A big thank you to all the emerging designers who worked with us on The British Collective by Luke Edward Hall, a gifting pop-up conceived and operated by Baluba and hosted by Bicester Village. The seasonal retail experience was rendered in Hall’s signature brilliant palette and inspired by “an imagined eccentric English country house [offering] a colourful, magical environment for festive shoppers”. The quality, vibrancy and eclecticism at the heart of British design came through in apparel, accessories and homewares by Markus Lupfer, Sophie Hulme, Jade Jagger, Tom Dixon and more.
[17 November 2017 4:11pm]
Sphere One x Inis Meain
A contemporary iteration of a garment proudly to the fore of the Irish design vernacular, the New Aran Fisherman’s Sweater – a collaboration between Sphere One and Inis Meain Knitting Company.
“A collaboration between two of Ireland’s most prized knitwear labels, Sphere One x Inis Meáin merges the modern, conceptual construction of Sphere One’s colourful designs with Inis Meain’s expert artisanal craftsmanship” – Barneys, New York.
A short film shot on the island celebrates this collaboration.
Film: Matthew Thompson \ Detail Design Studio
Fisherman: Marty Rea
Music: Keith Byrne
[06 October 2017 4:05pm]
COS AW17 Preview At 72 Grafton Street, Dublin
April 26th saw Baluba and BED preview the COS AW17 collection at 72 Grafton Street.
The venue, originally a cinema built in 1910 by the architect-brother of the painter William Orpen, perfectly framed a collection of new proportions inspired by architectural lines and rendered in rich and tonal hues.
[03 May 2017 6:18pm]
Hostem At London Craft Week
As part of London Craft Week’s 2017 programme, Hostem are opening their East London show home for the public to explore. The house showcases furniture from Pierre Jeanneret, Lina Bo Bardi, Faye Toogood and Max Lamb, amongst others, alongside a curated contemporary art collection and exquisitely designed interiors.
[03 May 2017 2:57pm]
& Other Stories Los Angeles Atelier
This week saw the first collection arrive from the newly opened Los Angeles Atelier of & Other Stories, based on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. Joining collections designed in Stockholm and Paris, the pieces will complement the minimalism of the former and the romanticism of the latter.
& Other Stories is no stranger to the Golden State and has previously collaborated on a capsule collection with Los Angeles-based Rodarte. It will open its third store in California later this month.
Time does fly. This year, COS marks a decade of delivering its philosophy of fashion; rooted in quality, conceived with an ethos of modern, timeless, functional and tactile design at its centre. Arriving as a thoroughly new proposition, COS now has over 200 stores worldwide.
The culmination of this anniversary celebration is a capsule collection of ten pieces that nods to classic design techniques and references while remaining undeniably contemporary.
Happy birthday, COS. Here’s to the next ten.
[24 March 2017 5:43pm]
So Collective x Offset 2017
In February, Kildare Village partnered with OFFSET, one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries, to highlight the From the Isle campaign, Kildare Village’s commitment to nurturing the extraordinary wealth of talent emerging in Ireland’s creative sector. Our Só Collective concept store forms the fashion heart of From the Isle, and aims to provide a permanent destination for Irish fashion and design at Kildare Village, and to continue to celebrate and provide a tangible platform for Irish makers, designers and creatives to sell their unique products in Ireland.
OFFSET design conference takes place over one weekend in February and sees an incredible line up of design creatives and inspirers. Baluba were on the second stage on Friday 16th February to talk about Só Collective and the From the Isle concept at Kildare Village, and to introduce our first Só Collective pop up shop at OFFSET featuring a selected curation of Irish designers and brands. We were also happy to welcome Sunday Books to the fold, an independent online bookshop based in Dublin stocking thoughtfully chosen books and magazines from world leading publishers.
Throughout the last decade COS has remained true to its philosophy; to offer a high quality collection comprised of wardrobe staples as well as re-invented classics, in keeping with the brand ethos of modern, timeless, functional and tactile design. The first store opened on London’s Regent Street in 2007 and since then COS has grown in presence globally and in turn built a strong relationship with the art and design world. The brand’s seasonal collections have always been influenced by art and design and to share this interest with their customers COS has invested in collaborative projects with established and upcoming artists, designers and institutions and to date have worked on over 30 projects across Europe, Asia and the USA.
In February 2017, Baluba held an intimate dinner in Dublin with COS to celebrate their landmark 10 Year Anniversary.
Images Brian Teeling @brianteeling
[08 March 2017 5:50pm]
Paris AW17 Buying Highlights
Here are some shots from our recent AW17 buying trip to Paris. Featuring product from 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi, Sies Marjan, Private Policy, Yohji Yamamoto and Craig Green .
[23 February 2017 5:22pm]
London Fashion Week Mens
London Fashion Week Men’s highlights from KTZ, Miharayasuhiro, Craig Green and J.W.Anderson.