Natacha Ramsay-Levi Gets Back in the Fashion Groove With the New At.Kollektive

Natacha Ramsay-Levi Gets Back in the Fashion Groove With the New At.Kollektive

“I could not enable myself,” smirks Natacha Ramsay-Levi on the best flooring of the Palais de Tokyo. “I had to design a dress.” For the women of all ages that swarmed to her mental and quirky Chloé collections, the information will occur as salvation. Stated dress is a deceptively uncomplicated leather mini crossed with a T-shirt. But then! Unsnap the leather jumper and it is just a tank re-fasten the leather-based areas and you have what to lots of would be the excellent costume for a lengthy, champagne-fueled night out. (A later night expended concerning a occasion for Ramsay-Levi in the 1st arrondissement and one more for GQ magazine in the 8th all but confirms it.) 

The situation for Ramsay-Levi’s peaceful and considerably-essential return to fashion is the new At.Kollektive. Primarily based in Denmark, the leather-fantastic organization has introduced with 4 long-time period collaborators alongside the French designer Bianca Saunders, Kostas Murkurdis, and Isaac Reina. All four have developed out leather-based capsule collections that span all set-to-wear, homewear, and extras. Designed as a sub-label for leather-based items manufacturer Ecco Group, the business enterprise is totally vertically built-in — tannery to retail — enabling the four designers best management about their item and output. (And potentially preserving them from impending provide chain and inflation difficulties down the pipeline in 2022 and beyond.) 

Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s leather and cotton minidress. Image: AT.Kollektive

Sneakers by Natacha Ramsay-Levi designed from a a solitary piece of leather. Image: AT.Kollektive

“I was approached in 2019 by a pal of mine,” claims Murkurdis, who acted as the spark plug for the collective plan. “Immediately I said no. Then I went to take a look at the tannery and we experienced a meeting, and I was so amazed by their know-how and generation. I felt that this is the correct minute since the business has so significantly extra to tell. They are in a position to do the entire method in-property, from thought to sales.” For his capsule assortment, Murkurdis opted for envelope clutches, totes, and hybrid sandal-sneakers in delicate, rich shades of olive, black, tan, and white. “It’s intended to age extremely superbly,” he suggests of his “industrial, simple” products. 

Saunders, refreshing from her ANDAM acquire and menswear runway, experienced opted for colorful cobalt footwear and pullover leather-based anoraks for her assortment. “Working on this has been a excellent way to introduce home furnishings and extras, factors I just can’t do but in my individual assortment,” she suggests. “And I have discovered so a great deal from the course of action now.” A lot of of Saunders’s luggage, in tomato purple and Yves Klein blue, arrive with malleable wire framing so that the wearer can abstract the vintage square condition into one thing extra surreal. 

Bianca Saunders’s leather-based blazer. Picture: AT.Kollektive

Footwear by Bianca Saunders. Photograph: AT.Kollektive

For Reina, a previous extras designer at Hermès, the simplicity of round sorts and multi-wear objects was the draw. He made a “pure” selection of circular pouches and accessories that can be packed up alongside one another or worn singularly. Complementing his extras is a Brancusi-motivated leather-based lamp. Aesthetes, never worry: The wire twine is also 100{a0ae49ae04129c4068d784f4a35ae39a7b56de88307d03cceed9a41caec42547} leather-based wrapped. 

Isaac Reina’s unisex sandal. Picture: AT.Kollektive

A compound bag by Isaac Reina. Image: AT.Kollektive

It is that consideration to each and every smaller depth that only a maker could give. In addition to reducing waste and transport mainly because Ecco owns all the output, the corporation also takes advantage of small effect packaging—no plastic tape at all. Rather, shipments are wrapped in felt and Velcro. “It’s all intended to be reusable,” suggests Murkurdis, “from the packaging to the merchandise on their own. It is all designed to very last.”

Which is the sustainability of the solution, but according to Ramsay-Levi, doing work in this fashion also allows a sustainability of the brain. “It’s the way I want to work now. I really don’t propose a comprehensive selection of 400 pieces or 500 pieces each individual two months—which is excellent way too, but I have accomplished it. Now I can aim and say, all right, this is 1 proposition. This is what I like ideal now.” Her bulbous sandals, produced from a one piece of leather, and lovable stackable jewellery, all bear the mark of her hand: clever, quirky, and sensual in olive greens and brilliant tangerine. “I felt this task is wonderful because it will make you very liable about what you put on the current market. And it will grow for the up coming version, but for now this is what I truly like.” And by the appears to be of visitors at the showroom and, later on at the evening meal, it is what they really like as well: Smart, effectively-generated clothing for a weird, uneasy time. 

Kostas Murkurdis’s sneaker-sandal hybrids. Photo: AT.Kollektive

Leather-based pouches by Kostas Murkurdis. Image: AT.Kollektive