Food, clothing, books… and a lot of surprising designs! That is what you will find at the Local Goodsweekend market in Amsterdam. Every two weeks, the passage of de Hallen throbs with life thanks to the original work of the many local artists and brands who sell their multi-coloured creations to the visitors. From handmade decoration items to modern 3D-printing techniques in the fabrication process of jewellery, the pleasant walk through the venue is a constant delight.
The spirit behind this beautiful initiative, started by the platform Packhuis de Zwijger, is well-explained in the following paragraph taken from their brochure:
“In these times where there are so many flagship stores and the world is dominated by mass production, the Local Goods Store (founded following the success of the Local Good Market) gives a new voice to young entrepreneurs. The products are made by local, independent makers, who want to share their story with you.”
Some of the brands presenting their creations on the first weekend of March in this inviting atmosphere were:
Studio Hamerhaai. One of our favourites due to their amazing robot-shaped lamps and mini-wardrobes made out of wood that had previously protected paintings during a museum renovation.
Winter in Holland. Focusses on creating exceptional fabrics, both handmade and -dyed.
Benjamin Spoth. We loved his incredible upcycled lamps made from leftover wood.
Atelier Am. Founded by Amber Rep, a young local artisan who produces porcelain products.
We met Mireia Solsona, founder of MIMÈTIK Bcn. The brand’s romantic bride collections and its original convertible party dresses make the delights of those women who not only aim for the perfect look but also value a fair production process and a timeless design.
What can you tell us about the beginnings of the brand?
The beginnings go back to 2007, when I was still finishing my architecture studies. Some years ago I had already had the opportunity to travel to India, Greece and Thailand, and every time my attention was lead to the same thing: the traditional garments women were wearing in these countries. Those dresses had the interesting characteristic of being convertible – thus, they could suit both skinny and pregnant women. The size didn’t change. I immediately thought that this was exactly the opposite of what was happening within the fashion industry in the Occidental World, where we are offered a lot of different sizes that make it difficult for us to use the same items from one season to the next the moment your body changes a bit.
And how can you adapt the same dress to different body sizes?
The key is to work with geometrical patterns, with no concrete shape. Plus, each of us women brings out her own femininity in a different way. That’s the reason why it is important that one dress can become many others. I wanted us to have a chance to explore our own creativity – and, at the same time, fight the fast fashion industry.
“What happens to the planet also happens to you”. That’s the motto of the Uruguayan ethical fashion brand RUTA 10. They create extraordinary bags and accessories made out of recycled rubber, which they obtain from old bicycle and car tires. They also try to always surprise their customers by cooperating with plastic artists and by adding some other materials to their designs, such as pure merino wool that is colored with natural dyes.
2008 was the year everything changed for Uruguayan Ana de León. After a long career in PR and event organization she decided it was time to stop, recharge energies and figure out what her next step would be. She had always had a passion for bags and design, so she knew that was going to be the key for a future project. She just wasn’t sure about the “how”. Until one day she remembered a trip to Barcelona she had made a few years ago, where she got to exchange a few words with an artisan who told her about his bags being made of recycled rubber.
What am I doing here? That’s exactly what Sia Bredow asked herself after having worked as a designer for a few years for the conventional fashion industry. “Everything was so contrary to my beliefs, until one day I just quitted,” explains Sia to us while enjoying a cup of green tea. “I was totally unhappy, but that’s not easy to see when you get all caught up in the daily routine. Sometimes you are just too used to the things that surround you to be able to refelct on the troubles you are facing.”
After dropping her job she needed a break to figure out what her next step was going to be. She wanted to reconnect with herself and listen to her own thoughts – without feeling the influence of other people. So she decided to take some time off and headed out to the North of Spain, where El Camino de Santiago (also known in English as the Way of St. James) awaited her. She started in Le Puy en Velay, in France, and travelled nearly 2000 km by foot. Read more →