HRTND Scarves, Shawls and Cloaks

A newly launched line of premium unisex accessories, HRTND (Heartened) was born from a custom piece initially made by Jeff Anderson, someone whose corporate and creative roots blend music, video, production, artistry and design. Needing a unique birthday gift for a friend, he quickly drew up a sketch of a cool textile and when he was held to his promise, he created more than a gift- he created a brand. Read more

Temporary Monograms: IMPRINT Letter-Pressed Textiles.




IMPRINT is a collaborative concept by Sebastian Herkner and Zur Schwäbischen Jungfrau. As part of Passionswege 2013 during Vienna Design Week, German designer Sebastian Herkner found a more contemporary method of individualizing textiles and presented it in an installation: instead of needle and cotton, steam is used to stamp the initials on the fabric – which keep until the next wash.










project assistants: Robin Benito Schmid & Martin Hirth

photo at top of the post by Sam Dunne, courtesy of Core77.
all other images courtesy of Sebastian Herkner

Ian Berry Does It In Denim. Check Out The Fashionable Art of Denimu.

above: Ian Berry AKA Denimu, A Blue Eye (Avalon Pub), denim on denim, 122x61cm (48.03×24.02inches)

UK artist Ian Berry works in a medium usually reserved for fashion – denim. he constructs scenes and figures by cutting and piecing together that well-worn closet staple, jeans. As a result of this, he goes by the name Denimu and has attracted quite a following worldwide. Read more

Dressing In Delft. Valentino’s New Women’s Dresses Take Cues From The Netherland’s Classic Blue & White Pattern.

Valentino 2013-14 Fall Winter Delft Dresses

Italian fashion House Valentino recently unveiled its newest womenswear line for Fall Winter 2013-2014.  The stunning new collection includes some gorgeous dresses and gowns whose patterns take their cue from the traditional blue and white patterns seen on ceramics and earthenware from Holland. Read more

The Complete Collection of Hideaways by Rosalie Monod de Froideville

Hideaways by Rosalie Monod de Froideville
The HideAway Adult cozy, made of soft wool

If you ever wanted to just curl up and hide, I have yet to find anything more suitable than Rosalie Monod de Froideville’s HideAways. Read more

Aitor Throup Melds Art & Fashion In His First Menswear Line Of Shiva Skull Bags.


After 6 years in development, fashion illustrator, sculptor and designer Aitor Throup has finally launched his first long awaited menswear product line. The recent unveiling of his 2013 menswear product line in an exhibit called New Object Research, focused on his fabulous Shiva Skull Bags. Constructed in the shape of a human skull, the black and grey tweed bags with leather accents and zippers will be launched to few key influential retailers globally and are the first of his products to be marketed.


An installation of his Archetypal Shiva Skull Bag as it transformed over the years:

And a close look at them:






Aitor’s design process is centered around innovative methods of design and construction, in particular a construction process which utilizes his own sculptures of the human body as a system for blocking garments. Below you can see the Shiva Skull bags placed upon his own sculpted mannequins:


More of Aitor’s sculpted mannequins from the exhibit:


close-up:


One complete outfit was in the show (shown below) and will be available exclusively through Dover Street Market, with whom the designer is planning an exciting event to coincide with Frieze Art Fair in London in October, 2012:

The artist at work (photo by Neil Bedford):

An incredible illustrator, Aitor’s daily sketchbook archives (a few of which are shown below)are simply beautiful and can be seen here on The Breaks or on his official Facebook page:


About Aitor Throup:
Aitor Throup was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He arrived in Burnley, Lancashire in 1992. It was in Burnley that Throup developed a passion for labels such as Stone Island and C.P. Company. A mixture of Aitor’s interest in these products and his own passion for drawing led him to begin a BA in Fashion Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, from where he graduated with first class honors in 2004. In 2006, he completed an MA in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art in London.

Aitor is fascinated with anatomy and his main interest is drawing. His hand drawn characters become the primary tool in the exploration of his ‘justified design philosophy’, which highlights the necessity of a reason or function behind all design features. Aitor’s design process is centered around innovative methods of design and construction, in particular a construction process which utilises his own sculptures of the human body as a system for blocking garments.

Aitor Throup began working as a creative consultant with the British football brand Umbro in 2008, which led to his involvement in the concept and design of both the ‘home’ and ‘away’ football kits worn by England at the 2010 World Cup.

Aitor has won multiple awards over the years, including the ‘Collection of The Year Award’ and the ‘i-D Styling Award’ At ITS#FIVE (International Talent Support #5). He has worked as an art director/stylist with i-D magazine, Arena Homme+, V-Man, and GQ Style, and he designed the cover for the December 2008 issue of Dazed and Confused Japan, which also included an 8-page portfolio of his work.


Here’s a nice interview with Aitor about the New Object Research exhibit at Dazed Digital

Some of the images in this post were shot by the talented UK photographer Neil Bedford, other images courtesy of Fashionmag and Aitor Throup Studio

Aitor Throup

Fierce, Furry, Feathery & Floral. The A/W 2012-13 Alexander McQueen Collection.

Alexander McQueen A/W 2013

Sarah Burton’s fourth collection for Alexander McQueen is her most feminine collection to date. But not without an edge. The Womenswear collection for the Alexander McQueen A/W 2013 is filled with flowing and soft materials coupled with metal edged shoes, accessories and eye shields. Read more

Doll Limb Art and Altered Barbies. The Wonderfully Weird Work of Deborah Colotti.

Deborah Colotti doll limb and barbie art

A few of my favorite textiles, installations, assemblages and altered Barbies by artist Deborah Colotti of Sebastopol. Read more