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Postby germinal » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:54 pm

N°11 BLESS Shops

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The BLESS Shops: constantly changing, constantly on the move

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A Travelling Selling Exhibition

The Bless Shop Project is an experimental retail experience - a travelling caravan of directional and inspirational consumer ideas waiting to get snapped up at the right price. It’s a solution: a response to the many interesting requests the designers receive to participate in exhibitions the world over. It’s going to present the work of Bless and at the same time help finance future initiatives. It’s an opportunity: The Bless Shop Project will come to you, bearing gifts of the interesting variety. All available Bless stock will be on offer in places/cities/countries where Bless fever hasn't yet permeated. Since each exhibition environment will be unique and temporary the appearance of each Bless Shop will mutate according to the practicalities involved (watch their space).


here's a list of all the bless shops so far, sadly the individual links generate 404 errors: http://www.bless-service.de/BLESS/BLESS ... Shops.html

a write up on the first 6:

BLESS Shop 1
ffwd Gallery / Berlin 05 - 19 04 2000
In the course of a group exhibition dedicated to fashion (title: I love fashion), BLESS realized its first shop.
The available products were placed in a quite chaotic manner, mixed with info- material and little videoscreens, on four different tables, located in seperate rooms / levels of the gallery.The product prices were adaptable to personal needs.

BLESS Shop 2
Festival des Arts de la Mode / Hyères 28 04 - 02 05 2000
On this 15th festival of young designers, BLESS was invited among other designers / photographers (i.e. Martine Sitbon) to show parallel to the event their work.
This second BLESS shop was split in two main spaces due to the amazing architectural background of the location, the Villa de Noailles. One of the huge rectangular wholes of the wall surounding the property was used as a kind of shop window in which some of the N°10 scarfs where displayed. Inside the building - in the three former dining rooms of the villa - the shop area was located. The products were presented on different tables, each product had its own. The tables were papered with the entire press reactions on each product, so it was possible to obtain a maximum of information.

BLESS Shop 3
Werkleitz Biennale / Werkleitz, Tornitz, Barbie, Calbe 10 - 30 06 2000
Situated in an area of former Eastern Germany with the highest unemployment rate, this group exhibition was dedicated to the theme work ( title: real work ) in order to show alternative ways of work. Because the brand BLESS was entirely unknown in this area, it was very unlikely any of the products would be sold.
As an alternative way to the usual one-location-shop situation, BLESS decided to ask the local shop owners in the four different villages involved - Barbie, Tornitz, Calbe and Werkleitz - to function as godfathers for products that would fit in their shop ( i.e. Hairbrush and N°00 Furwig in a hair saloon, N°01 Bootsocks and N°06 Customizable Footwear in a shoe shop, N°07 Chairwear A, B + C in a furniture shop, etc ).
The intention was to bring the guests of this bienale into direct contact with the people living in the area. The enthusiastic participation of the local shop owners and the way in which they found special ways to integrate, decorate, display and promote the BLESS products in their shop windows, shops and even fashion shows, was the most exciting experience within the BLESS shop project until now.

BLESS Shop 4
Fuori uso 2000 / Pescara 01 -21 07 2000
BLESS canceled its participation because of inacceptable working conditions. The shop was planned to be located in a special constructed glass cube ( 2,5 x 2,5 m ).
Only five days before the opening, the curators informed BLESS that they decided not to build the cube because of financial problems. The spaces offered instead were entirely unsuitable for the developed shop concept. It was planned to cover the windows completely with products, so, while visiting the cube, the visitor would be totally surrounded by them. A view inside the cube would have been only possible, if a visitor on the inside would have asked to try on one of the products.

BLESS Shop 5
Fanclub Amsterdam / Amsterdam 03 - 10 09 2000
Following the original idea of the unrealised BLESS shop 4, the entire window of the space was covered with products. In addition,there was a big printed banner with the real dimensions of the parallel installed wall at Raw Management, Berlin covered with Bless products, as well.

BLESS Shop 6
Raw Management / Berlin 06 09 2000 - unlimited
Since the very beginning, Raw Management is linked with BLESS through a close friendship and has always been one of its most faithful supporters. With a private cocktail on the 6th of september, Raw showed its new Berlin space and is now the best connection for all people in Berlin who are interrested in buying BLESS products. This BLESS shop continues for an unlimited time, following the demand of press and fans. In this case, the shop is running under the responsibillity of Raw.


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Postby can- » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:39 pm

Wow such mouton
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Postby odradek » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:19 pm

we want more, quit holdin' out on us
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Postby smiles » Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:00 am

Bless shops #7-#23

BLESS Shop #07
Beauty by Et Vous, Paris
During Fashion Week in Paris, Bless’ showroom was housed in the Beauty by Et Vous shop. Products normally available only to the press and to buyers were thus on display for the general public. They could be tried on and purchased. The series of plant images was also presented in the shop in the hinged frames normally used for displaying posters in shops. Like an oversized book, it also contained images of all Bless products, including the new collection. Once a client selected a product, a sales assistant brought it to them.


BLESS Shop #08
Vivre Sa Vie, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Again the posterbook system was used to display all the products, which could be viewed upon request.
Curated by Anna McLauchlan, Tanya Leighton.
21.11.2000 - 16.12.2000


BLESS Shop #09
Glamour Engineering, Zurich
An enormous picture of the wall in Bless Shop N° 6 covered the floor of this shop. All products were displayed on a board alongside the wall.
Curated by Michelle Nicol.
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BLESS Shop #10
Spread at Bukowski’s Auction House, Stockholm
Curated by Pepe Bergström.
01.02.2001


BLESS Shop #11
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
01.06.2001
Each year the Kunsthalle Basel invites an artist to repaint ist rear facade. In 2001, during Art Basel, the invited artist was Karim Noureldin, a friend of Bless. In turn he invited Bless to install a temporary shop. The shop comprised a rented automatic vending machine covered in chrome PVC to give it a mirror finish. This shop sold prototypes and unique pieces.
Curated by Karim Noureldin.
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BLESS Shop #12
01.06.2002
ars viva 01/02, Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany
Curated by BDI.
Whilst the ars viva exhibition was on display at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, the museum had an extended ‚museum night’ and hosted a Bless shop. Products were exhibited in the BLESS N° 15 Magazine Frames.
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BLESS Shop #13
BLESS at Home in fake canada, Art Metropol, fake canada
09.01.2004 - 31.03.2004
The contemporary art centre Art Metropol includes an exhibition space and a bookstore. BLESS’ intervention consisted of rethinking the functions of the spaces and, in particular, expanding the space dedicated to exhibitions. The display included a suspended clothes rail, a plant and an immense low table setting dominated by a set of shelves displaying books from the bookstore.
Guests were invited to eat with the works at eye level.
Curated by Dave Dyment.
Supported be the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Embassy.
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BLESS Shop #14
Hotel Claska, Tokyo, Japan
01.06.2004
BLESS Shop N°14 was integrated within the lobby of the Hotel Claska in Tokyo. As part of the project, hotel guests could stay in room sfurnished with BLESS products, which they could use during their stay.
Curated by Diptrics


BLESS Shop #15
L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, Australia
13.03.2005 - 20.03.2005
A BLESS shop was organized within the walls of the Marais Melbourne shop during Fashion Week. The designers prepared a meal and served plates displaying BLESS accessories between courses. Instructions on how to wear the items were written around the edges of the plates.
Curated by Gary chard
Supported by the Alliance Francaise.
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BLESS Shop #16
Design Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
19.11.2005 - 27.11.2005
Curated by Max Borka



BLESS Shop #17
Kunstverein München, Germany
01.11.2006
Stefan Kalmár, at the time the Director of the Kunstverein München, invited BLESS to present the 10 Years of Themelesness book and therefore decorate the non-exhibition spaces of the gallery with BLESS products. The kitchen, conference room and shop area became display places for BLESS products such as the N°26 Cable Jewellry and N°29 Wallscapes.
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BLESS Shop #18
OFR Bookshop, Paris
01.02.2008 - 01.03.2008
Sharing space with carefully selected books and magazines. BLESS items were displayed between the other merchandise on offer. Included was the Purple Journal #11, featuring N°31 Ohyescoolgreat look book.
Every season BLESS publishes a lookbook in collaboration with a magazine that shares like-minded values.
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BLESS Shop #19
Mexico City, Mexico
10.05.2008 - 07.07.2008
A shop were the potential customers curated the contents.
Willing to experiment with a more private and everyday environment, BLESS Shop 19 was organized in Condesa, Mexico in a 1020s townhouse. The house had previously been a private residence and now serves as the offices of the architect José Rojas.
To reverse the usual passive role of the customer, the items on sale were selected by a network of friends and interested individuals from the local scene. Also available for sale were new products that had been produced in the local area, specifically for the shop.
Door frames were hung with clothes, transforming them into closets, obliging visitors to step through the clothes to enter each room.
Curated by Eva Svennung
Presented by Perros Negros & José Rochas.
Support: Goethe Institut Mexico, Foro de Cultural de Austria, Pasagüero, Panamerica, Hippodrome Hotel, Par 71 y Contramar, Austraian Embassy.
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BLESS Shop #20
Ludlow 38, New York
For three weeks BLess ran a temporary shop at Ludlow 38.
BLESS created the N°36 Levelboxes in response to a site-specific intervention by Liam Gillick and Ethan Breckenridge that took place in the space at Ludlow 38. Since this floor had various levels and stairs, the Levelbox dealt with the specific problems of staircase storage and display.
Each box contained a selection of BLESS products and other iteams selected by Yasmine Gauster, founder of the BLESS shop in Berlin.
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BLESS Shop #21
Two Blocks East West, Beijing, China
01.12.2008 - 01.04.2009
For the exhibition Two Blocks East West, a long, wide staircase was constructed specifically for the installation of BLESS products. Clothes were hung on the handrail that ran the length of the staircase and BLESS N°36 Levelboxes were used to display products.
Curated by Liu Zhizhi.
Supported by Goethe-Institut Beijing
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BLESS Shop #22
Surface2Air, Paris
21.01.2010 - 20.04.2010
BLESS Shop 22 cohabited with Surface2Air. Under a helium cloud, a library beckoned, a fur hammock swayed and the BLESS universe was suspended, inviting the public to hang out.
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BLESS Shop #23
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
15.05.2011
Full packed with necessary BLESS products, the mobile BLESS Shop popped up in Wolfsburgs Artmuseum - this time on wheels.
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Postby smiles » Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:20 am

also I managed to inadvertently download a line sheet to Bless shop #19 mexico city. really cool stuff, especially No. 29 Wallscapes.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0oakw7leor026 ... _light.pdf
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby rublev » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:25 pm

I am continuously fascinated by Bless... like more than any other brand. But maybe that's 'cos they're not a brand??? They kind of frustrate me because i don't know what they're trying to do, i don't know what i'm meant to think about 'them' / 'it'???? But that feels like the point... everything feels very open and organic and things reveal themselves to you slowly and you almost have to WORK for it? It's up to you. It feels like a easter egg hunt....

I feel like other brands try to create a theme for their seasons but with Bless it's different... i have no idea what it is though. It's like they've created their own world??? Does this make any sense of am i just rambling? I"m quite new to Bless so maybe everyone goes through this ritual... like a rite of passage in fashion ideas or whatever.

Sknss said on the first page you can book the place as a bnb for 80 euros - does that mean you can stay there? Is that a thing? How would i find more info? Hopefully going to Berlin in Spring if i can convince myself.
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Postby sknss » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:20 pm

Try to email someone from Bless (you can find addresses on their website).I think the person who lived in Bless Home changed since I wrote that so the situation might have changed!
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Postby germinal » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:43 pm

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Postby sid3000 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:28 pm

@rublev I think a lot of people have the same questions in the beginning, thats part of the charm. At first introduction I thought Bless was so abstract that you want to hammer it down to a simple explanation but not near abstract enough to just brush off as a snobby, niche art you dont need to pursue investigating further. There is the same, if not, larger number of collections and literature available to fully explain any other designer in a nutshell but for one reason or another it doesn't fold up as neatly for Bless, and that's ok. When I first checked out some pieces in person a couple years ago and asked the shop owners about "what bless is about" in conversation they couldn't really do it; they had the same patchy quality of response someone would contrive on the spot if asked what the meaning of life was or what happened to Tupac.

At some point you kind of just come to the conclusion there isn't a concrete answer for why they make everything from clothes to a hairbrush that already has hair attached. You just let it all wash over you and get the satisfaction and joy of being part of it that way.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby can- » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:48 pm

bless is very fey, very eccentric, maybe a little bit iconoclast? it's always cheeky but never rude. people have a hard time defining it because the scope of their product is so wide, although I get the impression it's much more clothing, and almost collection oriented in the last few years. I consider them first a design firm rather than a fashion label, particularly because they outsource a lot of the actual manufacture process to established brands (per germ, alpha industries, Levi's and smedley amongst others-- pretty sure they have worked with wrangler or lee too)

their aesthetic is very hard to pin down, except that it tends to be quite wide fitting and voluminous. the clothes have a distinct comfiness to them, there's a hint of the 80s, but it's also stuff that very hip grandparents would wear.
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Postby odradek » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:26 am

starfox64 is now no longer c-t's only international superstar asian-cool model: http://www.vogue.co.jp/blog/taco/archives/1733
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Postby can- » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:55 pm

i see some PALS in that video!!

those lambs look like the dumbest animals
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Postby bels » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:55 pm

Barely see sknss and germ. Think they're hiding.

Guess they were feeling sheepish.
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Postby germinal » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:46 am

N°12 Team-ups

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Co-produced visions of personal landscapes

The product's title is an invitation to work as a team, to start negotiating with partners... this collection initiated a series of partnerships: with Adidas for trainers, with Bucherer for jewellery, with the environment for the painted stones, with fond memories for the print of a sleeping couple on a duvet cover.

Familiar objects are transformed into unknown landscapes under the visitor's very eyes.

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The jewellery
a co-production with Bucherer Germany.

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Including: bless press-button earings, fastener bracelets,
fastener necklaces, materialmix bracelets and materialmix
necklaces in fake and real unique versions.

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The Swiss jewellery brand Bucherer asked the designers to create a new series of jewellery. After wedding rings, the most lucrative aspect of the jewellery trade is modifications to inherited jewellery. Bless' proposal comprised dismembering different pieces from the Bucherer Collection and recombining them to obtain hybrid pieces. They also produced a less expensive range combing precious pieces with costume jewellery. The less costly variant became a Bless best seller.


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The sneakers
a co-production with ADIDAS.

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Limited edition of 100 pairs, each pair is unique.

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according to someone on superfuture:

^these come with a great story, not one pair is the same.
BLESS send the cut pieces of fabric to the factory and Adidas would assemble them.
They hand cut everysingle piece and then made them into packages wich should go together.
However, some pieces went missing in this massive piececutting mayhem and as a result the ladies doing the assembly of these shoes in Germany had pieces short.
They (the assembly) ladies brought in different kinds of fabrics from their homes and filled in the missing pieces with fabric of their own that fitted best with it.


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Stones
a co-production with the environment.

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printed stones with motives from bless products, streetscenes, landscapes and friends.

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Bedsheets, Couple
a co-production with nice memories.

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including: print of a sleeping couple, print of a lakeview

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Postby germinal » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:57 am

N°13 Basics

2001

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This was the first apartment Presentation. They ate food prepared by the photographer Marc Borthwick and played ping pong. Visitors were separated from the models by a rope.


On Tuesday, the 13th of march 2001 in an appartment in Paris
Christine Beinemeier, CÈcile Bordoletti, Marc Borthwick, Catherine Chevalier, Maike Dietrich, Michael D¸rr, Wietske Hoogstadt, Armin Kaag, Bernd Kleinheisterkamp, Eric Mikinnen, MichËle Nicol, Ludovic Poulet, Patrizia Reichardt, Kate Schimanowski, Eva Svennung,Niclas Svennung, Jork Weismann and Heidi Vogel have spent the day together, wearing sweaters, bodysuits, trousers and costumized Levisjeans as this would have been their own ones


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The collection was designed to break the fashion taboo of presenting quite unspectacular and banal, yet extremely comfortable, clothes. They emphasised that normality is nothing to be ashamed of and that such clothes can enhance people's real characters. Non-neurotic clothes for people who simply want to feel good.


Spoiler:
Parka
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Jewellery body
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Handknitted Fabric body
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Trousers and Costumejacket pocket
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Customized Levis
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Silk Sweater
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Jacket
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Linen body and trousers
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Floating Pocket
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby exprof » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:22 pm

@sknns you look great, did they dress you in bless while you were there? Is everyone in the room wearing it?
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Postby sknss » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:53 pm

Thank you exprof! Desiree and Ines had germ and i come to the shop the day before the Presentation. There they let us try on everything we liked. They took some pictures and asked us what were our favourite outfits. When we arrived for the Presentation, they gave us the outfits they had picked.
Pretty much everyone in the room was wearing Bless, except the visitors (buyers, press people, sheep etc)
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Postby sid3000 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:20 pm

Going to be pretty meta when germ's collection outlines catch up to this year.
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Postby Vaeltaja » Mon May 05, 2014 2:18 am

BLESS being sold at SuspensionPoint. Really wanting that Dino sweater, but there's no way I could justify it.
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Postby germinal » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:19 am

N°14 Shopping Supports

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Made to enhance the stability of satisfaction in every shopping process, some of them assure a comfortable transport of new belongings on the way home, while others stay very close and protect meanwhile effortlessly the body.


When invited by Galeries Lafayette, which intended to open a new gallery space within the main flagship store in Paris, it was out of the question simply to exhibit some products. Instead Bless thought about ways of interacting, participating, supporting and contributing to the process of shopping, packing purchases and carrying them home.


The video, directed by Nicolas Trembley, shows different modes of consuming and carrying various objects.



Shopping bags and coin purses were presented in the context of an exhibition at Galeries Lafayette in a new space dedicated to art, similar to those found in Japanese department stores. Bless customised Galeries Lafayette's standard carrier bags, adding precious elements such as fur, ot more practical ones such as a sturdy handle. The bags were given to customers free of charge as a replacement for the usual bags. These 'valueless' bags became precious and, consequently, non-disposable. Aiming to inspire an ecologically conscious attitude, Bless short-circuited didacticism by simply adding a value to the bag, which makes people want to re-use them rather than throw them away.



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stickerbag in use
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Makrame
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Stickerbags, 3 sizes
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bagcollector
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Clinging purse
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Cottonnet
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Carriage
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Handcare purse
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Carriage
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Postby Iliam » Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:49 am

this thread is brilliant. BLESS's approach to fashion, their process, the way they situate themselves in industry and their approach to economics and retail is so interesting and unique.
this is a great thread and i'm happy i could learn about this - thanks everyone who put things up!
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Postby Vaeltaja » Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:11 pm

Does Bless really have that large of a following that they can open up all these stores? Or are these basically just pop-up shops that appear and disappear in the blink of an eye?

When you say Bless has other people/companies make their garments, does that mean their quality is the same as the brand it was outsourced to? I don't know much about Bless, though I do remember they did an upcycled scarf with Levi's (and a bunch of other brands).
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Postby sknss » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:54 pm

How do you mean, open up all these stores? They have two shops, one in Paris and another in Berlin (the Bless home). That Galleries Lafayettes gig was a one time thing.

and yes it's the same quality
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Postby seth83292 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:06 pm

So apparently the berlin store is literally a five minute walk from my house, but it's open one day a week for four hours ???!
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Postby sknss » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:13 pm

Nah it's open most days, email shop@blessberlin.com (smiling)
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:05 am

N°15 Ars Viva Prize

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2001

1.For Bless working out solutions not only means creating products. It means reacting to present/current situations, to bad conditions, possibilities in terms of concepts.
2.Bless rejects a retrospective view of her work, sells her award-space and demonstrates her rejection of the topic.
3.Due to its lack of incentive character Bless understands the ars viva award as a trigger to self-help.
4.The advertising exchange creates new opportunities.
5.Bless states: “The magazine frame is evidence of having overcome the first hurdle. The framework however is a concrete Bless design.
6.Exchanging catalogue pages for magazine pages in various international magazines is typical of the mobile and trans-boundary nature of Bless’s work.
7.Bless exists inter alia thanks to her consistent media presence in the magazines taking part and thanks to the support of the companies participating. It is therefore important to Bless to show the structure supporting her as such.
8.The act of exchanging helps the cooperative relations between the two exchange partners stabilize. This creates new projects.
9.Bless doubts that museums are appropriate places for the works created by her. Because works should be used in everyday life. This is now the case as other works are being made available to the public. The context of the museum recedes into the background, becomes a space for documenting a genuinely functioning, international incentive concept.
10.The whole project develops in a profit-making manner into Bless Product No. 15.


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Bless were awarded the 2001/02 ars viva prize along with the artists Johannes Wohnseifer and Pro qm. The prize was accompanied by a series of exhibitions in four museums: Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Cologne; Neues Museum, Staaliches Musum fur Kunst und Design in Nurenburg and the Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst in Leipzig.

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Bless was initially faced with the challenge of finding a strategy for displaying their products in a fine arts context without transforming them into art objects. This interrogation inspired a more general reflection on the conditions of production within the art system. For Bless it was essential that this prize served its intended function: a grant to encourage creation, a prize that could allow them to continue their activities. They decided to start an advertising exchange with selected magazines and then displayed the resulting adverts in the exhibition. An exchange of the economic logics of art and fashion leads to a symmetrical deterioration of both since adverts reach a public beyond the art world.


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In 2002, when the exhibition travelled to the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, Bless installed a fabric wall hiding a seat that only appears when you sit down.It was the first of a series of products entitled Design Relativators, which went on to become N°17.

They say "the aim was to design a product that was as neutral and discrete as possible, whilst entirely retaining its functionality - a form of anti-design."

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