An Exclusive Interview with Filippa K’s New Creative Director Liisa Kessler

Jene J. Long

Nowadays, prior to the launch of people vacation resort and spring 2023 collections, the brand name is dropping a teaser, in the variety of a capsule swimwear collection campaign, shot in the wintery north of Sweden, near Skellefteå. It is manufactured totally out of resources presently in-property, intriguingly such as black velvet, and displays a gaggle of types ice bathing—brrrr—in bikinis and maillots, trunks and board shorts. The bikinis have a little bit of a ’90s vibe, hinting that Kessler has frequented the archives (she has), but there is not enough facts listed here to be ready to visualize a total brand aesthetic. What the pictures do expose are a perception of neighborhood and a link to character. Additional importantly, they are taken from the standpoint of somebody outdoors seeking in and observing nearby customs.

An uneven maillot is manufactured utilizing velvet from a past assortment.

Photograph: Timothy Schaumburg / Courtesy of Filippa K

For Kessler, a multilingual German/Finn, the notion of home has been a preoccupation because college days. Lifted in a small village in Germany, the designer used idyllic summers with her mother’s family in the woods up north—which gave her a sturdy relationship with Nordic, if not Swedish culture—as well as a feeling of displacement. “What does house in fact mean?” “Where do I basically truly feel at dwelling?” People are queries she’s been inquiring from her youth, and have resurfaced now that she’s relocated to Scandinavia. So much, her time at Filippa K has been one particular of discovery and rediscovery on own and skilled stages.

Kessler arrived to fashion by way of craft: “Growing up in a modest German village is not like escalating up in Paris, London, or New York fashion was not definitely on our plate, but I was generally seriously into carrying out matters with my hands.” Taught by her mom to sew, she started out customizing factors as a teen. When she informed her dad and mom she wanted to research manner structure, they prompt she apprentice with a neighborhood dressmaker, which she did for a few years. “It gives you so substantially gratification, sewing a gown,” she says. Then it was off to Berlin where by, Kessler explains, “a complete new world opened up for me, like the complete conceptual part guiding trend, the risk to dive into new worlds and new themes every single year.”

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