For this portion of the Fashion Tales "In the Know" spotlight of designers, we're taking a different route. Today is about exploring unisex accessories and garments, as well as the usual art infused and avant-garde driven inspirations. This exclusive set of designers exemplifies originality, passion, and a distinct message behind their design.
Warsaw based project, UEG is a clothing brand for women and men that collectively plays upon the concept of consumerism as well as symbolism in text. The concept of UEG came from Lojewski, Kuczynska and Przemek Nowakowski, a screenwriter and author of drama plays from Poland.
They visually narrate the motive of making the wearer conscious of discrepancies in the world today—the intentions are to show similarities in everything and each person. The brand’s project name essentially means “use and throw away,” (Usa e Getta), which is also the basis of inspiration for this entire mission.
The collection features everything from multi-functional scarves, in the UEG Flags collection to patterned/scripted unisex parkas, from the Between Water and Stars collection.
“Similarity is characteristic of everything that is. Everything that is, is similar. Each of us is similar to someone else. Do not be solitary, be similar. Similarity guarantees cleanliness. Cleanliness is the new love,” the designer says.
Architect and shoe designer, Elina Dobele of ZoFA footwear produces handmade shoes for men and women with fine details. Dobele uses her architectural background as inspiration as well as the design perspective. She sketches, designs, and develops each style—all of the craftsmen who make the shoes are equally passionate about taking part in the manufacturing process. The shop is based in Riga, Latvia, and every bit of each style is made by hand.
With Dobele’s designs she silently triggers several questions to the wearer, including, “What are our shoes thinking when being worn?” The collection consists of many styles that can easily be seen as art, using leather, satin, and unique seaming contrasts as the sole voice of expression. It’s sheer fashion play on comfort and style. From over-the-knee boots to a modern graphic nod to oxfords … in this line the use of leather certainly adds to the overall aesthetic!
Images: ZoFA Above: 1-Captured Beaks, 2-Tender Pony Pale, 3-Sharper Sharps in Navy, 4-Rough Cut Brown Shoes, 5-SS2013 Collection, 6-Tender Ripped