Cyndle Komarovski wearing Matteau
Seashells from San Diego photographed by Herman Landschoff
Jumping from coats to swimsuits. I’m finally leaving tomorrow for vacation to Montenegro and Albania. Matteau Journal is my ultimate destination for vacation inspiration. I’ve packed very lightly, just couple white dresses, denim shorts and a swimsuit and lots of SPF! As we’ll be travelling almost three weeks, I’m planning to keep doing pilates (almost) every morning and enjoy the fresh seafood to keep the balance, nothing is worse than the post-vacation fatigue if you give up your routines for three weeks.
Also I can’t wait to get my hands into the coats again when coming back in mid-august. I have two very special coats delivering that time for Mies!
Max Mara coat
It is actually very hot in Paris, but despite that, my mind has been on coats for the past couple of weeks. I’m planning to launch my vintage coat shop, Mies, during the upcoming autumn and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
I recently picked up this gorgeous, but very worn, Max Mara coat from a lovely old french lady and I was hesitating for a long time if I should include it in the selection or not. But after a careful maintenance I managed to fresh it up and it got me thinking that I got into second-hand business for a reason. I’m very tired of the whole fashion cycle and newness in general. Maybe it’s because I’ve been working – more or less – in retail for almost a decade, but for years I’ve been buying almost exclusively secondhand. And I don’t mind when things have been worn, isn’t that the idea of second-hand? I’ve seen a concerning trend of people buying and selling “vintage” with the description of “brand new, tags on” (I’m also guilty) still convincing themselves being sustainable. If that’s the direction, what happens to the worn clothes at the end?
Wearing sandals and coat from Céline by Phoebe Philo and trousers from Chanel spring 2009, all vintage
I’ve been sourcing vintage- and second hand coats since last year and slowly starting to be ready with the first selection, which will be available at Mies this fall. I wanted to have at least one Céline coat by Phoebe Philo to offer and after a long search I found this worker blue, light wool and cashmere mix coat. It’s so exquisite I almost want to keep it for myself. I would love to pair it also with classic jeans and navy sweater, there’s something intriguing in mixing different shades of blue.
Anyway, I chose this coat as it represents well Philo’s era at Céline, while also describing perfectly the style of Mies woman; silent, simple but powerful.
I just went to pick up this gorgeous vintage Max Mara wool coat from a lovely old French lady and it will be available soon at Mies. It’s in perfect condition and the color is such a beautiful dark camel.
Giorgio Armani cashmere coat in ‘Golden Hands’ editorial shot by Albert Watson for Vogue Italia, October 1989
I’ve been working on this exciting project for a while now and finally I’m able to reveal it. I’m launching soon a shop for vintage coats! You can follow more updates and get some inspiration at @mies_vintage instagram account.
Over the years I became quite good hunting vintage pieces, and I think it’s definitely key to a more sustainable wardrobe. And when it comes to coats, maybe it’s a Scandinavian thing, but to me a coat is the most important piece of an outfit most of the year, and with good materials it can last for decades. I wanted to put my skills in use and started to create a beautiful selection of great quality coats for everyone who doesn’t have time, or even access to browse the best vintage boutiques.