A year ago my dear friend and colleague Madara Krievina and I, we decided to shake things up and create something entirely new and yet so familiar. Something to touch, something to experience. Something to lend to your best friend but definitely ask back because you wouldn’t want to loose it. And our editorial and design team consisting of us and our diligent contributors have been working on the matter for 10 months.
Well, that’s more than I can uncover. For now. Because from tomorrow look for Benji Knewman at stores around Riga (Paviljons, VEST, Manilla, Spots, Kalnciema Quartier wine shop, RIIJA, Galerija Istaba and Makonis) as well as online. Keep on watching this space as this is only the beginning. I do see great things ahead.
Gandrīz gadu atpakaļ mans draugs un biedrs Madara Krieviņa un es nolēmām pamēģināt mainīt esošo kārtību un radīt kaut ko pavisam jaunu un tai pašā laikā ļoti pazīstamu. Kaut ko taustāmu, kaut ko piedzīvojamu. Kaut ko, ko aizdot labākajam draugam, bet noteikti piekodināt, ka gribēsi atpakaļ, jo negribētu to zaudēt. Kopā ar mūsu uzticamajiem autoriem esam strādājuši 10 mēnešus, lai to visu dabūtu gatavu.
Tas arī viss, ko šobrīd varu atklāt. Pagaidām. Jo jau rīt, 24. oktobrī, visu uzzināsit paši. No rītdienas meklējiet Benji Knewman veikalos Rīgā (Paviljons, VEST, Manilla, Spots, Kalnciema Kvartāla vīna veikals, RIIJA, Galerija Istaba un Mākonis), kā arī internetā. Un nepārslēdziet kanālus, jo šis ir tikai sākums.
From the very first meeting with H&M, Alexander Wang knew he wanted to try performance wear and active wear. That was also a category that H&M hasn't done before in the designer collaborations. The outcome is perfectly black collection of womenswear and menswear as well as quirky accessories including actual yoga mat and not so real trophy cup. At first sight, everything seems similar or even the same, because the black is so powerful and unifying. Then, piece by piece, one starts to pick his/her favourite pieces only to discover it's impossible to limit oneself.
One would think that my business in New York is exploring... Well, exploring historical dust. First, I stayed in one of the oldest hotels in town. Jane Hotel was completed in 1908 and originally was built for sailors - hence that cabin-like room of mine. In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed at the hotel until the end of the American Inquiry into the ship’s sinking. Many fabulous guests have stayed at the Jane over the decades and the crowd is still colourful and dashing to this day.
Designer Malvine Mennika, the creator of Latvian born concept accessories, has chosen black as the base of her new collection Naked. No presumptions. Accessories and now also clothing, the collection is Malvine's interpretation of traditions and symbols created centuries ago and yet not functioning today. "People are seeking freedom. I'm inviting everyone to begin a new tradition - a tradition of making intelligent decisions about our own future and that of the whole humanity," so goes Malvine. Word.
I sense a silence before storm. A brief pause before the big autumn harvest. I see great things ahead. First signs are already here. Hardworking fashion brand ZIB* has presented their fall/winter collection accompanied by whimsy image photos shot by Aiga Redmane. Also, ZIB* now has a new and shiny website with the widest choice of their designs on sale.
It's not what it looks like. I'm not actually having a coffee inside the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga as it wouldn't be museum-appropriate (that cape resting on the chair isn't good either I'm afraid).