Consumption & Equality: Designers talk purpose
Why do we wear what we wear? What does ‘beautiful’ mean to different people? Why do clothes sometimes speak louder than words? Trapped in the materiality of our modern days, these are questions we have to ask ourselves every now and then, and consume many designers minds. In this quest for a higher purpose, we have collaborated with the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem to organise an online designer talk with three eminent designers: Kevin Pleiter, Sarah Aphrodite Stolwijk and designer duo Schepers Bosman. Curious to pick their brain on topics that reflect our present and determine our future, we went into detail on their pursuit for sustainability and equality, and how they consciously manifest and weave this into their work.
Knitwear designer Kevin Pleiter envisions a sustainable, innovative future of fashion and textiles. After graduating from ArtEZ in Fashion Design in 2019, Pleiter continues to explore the relationship between tension and tactility – from the early yarn selection to the final piece. Pushing the boundaries of knitwear, Pleiter’s collection for Insert Artifact encourages discourse on the meaning of comfort and nurturing design.
Sarah Aphrodite Stolwijk graduated from ArtEZ in Arnhem in 2006. Since then she moved to New York, where she worked and lived for seven years, teaching design at the renowned fashion school – Parsons. In building her own brand, Sarah Aphrodite Stolwijk has created a studio in Massachusetts, America, selling handmade products made out of 85% repurposed T-shirts.
Sanne Schepers and Anne Bosman, are the duo behind their namesake brand – Schepers Bosman. After graduating from ArtEz in 2011, the pair has not stopped – moving on to both the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) as well as London’s, Central Saint Martins. Self-identified as ‘Indie Luxury’, their work blends sustainability and style – rethinking the way we approach design.