The Tate Dress

Niche fashion #formodernhumans

Today we introduce The Tate Dress by Un_namable.

The image is avant-garde but understated, refined and comfortable.

Indeed, the high-quality fabric, dyed by hand with natural colours, and the asymmetric shape make it a meaningful garment you can wear day to night just by changing the shoes.

New in this Spring-Summer season, Un_namable is an Italian brand that creates unique and timeless clothes which are, at the same time, experimental and innovative. Juxtaposing fabrics submitted to special processing and avant-garde techniques, they transform the pieces into unexpected volumes and silhouettes. The brand emphasises the value of exceptional craftsmanship and uniqueness.

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About the design
Sleeveless, round neckline, loose silhouette. Under-knee asymmetric length. Garment-dyed dress; its beautiful textured fabric highlights the unique design. Indeed, the hand-dyeing process provides a special hand feel and particular shape.

The Tate Dress
The Tate Dress by Un_Namable – Antenora Cross Strap Sandals

About the material
28% recycled linen, 20% hemp, and 52% recycled BCI cotton.
BCI is the acronym for Better Cotton Initiative, the world-leading sustainability initiative for cotton. Their mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive while protecting and restoring the environment.
Also, hemp is a yarn with a high thermal insulating and breathable capacity, which behaves like wool: cool in summer and warm in winter.

About the colour
Double dark cacao, garment dyed.
All garments are dyed with pigments of natural origin. Specifically, the designer makes the colours starting from food ingredients.

Laundry
Easy-care product: wash by hand inside out in cold water. 
Reshape whilst damp.

Styling tips
The Tate dress stands out as one piece. Because of the rich texture, it works on special occasions too, just by changing the accessories. Pair it with Antenora cross strap sandals. However, to wear it for a large part of the year, layer it over leggings or underneath a sweater.

How to purchase from us:

Drop us an email or WhatsApp for any further information. Also, you can book your private shopping experience – physical or via video call. 

International Shipping available!
We are based in Milano but ship our niche fashion selection #formodernhumans everywhere.

In order to provide unicity and a sustainable approach, our selection offers a limited number of pieces.

Treat yourself today! ❤️

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Who wore who? Who cares!

Met Gala, the celebrities’ circus

‘Who wore who’ is the question we avoid these days. Specifically, we have considerable misgivings about the Met Gala as we can’t see the glamour or elegance. Indeed, this annual gathering of celebrities organised by Vogue looks more like a circus.

The Met Gala is a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, which marks the opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibition. Known as the “fashion’s biggest night,” it aims to represent the fashion universe.

The theme of the 2023 edition was “in honour of Karl.” Lagerfeld, of course. Though every year faces its own controversy, the event went out of hand.

Met Gala & Who wore what

We see two main issues:
First, people expect to see a representation of fashion, style, and glamour. Just, we haven’t seen any of that. Although we can pick out a few nice outfits every year, choosing the best-dressed, the whole thing is gross, excessive. And it feels sad to see fashion depicted like that. Moreover, we are surprised because even the actors that usually have an elegant posture, lose it at the gala.

Second, brands pay celebrities to wear their clothes because, by doing so, they influence the masses to purchase their products. But this contributes to sustaining a toxic culture, pushing people to compare themselves to an unattainable lifestyle.
How do celebrities choose one brand or the other? Who writes the highest figure cheque; that’s the one they pick. Forget any style choice!
Most importantly, the “celebrity cost” is absorbed in the retail price of clothing, shoes, and handbags. Therefore, it will be borne by those who purchase branded garments. The irony is that people sustain the lifestyle of their idols, who can afford to pay for luxury clothes even without brands’ contribution.

In short, celebs pay to attend the gala while getting paid by brands to wear their clothes. It’s a celebrities’ circus!

But why are people supporting this? That is the point!
Who wore who? Who cares!

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May 1st contradictions

Has the fashion industry changed for the better?

May 1st – International Workers’ Day brings up contradictions in the fashion industry. Indeed, we cannot celebrate without considering the hypocrisy that brands, companies that own them, and final customers put in place.

Today’s public holiday aims to honour working people and raise awareness of their rights. But the race to the lowest prices sought by company owners and consumers makes it impossible to imagine healthy production chains. Indeed, wages are so low that many people cannot afford a decent life and not even cover their basic needs.

Ten years after Rana Plaza, the fashion industry hasn’t changed its patterns and workers’ conditions haven’t improved. In fact, we went from fast to ultra-fast fashion. If we purchase a dress for 20 euros, can we expect manufacturers to observe workers’ rights? Do people believe in fairy tales, or is it hypocritical behaviour?

Rana Plaza

On April 24th, 2013, a building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, taking away 1,138 garment workers, 80% of whom were women, and injuring more than 2,500. Near the bodies extracted from the rubble, the labels of major Western brands were found: Prada, Versace, Gucci, Moncler, Benetton, Primark, Walmart, Bonmarché, Zara, H&M, Mango and others.

Uyghurs

We wrote about Uyghurs’ forced labour here. Now we quote Public Eye, a Switzerland NGO:
“Today’s hippest teen-fashion brand is growing rapidly – and its internet-based recipe for success is top secret. Still, Chinese researchers working on behalf of Public Eye managed to visit some of Shein’s suppliers in Guangzhou, where conditions of production violate numerous state labour laws. Our trip inside the ultra-fast fashion leader also takes us to the European logistics centre in Belgium, where precarious working conditions are also a daily occurrence.”

According to an OECD summit in Paris, this search for lower prices has led some brands to turn to ever less demanding areas. They even maintain orders in countries in crisis, such as Burma, where unionised workers have become prime targets of the military junta behind the recent coup.

Made in “Chitaly”

What happens in Italy is no different. In order to keep their higher profit margins, brands commission productions to Chinese laboratories, asking for the lowest price. So the dream of “Made in Italy” is kept alive, at least for those with no sense of quality. Forget minimum wage!

Prices negotiated downward and overconsumption

To understand what the industry learned after Rana Plaza and the social consciousness developed, we just need to analyse the facts. Low-cost collections rotate faster and faster, and companies force prices downward at the manufacturer’s cost. This acceleration from fast fashion to ultra-fast fashion explains everything.

Marketing and social washing

Social washing is social greenwashing: a manipulative tool in the hands of marketing. In fact, campaigns showing brands being socially responsible multiply. Most of the time, there is no evidence supporting the information. And perhaps what happens, in reality, is quite the opposite.

After the pandemic, working conditions have got worse. So the race for the lowest prices brings up all the contradictions of our economic system on May 1st. How can people expect labourers’ rights honoured while purchasing fast or ultra-fast fashion? And how can a world that needs modern-day slavery talk about workers’ rights?

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The Draped T-shirt

Timeless fashion #formodernhumans

Today we introduce The Draped T-shirt by Marc Le Bihan.

Expression of quiet luxury, it’s a piece you’ll never get tired of wearing. It’s artisanal, therefore, far from standardized fashion. Its understated design with a soft side draping – a detail that underlines the couture touch, makes this t-shirt unique. Indeed, this luxury top is entirely hand-made, one by one, and not mass-produced. 

This meaningful garment with a timeless aesthetic, will ensure the uniqueness of your style. Which, in essence, is Marc le Bihan’s distinctive fashion. Since we don’t need to buy more, we only need a few pieces that make sense.

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About the design
This couture t-shirt features a wide neckline, short sleeves, and draping along the right side. So, the silhouette is asymmetric, but the design is minimal. Also, it is an artisanal product: each piece is made by hand, revealing the ultra care and attention Marc Le Bihan puts into all the details and workings.

The draped t-shirt
The Draped T-shirt by Marc Le Bihan

About the material
The material is 100% cotton with a soft hand feel. Hand dyed. 

About the colour
This item is available in two colours:
Anthracite: an understated hue, refined and elegant.
Anise: a vibrant light green that will boost your mood, but it lends to be combined with many colours.

The Draped T-shirt
The Draped T-shirt by marc Le Bihan

Styling tips
The anthracite version is a versatile piece which gives an understated glamour. While the anise adds a bold touch to your style. You can pair both with trousers or skirts, because of the unique design they work for evening attire, too. They are perfect underneath a mannish blazer for your office wear. Also, a leather or denim jacket for less formal occasions.

The Draped T-shirt will provide a sense of nonchalant elegance. Like a second skin, you’ll never get tired of wearing it!

International Shipping available!

We are based in Milano but ship our niche fashion selection #formodernhumans everywhere.

How to purchase from us:

Drop us an email or WhatsApp for any further information. Also, you can book your private shopping experience – physical or via video call. 

Contact us! We’d love to help!

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Seeking cheerfulness

Milano Design Week, Fuorisalone & Brazil in Milan

Cheerfulness was the topic some of the installations explored for the Fuorisalone. But you could feel a lively atmosphere throughout the town during Milan Design Week.

In fact, the need for cheerfulness seems a necessity in current times. After the pandemic, the war, the energy crisis, and waste overgrowth, uncertainty is the new normal. Of course, this state of permacrisis brings a constant struggle. So we need beauty to elevate our moods and soothe our souls.
And in search of beauty, we visited the Milano Design Week with Thami, our little niece and staff member, and some friends.

Fuorisalone: Alcova

We enjoyed Alcova at “Ex-Macello”, where 90 designers, companies and institutions featured their projects, exploring a different and complementary direction of contemporary design practice.

Cheerfulness: Brazil in Milano

Then we went to Università Statale, where the INTERNI Design Re-evolution project took place. Among many other colourful or nature-inspired installations, there was a whole corner featuring Brazilian designers. “The space is meant to be a celebration of the harmony between nature and architecture, combining natural and technological elements in a project that explores new design possibilities through Brazilian natural rocks.”

Also, we visited Rossana Orlandi. The gallery was full of amazing design objects and exquisite furniture elements. There, we entered a tiny multicoloured room which reflected a vibrant energy. Named “Everyday Paradise”, it was a source of bright colours featuring flowers, birds, and people’s portraits, a joy for the eyes.

Cheerfulness
“Everyday Paradise”: arts & crafts from Alagoas, Brazil

Here, we met the curator, Lili Tedde, who developed this project in collaboration with Lidewij Edelkoort. The project, Lili Tedde explained, promoted artists from the Alagoas region, Brazil, who made by hand all the arts & crafts by using different techniques: painting, sculpting, carving, and embroidery. Since Thami has Brazilian origins, they exchanged a little chat in Portuguese. But Thami didn’t expect it, and we saw her feet turning inwards with her cheeks reddened. By the way, the set-up was energising and mood-boosting!

Needless to say, sustainability slogans were everywhere! Most of them pointless. Did companies consider the impact of the enormous structures? Materials, transport? And what will they do after dismantling them?

Eventually, we appreciated “Everyday Paradise”, the message that tiny room promoted: positivity expressed through arts and crafts. Indeed, rooted in Brazilian culture, cheerfulness brings a positive attitude towards life. And that beautiful art collection was like a breath of fresh air. Beauty will save us!

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