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Jara bag

A striped essential with a hidden pocket, a beach ready bag made of 100% organic cotton. Our first GOTS certified bag!

 

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Bolso Jara

Un bolso listo para ir a la playa, un básico a rayas con un bolsillo escondido, hecho en algodón 100% orgánico. Nuestro primer bolso con certificación GOTS!

A circular life, the Skunkfunk spirit | Álvaro

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This week we’d like to share with you some insights from Álvaro, our head of design, relating the topics of inspiration, creation, individuality and the current pace of the fashion industry. Learn more about our spirit and what moves us from his own words.

Álvaro, could you describe your creative process? Is it methodical, chaotic, both?

“I would say that it starts being quite chaotic, gathering ideas, images, silhouettes, scribbling…quite anarchic. After this process comes the calm, I need to sit down and organize all these sources of inspiration, analyze what I really want, what would the Skunkfunk customers would like to see, what could thrill them. I need to set up a clear room, with nothing else but some key image references, listen to some  loud music and then start sketching. This is my favorite part of the creative process. Here is when the real collection story begins…”

Where do you find inspiration? Favorite movie, painting, architect, song?

“My main inspiration comes from  people. I love to find unique individuals through history, news, travels… Sometimes you simply fantasize about anyone’s life in the street, public transport, disco. I think about what these women would like to wear while living their lives. Art as well is always a big source of inspiration here at Skunkfunk, I have a close link with art as it is my academic background. I specially like the work of artists such as Naum Gabo, Bubi Canal, Berta Fischer, Viviane Sassen, to name just a few. I am a big fan of their approach to form and colour. I like how opposites attract each other like rationalist architecture and the work of industrial designers like Ettore Sottsass.

In relation with music, my  taste is quite disparate as well, it changes depending on my mood: I like to listen to some jazz music like Carmen McRae, or Chet Baker. I love 90’s R&B, and electronic music like: Kraftwerk, The Knife…I need a soundtrack everyday of my life!”

How do you translate what inspires you into your designs?

“It depends,  mainly through drawings, experimentation with fabrics, digital manipulation… I love to interact with the garment prototypes on a real model during the fittings, is amazing how a design can vary while being worn.”

When you feel creatively blocked, how do you get out of it?

“My favorite escape is travelling, I need to feel the pulse of the streets in new cities, and I love to dance. It’s like another kind of ‘mind travelling’, dance is my best therapy. I also like to take a walk by the sea, or swim, we live very close to beautiful beaches here in the Basque country.”

What do you think about the current pace of fashion?

“Well, I think it’s crazy how ephemeral things are getting in terms of creation. People is getting used to consume a vast quantity of images through their social media feed at any given time. Therefore we are losing the experience of actually stopping and taking some time to analyze some ‘material facts’. There is a lot of work behind a collection of a slow fashion brand such as us, Skunkfunk. And you see the tendency of big chain stores delivering constant new products that have been barely designed, just emulating ideas or concepts from other creative minds. This is somehow frustrating.

I am a fashion designer and I do a commercial job, but at the same time I want to be creative and I always want to push limits. I stick to the idea that some people still want to feel excited, still appreciate the quality of a well chosen fabric, a comfortable fit and a rich  finishing.”

In your opinion, what’s different at Skunkfunk?

“We never stand still. We have a strong commitment to reach excellence and we enjoy & love doing our work. We face constantly new challenges like our Zero Waste Project, a thoughtful collection where every inch of fabric matters. There are just a few brands that have this strong commitment towards sustainability and at the same time preserve a contemporary allure that appeal to customers. It’s not only a fashion brand, but a state of mind.”

 

 

(Castellano)

Esta semana compartimos con ustedes algunas ideas de Álvaro, nuestro jefe de diseño, en relación al proceso creativo, el diseño, la individualidad y el ritmo al que marcha la industria de la moda. Aprende más sobre nuestro espíritu y sobre todo lo que nos mueve a través de sus palabras.

Álvaro, ¿podrías describir tu proceso creativo? ¿Es metódico, caótico, ambos?

“Diría que comienza siendo un tanto caótico, recopilando ideas, imágenes, siluetas, garabateando… es algo anárquico. Después de este proceso viene la calma, necesito sentarme y organizar todas estas fuentes de inspiración, analizar qué es lo que quiero realmente, qué es lo que las mujeres Skunkfunk quieren ver, qué es eso que les emocionará. Necesito además un espacio vacío, con nada más que un par de imágenes de referencia clave, escuchar música (a todo volumen) y comenzar a bocetar. Esa es mi parte favorita del proceso creativo. Es allí donde la historia de la colección realmente comienza a tomar forma.”

¿Dónde encuentras inspiración? ¿Película favorita, pintura, arquitecto, canción?

“Mi principal fuente de inspiración es la gente. Amo encontrar individuos únicos a través de la revisión de la historia, las noticias, los viajes… A veces simplemente fantaseo sobre la vida de personas desconocidas en la calle, en el transporte público, en la discoteca. Pienso en qué les gustaría llevar puesto a esas mujeres en su día a día. El arte también está presente de manera transversal como fuente de inspiración aquí en Skunkfunk, por mi parte me siento muy cercano a ello puesto que provengo de la formación artística académica. Aprecio especialmente la obra de artistas como Naum Gabo, Bubi Canal, Berta Fischer y Viviane Sassen, disfruto su manera de acercarse a la forma y al color. Me gusta ver cómo los opuestos tienden a atraerse, como la arquitectura racionalista y la obra del diseñador industrial Ettore Sottsass.

En relación a la música, mi gusto es bastante disperso, varía dependiendo de mi estado de ánimo. Me gusta escuchar algo de jazz como Carmen McRae, o Chet Baker. Amo el R&B de los 90’s, y la música electrónica: Krafter, The Knife… necesito una banda sonora para cada día de mi vida!”

¿Cómo traduces la inspiración en diseño?

“Depende, principalmente a través de dibujos, experimentación con telas, manipulación digital… Disfruto interactuando con los prototipos de las prendas cuando las modelos los llevan puestos, es impresionante ver cómo éstos cambian.”

Cuando entras en un bloqueo creativo, ¿cómo sales de allí?

“Mi forma favorita de escapar es viajar, necesito sentir el pulso de las calles en ciudades en las que aún no he estado, también me gusta bailar. Es como otro tipo de “viaje mental”, bailar es para mí la mejor terapia. También suelo caminar por la playa o nadar, aquí en el País Vasco vivimos muy cerca de playas estupendas.”

¿Tienes alguna opinión sobre el ritmo actual de la industria de la moda?

“De hecho, pienso que es una locura lo efímeras que se están volviendo las cosas en términos creativos. La gente se está acostumbrando a consumir a todas horas ingentes cantidades de imágenes a través de redes sociales. Por esto, la experiencia de detenerse y tomarse el tiempo para analizar los “hechos materiales” se está perdiendo. Hay mucho trabajo detrás de una colección de una marca de moda a cámara lenta como Skunkfunk, y ver la tendencia en las grandes marcas de colocar en tienda nuevos productos de manera estrepitosa, productos que han sido escasamente diseñados, emulando ideas o conceptos de mentes creativas ajenas, es de alguna manera frustrante.

Sé que como diseñador de moda hago un trabajo comercial, pero al mismo tiempo deseo sacar a flote mi creatividad y presionar siempre los límites. Me aferro a la idea de que hay quienes aún quieren sentirse emocionadas, que aún aprecian la calidad de una tela escogida con detenimiento, un fit cómodo y unos acabados pulcros.”

En tu opinión, ¿qué hace diferente a Skunkfunk?

“Nunca nos quedamos quietos. Estamos comprometidos a la excelencia y más aún, amamos nuestro trabajo. Nos enfrentamos constantemente a nuevos retos como la Colección Cápsula Zero Waste, una colección donde cada centímetro de tela cuenta. Hay muy pocas marcas que tienen un compromiso semejante hacia la sostenibilidad y aún así conservan un brillo contemporáneo que atrae a quienes buscan moda más consciente. No se trata solamente de hacer y ser una marca de moda, sino de un estado de consciencia.”

Printed Story: Storm

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At Skunkfunk, our quest is to design our own prints and our own universe, to make you part of it, to enrich your life with meaning and to make you feel an intimate connection with what you wear day by day. The idea of something “made from scratch” is precisely what lays behind our Printed Stories.

Today we’d like to share with you “Storm”, our latest Printed Story. Discover more about it through Solenn Allain, the artist behind it:

“I truly enjoyed so much the creation of this pattern. It was a stormy day back then, I remember I took my brushes, the largest one, along with black acrylic painting. Then, I just let my arm go, I painted meters and meters of paper, just for my own pleasure. In a second session, I gave myself time to think carefully how to infuse all these information and chaotic drawings into specific pieces of the collection. It was indeed, a creative storm!”

(Castellano)

En Skunkfunk diseñamos nuestros propios estampados, nuestro propio universo. Buscamos incluirte en él y hacerte sentir en conexión con lo que vistes día a día. Reivindicar lo hecho a mano, esa es precisamente la idea detrás de nuestras Printed Stories.

Hoy presentamos “Storm”, nuestra más reciente Printed Story. Descubre más a través de Solenn Allain, la artista detrás de este estampado icónico.

“Disfruté verdaderamente del proceso creativo. Era un día tormentoso, recuerdo haber sujetado mis pinceles, el largo en particular, junto con pintura acrílica de color negro. Luego, simplemente dejé que mi brazo se liberase, pinté metros y metros de papel por puro placer. Luego, en una segunda sesión, me di tiempo para idear la forma de abstraer e incluir toda esta información en piezas puntuales de la colección. Fue sin lugar a duda una tormenta creativa!”

Einstein, pretzels and a few biere

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Today we’d like to share with you some pics about our participation in the Ethical Fashion Show of Berlin. It was an interesting experience where we had the opportunity to get involved in the Patchwork Customizing Station, created by Sportswear International, Ethical and the German brand Atelier Balagans. There, the attendees as well as the brands were invited to customize their garments with playful patches inspired by local iconography.

Courtesy of Atelier Balagans, Sportswear International and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin.

Einstein, pretzels, sausages and a few biere got everyone around the workshop excited about creation and singularity. We had the chance to customize our own Leilani jacket and some of our NSK pieces. More than a collab among faceless giants, this was about family, friends, music and sustainable fashion.

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(Castellano)

Hoy compartimos algunas fotos de nuestra participación en Ethical Fashion Show de Berlín. Una experiencia increíble donde tuvimos la oportunidad de involucrarnos en el Patchwork Customizing Station, organizado por Sportswear International, Ethical Fashion Show y el colectivo alemán Atelier Balagans. Allí, tanto los visitantes como las marcas asistentes, fueron invitadas a personalizar diversas piezas utilizando parches inspirados en la iconografía local. Einstein, pretzels y cervezas alemanas, hicieron que todos los de alrededor de la estación se pusiesen manos a la obra en busca de ese toque que hace la diferencia entre tanta homogeneidad. Tuvimos la oportunidad de personalizar nuestra propia chaqueta Leilani y un par de accesorios NSK. Se trató de un encuentro familiar, entre amigos, música y moda sostenible.

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WIN THE GAZETA SWEATER | GREEN GIVEAWAY

 

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Gazeta Sweater

An oversized piece with asymmetric crossing layers at front, round neckline and long sleeves. An atypical essential made from cotton and ramie, ideal to conquer the windy days ahead.

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Jersey Gazeta

Una pieza sobredimensionada con capas entrecruzadas frontales, cuello redondo y manga larga. Un esencial atípico elaborado en una mezcla de algodón y ramio, ideal para conquistar los días de viento que se avecinan.

 

Slow Fashion Next Series #1

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This week we will start a series of posts as part of our collaboration with Slow Fashion Next Spain. Periodically we’ll share interesting thoughts of Mikel Feijoo Elzo, our founder, regarding sustainability within the fashion industry. This week the discussion covers the the usage of petroleum-based polymers and bioplastics as a suitable alternative.

Bioplastics,  a little change with a considerable impact

Today I’d like to share a thought that has always come to my mind when speaking about sustainability, and it’s precisely something we tend to take for granted most of the time. If we take a closer look to the domestic waste we generate in our households, we’ll soon realize that the majority of it is compound by bottles and packaging.

Regarding the textile industry, we regularly pay attention to the obvious as the fabric itself and the washing and dying techniques. Therefore, packaging tend to pass unnoticed under our radar.

Even though fashion itself does not present extremely serious issues when compared with the food and beverages industries, it does has to confront a major problem related with packaging. On the one hand, such companies are employing a considerable amount of resources at the same time, and on the other, they are generating a substantial quantity of waste. There’s no doubt it could be done in a more sustainable way.

There are plenty of topics to discuss about this matter, but this time we’ll focus our attention on plastic bags. An example could be those bags every client receives with their purchases. They could be easily replaced with paper bags (FSC off course!), or bioplastic bags.

I’m talking about the bags that are used to wrap the product, the ones mentioned previously doesn’t represent such an issue because they tend to be reused by the customers. Such bags are employed only once, to protect the garments from the factory to the store, and they are frequently made of plastic, a versatile yet highly pollutant material, specially when there’s a lack of responsible post consumption practices.

Most of the people ignore the existence of these bags because they’re thrown away as soon as they arrive to the store, and the customer only gets to see the “pretty” bag with the product in it.

Thousands of millions of plastic bags are produced each year only for the fashion industry, and is worth to mention that in the same period of time eighty thousand millions of garments are produced across the globe.

Many of these garments will be transported through sea freight enduring as much as 50Cº in containers, or below-zero temperatures within airplane holds. They’ll be as well exposed in warehouses to humidity and dust, but, the question rises: aren’t there any other sustainable alternatives to cover this need?

The answer is yes, a viable alternative could be the bioplastics. These materials have a small percentage of petroleum-based polymers in order to provide elasticity to them, nevertheless the majority of its composition is corn, potato and rice starch, which is compostable. However, it still leaves a trace of petroleum-based polymers.

I hope that the technology available in new materials become affordable and available in a near future, the exchange is feasible and the cost is just a fraction higher. A little change can generate a considerable impact.

At Skunkfunk we did the exercise of measuring the volume of disposable plastic we were using, the results were shocking. In those kind of moments when you truly visualize your own impact is when you really start to move motivated towards change. It happened years ago and it wasn’t easy to find the right suppliers, specially because of the volumes we wanted to produce. We worked with tenacity and fortunately we made the transition.

China is the country with the highest demand of resources, and the initiatives related with recycling and reusing them is bast, as well as the quantities available. There and here, in the EU, would be a positive practice to ban plastic bags through the implementation of more strict legislation on the matter.

I firmly believe we all are responsible and have a duty as consumers. It’s on us to put pressure on every industry and to demand a greater effort, a wider offer, a more responsible use this sort of materials.

(versión en castellano)

Printed Story: Stripes

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These days it is rare to find unique garments, truly meaningful and authentic.  At Skunkfunk we put in lots of effort among the creative and design teams to imagine new wearable stories made from scratch. Our quest is to design our own prints and our own universe, to make you part of it, to enrich your life with meaning and to make you feel an intimate connection with what you wear day by day.

Today, we’d like to share with you our latest Printed Story: Stripes. Learn more about it through Solenn Allain, the artist behind it:

“Playing with stripes… what a large theme! Original yet commercial, with a street vibe but feminine at the same time. This is a theme that has been reinvented consistently throughout the history of pattern making, my goal this time was to make a simple and different statement, to mix stains with ink “accidents” as I like to called them. I’m always passionate about the idea of working with my own hands, away from the laptop, and this print gave me the opportunity to explore and combine basic tools and their different variations.

I drawn the stripes with a black marker and then merged them with watercolor stains. Colorwise, the decision was tricky, it had to be uncomplicated but percussive at the same time, and strong but not navy. The result is a summery and versatile print with a feminine flirt, ready for the city or the beach and extremely easy to mix and match with sneakers, pumps or sandals. Find your mood, the stripes will follow!”

Discover the SS17 Collection

 

(Castellano)

Actualmente es poco común encontrar piezas realmente significativas y auténticas. En Skunkfunk juntamos esfuerzos entre los equipos creativos y de diseño para imaginar nuevas historias hechas a mano desde cero.

Lo que buscamos es crear nuestros propios estampados, un universo táctil que enriquezca tu vida con nuevos significados y que te haga conectar con lo que vistes día a día.

Hoy compartimos nuestra más reciente “Printed Story”: Stripes. Aprende más a través de Solenn Allain, la cabeza y corazón detrás de este print icónico.

“Jugar con franjas… ¡es algo extenso! Original y a la vez comercial, con espíritu street y a la vez femenino, este tema ha sido revisado de manera consistente a través de la historia de la creación de estampados. Esta vez buscaba hacer una declaración sencilla con un toque distintivo, mezclando manchas de tinta y “accidentes”, como suelo llamarlos. Siempre me emociona la idea de trabajar con las manos, lejos del ordenador, y este print me permitió justo eso, explorar y combinar diferentes herramientas básicas y sus diversas variaciones.

Comencé dibujando franjas negras con un rotulador, luego las mezclé con manchas logradas a base de acuarelas. Decidir sobre el color me tomó tiempo, tenía que tener ritmo y a la vez ser natural y sin esfuerzo, quería que fuese fuerte sin llegar al look marinero. El resultado es un estampado versátil y veraniego con sutil feminidad, ideal para la ciudad o para la playa y extremadamente fácil de combinar con deportivas, zapatos de tacón o sandalias. Encuentra tu mood, ¡las franjas te seguirán en el camino!”

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