An fittingly autumnal spring day in Dublin on 12th April to preview the COS Autumn Winter 2018 collection Presented in a private residence close to the city center, the double height glass wall brought the outside in and reflected the AW18 collection’s starting point of juxtaposing metropolitan and natural environments. Natural tones of green and brown were punctuated with sulphur and muted lilac alongside colder, industrial hues of grey, off-white and petrol.
[19 April 2018 4:00pm]
Só Collective has now closed its copper doors. We want to take this opportunity to thank the 100 plus designers at the vanguard of Irish design, who worked with Só Collective during our time in Kildare Village, and to all those who supported this pop up during the two years of the project’s duration. We @balubacreative are looking forward to the next chapter. Beautiful outtake from our campaign shoot by @andrewnuding and @kierankilgallon.
[18 April 2018 5:26pm]
AW18 x 4 (Kuwait)
Some AW18 brands we appreciated from buying trips to Paris, New York, Milan and London.
[18 April 2018 4:11pm]
The British Collective by Luke Edward Hall
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.