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Postby germinal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:29 am

N° 49 Alternarrative (SS14) is up on their website but i can't find any decent res pictures to steal yet. Looks so much fun though
here's the pdf of looks: http://www.bless-service.de/BLESS_new/N ... 13%202.pdf
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Postby sknss » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:20 pm

i would love to know what technology was used for the Dripless Umbrellas

and i feel like hunnish is going to like those half jeans half chinos
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Postby germinal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:24 pm

i think they're essentially these
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Postby Syeknom » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:35 pm

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These are amazing and dorky, I want to live in a world where we dress like this.

This guy's got an official care-tags t-shirt!

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Postby parastexis » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:36 pm

I was in the Bless store last week and was seriously considering getting the Hot Sausage. If only they had grey.
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Postby sknss » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:14 pm

The Bless store in Paris? How is it?
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Postby parastexis » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:27 am

Berlin, I'm going to try to go to the Paris one in a couple weeks though
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Postby charybdis » Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:36 pm

I'll preface this by saying that I really hate it when people use "I bet I/a two year old/my great aunt sally could make that" as an argument—especially in regards to art—but I wonder if you could actually make a version of that.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:15 pm

i think that "i bet i/a 2y-o/my gr8 aunt could make that" idea is integral to the BLESS ethos. from the very beginning they were DIYing / asking the buyer to complete the product / buy the promise of a product / buy the idea of a product... there's a beautiful naivety to the BLESS oeuvre, and i think they'd be thrilled at the thought of someone making a BLESS product themselves. they're in the business of (not) selling ideas, rather than the business of selling products.

anyway here's a great interview with the BLESS berlin resident (did you meet her skns, parastexis?)

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http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/inter ... schroeder/ (clickthrough, there are so many great photos)

Mira Schröder
Exhibition Designer & BLESS Store Resident, Apartment & Store, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin


What young child doesn’t dream of spending a night hidden in a cabinet of curiosities, surrounded by wonderful objects and undiscovered adventures? Mira Schröder considers herself lucky to be able to keep living such a dream.

While completing her studies in Karlsruhe, the ‘Berliner by choice’ met Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss, who since 1997 have been transforming observations into ideas under the name BLESS, constantly inspiring and puzzling their audience as they go. Working with the designer duo was a ‘natural step,’ according to Mira. In fact, when Ines and Desiree decided to move against the logic of conventional sales and position their products in a real, lived-in habitat, Mira didn’t hesitate to support the concept of BLESS HOME.

It has been three years since Mira moved into the BLESS HOME, which, tucked away in a courtyard on Oderberger Straße, functions as both a personal home and shop.Twice a week and by appointment, Mira Schröder opens the gates to this unique sales adventure for clients and curious visitors. It is here that the border between commercial or practical value and conventional art seems to vanish. Curious looks from passers by and bittersweet partings with favourite objects are integral parts of Mira’s everyday life.

A conversation about the background of this brand, its intimate story and commercialised individualism in one.

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What is the concept of BLESS? What does the brand want to achieve and provoke?
First and foremost BLESS builds a field of experimentation. The duo behind this label consists of fashion designers Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss. The art of thinking ahead is central to their creative work. For example, a chair is never simply a chair within the BLESS world. We always ask ourselves questions like ‘What can be improved? How can one perceive this very chair in a new way?’

BLESS aims to challenge itself as well as its clients. Cyclical questioning turns steadily into fascination and composes the singular magic that is BLESS.

Do you consider Ines and Desiree designers or artists?
I think if I were to ask them this question they would say that it is not about an answer or that it does not have one! I don’t think it is possible or particularly relevant to narrow them down to a singular profession.

Where is BLESS located?
Ines lives and works in Berlin, Desiree in Paris. Thanks to modern technology we are able to communicate every day.

The BLESS office in Berlin is located in Wedding. In this office, as with the one in Paris, samples and accessories are produced. In Paris, office and shop live together in the 3rd Arrondisement.

How did you arrive at the idea of BLESS HOME and how did you decide on its particular facilities?
BLESS HOME BERLIN was born out of the experiences of our temporary shops, in particular the first BLESS SHOP on Mulackstrasse and its varied exhibitions and presentations. The initial hope was to change the traditional way of selling products and adapt the concept to our understanding of the product’s actual experience.

One can discover, witness and especially experience BLESS within the private atmosphere of BLESS HOME.

How did you become part of the team?
I studied exhibition design and curatorial practice at the Institute of Design in Karlsruhe, where Ines and Desiree teach product design. I met the two at a workshop, which lead me to join their team after my graduation. Ines and Desiree offered that I work with them on an upcoming presentation in Paris, which at first made me really anxious but at the same I recognised it as a completely new, exciting challenge.

When did you become BLESS HOME’s ‘resident?’
After being in Paris I moved to Berlin and started to work at the architectural office Kuehn Malvezzi, where I contributed to an exhibition about Carlo Mollino at Munich’s Haus der Kunst. During my next stay in Paris, BLESS HOME BERLIN was opened by the artist Cyril Duval, who lived there for a couple of weeks. Following my return I took over BLESS Home. The plan was for me to live there only temporarily. It has been three years.

The concept of your ‘lived-at’ shop makes complete sense as soon as you get familiar with the products and the arrangement. If someone wouldn’t know BLESS and the idea behind the brand, he/she would probably leave the shop confused.
So far there has been nobody who has just turned around upon entering. Of course, there are all sorts of visitors, some who know about the concept and others who just come by coincidentally There are many clients who immediately feel really comfortable, while others take time to get used to this sense of privacy. The borders between private and public blur. The urge to explore my privacy and one’s instinctive hesitation and shyness really fluctuate.

How many clients do you usually have?
It is difficult to estimate our visitors each month. During times like Fashion Week, art berlin contemporary or Gallery Weekend, when the creative scene of the city significantly expands, I have the most visitors and clients. People with all sorts of backgrounds come to BLESS HOME.

Are there things that you store or hide somewhere else?
Everything is open here and nothing is hidden. I am constantly able to bring in new products and new collections from the BLESS office.

Do you sometimes have events?
Yes, there have been cooking nights and presentations, for example a livestream of a BLESS presentation in Paris. My father cooked for BLESS friends and clients at ‘Papas Antipasti.’ It was a wonderful evening. Recently we organised an experimental bistro during which “Trippa e Cozze” (italian for: tripe and mussels) ended up on our plates.

Do you plan to broaden this unique concept internationally?
Yes, we certainly wish to establish the BLESS HOME idea internationally, although Berlin will be our base and remain the “original” BLESS HOME.

Do clients directly buy products here?
Yes, the products are there for immediate purchase. We produce as needed, though there are products with which I live, for example ‘Furhammock‘ chairs, that are thus in use.

I would imagine it being quite hard to establish a relationship with residential objects and know it at any moment it could be taken from you. Has there already been one dramatic incident?
Of course there are objects that grow close to my heart and belong to my life. When they are sold, as with the hammock, it can be tough to say goodbye. However with the knowledge that more beautiful things will follow, I enjoying giving away the pieces to enthusiastic hands.

How often do new products come into the shop?
Products and collections for BLESS are not only produced every six months, rather, one can be pleasantly surprised at any moment by the arrival of new, exciting products.

What’s the deal with the numbers?
Every collection, every product of BLESS has its own number. The first object, the famous wig made from racoon fur, carries the N° 00. By now we are at BLESS N° 49 Alternative.

Could you clarify the main idea of BLESS with an example of a few products?
Ines and Desiree are constantly looking for new solutions to everyday life. For example, the ‘Workbed’ is a bed and at the same time a desk: with one button, the desk transforms into a bed. Rooms are expanded with the BLESS ‘Wallscape‘, with which an additional room opens.

Do you always wear BLESS when you are at the store? Does that go with your ‘job?’
It is completely up to me. Over the years I have gathered a great collection of different pieces which I wear frequently. Nevertheless, there is no pressure to do so and I can live and dress as I want.

With such a strong, conceptualises label it probably would be quite fruitful to offer a type of ‘customised service.’ One imagines himself and his living space and gets BLESS products practically custom-tailored.
Propositions of this nature arise as reactions from people interested in BLESS products, while in fact they also exist naturally through our individual editions. For example, BLESS locally offers an on-request service package, BLESS N° 26 Cable Jewellery, with montage and decorative installations as office equipment.

BLESS N° 46 Contemporary Remediation pursued the topic of the ‘Customer Wish,’ which is much more about a continuous series than a seasonal edition. Here, products are designed according to a desired profile and keep the client in mind even within the title’s name. Several new developments in the field of accessories have come into existence alongside numerous suggestions regarding new editions of old BLESS products – either from collectors or the latest fans who discover BLESS.

In general, BLESS Home’s concept is about this type of movement, regeneration, and the constant opening of possibilities to get in personal and direct contact. BLESS is much more than a brand, it is a concept of life.

Is there something you have to renounce or you would like to live or design differently here?
Thanks to the freedom of living here and being able to use the products as I wish, this space has literally become my home.

BLESSed meeting you, Mira! Thank you for sharing your lovely story with us and for the time we were able to spend together in your extraordinary space! BLESS HOME, found at Oderberger Straße 60, is open Thursdays and Fridays between 4 and 8pm and via appointment.

See a special curation of this portrait at Design Made In Germany.

Photography: Marlen Mueller
Interview & Text: Zsuzsanna Toth
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:17 am

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yes i met her germ, but we only talked briefly. i had a good chat with her friend during my first visit
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby can- » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:44 pm

who's got the 411 on these bless nikes?

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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:12 am

So they emailed me back

I have the below Nikes in our BLESS Paris shop:
The red in size 44
The green in size 45.

The collaboration was part of our N°46 collection, which was in 2012. They are called "Shine Walker." They are 550€.


You can see the green pair in my pics from berlin

They also had a collab with adidas a few years ago, i think that's awesome that theyve been able to work with the big 2
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:27 am

thanks everybody (skns) for making this thread what it is today, i.e. the 4th result when you search for the new collection Image
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Postby sknss » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:09 pm

if anyone's in Paris this weekend...
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Postby can- » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:50 pm

cash only? what kind of racket is bless running?

are u going skins?
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Postby sknss » Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:15 pm

no i won't be in paris unfortunately... but i went to the shop on saturday and it was magical
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:07 pm

skins is wearing Hatscarf Rouge and Longpleat Toweljeans
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Postby sknss » Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:31 pm

attention berliners
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:44 am

- just went through and rehosted all the important images in this thread to imgur. just a general reminder to people that it's worth taking the time to rehost any pictures you don't want to disappear unexpectedly in 3 months time

- got some very exciting BLESS-related news, nothing set in stone, and it's not really my news to tell, but yeah watch this space

- cool Shine Walker colourway i hadn't seen before here: http://dailyprojects.kr/13SSUBLSNJPRMU36#4
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now back to our regular scheduled programming
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:32 am

N°09 Merchandising (Unlimited collection of showpieces and commercial variations)

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BLESS N° 09 is more of a MERCHANDISING project than a fashion collection. The newly developed FAN-ITEMS are made to show their owners as like-minded persons / fans / searchers for a different kind of value, besides a specific shape and colour. Thus the creation of an intentional UNISIZE basic shaped clothstyle (sweatshirts, t-shirts, polo shirts all in xl size, and jeans) which means a chance for everybodyshape - and allows easy access to people in a UNISEX (female, male, thing) and UNIAGE (first - last days) spirit, ignoring stereotypical taste, social classifications, dressing habits and usual shape preferences. Since it’s not about the clothes themselves but their values they portray (through their speaking front and quiet back), they can be worn at any kind of occasions ( FOR PRESENTATIONS) to demonstrate a personal attitude or to give a fashionable statement or not.


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Painted starcut & painted scarf
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Embroidered Jeans
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Stitched starcut
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knitted Starcut
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Minimonogram
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4-pieces-cut
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(Awesome video, worth watching if only for footage of that junya collection and early theyskens, and well the margiela collection too)

"Bless No.9 deals with the label hype: Bless is printed, stitched, painted on all their designs in any way. It was Prêt-á-Porter autumn 1999. We took the fashion and let its models present them at other designers’ shows like YSL, Watanabe, Balenciaga, Martin Margiela a.o. we were invited to. I filmed the interaction between the show and the Bless models in the audience, then edited the footage every night after the shows and Carlo worked on the sound mix to complete the own virtual show. The result was presented at the last day of the fashion week. An instant movie of the Bless collection and the fashion world at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris." Marc Comes


Press Release:
Spoiler:
BLESS N°09 contents: embroidered merchandise, ”bless” signatures used as a pattern, embroidered by hand for sweatshirts and trousers.
Also available in less expensive printed copy style.
Arbitrary combined basics form through their common patterns a suit character painted / printed / quilted / original / stitched starcut the designers´ faces used as an oversized pattern to be able to fulfill demands from press to present the faces of the creators behind jeans monogramm. ”bless” signatures and monogramms used as a pattern for ripped-off jeans. The sweatshirt and jeans form together a message that can not be understood seperately .

4 pieces cut fabrics of various materials and customized motives are building the base of a sweatshirt with 4 different points of view on bless knitted labels 3-dimensional label, knitted like a trimming in different sizes, that decorates the basicwear on usual label positions.
tops with embroidered scarfs, the scarf as a classical fan accessory, linked (detachable because of press buttons ) as a decorational drapery to the basic top.

Basics with handmade label kitbasic clothes with a ”bless” pressbutton, that is used as a label and temporary fixation of 3 handmade bless labels. Option for skilled clients to interfere in the design of their clothes - everything is allowed from fixing the handmade labels on favorite positions on either their own or bless clothes or to throw everything away, including the pressbutton label, to obtain an anti-merchandise way of clothing.


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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby can- » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:52 am

I'm quivering with excitement
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby parastexis » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:07 pm

germinal wrote:i think that "i bet i/a 2y-o/my gr8 aunt could make that" idea is integral to the BLESS ethos. from the very beginning they were DIYing / asking the buyer to complete the product / buy the promise of a product / buy the idea of a product... there's a beautiful naivety to the BLESS oeuvre, and i think they'd be thrilled at the thought of someone making a BLESS product themselves. they're in the business of (not) selling ideas, rather than the business of selling products.

anyway here's a great interview with the BLESS berlin resident (did you meet her skns, parastexis?)


Yep, I was the only person in the store at the time and ended chatting with her for an hour. Really sweet person that makes Bless Home what it is, and much more than just a shop.
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Postby starfox64 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:29 am

nevermind i'm blind
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:31 am

N° 49 Alternarrative

2013

more pics from italian vogue http://www.vogue.it/en/shows/oddities/2 ... collection

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The Lift Keyknot
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The TOC Bikebumbag
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The TOC Bikelock
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The Helmdo
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Footballbag
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Table of Contents wrote:We worked with Ines and Desiree at BLESS on a bicycle collaboration for the BLESS N°49 Alternarrative collection. They created a limited edition set of reflective bicycle locks for us. Coming soon to Table of Contents.

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Postby germinal » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:33 am

N°10 Scarfs

2000

Unlimited Collection of Unique Pieces and Basic (Commercial) Pieces

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The scarf is the essence of a former outfit.

Now an accessory, it is sliced from the front section of an outfit assembled by Bless.
Its specific style is found through the combination ( Bless taste ) of different brands, regardless of price-, social-, age- and other distinctions.

All clothes used in this project are sponsored.


Sponsors included Adidas, Levi's and W&LT

Watch: this hilarious video


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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:03 am

i bought this little pin

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on my bag
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Postby germinal » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:20 am

@ramseames it's an acronym 3a-1

i quite like the juxtaposition. two german brands, both obsessed with the role of function in design, but with completely different approaches: one functional to the point of farce, the other whimsical to the point of non-function
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