1999 Alicia Rissler went to Spain and Barcelona. She wanted to learn Spanish, but stayed and made his breakthrough as a designer. In April last year, she came home and now she is based in a small studio located on Kungsholmen in Stockholm. It’s also where she receives for other designers to be interviewed in our series for the fashion fair Style at Stockholm next weekend. There are not many designers who have the ability: to make garments directly to distinguish just theirs. Alicia Rissler, the woman behind the brand Ladies & Gentlemen, is one of the few. But so is her garment right peculiar too. As the name suggests she makes clothes for both sexes:
“I wanted to make both men and women, making it unisex is not good. I make many garments which can be worn in different ways, multifunctional clothes. Everything must have a function in my clothes, I do not like things that just are neat. The common thread is the street with a little tailoring details, bastyger with some finer fabrics.”
“Multifunctional” is something of an understatement. From spring collection include a linen associated with skjortdel going to snap on. And so it goes. T-shirts with sewn collars and garments that can be turned upside down and inside out. A lot can be linked to the biggest inspirations: Hussein Chalayan, together with Maison Martin Margiela.
How are her thoughts about the Style at Stockholm, where she shows autumn collection?
“I hope it will go well. It will certainly be a little slow start given that CPH has been, and still is, so great. But I hope it will work.”
“The Swedish fashion miracle” thinks she is “great fun”: Swedish designers have received a lot of attention abroad. In Japan, we have been popular for a long time, but now also in other markets.
The lack of a separate agency, the feeling of wanting to do everything yourself, are a problem. When orders are more opportunities will likewise and she gets plenty of free publicity when famous names, such as MTV-profile Shire Raghe, wearing her clothes in public.
Pattern design takes care of herself, while production is done in Estonia.
Spring collection “hocus pocus” is in white, khaki, gray, black, plum and eggplant. There are different varieties of shirts, hooded sweaters with collars, gray as the base color with silver sparkling details in a cardigan and a hoodie and skinny pants. Autumn tango inspired collection “Los milongueros” (Tango dancers) brings some finer fabrics, silk jersey and silk satin the color scheme black, gray and brown with hints of red.
Ladies & Gentlemen sold on Bazoueira, OOS and Chic etc. in Stockholm, in Japan, the US, France and Spain and on online.