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
Photographer Juliette Boniau Raymond, model Wang Yahui, assistant Diellza Dobroshi, styling and creative direction by me
Here’s a sneak peek of a photoshoot we did for Mies last week. I still have some editing to do before I can show you the final ones, but I’m so excited how good the photos turned out to be!
Céline ink blue wool and cashmere coat from the first selection of Mies shot at Pompidou by my dear friend Diellza Dobroshi.
Coat Max Mara
Last week I picked up this black Max Mara cashmere coat for Mies. It might be my favorite so far from the selection, so elegant. If I only could keep it for myself!
I received few questions regarding the launch and as a marketing professional I know I should pick a launch date, create lots of buzz around it and be very loud and present everywhere to gain visibility. But this project is very different, it’s a passion project without any stress and deadlines, it’s a project that grows and develops with me, a project that connects me to the people around me with similar sensibility of aesthetical expression.
I’m organizing a photoshoot with an extremely skillful and creative team next week and it brings me great pleasure to bring these people together to create something that for now only exists in my imagination. Following the photoshoot I guess I could say I’m officially starting. Not through a website, I want to observe and find out if I really need it, as it turns out I have already reservations and planned fittings from my existing community. So I guess I already launched, just naturally in silence.
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.