In partnership with MASTERED, a London-based company which provides support and accelerators for designers and emerging brands, at Opificio 31 were presented also a group of accessory designers with whom I had a long and interesting conversation.
W.J.Y STUDIO is a jewelry brand founded in 2017 by the designer and model Jiaying Wang, who studied at Central Saint Martins and Bunka Fashion College. The simplicity of shapes of her jewels leaves the natural stone free to express all their innate beauty through colors and patterns.
|W.J.Y. STUDIO by Jiaying Wang|
SAM HAM is the ironic jewelry brand by Sam Hamilton, coming from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin and many specializing trainings in Florence, Amsterdam and Milan. Her unisex jewels break the traditional rules of jewelry and stereotypes of femininity and masculinity, with shapes that humorously recall the intimate male and female zones.
|SAM HAM JEWELRY|
ISLA FONTAINE is an Italian brand of jewelry and bags launched in 2012 by Eleonora Mayerle, previously art curator at Biennale Venezia. With 9 lines of jewels in marble, enamels or vintage Murano glass, and 6 different model of bags, her collection inspired by Venetian Lagoon is incredibly rich of suggestions taken from Art Deco, Abstract Art and Minimalism.
TESSA SPIELHOFER, Swiss designer currently living in London, created a no–season collection of bags Made in Italy, completely interchangeable and customizable with the application of decors or changing colors and materials of flaps, applied wallets or straps. Other interesting thing is that each element can be bought separately to change easily the aspect of the bag (perfect for frequent flyer).
THREAD EM is a brand designed by the Italian designer Emma Frattolillo, graduated in 2001 at Sapienza University with a specialization in Fashion and Costume Design, then moved to Los Angeles, where she produces her bags and silk scarfes with Italian materials. Her fresh and vibrant collection is inspired by the geometric shapes and the balance of colors of the design pieces by Memphis group of Ettore Sottsass.
Contemporary Mood was another space dedicated to young designers and new realities of fashion business hosted in the spaces of Opificio 31. There I met two designers, Valentina Poltronieri and Elena Di Raimondo, and the representatives of The Color Soup, an interesting online service for young and aspiring designers.
VALENTINA POLTRONIERI invited me to her trunk show for the presentation of the fall 2018 collection. Soon I‘ll publish the interview we made just after the show. Valentina presented also the best pieces of her summer 2018 collection. Always inspired by the simplicity of geometric shapes and by a funny and colorful approach to design, Valentina presented a fall collection with faux furs, technical fabrics and laser-cut details in a black, pink and fuchsia color palette.
EDR LAB is an artisanal accessory label by Elena Di Raimondo, a designer from Modica (Sicily) who studied at Polimoda in Florence and then at Istituto Secoli in Milan. Her innovative and transformable bags are inspired by the colorful world of Roy Lichtenstein and the delicate gardens of Botticelli and Kano Eitoku, made modern by contrasting colors and fringed decorations.
THE COLOR SOUP is an innovative online service born by the textile group Miroglio in collaboration with H-FARM, a digital platform to support new start-up. Giving the possibility to customize digital print on more than 30 types of fabric and with only 1 meter of minimum order, The Color Soup offers a great chance to aspiring and young designers to create their collection without compromise their budget with expensive costs for fabrics.
|THE COLOR SOUP|
Soon other new and emerging brands and young designers seen at WHITE SHOW and during the MILAN FASHION WEEK fall/winter 2018-19. Stay tuned!