Since we moved back to BERGEN in September the weather has been UNREALISTICALLY good, at least WAY better than I had feared. In 2012 Bergen had 269 days of RAIN.. also meaning 96 days with no rain.. which is not a lot, so my expectations were accordingly. My experience from this JULY (it pretty much looked like THIS the whole time we were here) did not help either. Even though I am a fairly optimistic person I have to admit that I like to go into situations with LOW expectations, because I function a lot better when positively surprised than the other way around. Like this autumn in BERGEN, which in my eyes have been absolutely DELIGHTFUL. That does not mean that we have had no rain... it means that it has not been raining all the time, like on the day these pictures were taken, right around the corner from our apartment. As I have mentioned earlier; I really like my neighborhood. And I LOVE having all my clothes in one spot again, like this coat that used to be my mom's. She used to wear it with a pair of flared trousers ..made in the exact same fabric. The pants stopped fitting me when I was around 10 ..so I guess we will never really know if I would have been able to pull off that look.. (at least in a more serious context than the dress up sessions my sister and I would arrange in the basement of our house). But one thing is for sure; my mother did. I think I have to ask her the next time I see her if she has a picture of it, I have a vague memory of having seen one a long time ago.. or maybe I am just imagining it. If there is a picture ..I will try to persuade my mother into having her blog debut.
Last week I took some photos for CRUBA by Mira Becker. It's FASHION WEEK here in BERLINand CRUBA is presenting their new S/S 2013 collection at the store in Auguststraße.
As part of this they are also launching a special project, a collection of SUNGLASSES based on the story of Jens Söring, a German who is currently in prison in the United States. Here's what the press release from CRUBA says about the project:
Birth Control Glasses: “These are the villains, with the unwashed hair and thick glasses.”(Söring)
In US prisons inmates are only allowed to choose one frame for their glasses. It is made of black plastic and the design is from the 60’s. It envelops one’s face and makes its wearer appear suspicious.
“These Frames don’t help in terms of rehabilitation. They merely stigmatize!” Mira Becker states.
CRUBA wants to sharpen the vision for the conditions that prisoners are put in, and offers exactly this model. As sunglasses with coloured shades they will be presented during the Berlin and New York fashion week.
Presentation of the CRUBA sunglass collection
July 6th-8th 12-7pm
glasses will be available
CRUBA by Mira Becker designs transmit a message about Berlin's vibrant energy. Mira’s collection expresses the lightness and movement of fine woven cashmere and other natural materials. Upon a closer look one notices the intricate cuts and architectural approach, and her perfectionism when it comes to quality. Her designs reflect the energy, creativity and innovative esprit of one of the hottest cities in the world. After studying at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, Mira Becker worked for Zero – Maria Cornejo. In Berlin she started her own label CRUBA by Mira Becker. Mira’s flagship store in the heart of Berlin is a place to soak in the avant-garde and easygoing atmosphere of the city.
This German national has been incarcerated for a murder he alleges not to have committed 26 years ago. He was denied parole for the seventh time in 2011, even though new DNA evidence in his favour has surfaced that the Virginia justice system chooses to ignore. We carefully researched his case and find that, whether guilty or not, Jens Söring deserves a second chance: to be transferred to Germany where he would live under reasonable circumstances.
Sofia Rubber Boots by Kartell
Yesterday ERLEND and I were out biking when it suddenly started RAINING like CRAZY. Luckily we were right by the big design shopping center STILWERK (that I have never been to before, but have always wanted to visit), so we decided to seek shelter and have a look. Seconds after we entered the building I saw these amazingly beautiful rubber boots in the KARTELL storetront window. Coming from the capital of rain; BERGEN, I have always had a soft spot for anything that looks great (especially shoes) and that also keeps the rain out ( for instance THIS PAIR became a favorite after I went to a NATIVE BEACH PARTY here in BERLIN last summer and there got a pair of NATIVE shoes .. we were by the way also on this occasion surprised by rain .. ).. so I had to go in and have a look. And well ..as you might tell from the pictures .. I was sold. So here she is; the most beautiful rubber boot I have ever seen; SOFIA.
Some pictures that I took this Saturday when we stopped by MARTIN SKAUEN and IRIS VAN DONGEN'S (kind of new) store ISOBEL GOWDIE. It is situated in a backyard in ALTE SCHÖNHAUSER STR in MITTE ..and you can read more about the store HERE.