With colour being the backbone of Etnia Barcelona’s aesthetic, it is fitting that the brand has exclusively collaborated with French visionary artist Yves Klein on their latest limited edition sunglasses collection, the ‘International Klein Blue Collection’. A pioneer of minimalism and leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme, Yves Klein’s unique and experimental approach to colour is synonymous with Etnia Barcelona’s chromatic design ethos.
Klein’s development and prevalent use of a pure pigment of ultramarine-blue in his monochrome artworks ‘Proposte Monochrome, Epoch Blu’, led to the distinct shade becoming patented as International Klein Blue (IKB). To mark the opening of this critically acclaimed 1957 exhibition of work in Paris, blue postcards using IKB stamps that Klein had bribed the postal service to accept as legitimate were sent out and 1001 Klein Blue balloons released
Yves Klein suffered a heart attack at the Cannes Film Festival whilst watching one of his own films and it is reported that his autopsy revealed he was internally dyed blue from inhaling the pigment he had patented. A sample of International Klein blue pigment is included with each pair of sunglasses in the collection and they feature mirrored Klein Blue mineral lenses.
Royalties from this collection are going to The NGO Orphan Aid, a non-profit organisation that develops programmes to help vulnerable children and families in Ghana, West Africa.
Rulezpeeps has a simple aim: to create clothes that feel good and are functional for life outdoors. Based in Minami-boso, where surfers are drawn by the good waves and warm sea, life revolves around the outdoors – whether it’s surfing, trekking, fishing, running or kayaking, chopping wood for the stove, or working in the fields. They believe that there is no need for hardcore, life-preserving gear as it is all part of their daily lifestyle, instead they focus on producing clothing designed to deal with the sweat and stress of living and working outdoors, and quite straightforwardly, to cope with sudden changes in weather.
Every product is 100% Made in Japan, with attention given to the smallest of details. Rulezpeeps take great pains to make clothing that they would want to wear themselves – special care is taken from the selection of materials to the final knitting to produce clothes that feel good against the skin.
The Schoeller Two Layer Mac by Garbstore. This versatile lightweight seam sealed double layer mac keeps the rain off during wet months and acts as a perfect summer staple with single rear vent and packable bag for when it gets too hot. The clean lines of this laser cut mac are maintained in the detailing, through the use of waterproof zip closures and hidden magnetic fasteners at the top button and rear vent.
New to Couverture this season is German designer Svenja Specht’s elegantly androgynous label, Reality Studio. Not tied to seasonal trends or fast fashion, Reality Studio focuses on cleverly constructed pieces in luxurious fabrics and effortless shapes.
For S/S 14, the brand has collaborated with French scarf label Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre; renowned for their digital printing and photo montage techniques. The result is a contemporary collection with an intriguing mix of surrealist designs and a vibrant colourful palette.
The collection is available online and in-store.