Yup, all KAL.
In this post I would like to present a big project which has been on my mind for many years now. It started off as an ideal of my sense of fashion and the world, got examined in a case study for my thesis, got transformed (obviously) into a bigger dream of beauty, morals and discovery (and a bit of craziness) and was finally, thanks to the great encounter with my friend and co-founder of KAL, Lisanne, made public last week! Ha!
So as I have kept this blog for quite some years now (oh wow, 3.5 years is a nice span) I would love to inform the wonderful readers of my blog about this project. And yes, also to engage them (you) and friends to interact with KAL.
First of all, some information ahead for the name… So one moment has remained a very clear memory when I first came to India: I was constantly asking my colleagues about meanings of words in hindi – I also wanted to know the meaning of yesterday and tomorrow. Well…
yesterday = KAL कल = tomorrow
So, it’s one meaning for two abstracts / opposites. Yes, I clearly liked that A LOT. So there goes KAL.
Now the question is what this whole thing is all about. Rather than explaining everything I would like to give a few words which pop to mind when I think of KAL:
strange – simple – original – imperfect – product – craftsmanship – garment – minimal – hidden beauty – special – people – creators – communication – evolution – inspiration – tradition – progress – esthetics – ethics – consumerism – need-based – practical – moral
in short: grabbing the classical perception of garment production by its neck and going aaaaall the way back to the roots. And all along, aiming to discover tradition, learn simplicity, collaborate with craftspeople and create beautiful products.
So if already there is interest and curiosity from your side, GREAT! Just get in touch with me or get connected to us via twitter:
We have our hands on the website so that will be coming along soon as well. For us it is important to document the evolution of a brand from idea to sourcing to creation to finished product to customer and and and. All good things take time.
Thank you and a lovely day!
drizzles of inspiration are good, they happen all the time and just end up being there, existing. yet, it is so interesting to record them, keeping them in their context. the following images have been on my mind in the last week or so and every single one for a different reason.
i was lucky enough to discover agnes martin and eva hesse thanks to my dear friend lisanne. what i appreciate about their talent is this subtleness, this visual focus and balance. personally, it has a direct effect to me as the observer.
yves klein and his blue female bodies are just pure beauty – what else to say.
i only recently found out about ivo andric, have not yet read anything but found this quote wonderful enough: “What can and doesn’t have to be always, at the end, surrenders to something that has to be.”
another year has gone by and we know more. great.
on the sustainability/fashion/passion front there is also many nice things i have come across which amaze me and help me so much in thinking about the project which i am working on which, taaataaaa is called KAL. yesterday, tomorrow, whenever, you decide.
oh and before i forget: winter is slowly creeping in here in new delhi with new chai creations and soups and gloomy music. oh, so nice! sometimes we even have sunsets à la félix vallotton… with some imagination!
image credits: the(icouldnotlivewithout)redlist, and google finds (sorry for the inaccuracy…)
Wild nature certainly is something which I miss constantly in a big city like Delhi. There is nothing like walking barefeet in the fields, collecting veggies, observing rare species of insects, wandering, feeling free and out there. Soon soon soon!
These are all images from trips in Germany and Switzerland this summer.
Lovely day to you.
Oh! I realized that I spend a fair amount of time reviewing the SS14 collections at New York Fashion Week without showing all of my favorites, the daring pieces, the pieces which underline a woman’s beauty, the avant-garde graduate collections of Parsons, there is just so much.
I will make this post into a small ‘highlights’ summary and will elaborate more in the coming days. I am of course, thrilled to see more SS14 collections and of course, am waiting for October for Wills Fashion Week here in Delhi.
And now… a few singles:
I hope you enjoyed, have a look at the collections, it’s been such a pleasure to watch.
Lovely day to you.
After having received my scans from films of the past few months and loaded with impatience and excitement to see them ALL I would like to show you a little selection I picked out for now, especially with more abstract photography. Photos were taken in my current home Delhi, the lovely Kullu region in Himachal Pradesh, Tessin in Switzerland, my hometown in Germany and at the cemetery where my granddad is buried.
As I have sold my darkroom supplies in December last year, I have now been dropping the film at a lab here in Delhi. After coming and going, I decided to go back to developing myself as for my style, the contrasts here are too extreme, blacks too black and whites too white.
While taking a walk in the world of cyber, I have found out about wabi-sabi.
It gives me such great inspiration, this state, this concept, this philosophy that I must absolutely take a hello back on the blog.
I do not even want to add much, maybe just illustrate in images what wabi-sabi could mean to me.
Have a nice weekend everyone.
Oh, and I am currently reading Erich Fromm ‘To Have or to Be’, just at the beginning but a very enriching (yes!) read. A quote of Fromm to spark some curiosity:
“Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either “have” or “have not.” In fact, there is no such thing as “freedom” except as a word and an abstract concept. There is only one reality: the act of freeing ourselves in the process of making choices. In this process the degree of our capacity to make choices varies with each act, with our practice of life.”
Good morning everyone,
I have certainly come to accept that a post every day is not feasible considering all of the great hobbies I have and the fast-paced life here in Delhi. Yet, every now and then I am happy to post some beautiful things.
I have totally fallen for Raf Simons’ work at Dior, ever since he started with the collection of Fall 2012 Couture. He manages to combine so many different elements in his creations – shape which is both a pleasure for body and eye, colors which are happy and underline the beauty of every woman. So why dress in grey if you can wear an amazing fuchsia? And certainly, also the detail of his work – not too much fuzz, aesthetic melting of different fabric and embroidery and unexpected pattern making.
A small peak of the Resort 2014 show:
And the lipstick color is so fresh, too. Yes, things were done right:
Image via Dior FB and video from their YouTube channel.
Of course, this is not all for today. Some more finds from the past few days:
The first 3 images via theredlist.fr (one of my top 3 websites) and the below found somewhere in the swamps of google.
Oh, and a wonderful friend of mine wrote me a quote the other day for her departure from Delhi:
“Nicht Verstellung ist die Aufgabe des Schauspielers, sondern Enthüllung.”
“Not disguise is the task of the actor but revelation.”
by Max Reinhardt.
I have french melodies in my head, the desire to post something – just my love of today:
- old maps, dried flowers and Dior couture -
And with it, a passage of one of my favorite writers, Hermann Hesse, from his book ‘Das Glasperlenspiel':
Wie jede Blüte welkt und jede Jugend
dem Alter weicht, blüht jede Lebensstufe
blüht jede Weisheit auch und jede Tugend
zu ihrer Zeit und darf nicht ewig dauern
es muß das Herz bei jedem Lebensrufe
bereit zum Abschied sein und Neubeginne
um sich in Tapferkeit und ohne Trauern
in andre, neue Bindungen zu geben
und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne
der uns beschützt und der uns hilft zu leben
wir wollen heiter Raum um Raum durchschreiten
an keinem wie an einer Heimat hängen
der Weltgeist will nicht fesseln uns und engen
er will Stuf’ um Stuf’ uns heben, weiten
kaum sind wir heimisch einem Lebenskreise
und traulich eingewohnt, so droht Erschlaffen
nur wer bereit zu Aufbruch ist und Reise
mag lähmender Gewöhnung sich entraffen
Es wird vielleicht auch noch die Todesstunde
uns neuen Räumen jung entgegensenden
des Lebens Ruf an uns wird niemals enden
Wohlan denn, Herz, nimm Abschied und gesunde.
and for all the non-German speakers:
As every blossom fades
and all youth sinks into old age,
so every life’s design, each flower of wisdom,
attains its prime and cannot last forever.
The heart must submit itself courageously
to life’s call without a hint of grief,
A magic dwells in each beginning,
protecting us, telling us how to live.
High purposed we shall traverse realm on realm,
cleaving to none as to a home,
the world of spirit wishes not to fetter us
but raise us higher, step by step.
Scarce in some safe accustomed sphere of life
have we establish a house, then we grow lax;
only he who is ready to journey forth
can throw old habits off.
Maybe death’s hour too will send us out new-born
maybe life’s call to us will never find an end
Courage my heart, take leave and fare thee well.
I fell in love with rust and diamonds today, what a wonderful duo – it’s memories that bring them.