SEMPACH - SWISS CHRISS FOR SWISS CHRISS
2005 – 2015
Ten years since it was founded, Swiss Chriss has gone back to its roots to create Sempach: a range of timeless pieces that draw inspiration from the design and materials of Swiss army gear. In 2005, a young guy from Basel, Christian Wernle, on spotting a Swiss army sleeping bag while browsing in a flea market, realised it would make the perfect basis for a range of original, contemporary outerwear. This was the start of Swiss Chriss: a line of different designs of jackets, all featuring the characteristic quilted fabric inspired by army sleeping bags. 2015 marks a key development for the brand: ten years after Christian Wernle first had his idea, Swiss Chriss is going back to its roots and rebooting its design vision, updating its original inspiration with a clean, pared-down aesthetic.. The original sleeping bag quilting is back, but in the form of a style concept characterising a range where function is to the fore. These products are just the start of a new pathway set to take shape over the coming seasons, based on the very elements that launched the idea of Swiss Chriss: Swiss Army gear as source material, great design as a starting point, painstaking attention to detail from start to finish, and function as a style manifesto.
“My granddad was a wonderful man. He often went out fishing during stormy weather and then later in the evening he wrote poems. He scared me to the bone every time he set off to sea to catch fish (or life, as he said), defying the worst weather, the heaviest rains and the loudest of thunderstorms. It was just recently that I discovered his old raincoat in an abandoned barn. At that moment, old memories struck me and I instantly wanted to wear his coat. It was both stunningly cool and very practical (although as big as a tent). With great care, I brought it back home to my kitchen and imagined it in an updated, contemporary version. A homage to my granddad, and the quest for life. And there it was. The coat. With all its seams taped and sealed. In the very best quality. Handmade and with a discreet, classical cut. I am very happy (although I am melancholic from time to time) that I have managed to give new life to my granddad’s old coat. A coat to wear out in the countryside, at sea or just when strolling around the city. To be well dressed, even in bad weather conditions, is now possible.” Alexander Stutterheim
SOISIRE SOIEBLEU: limited edition products with a certificate of authenticity
Launched with the idea of using unique scarves to make unique sneakers, the spring summer 2013 collection now features a range of shoes in printed leather, in a limited edition of 977 pairs. Inside the box each pair of shoes comes with a document that enables the owner to request a certificate of authenticity. The serial number is printed inside the tongue.
Soisire Soiebleu started with the idea of creating truly unique accessories; each original, exclusive pair of shoes is hand-crafted, using individually selected, authentic retro scarves sourced from vintage markets around the world, or printed leather that is waxed by hand. All the scarves and prints are different and unique: no two pairs are the same. Made in Italy.
SWISS CHRISS: INNOVATION, RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTATION
Thinking, designing, constructing garments that are new in their own spirit, fabrics, shapes, without forgetting the original mood of the importance of the practical daily use of Swiss Chriss
The main feature in the design of garments is the innovation based on the first original element : the fabric.
every season, working in the textile companies, Swiss Chriss designers get in front of the machines with the technicians to develop a range of prototypes and research innovative blends and treatments. Every season exclusive new textiles are designed and produced to create supremely practical and innovative garments that consummately combine functional performance and style.
Research and experimentation are what drive Swiss Chriss, constantly widening the gap in comparison to everybody else.
SZEN: unique printing techniques for unique, reversible sweaters
Knitted prints and reversibility; unique garments but “double” at the same time because of their reversibility and prints (either plein and fantasy colors), are the distinguishing features of the product, the values that make the product different. Each top is a unique item, a canvass on which the expert dyers intelligently measure the mixture of shades applied by hand, calibrating the gestures and the quantities of dye used. When the garment is still only sewn on the shoulders, it is cross-stretched and printed by hand, at different stages. Each shade is applied in different phases, one for each decoration area, first on one side and then on the other. This is how a depth of colour and an unrepeatable texture is obtained: the different colours partially filter through from each side and can be read one through the other, revealing themselves from the edges and in filigree, creating an uneven and intense surface. Right and wrong-sides no longer exist: the reversibility of each top multiplies the play of combinations, cancelling the concept of season and trend.