An interview with Boris Bidjan Saberi in AKENZ

An interview with Boris Bidjan Saberi in AKENZ

During the AKENZ Concept Store Grand opening, the Founder of Boris Bidjan Saberi took a moment out of his busy day to speak with AKENZ, HYPEBEAST CHINA, NOWRE.The topics ranging from the brand awareness, collaboration, the stories between Boris Bidjan Saberi and AKENZ etc.
 

Jens (Founder of AKENZ) :

What is the major difference between the two brands Boris Bidjan Saberi and 11?

Boris:

We started 11 after working with the mainline for about 5 years and realizing that there were limitations to where we could take this brand in regards to design, prints and also references to skate, punk and hip hop culture. The 11 brand is basically a reference to my life growing up skating listening to hip hop and punk rock and still I am.

 

Congratulations on your new collaboration with Massive Attack. How did that come about?

Boris:

It’s been a very long process actually. First Massive Attack contacted us many years ago asking if we were interested in making a collaboration. I didn’t really see how we should make this, or the reasoning behind such collaboration.

Then after talking to Robert Del Naja, the lead singer in Massive Attack, there was a great connection and energy and we kept in contact.

One day when Massive Attack was touring in Spain, I talked to Robert who told me they were on the train pretty tired and warn out after a long tour around Spain. It was then I got the idea to create a clothing line or uniform for them.

Something that the whole crew could wear and feel comfortable in while going on these long tours and basically this is how the collaboration started.  

 

Nowre:

How does the design process start for you? Do you have any rituals or standard processes or does new designs just arrived per impulse? Have you ever been a situations in which you are lacking ideas or the designs didn‘t really reach the standard that you were expecting? How do you deal with it?  Could you share with us?

Boris:

Our design process starts with reflecting over the situation we in society are currently in. We analyze the current situation and try to image how the future is going to develop and how we can create something that is relevant for this future. We have these massive metal walls hanging from the ceiling in our studio we use to communicate visually internally before we develop a new collection.

Any chance we can receive some pictures from the studio?

Does it important to you to go with the trends or better to remain the classic?  Like what you did with the collection of AW20.  How do you keep the balance?

Boris:

To be honest I don’t know what the trend is anymore. When I look at society today and try to understand what the current trend is I feel like a grandpa. For me it is very important to stay unique and true to my own DNA. We didn’t invent the T-shirt or the pants but we invented some T-shirts and pants that are truly unique and carry my DNA and besides of the brand and this we will always continue.

Are you currently working on some new ideas or technologies you can share with us?

Boris:

Experimenting and exploring is a very big part of what we do. We are always trying to develop new technologies or create new visuals and shapes in line with our brand DNA and design language. Robert from Massive Attack already developed a way of adding actual real DNA into a spray can, so that when paint is removed, the DNA still persists and shows the DNA of Massive Attacks music. His first approach to me came about this idea and we are still working on it and finding a possible way to create with this technology something together.    

 

Hypebeast:

How did your collaboration with Salomon come about? Are there any upgrades on technics, styling or fabric in SS21? What is the most important element to you when comes to the shoes collaboration design? How did you start from an idea to products.

Boris:

It started because we really wanted to add a very technical futuristic sneaker to 11 collection. After trying to create this sneaker ourselves, we found it very difficult to get to work with the large manufacturers who have all the newest and best technologies. We then made a list of the top technical brands in the world that we could work with like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Salomon and started contacting them.

First, we contacted Nike who were interested in working with us, but after some reflection I decided not to proceed. Nike was doing so many collaborations and I felt like we would just be another one of the 100 collaborations they already are working on, where we would not be able to create something that was ours and unique.

Then after some time I sent an email to Salomon and they replied back after 30 mins saying that they knew our brand and were very interested in working together. Also Salomon was not having any collaboration at this time.

First, I didn’t really believe they were sincere but after talking to their team I realized that they were really excited about working together and again this great energy was established which is now the 11-sneaker collaboration.

 

AKENZ has hosted the 11 years of Boris Bidjan Saberi "Retrospective" show last year and organizing this interview for all the audience to have the chance to understand your brand at this AKENZ grand opening event. Could you share with us the close relationship between your team and AKENZ please?

 

Akenz came one day to us in the showroom in Paris – and there he was – Jens. It basically was a matter of understanding and respect from the first moment from my side. And I still have to say the same and I am proud to say we did it until today and see the evolution of our collaboration since then.

What Akenz does as a great represented of our work is outstanding and I am proud to work with Jens and his team.

I wish you from heart all the best for your new project and I am very happy to be part of.

Thank you.

April 28, 2021 by Jens Christensen
NEW IN WOOD.WOOD SS21 COLLECTION

NEW IN WOOD.WOOD SS21 COLLECTION

The WOOD.WOOD Spring/Summer 2021 collection summons to the inner parts of Copenhagen at around the 1960s-70s when all was not grand, but somewhat hambler.

The designers have dug into the history books and reproduced looks from a time gone in a new contemporary context for new relevance while retaining WOOD.WOOD’s distinctive graphic and sporty approach.
 
As a Norrebro brand, it only made sense to take it back to the neighborhood in which the headquarters resides-perfectly situated at the colourful heart of multi-diversity. This perfect setting for an eclectic 70s inspired collection fuelled by the inspiring thrift store culture present in small area.


 
For S/S 21, the men and women’s collections go their separate ways with masculinity and femininity represented sequentially.

For men, paired back 70s styling comes through an exhaustive list of fabrics from twelve-whale Duca Visconti cords to ultrafine chambrays from Italian fabric mill Albiate. Pratical, youthful, real-the WOOD.WOOD vibe for men goes back to its grassroots.


Additional highlights from the collection include DIY style crochet knitted polos and cardigans, expertly crafted in Italy by hand.

Available in a seasonal multicolour expression, the assortment is available for both men and women. Furthermore, our co-founders Brain and Karl apply their handwork to this seasonal assortment of graphic Tshirts and all-over print in true WOOD.WOOD fashion.

 

April 25, 2021 by Jens Christensen
SS2021 HAMCUS COLLECTION "LOWER PLANTARY"

SS2021 HAMCUS COLLECTION "LOWER PLANTARY"

GARA

As early as in the BG ERA 1650, the high council of PRIMUS had realized that due to the SUB-ERA mankind’s prolonged EX - ploitation of mother planet V-19, irreversible damage had been caused, the depleted and unstable stellar core had entered the collapsing cycle. On the surface, the council announced that it seeks to continue the fire of civilization, but the essence s to get rid of dependence on the depleted host galaxy and expand its core industrial profits, unlimited exploitation of interstellar resources. The PRIMUS council launched the stellar engine project “GAEA”.

 

POST EXILE ERA

Even with the excellent technological level of PRIMUS at the time, this enormous creation-level of this universe project lasted for mare than 400 years before it can left the parent galaxy to complete the migration from V-19 to GAEA. A huge interstellar engine that consumes alien stars as its driving energy, begins to advance toward to the next “collectable” planet, so as the POST-EXILE ERA begins.

 
We strive for excellence and greatness in all of our endeavors both terrestrial and beyond.
We energized the future.

 

The lower planetary, orbiting at the bottom of the trunk of the stellar engine GAEA is one of the vital components used as interstellar energy mining, loading and extraction, and most importantly the stellar engine propulsion.

 

Most of the people living here are from the bottom of the infrastructure where they first migrated from the mother planet in those years. As the descendants of the advanced engineering troops who work as engine coolies for their own survival and for their families to fight for the quota of preferential migration from the mother planet to GAEA.

 

ENGINE CORE CITY

 

Our story begins in this engine world, JEJE, an lower planet engine city resident born in the after –EXILE ERA, is an orphan who, like the other migratory descendants here, was raised by the lower planetary union since childhood.

Everyday, like other hand working little union kids, she lives a fixed daily work routine arranged by the interstellar energy company ANTARES. Everyday she tolls with her partner “DUNGEE” a gravitational reaper capable of salvaging star dust from the edge city area, and transport them over the orbital mountain to the refinery core of engine city.

LOOKBOOK

April 12, 2021 by Jens Christensen
Tags: HAMCUS SS21
RICK OWENS DRAKSHDW X CONVERSE Collaboration

RICK OWENS DRAKSHDW X CONVERSE Collaboration

The upcoming RICK OWENS DRKSHDW X CONVERSE will be release in AKENZ.
The first revealed was during the show of  RICK OWENS AW2021 on the Lido, Venice.

CONVERSE Classic black and white canvas footwear combined with RICK OWEN'S Stark universe of modernist minimalise design, the first time that CONVERSE presented in a squaring-off toe and extending the tongue.

"When I think of Converse, I think of the black and white Chuck Taylors and the punk rock generation. These have always been iconic pillars of my aesthetic, wearing Chuck Taylors, you align yourself with a generation that was experimental. There is a confident dynamic to the subculture."

- RICK OWENS

 

March 31, 2021 by Jens Christensen
Champion X Rick Owens SS21 Collection Coming Soon

Champion X Rick Owens SS21 Collection Coming Soon

Following the success of their first capsule collection that debut at Paris Fashion Week in June 2019.

 

Champion and Rick Owens are pleased to announce the official launch of this second collaborative collection dropping at the end of March 2021.

 

Celebrating Champion’s rich athletic heritage and Rick Owens’ signature contemporary aesthetic, the collection has been designed and developed for both men and women, carefully combining creativity and sustainability.

 

Using 100% organic cottons and recycled nylons, the collection was produced using predominantly locally sourced materials, whilst all packaging will incorporate plastic free, biodegradable materials and recycled paper.

 

The collection continues with a strong monochrome color palette with the addition of some subtle color accents for this season. Key iconic products stories such as Sweatshirts, Sweatpants and Tees, coupled with mesh shorts and lightweight outerwear pieces have all been reimagined and carefully finished with a unique champion logo.

 

Essential accessories include: athletic inspired caps, headbands and bucket hats, as well as elegant tote bags, pocket purses and face coverings compliment and sustainable story.

AKENZ STORES 
Galerise Lafayette 
Address: 4th floor, 889 South Pudong Rd. Shanghai City 
Eslite 
Address: First floor, 8 Yuelang Rd. Suzhou CIty 
SHENYANG MIXC  
Address: Shenyang MIx C 4F, 288 Qing nian avenue, Shenyang City
SHENYANG MIXC HUI  
Address: First floor, 199 Noth Changbai Rd. Heping avenue, Shenyang City. 
SHANGHAI TX HUAI HAI  
Address: TX Huai Hai 2F, 523 Huai Hai Road, Shanghai City 
Jiuguang   
Address: 4th floor, 1618 West Nanjing rd. Shanghai City 
AKENZ VIP 
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March 26, 2021 by Jens Christensen
Innerraum - The New Futurism Bag

Innerraum - The New Futurism Bag

Kuboraum founders

The designer and artist Livio Graziottin together with anthropologist Sergio Eusebi launched in July 2018 their new project Innerraum.

After their reinterpretation of the eyewear world, the constant interaction with the world of art, music, the anxiety to push their project beyond the limits of the optical and fashion business to become a form of lifestyle, culture to embrace an ethic vision of a community and collectionist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innerraum is a polyhedric and polyphonic project with it’s own language and aesthetic, a new vision of luxury translated in single object, sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innerraum is a new form of language translated into individual objects in the innerraum collection is a bearer of memory and innovation at the same instant, this is precisely what makes each of these objects:

                         

 

 

 

 

 

Polyphonic objects that, through the manipulation of the concept of luxury, disintegrated into an ecstatic conflict with our own subconscious, affirming the birth of a new futuristic aesthetic; an aesthetic never seen before that dialogues with our past, with our past, with our memory and with our daily life affirming a new vision of luxury.


The project is focusing on the body, each object of innerraum is wearable as an augmented body, each object of innerraum is wearable as an augmented body.

Each object is a unique piece assembled by hand in innerraum laboratory in Italy. Innerraum is a multifaceted project born in the island of Berlin and handmade in Italy.

 

AKENZ STORES 
Galerise Lafayette 
Address: 4th floor, 889 South Pudong Rd. Shanghai City 
Eslite 
Address: First floor, 8 Yuelang Rd. Suzhou CIty 
SHENYANG MIXC  
Address: Shenyang MIx C 4F, 288 Qing nian avenue, Shenyang City
SHENYANG MIXC HUI  
Address: First floor, 199 Noth Changbai Rd. Heping avenue, Shenyang City. 
SHANGHAI TX HUAI HAI  
Address: TX Huai Hai 2F, 523 Huai Hai Road, Shanghai City 
Jiuguang   
Address: 4th floor, 1618 West Nanjing rd. Shanghai City 
AKENZ VIP 
Address: Room 1B, 1003 Wuding rd, Shanghai City
March 25, 2021 by Jens Christensen
KRAKATAU NEW SPRING SUMMER 2021 COLLECTION

KRAKATAU NEW SPRING SUMMER 2021 COLLECTION

KRAKATAU slogan “Antagonist Survival Kit” has been used since the brand was born in St.Petersburg in 1999 and later when it spread its wings to the European and Asian markets.

And these three words hold a much deeper meaning than just helping people survive bad weather conditions.

If we are to describe what KRAKATAU actually does, the best word for it would be “protection”: rain/cold protection, environment protection (by use of sustainable clothing materials), human protection,personal data protection (see recent collaboration with collaboration with Kaspersky Lab, global cybersecurity and anti-virus provider).

The most expected items from the new collection are waterproof trench coats, as well as waterproof jackets with contract color taped seams.

One of the most exceptional ones – ultimately waterproof futuristic raincoats made of biodegradable polyurethane material.

Although KRAKATAU usually focuses on watBHer resistant clothing, the new spring-summer collection was expanded with sweatshirts,fade-neon-colored T-shirts, stylish jumpsuits and packable windbreaker jackets made of ripstop fabric.

 

SS21 COLLECTION LOOK BOOK

 

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AKENZ STORES 

Galerise Lafayette 
Address: 4th floor, 889 South Pudong Rd. Shanghai City 
Eslite 
Address: First floor, 8 Yuelang Rd. Suzhou CIty 
SHENYANG MIXC  
Address: Shenyang MIx C 4F, 288 Qing nian avenue, Shenyang City
SHENYANG MIXC HUI  
Address: First floor, 199 Noth Changbai Rd. Heping avenue, Shenyang City. 
SHANGHAI TX HUAI HAI  
Address: TX Huai Hai 2F, 523 Huai Hai Road, Shanghai City 
Jiuguang   
Address: 4th floor, 1618 West Nanjing rd. Shanghai City 
AKENZ VIP 
Address: Room 1B, 1003 Wuding rd, Shanghai City
March 25, 2021 by Jens Christensen
SS2021 SANKUANZ "PHOSPHORESCENCE"

SS2021 SANKUANZ "PHOSPHORESCENCE"

"PHOSPHORESCENCE"  磷光

In the 2021 spring/summer collection of SANKUANZ, the designer Zhe Shangguan has continued his usual design style combined with the inspiration from national culture east to west which range from South Park to Buddhist tradition.

 

 

This collection has inspired from the Mongolian traditional clothing, the significant detail tall shoulders design which represent the fearless and toughness of the Mongolian soldiers.

Also many other details come from the traditional Chinese costumes, like the Mandarin collars. Its kind of the perfect mix of traditional and pop culture.

 

There are some pieces worth to mention , such as sharp-lined suits with slim tailored dresses, its refined from the famous photographer Pieter Hugo who recording the people whose living in Africa.

They using the historical African soft knitted fabric to make their own clothing paired with military clothing or a long printed dress, a mood of wondering between modern and primitive, looking for the delicate balance of uniform style and street wear.

 

 

There are many iconic elements that you can see everywhere in this collections. Such as the Othala totem and some metal decoration like daggers.

These symbols represent the integration and impact of different cultures in globalization.

AKENZ | 2021 S/S STYLING
SANKUANZ 
Model:Dora |  JINXU.HUANG
Image:Sasha
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AKENZ STORES 

Galerise Lafayette 
Address: 4th floor, 889 South Pudong Rd. Shanghai City 
Eslite 
Address: First floor, 8 Yuelang Rd. Suzhou CIty 
SHENYANG MIXC  
Address: Shenyang MIx C 4F, 288 Qing nian avenue, Shenyang City
SHENYANG MIXC HUI  
Address: First floor, 199 Noth Changbai Rd. Heping avenue, Shenyang City. 
SHANGHAI TX HUAI HAI  
Address: TX Huai Hai 2F, 523 Huai Hai Road, Shanghai City 
Jiuguang   
Address: 4th floor, 1618 West Nanjing rd. Shanghai City 
AKENZ VIP 
Address: Room 1B, 1003 Wuding rd, Shanghai City
 
March 25, 2021 by Gina Guo

Astrid Andersen - A pioner of luxury streetwear

Astrid Andersen is a Copenhagen / London based brand that creates premium casualwear designer clothing with a sports inspired aesthetic that leads a new generation in menswear. The collections offer comfort as the ultimate styling and quality as an uncompromised signature of its style.

Astrid Andersen is Danish born fashion designer and trained at the Royal College of Art in London. She launched the namesake label in 2010 and consults for labels such as Nike and Saga Furs, determined to fuse the world of luxury and sports. The brand has an international cult following and is celebrated as a pioneer having been nominated fro the LVMH Price, British Fashion Awards and GQ/BFC Menswear Fund.

 Astrid Andersen FW20

 

Article from Hero Magazine

For FW20, the designer set focus to her native Denmark, more specifically a memory of her mother’s first piece of furniture when she left her parents’ home – a small rose-printed couch bought in 1971. The couch became a core element to the collection as an observation of the world of the time, when liberalism and anti-war movements were on the rise, and Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiania was established in the name of anarchism, self-governing society and community. 

Fashion-wise, Denmark’s very own Age of Aquarius came by way of flared trousers, retro-inflected colour-block tracksuits, ponchos, puffer jackets, a distorted floral pattern inspired by her mother’s upholstery, lacey jacquards and a mash-up of camouflage and animal prints. There were Andersen’s signature fur coats, in partnership with Danish label Saga Furs, and collaborations with Danish jewellery designer Vibe Harsløf and sportswear brand Hummel – the chunky sneakers were a re-worked version of the latter’s archival REACH LX style.

At the turn of the decade, her vision is pretty optimistic. “I wanted to reference something quite personal this season,” Andersen said backstage. “The starting point for the collection was my mum moving out of her home aged 18, but I wanted to reflect the parallelism of how she was feeling at the time and what’s happening now – I feel like people are collectively thinking about the world more, rather than the individual.”

 

February 28, 2021 by Jens Christensen

HAMCUS - The next level Techwear!

HAMCUS Brand was founded in 2015, and have since presented their yearly two collections at the Paris Fashion Week. Ever since the brand was presented the first time it caught the attention of several established techwear brands and media platforms. The incredible complexity of the tailoring, unique innovation and care for details along with a deep understanding of technical manufacturing methods makes Hamcus one of the most sophisticated and complicated collections in the market. 

The designer of the brand Tuff Leung shows absolute individuality in his designs, which focuses as much on the garments as on characters from sci-fi movies and video games inspired universe that Tuff is building around the brand.

A few pieces from the last HAMCUS FW20 collection: 

 

 

See Hamcus FW20 available pieces:

Below pictures is Errolson Hugh, designer of ACRONYM, visiting the Hamcus collection in Paris and trying on some pieces.

Let us know if you have any questions in regards to HAMCUS. We would be more than happy to answer any questions or help you link up with the brand. 

BR

AKENZ team

#DontBelieveTheHype

 

 

February 27, 2021 by Jens Christensen
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