MORE AW17 COLLECTIONS: MEN

MORE AW17 COLLECTIONS: MEN

13/10/2017
Brace the brisk winds and stay warm in style this season…STIJL Men’s AW17 collections have arrived:   HAIDER...
DISCOVER THE NEW AW17 COLLECTIONS

DISCOVER THE NEW AW17 COLLECTIONS

27/09/2017
Baby, it’s getting cold outside… But do not despair, the AW17 collections have arrived and we have more...
NEW IN STORE: Y-PROJECT

NEW IN STORE: Y-PROJECT

26/09/2017
The good, the bad and the ugly. A trio of labels that were once relied upon religiously. But at some...
Dries Van Noten becomes baron

Dries Van Noten becomes baron

19/07/2017
Today, king of tailoring Dries Van Noten was awarded the honorary title of baron. The world-renowned...
Installations by Gioia, Walter and Jacqueline

Installations by Gioia, Walter and Jacqueline

24/04/2017
Last Thursday, the highly-anticipated centre for Fashion And Design – MAD – finally opened its recycled...
When two artists meet

When two artists meet

17/04/2017
His obscenity is never obscene – Jean Genet A contemporary trend for fashion exhibitions has prompted...
Interview with Gioia Seghers

Interview with Gioia Seghers

19/03/2017
How did it all get started? I graduated from La Cambre in 2012 and my final collection was backed...
How the modern-day master reinvented the Flemish tapestry.

How the modern-day master reinvented the Flemish tapestry.

11/03/2017
Dries Van Noten’s menswear collection was a prelude to those hot summer nights we’re all aching...
Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

10/03/2017
Good fashion designers create garments that flatter, feel good and last a lifetime; great fashion...
Unlikely Muses: the city of Staphorst

Unlikely Muses: the city of Staphorst

09/03/2017
While the fashion industry is still struggling to publically pronounce a reply in face of recent political...
NEW collection summer 2017

NEW collection summer 2017

15/02/2017
Now in stores.
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Coming soon

01/02/2017
The new collection will be available soon. Stay tuned!
Unlikely Muses: the city of Staphorst

Unlikely Muses: the city of Staphorst

09/03/2017

While the fashion industry is still struggling to publically pronounce a reply in face of recent political changes, Walter Van Beirendonck has consistently confronted these issues straight-on. Whether it’s intolerance, terrorism, or bigotry, the big-bearded artist found an answer – or at least, a relief – in his designs.

Beauty can save the world. With this mantra in mind, Walter has found the power to shine bright, even in the darkest of times. For his SS17 collection, part of that heartening illumination came from a rather unexpected source: Staphorst, a little town in the Netherlands and its colourful inhabitants.

Proud of their heritage, its close-knit society prefers to remain to itself and seems almost untouched by time. With its picturesque farmhouses, bright green shutters and blue doors, the architecture could have come straight out of a children’s drawing. Staphorst represents the dream-destination for the eternal escapist, a timeless place, cut off from society. This is when you feel the power of beauty, timeless and hidden.

But Walter mostly found inspiration in the folklore, and in particular the Staphorst stipwerk, a rare technique, used to print and decorate fabrics. At its origin, the technique was used in the town’s traditional dress, still worn by the inhabitants today.

The craft was developed to imitate richly embroidered fabrics with objects that could be found around the house. Still today, small pins and nails are attached to wood or cork. The stamps are then immersed in primary coloured-paint and repetitively pressed onto the fabric, creating small floral-like patterns.  

The mesmerising pace of craftwork.