Meet the Designer: Samuji

Samu-Jussi Koski

 


WHERE DO YOU GATHER INSPIRATION?

That's a tricky question. My inspiration comes from so many different sources. Sometimes an old movie can inspire a collection, other times I find inspiration and ideas from the nature. Maybe, my oldest and still ongoing inspiration is the Finnish nature. I was born in a small town in the middle of forests and lakes, and nowadays I live outside Helsinki, also surrounded by forests, and the sea. The changing seasons of the nature just keep inspiring me.




WHAT IS YOUR DAILY UNIFORM?

My own wardrobe is very boring - compared to the collections we design at Samuji :) I usually wear the exact same things: jeans and a sweater, or jeans and a college shirt. My friends say my own style resembles an old Italian grandpa. I take it as a compliment.

WHAT IS YOUR MORNING RITUAL?

I'm trying to teach myself to eat breakfast! If I have time, I love to make porridge in the morning.


DESCRIBE THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR HOME.

I live in a small, old wooden croft, surrounded by forests and fields. All my neighbours have tractors. I guess the overall style of the house is quite old-fashioned, but I try to keep it interesting with some modern art.






HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

Another tricky question! I'm not sure I succeed in that at all. I try to get enough rest, and take time to heat my traditional smoke sauna every now and then (the heating process takes approximately six hours—a perfect Saturday recreation). For Finns, sauna is close to meditation.



WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL TO AND WHY?

Every summer I travel to the same small island in Greece. I love the Greek hospitality, all the colours, scents, and nature there. And the food, obviously.

 




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 About Samuji

 

Samuji is a design and consulting brand based in Helsinki founded by Samu-Jossi Koski. Before establishing the brand, Kossi went to Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland where he got his Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design. Then went on to get a Master's Degree in Fashion Design from the Polimoda Fashion School in Florence, Italy. Afterwards, he began working at Marrimekko, the Finnish textile house, as Assistant Designer in 2003. Eventually getting promoted to Creative Director in 2008. In 2009 he left Marrimeko to develop his own label. 

Samuji launched it's first womenswear line in 2011.  Kossi's mission for the brand was to promote sustainable, high quality pieces with timeless character. Today the brand releases 4 womenswear lines a year, along with a menswear line, launched in 2013, and a home goods line launched in 2014.

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Styling by Jessica Thompson

 



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November 08 2016

 Meet the Designer:

Eunice Quan of Priory

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Where do you gather your inspiration? 
My friends, our trips, and dinner conversations where everyone has drank just a bit too much.

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What is your daily uniform?
Outdoor pajama's. As much comfort as I can get away with.
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 Describe the aesthetic of your home. 
I am a maximalist at heart. My apartment is full of things I collect on trips or objects my friends have created. I thrive amongst these stories. 

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What is your go to beauty product? 
1509 oil.
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How do you maintain balance in your life? 
I daydream. I create narratives in my head and I live out 5 different lives while standing on the subway. It's something I used to do as a child and I just never stopped.
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What is your idea of a perfect getaway? 

On a beach, where my cell phone does not work, with my loved ones, eating lobster.

                        

 

 

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 About Priory

Eunice Quan, a Vancouver native, co-founded Priory in 2011 with David Lin, Mei Liu and Armin Tehrani. Which was then the in-house brand of their small Canadian boutique, Board of Trade. The team ended up closing their boutique to focus all their attention on the clothing line. Now in their 8th season. The brand continues to produce carefully tailored, timeless pieces with a modern touch. The collection is manufactured in Vancouver with family-run local Canadian businesses. Fabrics are locally sourced on the west coast of Canada and the US.

 

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October 06 2016


MEET THE DESIGNER:
MARI GIUDICELLI





Who is the Mari Giudicelli customer? 
A woman that seeks practicality and elegance. 


What inspired you for your fall collection? 

The rich natural sources of Brazil, it's fauna and flora. 
 

What is your uniform? 
Vintage denim and a white button down.






Describe the aesthetic of your home. 
There's a lot of wood, brick walls, some mid century furniture scored on craigslist or found on the streets (I'm a picker), tons of plants, and sunlight. 


What is your go to beauty product? 
La Mer lotion. I love the scent, and it hydrates my skin very well. 


How do you maintain balance in your life? 
I practice transcendental meditation twice a day, everyday, and try to exercise when I can. Even, if it's a short bike ride. I also try not to drink more than one cup of coffee a day, and not look at my phone all the time. 







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ABOUT MARI

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Mari Giudicelli is a model and footwear designer living in NYC. The debut collection from her eponymous line is inspired by the desire to lead a less cluttered life by focusing on the essentials. With a subtle nod to retro, the collection embodies a deep appreciation for craftsmanship, materials and details.

The leathers borrow traits from a range of historical influences and are combined with modern shapes and materials. The result is a contemporary expression that offers a nostalgic connection while maintaining its overarching sense of modernity.

Mari Giudicelli shoes are produced in a family-run factory in her native Brazil.







Biography from marigiudicelli.com
Top three image sources — Anna Alexia, T Magazine


 

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Photography by Paige Newton / Styling by Jessica Thompson

August 01 2016

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July 21 2016
Kick Pleat — NEHERA
WHO IS THE NEHERA CUSTOMER?
SAMUEL DRIRA: It’s a woman who is not afraid of experimenting with the complexity and novelty, but also prefers the comfort of forgetting what she is wearing rather than the feeling of being disguised.
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WHAT INSPIRED YOUR PRE-FALL 2016 COLLECTION?
DRIRA: Main inspiration was the contrast between fluidity and structure. The combination of a neat but cosy piece - jacket or coat - with an element that drapes or wraps in order to blur the lines.
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WHAT IS YOUR UNIFORM?
DRIRA: White t-shirt, destructured pleated pants, and anything from Levi‘s to duster on top.
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DESCRIBE THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR HOME.
DRIRA: Nomadic and still unpacked.
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WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
DRIRA: Swimming relaxes me the most.
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July 12 2016

Kick Pleat Summer Lookbook 9 — Mary Kang

Photography by Mary Kang

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