THURSDAY 10.11.11 AT 7PM TILL 9PM
11.11.11 – 13.11.11
Atelier (Beca Lipscombe and Lucy McKenzie) in collaboration with design office Panel (Lucy McEachan and Catriona Duffy) and tailor Steven Purvis are pleased to present their fashion collection for the first time in Belgium. The line, which is the product of a crossover between artist production and design, encompasses high-quality wovens, raincoats, workcoats, and accessories, and uses the best of Scottish manufacturing to realize a wardrobe for working men and women, artists, and those in creative and artisan professions.
At the heart of the collaboration is a desire to reinvigorate the pre-existing Scottish textile industry, and to successfully work within the bounds and limitations of its current declining state. While Atelier is, in fact, using a traditional approach that is respectful of historical information and research, it is also a completely radical approach, as it sets its own terms of production, dissemination, and discourse.
Also of note is that Atelier’s clothes are “season-less,” but the collection is, at its essence, created for a fall/winter lifestyle (which is year-round in Scotland). The quality and timelessness of the clothing allows the wearer to enjoy it for years to come. Further, each individual piece of clothing is made to order for the client, encouraging a cost-effective practice, preventing waste and excess, and resulting in an item that is the perfect blend of both luxury and practicality.
In this collection and collections to come, Atelier’s primary motive is self-expression, but also to forge a long-term relationship and engagement with the client – to listen to and understand the wearer’s preferences and desires as they experience the clothes in daily life.