20's jazz, hippies and hip-hop are a seemingly random list. No, you haven't tuned into Greatest Hits Radio, nor is it a history of The Hit Parade. These are in fact a small sample of a detestable list of things that inspired Andrea Jiapei Li's collection I AM WHAT [I AM]. But as inquisitive in nature she may be, she "doesn't have anything to ask a fortune teller" for her designs are the making of all answers. So for those seeking truth through design, look no further as we discover that Andrea has the Midas touch and can answer the unquestionable with needle and thread.
Melitta Baumeister gets it. She gets that young (creative) designers need to thrive in New York. She gets that you can’t just rely on making ‘clothes’, because we live in The Age of Tumblr. She gets that offbeat thinking, and hard work, will get you places. She gets it, together with her creative partner Paul Jung. We strike up a conversation over coffee in London’s Dover Street Market, the store that’s given Melitta a chance to sell worldwide.They’re already sitting at a table near the window, when I walk into the top floor’s cafe. It’s a rainy day (what’s new, London?). They’re wearing clean shapes, black and white: clothes from Melitta’s own line. I sit down, we chit chat, and order coffee. What do we talk about? Crap post-graduate support systems in New York, for starters.