Hello! 7 months or so has passed and last time writing I had completely other projects in mind (they are still there, storing them for later) and I was completely clueless about the little boy growing inside my belly. He should join us by the end of the summer, and meanwhile alongside all the preparations that comes with it – it meaning a new life – I’ve been trying to fill the summer with my favorite things; galleries, travel and vintage sourcing.
As traveling by plane was off the question, we decided to spend our last vacation just us two at the french Riviera and finally stay at La Colombe d’Or. It has been my dream destination ever since I saw the first photos of the Calder sculpture by the swimming pool. No worries, I have plenty of photos to share. I’ve also found a new favorite gallery in Paris that I can warmly recommend; Galerie Eric Philippe at the 1st arrondissement. Eric has an impressive collection of Paavo Tynell lamps and beautiful scandinavian tapestry, something we don’t see elsewhere in Paris. And last but not least; MIES is still up and running! I’ve been preparing for fall and collecting a small stock of new items that I can hopefully continue to add to the store even I’ll be occupied by the little one. I’ll try my best!
Pullover By Malene Birger
Leather pant Hermès by Martin Margiela
Hi All! Will this be my return to blogging? I can’t promise, but I do like the freedom this platform gives for me. If only I had time to execute all my ideas. Speaking of, MIES is doing great and new items are coming (almost) weekly. I get truly fascinated with every item being so modern even after 20 years or more, like these leather pants from Martin Margiela’s first collection for Hermès in 1998, look 25 to be specific. I wouldn’t know where to find anything like this nowadays.
Secondly, I suggest all of you to follow me on instagram for my Artclub launch in the following weeks. I’ve been dreaming of transferring the idea of a book club into art and culture, and gathering a community of likeminded people together to discuss about an exhibition of the month over a glass of wine. Without previous knowledge required and without judgement.
Le Monde d’Hermès SS1999 via MIES
Fransworth house by Mies van der Rohe
Bin Zhu wearing Hermès by Margiela, shot by Yahui Wang for MIES
MONTHLY MOODBOARD – Spring hasn’t been very gentle for us in Paris; not only the country has been shut down past six months, but the weather doesn’t seem to get warmer either. My ideal trans-seasonal wardrobe includes some facile Hermès by Margiela pieces to layer, but in reality I’m running around one week straight with same old vintage Levi’s and whatever cashmere sweater that goes with. Good news is, my stock is filling up again with those chic Hermès by Margiela pieces but they just aren’t for me to keep (unfortunately) – they’ll be available at MIES soon. If only I manage to let them go!
Past months I went through my old photos more often than ever before, but I guess I’m not alone. While museums and galleries remain closed, I’m craving culture and writing never ending lists of places to visit post-confinement. This photo has been taken at the Communist Party Headquarters in Paris, a beautiful brutalist architectural gem designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
Meanwhile, I’m collecting all these photos to MIES newsletters. You can subscribe here.
Dries van Noten light wool coat / MIES
I’m very excited to share the results of our latest photoshoot for MIES. My dear friend and former colleague Bin Zhu was modelling for us, while Yahui Wang – face of our previous photoshoot – was this time behind the camera.
The Row fall/winter 2018
me / aventurine, quartz, tourmaline
Giorgio di Chirico – The Double Dream of Spring, 1915
Hermès fall/winter 1998
Le Corbusier – Bronze Maquette for ‘Open Hand’ Sculpture, 1960
In Paris we are once again in lockdown, which doesn’t raise the hopes for this pandemic being over soon. However, I’ll try to use this period again to be more creative, something I’ve been missing a lot in my daily life. And I think this is a great moment to open up my mental landscape a bit.
Right before the first quarantine a friend of mine gave me a clear crystal to support my meditation, and most importantly to find the meditative mindset at any moment during the day, which got me researching more about lithotherapy. I’m not yet able to express my thoughts about it, but I definitely catch myself being around the subject quite often. There’s something similar on how I perceive crystals and the way I look at art; I try to understand everything in the rational level but then at the end it’s up to us to give meanings to what we see and what we experience. I don’t know if it makes sense, maybe I’ll get to the subject later. Anyway, anything that can help us to regain focus, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state is something to hold on to during these weird times.
And I must take my words back when I said fashion doesn’t inspire me anymore. It does, I just got too numb constantly looking at all the beige instagram accounts, all looking the same. I got my hands on some vintage Le Monde d’Hermès magazines from Margiela era – my favorite collections in fashion that ever exist – and while going through them I constantly got goosebumps. The coats he designed for Hermès are one of the reason why I ended up founding MIES. The magazines will be online soon, if I’m ever able to let go of them – the most difficult part of sourcing vintage, but I’ll surely share some of my favorite pages here.
National Pensions Institute in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto, 1956.
I started a new newsletter series for MIES called Remote Tours. The articles are available only for subscribers, you can add yourself to the mailing list from here. In each newsletter I will present an exquisite building I’ve had the chance to visit over the years, as I hope to keep my audience inspired even during the pandemic.
The Row FW2020
Sepiolite at MINES mineral library / me
Galerie Patrick Seguin / me
La Contre Carpet by Diego Giacometti
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that my early spring thoughts include The Row’s most recent collection, and especially look 8. The masculine classic silhouette gets a modern update with a balaclava, and the coat is close to perfection. Speaking of coats, I’m currently sourcing for new ones for Mies; there will be a selection of leather available soon for spring, but also I’m searching for long black cashmere coats, which are my most requested ones.
Sweater Samuji, skirt Jil Sander (selling it here), coat Marni (soon available at @mies_preowned), shoes Nilson
I’m slowly adding the coat selection on instagram, where they are available to purchase, while I’m trying to get the website running. This autumn has been really hectic, one of those periods when you just wish to have couple more extra hours in the day. But I have so many ideas for Mies and I can’t wait to share everything. Meanwhile here’s few shots from our first photoshoot, I’m so content while watching these. They turned out exactly how I imagined.
@mies_preowned / photography Juliette Boniau Raymond, model Wang Yahui, assistant Diellza Dobroshi, styling and creative direction by me