.perretschaad.com “As is typical with my work, I approached the material through draping it on a dress form. The material’s suppleness made an elegant and, at the same time, casual look possible. Wool is a natural material with cooling and warming qualities. It has a beautiful fall and is crease resistant.” MICHAEL SONTAG www.michaelsontag.com “I’ve always loved wool and used it in my collections. In particular, wool crepe is one of my favorite materials because of its structure. The resulting pieces suit me and my work well. I’m pleased that through The Wool Lab, wool is again very much in the forefront, because for me, it’s an indispensable fabric.” DAWID TOMASZEWSKI www.dawidtomaszewski.com WHAT THE DESIGNERS SAID ABOUT THE WOOL LAB
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