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Nico Uytterhaegen

Dear readers,

Please check out the work of Nico Uytterhaegen, the Belgian designer who produces some brilliant bags, footwear, jewelry and a perfume series. We are glad to share the showroom space with Nico in Paris during the men’s fashion week next month at 13 rue de Thorigny in the Marais district.

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SHOWCABINET BY IRIS VAN HERPEN

“It’s all about embodiment in the digital age,” – I overheard at the opening of the Iris Van Herpen’s exhibition at SHOWcabinet, Belgravia’s new installation space curated by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio project. The man who said it was Tobias Klein, one of the artists whose work accompanies Van Herpen’s in SHOWcabinet. His sculptures shown here include an extract from The Invisible Human, a 3D-printed Magnetic Resonance Image of a human abdomen with aluminium sulphate crystals grown over it in a process that echoes those occurring in the body when it is dying. If this sounds a bit complex, it is because Klein’s work, just like that of most participants’, oscillates between art and science.

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GUIDI RELAUNCHES “GUIDI & ROSELLINI”

In case you did not know, GUIDI, the Italian maker of shoes and bags, is also a tannery with a 120 year tenure, called Guidi & Rosellini.

Next season the company pays tribute to its heritage by relaunching the Guidi & Rosellini brand of shoes and bags. All products will be made from cowhide leather that will not be shaved before tanning, rendering each hide unique due to its varying thickness.

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OtherFashion: Taiana Design

First time I came across Taiana Giefer’s work, I spent a while examining one of her scarves. It was majestic, in a fairy tale way, something from another era. I wondered about how it was constructed, the crisscrossing wool felt surfaces that formed a kind of a grid, leaving openings like fortress embrasures. The fringes looked liked dreadlocks; the whole things was tactile, alive. A year later I met the California-born designer when we used her scarves for one of the StyleZeitgeist magazine editorials.

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OtherFashion: Valentina Kova

I first met Valentina Kova at a party in Williamsburg last fall. She invited me to see her work and I am glad I went. I was thoroughly impressed by her brilliant and hardcore jewelry; a rare occasion, since I am usually not a jewelry person.

Kova produces a range of designs, and her most arresting pieces from the Megalodon collection are made utilizing fossilized shark teeth that range from 5 to 50 million years old that she sources from all over the world. She then embeds diamonds and other precious stones in them by using a special underwater laser technique and frames them in black gold or silver. Each piece is one of a kind. She also imitates megalodon teeth in 925 silver.

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OtherFashion, Curated by StyleZeitgeist

  Dear readers, I am happy to announce the launch of OtherFashion, the new e-commerce project curated by StyleZeitgeist. This venture arose quite spontaneously, from numerous encounters with under-the-radar designers who do impressive work but are not necessarily well-known, usually because they do not want or cannot afford to play by the rules of the…

‘Orchidacea Hermaphroditus’ 02 – Aoi Kotsuhiroi

Aoi Kotsuhiroi at M°BA 13

Dear readers,

We wrote about the otherworldly work of Aoi Kotsuhiroi in our second print volume. Those of you who will be attending the Arnhem Fashion Biennial in Holland, curated under the theme “Fetishism in Fashion,”  will be able to experience Kotsuhiroi’s creations in the flesh, but we offer a little preview here.

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Piece d’Anarchive F/W 2013

Dear readers,

We want to introduce to you another outstanding under-the-radar brand, Piece d’Anarchive. We came across their clothes at Susan of Burling Game in San Francisco and we were thoroughly blown away by the quality of fabrics and construction. They do best what we love vest – take the traditional values of craftsmanship and make them absolutely modern.