Better Know A Blogger
Vasaras beigās mani uzrunāja Nilina Mason-Campbell no SocietePerrier – vai esmu ar mieru uz e-interviju par blogu, LV dizainu un kā tas viss sadzīvo. Raksts nu ir publicēts, un tā nu ir sanācis, ka vārdi “Latvian design” tur parādās it bieži. Pārpublicēju raksta oriģinālversiju.
P.S. Attēlā man mugurā ir Katya Shehurina mētelītis, ELĪNA DOBELE kurpes un apvienības NBC (Natural Born Chillaz) T-krekls. #madeinlatvia
Earlier this summer I was approached by Nilina Mason-Campbell from SocietePerrier – would I be up to an e-interview on my blog, Latvian fashion design and how it all goes together. The piece is now published and words “Latvian design” somehow appear there a lot. Read the whole piece down below.
P.S. In the photo I’m wearing lace coat by Katya Shehurina, shoes by ELINA DOBELE and tee by NBC (Natural Born Chillaz). #madeinlatvia
Better Know A Blogger: Agnese Kleina of Whimsical Agnesiga
Latvian style blogger Agnese Kleina has a unique way of connecting the dots of fashion via her blog Whimsical Agnesiga but her site is just part of other activities which includes running an Etsy shop and being an ambassador for Latvian clothing labels and designers.
Kleina sees her role in the fashion sphere as a human catalyst. “I tend to live and work to reach a certain next level in everything I do — blogging, writing articles or working with graphic designers to create new brand identities,” says Agnese. “I know it’s always a risk because people around me may not be ready for that next level, but I’m eager and ready to show it to them and help [them] to understand why they need it,” she adds about her take-it-to-the max approach.
And next level it is when it comes to Kleina. A survey of her blog reveals that she sees fashion as something more than simply outfits, but representative of communication and growth. Of course there’s lot of fun and playfulness thrown in for good measure, as she views her personal style as “a never-ending game.”
Her goal is “to tell the story of Latvian fashion (worn on streets and designed in studios) to the world and vice versa.” In addition to featuring successful Latvian fashion houses like Mareunrol’s, she also operates an Etsy shop dedicated to showcasing items from other Latvian designers. “I try to wear at least one thing designed by a Latvian designer [all the] time. It makes me feel somehow stronger and protected — like there’s this whole energy of Latvian woods, meadows and [its] lakes behind me.”
While she calls Riga her home, Kleina is a frequent traveler. She often visits Paris and Kyoto, dressed to the nines in a style that is distinctly her own. Nothing is off limits in her colorful and quirky wardrobe, from parachute dresses to thigh-high knit stockings, transparent blouses to checkered shoes. And it’s not even so much the pieces that she’s wearing, but how she pairs them together that equals a style that is just as whimsical as her blog title. This irreverent, anything-goes attitude is something her visits to Japan gave her.
“Although I was quite free in terms of fashion before Japan, the [country] taught me that one could wear anything and mix it with whatever one wishes too,” she says. Twelve years ago that she spent a year there as a foreign exchange student, which turned out to be a truly formative experience. She still visits often and has begun incorporating traditional Japanese wear — such as kimonos and getas — into her daily outfits. “Being an avid supporter and wearer of local Latvian fashion, I’ve now created a new tradition – to bring home one thing by a local designer from the country I’m visiting. So, I brought a shirt by Tsumori Chisato from my trip to Kyoto early this year and next came shoes by Lithuanian designer Sandra Straukaite from my short trip to Vilnius.”
You’d think her closet would be a treasure trove bursting at the seams, but it is quite the opposite. Her personal criteria? “If I don’t wear something for longer than six months, it means I don’t have a connection with it and we part ways — it goes to a charity shop or on sale at local vintage market. And if there’s no free space for new things to come — both in the closet and the life — then there won’t be new things coming.”