backpack ideas_trendhunter


the backpack is already a strong and growing segment for summer 14. we expect that this product group will go BIGGer next summer. here are some fantastic ideas from the trendhunter site. the article from tana makmanee is a must see if you work in the bag industry:

from minimalist leather knapsacks to suave school satchels:

posted: 4_14

diesel presents_first collection rebooted by nicola formichetti


last week venice was taken over by a riot of  fashion and denim ….it was the premiere of the diesel collection under the creative direction of nicola fomrichetti …….reimagined and rebooted by nicola formichetti.nick knight has been collaborating with formichetti for quite some time, has made the stunning videos for the show. the presentation is certainly one of the most impressive shows since the performances of W&LT (walter van beirendonck / mustang).

video fall winter 2014 2015 in venice : Diesel Fashion Channel yout tube

see the W&LT show clip here:

here is the detailed information from showstudio about the concept of the nick knight films for the diesel catwalk show: “the films were displayed in a triptych that mirrored traditional italian artwork, and ordered into four acts. in another nod to italy’s creative history, the introductory

segment featured mahler’s 5th symphony, which is best known for its use in the 1971 luchino visconti film death in venice. the next film, which formed the imposing backdrop to formichetti’s leather section, features visuals of band judas priest and the burning of norwegian churches, a references to the death metal associations of leather. the next section, which compliments the denim range, features equally striking and jarring images – some of nature, others of hardcore porn. the films flip between actual footage and shots where the footage has been projected onto dancers’ bodies – a innovative technique dreamed up by knight exclusively for this project. the penultimate section, an exploration of deconstruction, features military footage and imagery from japanese games, while the finale sees knight draw on his own love of apps and formichetti’s passion for the democratic nature of the web by taking crowd-sourced images of diesel fans and reworking them into wonderfully bright distorted visions. all the image research was conducted by acclaimed artist and longtime showstudio contributor rei nadal. ”

posted: 4_14 ( all images © Diesel / showstudio)

minimalist bag collection_building block


during our last new york research trip we have discovered the sharp and geometric bag line from building block in one of our favorites stores: assembly nyc . the collection of la based brand_ building block_ is driven by elegance and a perfect balance of subtle sophistication and everyday functionality.with big pleasure we see that the brand has a great article on trendland…..: …and the collection is now available in europe.

stockists in europe: b56 copenhagen / / opening ceremony london /

building block is a multi-medium design project based in los angeles, established in 2011. the project seeks to clear away conventional standards of luxury by magnifying what is essential and editing out excess. it suggests a minimalist alternative to accessories through the exploration of utilitarian materials + forms, finding continual inspiration in returning to square one.


posted: 4_2014

SOHN_a new diamond in the dub step_electronica heaven


SOHN has rapidly become one of the most exciting names in electronic music over the past year. sohn is for sure one of the most promising newcomers in the triangle between r’n'b, electronic and indie pop:  magical… synth runs, polyrhythmic gimmicks, a voice full of distance and soul. songs that sound like solitude, his songs translate  the magic of the mountains……and by the way…his neo GOTH styling will certainly bring him a top ranking in the people to watch list 2014.

check out the video from SOHN “the wheel “from noisy:  here

SOHN is playing live in germany in april….get your tickets is the summary from 4AD: contrasting an anxious minimalism with the strident clarity of his voice, the debut single ‘the wheel’ invited critical acclaim late in 2012 with pitchfork praising his unique approach and the fader describing it as “the expert blend of doleful voice and studied percussion”.

posted: 4.2014

no gender_no rules_unisex couture fashion from rad hourani


there is a big hype and huge discussion about androgyny in fashion. since weeks FeMale is the new buzz …from vice magazine up to the vogue.
whether it is a logm term  trend or a temporary phenomenon: we love the androgyn unisex collection from RAD HOURANI: no gender_no season_no rules_unisex couture fashion !

here is the concept from RAD HOURANI`S web site: rad hourani reinvents design by transcending its conventions, creating a unisex luxury that is changing women’s and men’s wardrobes since he launched his namesake label in 2007 in paris. like all truly great visionnaires, hourani not only depicts fashion, he defines it, and gives it cultural resonance. gender-agnosticism is the driving conceptual direction in rad hourani’s work, and growing up and living in such different parts of the world has certainly contributed to hourani’s rather holistic design approach: self-tought and driven by a passion for modernity, hourani creates a lifestyle that has rid itself of any conventional restrictions : no gender, no season, no rules, epitomising the values of freedom and

unisex elegance.

since his first show during paris haute couture week in july 2012, rad hourani has became the first designer to present a unisex haute couture show in history.

get more here:

posted: 3_2014

new backpack power from berlin


we met nora hänska, the designer of the amazing backpack brand hänska last saturday during the fashion circus event at kaufhaus  jahndorf…..HÄNSKA bags are functional beauties …:
the story of hänska rucksack’s began with a simple need.  ”we were looking for a lightweight functional rucksack that wasn’t overdesigned. 
 inspired by the simple but remarkably effective geometry of the paper envelope, nora designed her first rucksack.our range of boutique bags is practical and minimalist, complimenting contemporary urban and outdoor lifestyles.”we craft all our bags locally in berlin to the highest standard, to ensure that you get the longest possible use out of our products. made from high performance fabrics usually used on soft-top boats, they have a superior quality feel.
see the picts of the transparent foldable backpack: made out of a material used for catamaran boats..very light and durable.

all designs are based on a zero waste principle, so assembling your bag produces no off-cuts. we source all our materials in germany and france.

posted: 3_2014

MODEUROP fashion forecast_lifestyle_colours_bags_shapes


save the date: during the upcoming ILM fair in offenbach, the MODEUROP forecast bags summer 15 will be hold  : sunday, march 9th, 2015_ 4.30 p.m., I.L.M lounge_level C3

the hdsl – bundesverband der schuh- und lederwarenindustrie e.v. invites to the fashion forecast summer 2015. please take advantage of getting to know right at the i.l.m winter styles the fashion topics for summer 2015. the forecast is presented by the trend agency  nextgurunow. – martin wuttke and uta riechers­wuttke. participation is free of charge. der hdsl – bundesverband der schuh- und lederwarenindustrie e.v. lädt ein zum fashion forecast sommer 2015. hier haben sie gelegenheit, bereits zur i.l.m winter styles die modethemen des sommers 2015 kennen zu lernen. es präsentieren: die trend agentur  nextgurunow. – martin wuttke und uta riechers­wuttke. die teilnahme ist kostenlos.


kuala lumpur trend research_trendspotting fotosafari


as spring time  is coming closer_here is a glimpse on fashion trends from kuala lumpur.  we spend 9 days in the amazing city. since our last visit in 2012 the city has chaged a lot. fashion power is getting stronger. especially independet stores are over brining more fun to this megatropolis fashion hot spot.our favourite store that we discovered during our research in 14 mega malls, was the ODD store. the guys from odd are the malaysian distribution team for brands like KTZ and DANIEL PALILLO from helsinki. the oversized dress shirts are a massive trend in asia and KL for 2014…….

check out the fantastic range of independent creative brands at the oldest but still most creative mall in KL , the fantastic SUNGEI WANG PLAZA: ODD STORE : S130,2ND FLOOR , SUNGEI WANG PLAZA,JALAN SULTAN ISMAIL,50250 ,KUALA LUMPUR:

read more about fashion in KL here: