Closed is a family business. That is not just a fact, but also the brand’s philosophy.
Til Nadler. Gordon Giers. Hans Redlefsen. Three men. One decision: to only work with people they like. This spirit has shaped their philosophy since school. And ensures their clear vision. Back then and today. As business partners. Owners. And friends.
As a team, they’ve established a dynamic vision of the company: To always create sophisticated, high-quality designs. Together with friends. Today and in future.
The idea was simple and smart. Founding Italy’s first denim label. That was it. C’est ça. “ÇA” in short. That is what Marithé and François Girbaud believed in and that is what they chose as the company’s name back then, in 1976. A name that stood for confident sportswear and radical designs.
The approach was great. But trouble came soon: A big textile chain did not receive the name well. And there it was, an objection with file number 11342. So why not just take this number as a name? No sooner said than done.
Two years later, the case was finally “CLOSED”. And that is us, until today. A company that is strongly bound to its heritage and that has been constantly striving for innovation for over 38 years by now. An attitude that motivates Closed to continuously set new standards.
French imagination, Italian craftsmanship and German tradition – these influences are carried on with our products. All over the world. And they shape us. As a company. As a brand. As a family business. To forge new paths, without losing our way. Following an aesthetic, high-quality approach.
At Closed we are loyal – especially when it comes to our manufacturers.
We like to produce our clothing at the source of where the materials originate. Europe is the focus for cotton yarn and fabrics. The best cashmere comes from China and our casual sweatshirts are made in Portugal.
The denin for our jeans is woven, sewn and washed in Italy. Often made by second generation employees. Equality, friendly working conditions and fair wages goes without saying. Just like our designs emerge from a team, our manufacturers are members of the Closed family.
Every single Closed product is made with love and in every detail you can find consciousness for quality. From design until it’s hanging in your closet. This can only be successful if you can rely on one another – simply with friends. Every Closed product is the sum of the people who make it – that is what we stand for at Closed.
From the origin in the 80s, Humanoid has always chosen their own course. True to the new wave and punk era in which they started. It has made HUMANOID what it is today: independent, strong and unspoken-present. Uninfluenced by hype or temporary trend. "HUMANOID just happened", is the phrase they use to describe their mentality, but there is a solid conviction at the base. The conviction that only the best natural materials and elaborate attention to detail create the finest collections. Flowing into one another from season to season. Quirky, natural fabrics make the clothes come alive.
At ATELIERS HUMANOID designers truly work together. We build on each other's expertise, focus and inspiration. Each piece is initially handmade by our designers. We wear and wash it, toss it in a corner and customize it. Just to see how our clothing fits life. We always find a reason to add a detail or to leave something out. Consciously or intuitively. We create our collections with passion. There is just no other way. By staying close to what we believe in, we have become an international brand. Sold in more than 25 countries and over 500 outlets. From New York to Amsterdam, from Tokyo to Hamburg, from Sydney to Milan. In our concept store in Arnhem and online via SHOPHUMANOID.COM we welcome women who, like us, love comfort and luxury. Women who are used to making their own decisions. Stylish people who make life special.
Petra draws inspiration from all over the world, and brings home beautiful treasures from her journeys. ”I work intuitively, and I’m curious about everything I come across on my travels. Classic movies, fleamarkets, books and talking with people: they can all inspire a new design. Constant innovation and stimulating people’s imaginations, that’s what I aim for. By diving into the past and rediscovering special treasures, I love to create jewellery that evokes bygone memories.”
In the heart of The Hague, Petra’s studio is a retreat where she designs and creates her jewelry. Fashion is a red thread in her life: at a very early age she was intrigued by the world of fashion and designers’ creations. Although she’s fascinated by contrasting styles like 1970s punk and more subtle vintage designs, she independently creates her own style. Petra’s jewels match every outfit from androgynous to quintessentially feminine.
HOPE is a Swedish fashion brand with a passion for high-quality garments that inspire and emphasize individual style. In 2001, HOPE founders Ann Ringstrand and Stefan Söderberg launched their first women’s collection. Featuring clean, cool looks with clear nods to classic menswear and utility pieces, the brand stood out from the romantic styles that characterized women’s fashion at the time. Since then, HOPE has been an original and unique option to the traditional fashion scene.
When the first collection for men was launched in 2005, it immediately became a go-to favourite of the Swedish fashion establishment. Over the years, HOPE has received numerous awards and nominations and is today one of the leading fashion brands in Sweden. In 2016, Frida Bard took over as new Head of Design. Sharing the founders’ passion for tailoring and utility, Frida will continue to create iconic garments that make HOPE an inspiring, contemporary voice and a creative force within fashion.
HOPE creates contemporary, high-quality fashion, aimed to inspire and emphasize individual style. We believe in progressive – yet timeless – design, strong tailoring and attention to detail. We’re passionate about DIVERSITY, CREATIVITY and SELF EXPRESSION. There’s truly no reason why anyone today should feel limited by old fashion conventions.
For us, style comes before gender, and we encourage our customers to explore our full assortment, rather than just one department. Starting spring 2017, all our garments are labelled with both men’s and women’s sizes.
Erik Frenken is dutch. He studied at Central Saint Martins college of art and design in London, graduating in 2004. Erik works in The Hague, where he lives with his wife and three children.
The brand Peserico was created in 1962 in Cornedo Vicentino by the design skill of Mary Peserico, who established it with her husband Giuseppe Peruffo, the President of the company.
The company targets the market by offering garments cared in every detail with handmade processes thanks to a high research of quality fabrics combined to a precise tailoring knowledge. The family company grew quickly from a small workshop into a market known brand.
The brand Peserico soon became synonymous for quality pants and skirts designed for women who value a sophisticated elegance. While the brand continues to expand Riccardo Peruffo is now leading the company and is developing the Peserico creations throughout all facets of the business – from women’s total look to leather shoes and accessories.
In an interview with German GALA magazine, creative director Andrea Karg neatly sums up the collection concept, “Our classics are so trendy they don’t look boring, and our trends are so classic they’re wearable.” Luxury basics typical of cashmere are equally a part of the brand spectrum as characteristically unique cashmere couture pieces a la Allude. Germany’s TEXTILWIRTSCHAFT goes so far as to talk about cashmere lyricism and asserts that “structure is the new colour”. Whether ultralight in texture or as multi-ply thicker weights. Andrea Karg even creates those items you would only expect to see in fabric in knitted form. Including mini panties! Knits are celebrated - from the ultra-progressive dungarees in chunky, one-centimetre structures, to transparent tank tops in wafer-thin quality. Textures and jacquard patterns, often combined in a single piece, have not only caught the eye of German VOGUE, “Luxurious. Lovingly detailed and supremely comfortable. Sophisticated.” As well as pullovers, the collection includes coats, jackets, cardigans, pants, tops, cache coeurs, twinsets, fringed dresses, cape dresses, overalls, trousers or skirts. Some are pepped up with diamante or sequins. Or follow the latest trend in distressed and military looks. The international luxury press have pronounced them to be absolute must-haves, presenting sequentially them in their photo runs: whether in the various national or international issues (the latter often share the same name) of ELLE, COSMOPOLITAN, GALA, GRAZIA, INSTYLE, MADAME, MADAME FIGARO, MARIE CLAIRE NUMÉRO or VOGUE: ALLUDE is at the cutting edge of fashion design
It is no secret that the Susan Bijl bag was inspired by the good old plastic bag. You could even call it a tribute. Our bag is made from 100% ripstop nylon, a textile that is used for manufacturing kites. It is also water repellent, but don’t go and have a swim with it.
The bag is superlightweight and easy to fold up really small, so it fits in all your other bags. And did we mention it is superstrong too? So imagine all the nice stuff you can carry around with you all day!
With its modernist design, signature flash and unlimited possible colour variations, the Susan Bijl bags significantly stand out from other manufacturers of ‘daily’ bags and carriers.
Monique van Heist
Monique van Heist concentrates on classic unisex wardrobe pieces, translating her sociological fashion observations into highly wearable and contemporary designs. Her garments are perfectly cut, luxuriously executed and full of smart details and clear references.
Hellofashion was launched in spring 2009, as moniquevanheist’s personal statement on her own fashion company. Hellofashion is a continuous collection of ‘moniquevanheist-classics’ by which she sets out to challenge the fashion system. This permanent and over time growing collection of garments, accessories and lifestyle products like furniture and recipes is available for unlimited time. hellofashion cuts across the fashion system’s usual cycle by adding new products at any given time. Every six months moniquevanheist reviews the collections classic shapes in seasonal colors and materials. hellofashion comes with a loose-leaf catalogue. Every product is presented in eclectic portraits of real people and in a more abstract still life, focusing on the unique qualities of the garment.
MONIQUE VAN HEIST Monique van Heist (Haarsteeg, 1972) started her label moniquevanheist in 2004, after graduating from the AKI academy of fine arts and receiving her master degree from the Fashion Institute Arnhem. With her label she investigates the grey areas of our dress culture while applying a good dose of humor.
Max Mara Weekend
Weekend Max Mara represents Max Mara Group’s lifestyle line.
The collection covers all categories of garments and accessories with an all-inclusive selection of formal-informality.
Still influenced by its original sportswear DNA it features linens, cottons, cashmere, wools and tweeds, yarn-dyed fabrics, patterns and prints, while fits are constantly updated.
The signature detail that sets the line apart and symbolizes the idea of lightness and freedom, is a small butterfly printed or embroidered on the garments.
The collection is distributed in over 160 single-brand stores and leading department stores across the world.