Great news for lovers of sustainability and fashion. On Thursday evening, Kringwinkel Antwerpen presented Re-Arrange, a stylish clothing collection that was designed together with the Antwerp design agency Vrints-Kolsteren. The line includes two hundred second-hand items, screen-printed with unique designs by the designers. The launch attracted a lot of young people to the Lange Koepoortstraat, exactly what Kringwinkel had hoped for.
The doors of the new thrift shop in Lange Koepoortstraat remained open a little longer on Thursday evening. And whether he had a good reason for this: from 6 pm people who mention fashion and sustainability in the same breath could purchase an item from the first collaboration Kringwinkel and design agency Vrints-Kolsteren.
The people of Kringwinkel select 200 second-hand items. Then it was up to Naomi Kolsteren and Vincent Vrints. They got the inspiration for the designs from their publication Kado, the result of a research they conduct into ikebana, an art form of flower arranging. It formed the basis of Re-Arrange, the capsule collection in which the rearranging of flowers and the reuse of garments come together.
For the collection, the duo rearranged flowers from the publication over the selected pieces. “All 200 items have a unique screen print. It is to see how our designs are reused and come to life in the collection.”
“Such special prints are almost unaffordable these days. It is nice that young people can find something to their taste here for a democratic price (28 to 60 euros), “says Vrints. In addition to the prices, Kolsteren exposes another pain point of the current fashion world. “It is not always easy to work in this sector. So much is wasted,” says Naomi. “But sustainability is important to us”, Vincent Vrints adds. “We carry a lot of used materials ourselves and therefore thought it logical to put our shoulders to the wheel for this project.”
The partnership obviously created a buzz among fashion and environmentally conscious young people. The pieces flew over the counter at breakneck speed, and at the end of the evening there were very few left. “It’s great to see it’s such a success. We want to close more young people to the Kringwinkel, and we already seem to be succeeding in that,” says Louise Vrints of Kringwinkel.
And so it seems that the tone has been set for a thriving partnership between the two parties. The designer duo is already convinced, and even lifted a small corner of the veil about a next collab. “The approach will be the same, the effect. We take it to another level. Our house is full of second-hand furniture. There’s something in that,” it sounds mysterious. (lava)