After finding international success with her Van Drimmelen label, Dutch designer Saskia van Drimmelen became disenchanted with the fashion system. Embracing instead the slow process of the handmade, she worked with Désiree Hammen and Margreet Sweerts to form Painted, a Dutch fashion collective dedicated to creating couture formed, layer upon layer, by the hands of designers and artisans. The collective furthers its mission by working closely with clients to create garments of personal value through shared discovery of experiences and desires with clothing. Its Painted series is grown from different signatures (a few of the pieces were made for a Dutch singer and songwriter) inspired by antique Bulgarian clothes to which different generations have added new elements.
Each piece in the collection is built by passing it from one collaborator to the next, and each maker adds his or her talent to shape its story. Cord embroidery, knitting, and bobbin lace all appear in the clothing, as do nearly forgotten techniques of Bulgarian needlepoint lace, performed by Bulgarian artisans. The artisans increase their income while inventively reviving and transforming their techniques into a contemporary context. As a result, the unique pieces evoke the spirit of an heirloom.Location: bulgaria, the netherlands