Monday, August 13th, 2012
By Lauren Carroll
As far back as the middle ages, Germans looked to Erzegebirge (the Ore Mountains) near the Czech border for everything from textiles to wood carvings. Today, fledgling Leipzig-based designers Frieder Weissbach and Eva Howitz (collectively HowitzWeissbach) are recasting the region's craft legacy with a modern, experimental spirit.
Their recent collection, FÜNF AUFRÄUMEN, mixes the traditional materials of the German Saxon/Bohemia border region (Blume family knit stockings, Jahnsdorf textiles) with structured shapes that reveal sexy surprises. Mint greens and gaping backs reveal flashes of femininity and skin in a bold but somehow polite collection. Even the lookbook mixes the avant-garde and the manly—all the models sport mountain man beards.