ART COMES FIRST

We first came across the talented Abei through his beautiful instagram feed, and fell in love immediately with the clean, unique aesthetics of his works. In a series called "Mask Boy" he captured the most beautiful moments of Paris men fashion week Fall 2015, with sketches from the runway. The combination of high fashion, clean lines and a lot of humour made us think that this is exactly the place where fashion meets art. 

So we invited him to see what we do, and luckily he was happy to sketch our bags. 

Martella LBP by Abei. Care for you leather bag                                                                                                                                                                                 ©all rights reserved

From Taipei, Taiwan, Abei is an art director, graphic and web designer, fashion stylist and a very talented illustrator. 

Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laren and others, sketched by Abei.                                                                                                                                                     ©all rights reserved                        

Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laren and others, sketched by Abei.                                                                                                                                                     ©all rights reserved                        

"My drawing theme and subjects are always related to the fashion industry and people who work in it", he says. "To me, this people are the most simple people. They just simply love the fashion things, and I hope that everyone can fell the fun in fashion through my observation and creation". 
Martella Mini Rotondo by Abei                                                                                                                                                                                                             ©all rights reserved                         

Martella Mini Rotondo by Abei                                                                                                                                                                                                             ©all rights reserved                         

We are strong believers in multi-disciplinary collaborations. We love seeing how our ideas, feelings and inspirations come to life in someone else's art. We love the excitement of  exploring new perspectives, new fields, new interpretations.  

Martella Bucket by Abei                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ©all rights reserved  

Martella Bucket by Abei                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ©all rights reserved  

Our Due Terzi on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan. Thank you Abei, for your talent and perspective. 

For more of Abei's work visit his website: www.elebbit.com

 

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What started out as an idea

Going away for production is exciting in so many different ways. The new shapes, models, materials; watching ideas come to life. Its amazing to see creation at its happening, solve technical problems and try to understand how would one use the bag and what does he need. 

A long trip started with few basics ideas, a colour palate in mind, a texture we touched. 

Hardware factories, Turkey. All hardware in the second collection was costume made for the bags.

Hardware factories, Turkey. All hardware in the second collection was costume made for the bags.

After every single rivet is chosen, each leather is coloured, each pocket is measured, prototyping begins. 

Back to the sketching table: In the process from prototype to production flaws and problems are fixed, usability and quality are checked.  

Back to the sketching table: In the process from prototype to production flaws and problems are fixed, usability and quality are checked.  

Production is the finish line of a marathon, the end of a journey that started month ago, sketching ideas on a paper. The birth of a collection is a long process, during which new ideas and thoughts are coming together, creating a new life.  

Work in progress - Mini Rotondo. The leather for the bag is being starched on wood, to receive the perfect round shape.    

Work in progress - Mini Rotondo. The leather for the bag is being starched on wood, to receive the perfect round shape.    

Here they come.

Seeking for some new experiences

A new collection has to start somewhere. Rather it is a shape, a color, a texture or a usage, there is always this one particular thing that all others revolve around. This is the essence of the collection.

And this is the hardest thing to find. 

I seek for inspiration in Architecture.  

The Seattle Central Library, by architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus 

The Seattle Central Library, by architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus 

After I see something I like, I try to translate its uniqueness to another material, to give the materials the same values, sensitivities, the inspiration has. The tempo of a building or the city lights can translate to a pattern made for lining or the right exact color.  

Pattern is being printed for the lining

Pattern is being printed for the lining

After I find that something that inspires me, I try to build the story around it. What is the right color? size? shape? I try to take the essence of the inspiration and add it things that will flatter it. The right color to match the right idea. The hardware that would add an extra value, but won't steal all the thunder. It is all a question of dosage. 

Sometimes the inspiration is how the light shines. Silver LBB, coming soon 

Sometimes the inspiration is how the light shines. Silver LBB, coming soon