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Photographer Juliette Boniau Raymond, model Wang Yahui, assistant Diellza Dobroshi, styling and creative direction by me

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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!

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Coat Max Mara

Jeans Levi’s

Loafers COS

Last week I picked up this black Max Mara cashmere coat for MiesIt 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.

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Max Mara coat

Chanel pants

Céline sandals

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?

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I was forced to take a small break as my computer broke in the beginning of December, but now I’m back with full of ideas and a new laptop. I have lots of plans listed down for 2019 and I can’t wait what the year brings along.

But just quickly returning to last year, I wanted to tell about an interview, that I did with BLOOC about our Paris apartment and life in general, you can find it here.

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My November thought are now on Flounce.fi and I really wanted to highlight this article in an archive issue of Harper’s Bazaar, especially the pictures. The left one is currently my phone’s screen saver at it really sets the mood right when I see it in the mornings. As I know from experience, winter coldness and darkness tend to affect my motivation, so this year I’m preparing early by focusing a lot on my morning routine; stretching, lemon water and planning the day.

 

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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.