Pitti Immagine Uomo (Florence, January 2015 13rd - 16th)
Contemporary Global Lifestyle
The world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion.
Blackboard present a preview of fw 2015-16 collections.
SEEK (BERLIN, JANUARY 2015 19 TH- 21 ST)
Opened in 2009 SEEK today represents one of the more contemporary and up to date at the time. With its semi-annual meetings in Berlin, SEEK welcomes brands that are also inspired by other cultures such as books, youth movements, film and art in general. Its goal is to "inspire" but also to be "inspired" by the same brands that hosts it.
Blackboard will take part with the collection fw 2015/16.
THE MICAM (Milan 15-18 february 2015)
theMICAM is the leading international footwear fair.
The event is held twice a year and offers a sneak-preview of the autumn/winter collections and those for spring/summer of the following year are presented. The result is a complete and wide range of goods featuring quality, design and innovation, a unique platform that successfully combines business, glamour and communication.
Blackboard will be present with fw2015-16 collections.
WHITE SHOW (MILAN, 28 -1 - 2 MARCH 2015)
WHITE is the international contemporary fashion showcase, but also a cultural reference for a generation of designers, stylists and artists who consider the fair in via Tortona 27, 35 and 54 a valuable take-off field.
Blackboard will take part with fw 2015-16 collections.
SUPER (Milan 28-1-2 March 2015)
The project by Pitti Immagine e Fiera Milano, devoted to women’s prêt-à-porter and accessories.
Its focus is product innovation, and new outlooks in accessories bringing together established firms and emerging brands in a totally new presentation; it will promote young Italian designers and welcome foreign talents and stage eye-opening events.
Blackboarard will take part with fw 2015-16 collections.
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.
On May 1 twelve years ago, on the historic battlefield of Sempach, the members of the Swiss Cycle Regiment went proudly on parade for the very last time. This glorious regiment, phased out after 112 years of honourable service, is known for an impressive record: the longest-serving bicycle in civil and military history. The Ordonnanzfahrrad MO 05 was indeed in use for almost the whole of the twentieth century. And if you see the bike itself you immediately understand why it has stood the test of time: it is a paragon of pared down efficiency and functional details, a shining example of design and mechanics tailored to serve the needs of the user.?
This bike encapsulates the Swiss design ethos that the country's army, with its unique history and role - more focused on practical solutions than the demands of combat – has come to represent. From the Ordonnanzfahrrad MO 05, the bicycle that was used for a century and quickly became a legend among enthusiasts, to the backpacks, which remain timeless design classics; from its choice of lettering and symbols, other elements at which the Swiss excel, to the superlative materials used.
In 2005, just two years after that historic parade in Sempach, all of these things were going round in the mind of a young guy from Basel, Christian Wernle. On spotting a Swiss army sleeping bag while browsing in a flea market, he 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 focus is once more on the distinctive features of Swiss army gear, and its definitive combination of form and function.
The new project channels these values and goes back to basics: no special effects, no passing fashions.
The original sleeping bag quilting is back, but in the form of a style concept characterising a range where function is to the fore. Added to that is a series of clean, well-defined details: technical elements sampled from the famed Swiss army backpacks, applied both inside and out, and the same wool used to make army blankets crafted into the inner gilets of the new jackets.
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 from Arholma (an island in the Stockholm archipelago) during stormy weather and then later in the evening he wrote poems and managed a big theatre in Stockholm. 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.
After my discovery, I went out to buy a piece of oilcloth. I put it on the kitchen floor and cut out a design using the old coat as a pattern. I showed the sample to a couple of friends. And after some improvements, there it was – the 60‘s raincoat from the archipelago, updated to fit the modern man and woman.
I brought the prototype to the last standing textile factory in Sweden – in the small town of Borås. As soon as I met the manager, Johan Käll and the seamstresses Birgitta and Lena, I knew they were the right people. A perfect match. With their skills, craftsmanship and great attention to materials and detail we realised our raincoats should be handmade. A greatway to honour my granddad’s durable and practical raincoat
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. The first 200 coats – Arholma Svart –were made and sold in my apartment. Each coat was signed and numbered by the seamstress (they still are) to really make sure the quality matched the very highest of standards.
After a couple of months, (when my neighbours became too suspicious of all the people in black coats) I had to move my business to another location. The new store, showroom and headquarters, in which I wrote this text, became our very own venue for experiments within the realm of rain and darkness. And from now on, it’s here where every new idea and product is born.
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.
I truly hope that you will follow this wonderful project in the future. I’m happy to receive any ideas of new items, colours or designs.
Welcome to embrace the demons lurking outside and hiding within.
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.