TheArtGorgeous partnered up to co-create an event for UNIQLO to celebrate Love.
On one of the last mild fall evenings, we had the absolute pleasure to sit down with an amazing bunch of inspiring humans to talk about LOVE. Presented by our friends at UNIQLO Germany, creators of modern classics that last you more than one season and offer upcycling and recycling options for the garments at their stores, we send out the invite for a night of laughter, conversation, exchange, and great food.
In terms of fashion, the love story goes like this: Any little human who joins our global family is first clothed by their caregiver. But rather sooner than later we develop our own idea of what is most “befitting” to us. What is most us, and wonderfully with Uniqlo being a Japanese brand that now touches all corners of this earth, the idea that the core of expression via style is human and not yet influenced by culture brings particular joy in this context.
We come into our being and no matter where and what circumstances, a little bit of our personality will have to be crafted into what is worn. As a symbol of who we are. And this outwardly little symbol of identity then serves to help others that want to befriend us or we them, that makes others want to fall in love with us, because – while this is to some extent a chemical process – we will find humans around the world that describe those they love, often by the way they carry and style themselves.
We invited two wonderful speakers to share their thoughts and ideas:
Edith Löhle started us off by taking us on the journey that led her to do what she loves as a feminist and human rights journalist, and Caro Zeyher, part of the wonderful female-led design initiative Matter of Course shed light on her love-infused practice as a designer of furniture that will last the owner a lifetime and often outlive those that are now in the happy position of owning and purchasing them. We talked about clothing passed down from grandmothers and friends, how a single garment can live many lifes.
Unified by the idea that our consumerism while fun, and identity giving, must also be no longer be taken for granted, but exercised with care, fewer items, less throwing away, and more recycling, sharing and renewing we ended the night with a gifting circle.
Each dinner guest was invited to bring a preloved item (that would work across genders and sizes), share its story, and pass it on to someone else, who will now give it a new chapter in its story.
Hats gifted by elderly Italian gentlemen, gloves knitted by grandmothers, Indian scarves and small pouches that traveled far distances but also contemporary pieces made/ designed and crafted with love exchanged hands and found new owners.
A reminder that almost every piece we are willing to part with holds both a little bit of the pre-owners magic and also can be exciting and new to someone else. Buy consciously what you buy new, recycle and share what no longer brings you joy, and whatever you do, do it with Love, where just a few topics we all agreed on while the dinner carried well into the night.
Text by Anna Maja Spiess