Meet the Designer

SERAFINA SAMA OF ISA ARFEN

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Where do you gather your inspiration?

It’s a cliche, I know, but I believe that if you look around with curious eyes you can find inspiration behind every corner. Art exhibitions, music documentaries, contemporary ballet, an old photograph, anything can trigger that initial mood or feeling that an entire collection is then built around. I have a soft spot for vintage magazines archive. I could spend entire days in a library devouring volumes of British Vogue from the 1960s, Vogue Paris from the 1970s and early 80s and Vogue Italia from the late 1980s and early 90s. I also have a habit of taking sneaky photographs of older ladies doing their grocery shopping or waiting at the bus stop… they always seem to wear the most fantastic trench coats with the perfect oversize proportions.






What is your daily uniform?

I live in jeans, mostly high waisted, either vintage Levi’s or Rockins, and white Isa Arfen shirts or black or white slogan t-shirts from The Deep End Club. I wear an oversize Isa Arfen trench coat almost every day, and at the moment I am obsessed with a pair of black studded pointy Prada flats. If I am going out after work I change to Charlotte Olympia velvet high heels, throw an Isa Arfen tulle apron skirt over my jeans and add a bold piece of jewelry by my friend and favourite jewelry designer Giorgio Vigna. 


 


Describe the aesthetic of your home. 

I would say it’s eclectic, very British in structure but very Italian in decor. Plants play a big role in it, as do a few quite decadent pieces of furniture, like a standing multicolour Murano glass chandelier and a 1970s Willy Rizzo mirror coffee table that opens up to reveal a cocktail bar inside! 

What is your go to beauty product?

Cle de Peau concealer in Beige is basically my pocket-size Photoshop. I also love Caudalie Beauty Elixir, especially when I am feeling tired, which is most of the time.



How do you maintain balance in your life?

I am still trying to work it out! Spending time with my 6-year old boy Ari instantly takes my mind away from all the work-related stress and reminds me of the important things in life, so evenings and weekends together are sacred. A lunch break Pilates class can be helpful to clear my head and release some tension, and some pyrite cubes on my desk seem to help me focus on my work. Flower shopping on a Saturday morning, a night out at the ballet with my husband or a late night karaoke session with some friends are instant mood lifters!


What is your idea of a perfect getaway?

I love escaping to Formentera in the Balearic Islands with my family, some close friends and all our children. I have been spending my summers there since I was 12 years old so it’s a place full of precious memories for me. I love the crystalline waters, relaxed vibe and sense of freedom… Good food, good music, good wine and good friends, some dancing and a lot of laughter are my perfect recipe for a perfect getaway.


 
About Serafina Sama

Serafina grew up in Ravenna, Italy. She attended the Central Saint Martin's School of Art and Design and gradated in 2006. Afterwards, she worked in Paris as a design assistant at Chloe. In 2008, she moved to London where she continued to work freelance projects for Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Marni, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Acne and Charlotte Olympia. Serafina Sama founded Isa Arfen in 2011. The London - based brand puts a relaxed and feminine spin on retro glamour. “To me fashion is about desire, beauty and fun shot through with a touch of aristocratic sensibility."



 

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April 17 2017

Meet the Designer

Christian Wijnants



WHERE DO YOU GATHER INSPIRATION?

From actual traveling and imaginary trips through reading, watching movies and going to art exhibits. I’m always paying attention to small details and things that trigger me whenever I walk down the street or discover a new space. My last collection was inspired by artist Christo. His approach on embracing different elements, playing with shapes and volumes, wind and water is what moved me to design the Summer 17 collection.



WHAT IS YOUR DAILY UNIFORM?


Quite sober: Acne jeans. Sneakers or A.P.C boots and white t-shirt. During winter time I’m wearing a cozy jumper every day, sometimes even the ones I've designed myself. I like to keep my style very simple and clean, not to influence my daily work in choosing fabrics and colors.



WHAT IS YOUR MORNING RITUAL?

First I like to spend a few extra minutes in bed just thinking ahead of what I need to do that day. Then I make myself the most important meal of the day which is one gigantic smoothie including fruits, oatmeal, dried fruits, spinach, nuts and seeds. I walk my two dogs in the park which is a precious moment to calm down before a busy day with a positive mood.  At a quarter before nine I head to the office by bike. 

Super health lifestyle ;)

 DESCRIBE THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR HOME.

 I like to mix vintage elements with design. Pieces I’ve found on the street and in different places with more expensive pieces. Every single piece has a history and a story. I like to collect artworks from close friends or people I work with. It’s important to me that my space is cozy and eclectic, yet minimal and peaceful. 






HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

 By having daily routines and by spending enough quality time with my family, friends and loved ones. Making time to cook and bake and walk the dogs and do simple things that make your life harmonious and happy.



WHERE IS YOUR IDEAL VACATION SPOT?  

 A beach somewhere in the Mediterranean sea, not too far away from culture and great food. For example Sicily, Mallorca, Tel Aviv, …


About Christian Wijnants


Christian Wijnants is a Belgian fashion designer born in 1977 in Brussels. In 1996 he moved to Antwerp to study fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.As a young designer he went on to work with Dries Von Noten and Angelo Tarlazzi. In 2003 Wijnants launched his namesake label. 

His line uses rich, layered graphics combined with beautiful craftsmanship, give his line a dose of originality and luxury. He draws inspiration from surrealism, dada and African folk art and is especially praised for his knitwear research and for his feminine and poetic style.



   
 

 

 

 

March 15 2017

TWO SXSW EVENTS — YOU'RE INVITED

Rachel Comey and Tibi
at Kick Pleat


RACHEL COMEY TRUNK SHOW

MEET RACHEL COMEY AND GET INSPIRED BY HER SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH
12–6PM

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH

12–6PM

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SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH
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March 08 2017


What to Wear at SXSW 2017


Kick Pleat owner, Wendi Martin, has rounded up her picks for the festivities ahead. Comfortable, cool pieces that transition seamlessly from day to night.









1 — I am in love with this jumpsuit for the fabric, shape and comfort.




2 — Pack your essentials in a backpack that gets better with age and wear. 




3 — The perfect sandal to wear in the heat.




4 — This cotton jacket goes with everything.




5 — Prepare for the bright Texas sun in these shades.




6 — Fabric and shimmer with such an interesting shape.




7 — Western wear at its best. Can be worn as a shirt or a jacket.




8 — A comfortable tennis shoe with style.







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TOP IMAGE COURTESY OF RACHEL COMEY

March 08 2017

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.

January 03 2017

 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.

 

October 27 2016

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October 21 2016

KP VIDEO 01


Kick Pleat Video One


Featuring pieces by Dusan, Sophie Buhai, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, and Nehera

Videographer — Albert Mendez





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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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July 21 2016