Photo: Amos Fricke
Photo: Amos Fricke

What I find fascinating about any design object is usually not only the object itself but also the story behind it. In other words: the fact that there is actually more to it.

Berlin based fashion designer Isabel de Hillerin and her label of the same name is a such an example of a brand with a strong and interesting story and concept. 

Her collections combine clean, elegant and contemporary cuts and folkloric handmade materials. She works with local manufacturers and artisans in Romania  - where her family has its roots -  and Moldavia. That way she is not only supporting the suffering traditional artisan industry in these countries but also combining her contemporary designs and their weaving and embroidery skills in a very innovative way with her subtle and elegant use of traditional elements.



For more insights and a very nice video: the story behind isabell de hillerin in her own words.



Photos: Amos Fricke (collection SS13: eclectic line) + via isabell de hillerin 


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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Sandy (Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:54)

    A very sophisticated urban style - I like! There is so much potential in Berlin. In 2010 I found Liv of "Blushless" and she made my wedding dress. She is now living in Australia and works as a stylist and designer.
    Lena, I really love your style on MinaMoka, it's eyecandy in a modern, smart and relaxed way. Good job!
    Hugs, Sandy

  • #2

    minamoka (Thursday, 28 February 2013 14:13)

    THANK YOU for your kind words, Sandy, that really means a lot to me! I will check out Blushless right now...

  • #3

    geraldine (Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:23)

    Such an understated elegance and love the contemporary edge. What an inspiring story behind her designs, it definitely makes her clothes that much more special. xx

  • #4

    Nina (Friday, 01 March 2013 03:11)

    I really like the combination of the clean lines with the handmade and somewhat rustic details. Swooning over the last dress, the belt detail is amazing.

  • #5

    minamoka (Friday, 01 March 2013 08:52)

    @ geraldine: Doesn't it? I think in a world where everything is available in endless versions and always the story and personality of the products we buy (or, in this case: dream of...) is becoming more and more important.
    @Nina: I like that belt, too. And I love that the designs don't have "ethnic" or "folrcloric" written all over them! That would have been easy, but this way it's really elegant.




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