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In one of our most recent look book shoots we posed the model in front of some paintings   almost like an artist captured in his studio and we got quite a few questions as to the artwork in the background.  The work is by a Dutch painter, Joost (www.facebook.com/joosttheartist) a rather  reclusive person who we met many years ago and have always managed to stay in contact with.  Based in Bodegraven, a small city in the province Utrecht, he works out of a small studio that overlooks farmers fields and produces work that to me has an organic, at times...

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A clothing designer is, of course, aware that the product they create is something to be worn, and it therefore makes sense that the way we present our ideas to the public is on the human form.  A major factor in all this of course is the who, and what type of person is used as the mannequin and certainly over the last few years the discussion about age, body type, ethnicity has heated up. As it has been argued often and accurately that the models used do not reflect a cross section of the consumer.  Let me begin by...

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The line “Van Mil” is a collaboration of a number of designers from Holland, Belgium and Canada with the production base in Canada.  There is no single figure head with the focus squarely on the garments not the people behind it. The idea was initially conceived in a café in Amsterdam where the   designers met and discussed how within their capacities as designers   employed by established corporations   their ability at creative freedom and experimentation had diminished and how it could be fun to develop a side project that could provide an opportunity to explore that creative freedom again.   Some...

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I am of that generation and from a culture where when I think about my grandfather I don’t ever remember him not wearing a suit and tie (and more often than not a hat). Not because he was particularly dapper or style conscious that was just plain and simple the staple wardrobe for men of that generation in those days. There usually was a Sunday /special occasion suit and a week day one (or two) selected I am sure by my grandmother. There was no element of self expression through experimental ties or anything, this was the uniform for the...

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We realize that many of us are not 20 anymore. Our bodies have matured; we have careers and a variety of different interests. The thing is that we also like good design. Over the years we have developed a personal style of our own and we have a pretty good idea of the type of things work for us. That does not mean that we are not open to new ideas, but they really should not feel or look like they are mass produced and have something about them that makes them distinct, that sets them apart from everything else...

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