Under the Tuscan sun

Summer has officially turned into fall but I’m still in the reminiscence events from earlier this year. In April I was invited to Italy, to visit the studio of Barbara Bologna, the artist behind the clothing brand Area di Barbara Bologna. I spent a long weekend talking about and stalking her design process and designs, especially her F/W12 collection. She also showed me the beautiful Tuscan countryside where she resides; right where the sea and mountains meet. I think I left a huge piece of my heart to Italy: To its friendly people, great food and breathtaking landscape. Plenty of reasons why I must visit this magical place again.

Dress and skirt: Area di Bologna Barbara
High heels: Area di Bologna Barbara
Boots: Guidi
Bag: Self-made
Wooden ring: Area di Bologna Barbara

For the pictures a big hand goes to Barbara, Andrea and my dear mom.

DIY leather handbag

Due to a lack of a smaller handbag which is easy to use and carry through the clubs of Berlin, I decided to design and make one myself. I used the same treated leather as in my previous project, the leather tote, but this time sewing the body of the bag with machine and rest by hand.

The bag features include an elongated flap, simple button clasp closing mechanism, and a double strap with rustic metal d-rings to attach it to the bag. Though this project demanded good nerves and patience (not generally virtues of mine), I am very pleased with the outcome. In action pictures to follow soon.

Leather handbag: Selfmade

Blood, sweat and tears

Apologies for the radio silence, I’ve kept quite busy as my household has been turned into a little sweat shop for the past few days. The whole project started when I got frustrated for not finding the perfect, minimalistic leather tote to suit my needs and decided to make one by myself. I’m still thinking if I should box the corners to give the bag more depth, but at the same time hesitating because it might change the look of the bag to an unwanted direction. We’ll see.

The five-bar gate tally marks were purely a practical solution at first, as I had four stitches holding handle straps in place. Since four bars would have looked a bit silly on their own, I decided to add the fifth element to complete the design. They shall work as my trademark from now on.

Shirt: Boris Bidjan Saberi
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Leather tote bag: Made by me
Rings: Kalevala Koru and custom made

P.S. I know that the pictures are loading very slowly at the moment, I think something is up with Imageshack. Hopefully the problem is just temporary. Hang in there folks!

Chain mail

A couple of days ago the postman brought me a pleasant mail which came in the form of black leather and steel chains. The reason for this new venture in my wardrobe is that in our summer party, we all got a gift card to the gTie boutique, and after spending hours admiring the shop’s many offerings, I decided to go with the Spaideri shoulder chain. When I finally got to try the piece on, I knew I had made the right choice: This little thing shall spicen up any outfit and will provide a simple solution to those days when necklaces and bracelets seem too much. It’s just what I needed!

If you also fancy heavy weight jewelry and accessories, do check out the gTie web store or visit the physical boutique in Helsinki, Finland on Pursimiehenkatu 11. gTie delivers internationally and the designer Jenni also does custom made pieces, in case you’re looking for something more specific.

Shoulder chain: gTie
Silk top: Ann Demeulemeester
Bustier: Sonia Rykiel pour H&M