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?
Painted Apartment, Krueck & Sexton
While planning a photoshoot I got carried away by researching retro glass block interiors and architecture. I’m obsessed!
Home office essentials; pencil from Montblanc, leather notebook from Mignon Paris
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.
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.
Elsa Peretti Teardrop earrings, Harper’s Bazaar 1974
My December thoughts are now at Flounce.fi. This month I’m very into minimal jewellery with soft lines. I spotted the new Swedish brand, MUR, on instagram a while back and been thinking about their rings ever since.
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.
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.
The photo above I snapped from the window of Lemaire boutique in Le Marais. It’s one of my favorite destinations if I’m lacking inspiration. I love visiting stores, not to buy, but just to feel the fabrics, study details and try on things. I think it’s important when working in fashion, because you are missing out a lot if you only look at the collections from the computer screen. Also, I always get inspired by the store decorations. The ceramics at the Lemaire store are made by French artist Emile Degorce-Dumas.
This is part of the new things I wrote for Flounce.fi this month. I’m happy to provide more translations if anyone is interested.
Ann Demeulemeester in her studio in 1999 / source unknown
Céline floor / me
My latest 6 pictures of the month are now live at Flounce.fi. Briefly, I’m currently very busy – in a good way – at different work projects and I love the drive and energy I’m having. It happens every year this time and I’m making the most of it. However in the few moments I’m lacking inspiration, the above picture of Ann Demeulemeester in her studio designed by Le Corbusier always motivates me and gets me to work mood. I’m always inspired by people’s enthusiasm and focus on what they do. There’s nothing more powerful than believing in oneself.