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About

OUR JOURNEY

Hello, my name is Natascha von Hirschhausen. While I was studying fashion design at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, I got the chance to travel to Bangladesh with "Local-International". I was in Dhaka for one week, where everything is incredibly full and loud. After this experience, coming to the workshop of "Living Blue" in Rangpur was literally a breath of fresh air. 

To see the amazing handcraft, that is performed by the artisans and the calm, respectful atmosphere charmed me right away. The excellence in handcraft and the self organized fair trade organization showed the strength and skill of these people in an enchanting manner. I spend the most wonderful hours working and experimenting with the artisans, seeing the village and their way of life.

When Mishael got in touch with me after I founded my ethical fashion label "Natascha von Hirschhausen" and asked, if I would be willing to collaborate with the artisans of "Living Blue" I felt teleported back in time and space to the calm, skillful people I got to know on the production site. Of course I was more than happy to start working on a new collection with them. 

"I am honored to work with these amazing, strong artisans now."

Our journey from Bangladesh to Fashion Week Berlin
Our journey from Bangladesh to Fashion Week Berlin

THE PRODUCTION 

The workshop of Living Blue in Bangladesh helps to sustain the unique handcraft and the life of the people on the countryside in Bangladesh. By working eye to eye with our artisans we preserve the one of a kind handcraft and make it accessible to the world. We strongly believe that the best way of development assistance is paying a fair price to our artisans. 

The whole production is about fair trade where the artisans not only get a fair wage and democratically manage and run their own businesses, but also have total control over profits. The surplus generated by these various social enterprises contribute to the general well-being of local communities and help to create sustainable social, cultural and economic life.

Our collection is proudly made in Bangladesh
Our collection is proudly made in Bangladesh

THE NATURAL DYES

All the indigo used for dyeing purposes in this textile collec­tion has been produced in Bangladesh and is of the highest quality. 

Our collaboration is about tapping the value of this renewable resource in the existing micro-ecology. Natural dyes contribute to more environmentally conscientious production systems, as well as sustainable local communities. Plus the finished garment, which you wear on your skin, will not contain any oil-based chemistry.

Indigo production can be integrated into the agricultural cycle and does not have to replace food, rather it can be expanded and complement existing cropping systems and contribute to increased yields. 

Indigo production in Bangladesh
Indigo production in Bangladesh

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We strongly believe the best way of development assistance is paying a fair price to our artisans, that create one of a kind handcraft. Empowering the people and their skills, by providing our costumer with perfect, one of a kind garments, is our main goal.

Natural dyes, compostable fibers and one of a kind handcraft combined with innovative designs is our way of showing, that garments can be fair, eco-friendly and fashionable.
The future is about mindful innovation combined with traditional handcraft skills, renewable resources and high quality fibers. This adds up to the perfect product. This is what we stand for.

For her future driven thinking Natascha got nominated for the "Bundespreis Ecodesign" in 2016 and 2017. "Bundespreis Ecodesign" is an award by the german government acknowledging ecological and innovative design.

Nomination for "Natascha von Hirschhausen" in category "Produkt" - we will know more on 27th of November
Nomination for "Natascha von Hirschhausen" in category "Produkt" - we will know more on 27th of November

 

THE HANDCRAFT

The brand LIVING BLUE stands for high quality, hand-made products, made by artisans in Bangladesh, based on optimum technical recall. The key technique lies in natural dyes, as well as Shibori and Kantha. 

Shibori is a special way of dyeing the fabric to get lively, one of a kind patterns. First of all the whole fabric piece is stitched through and through. Then you pull the threads to put pressure on certain spots. Then you dye the whole piece. After that you extract the threads and get a unique lively pattern, since the dye could not reach where the threads were pulled.

Shibori technique performed by our artisans
Shibori technique performed by our artisans

 

International LOEWE craft price with Sona Rani from Living Blue
International LOEWE craft price with Sona Rani from Living Blue

 

THE COLLECTION

"The principle of all things is water, everything comes from water, and everything eventually returns to it." - Thales von Milet (625 - 545 BC)

The capsule collection "the essence" by Living Blue and Natascha von Hirschhausen highlights the pure essence of handcraft and fashion, inspired by the cradle of life itself - water.

  

 

You can feel the luxe of nature with garments exclusively made of high quality, compostable fibers, which are all dyed naturally and handcrafted by artisans in Bangladesh. The collection is designed by future driven fashion designer Natascha von Hirschhausen with her innovative minimal-waste patterns and shows pure elegance and one of a kind garments.

"Capsule Collection „the essence“ von Living Blue und Natascha von Hirschhausen bei der Salonshow des Greenshowroom  © THOMAS LOHNES & ALEXANDER KÖRNER / GETTY IMAGES FOR MESSE FRANKFURT“
"Capsule Collection „the essence“ von Living Blue und Natascha von Hirschhausen bei der Salonshow des Greenshowroom © THOMAS LOHNES & ALEXANDER KÖRNER / GETTY IMAGES FOR MESSE FRANKFURT“

THE OUTFITS ONE BY ONE

For this first collaboration we created three outfits inspired by water - the cradle of life - in the shape of ice, steam and the ocean.

  • "As the designer I love to wear this outfit, because it is chic, elegant and comfortable. This pant suit gives me the chance to show business wear in an easy, professional and modern way."

This outfit is inspired by the graphicness of ice. The clear lines make this pant suit a unique, handcrafted companion for modern business. 

"Ice" combines a modern day pant suit, which is made of pure, hand spun cotton, with a one of a kind silk blouse, that has a handcrafted Shibori pattern. All pieces are dyed naturally by the artisans of Living Blue with Indigo, that is grown locally and produced fair. 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT "ICE"

Blazer and pants have pockets
The pants have an elastic band closure

The silk blouse is finished with french seams, giving it the best quality. 

All items should be cold washed by hand to secure the longevity.

Thanks to innovative no-waste patterns, these items do not cause waste.

  • "This is the perfect summer outfit. It is light, chic, airy and elegant. In different combinations the pieces can be everything from day to evening wear."

Our "steam" is inspired by the airy clouds of mist. The light and flowing silk embodies the ease of steam. Wrap pants and jacket are made of a silk and cotton blend, which has a hand sewn hem. They are also purely dyed naturally with Myrobalan fruit, which is locally sourced in Bangladesh. 

Our "steam" blouse made of pure silk is also dyed naturally with Myrobalan fruit, which is locally sourced and has a hand stitched pattern in the front. This exceptional handcraft takes about two weeks to hand sew, by one of our artisans in Bangladesh and embodies the steam clouds.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT "STEAM"

The wrap pants have pockets

The pants are size variable, since they are to be wrapped around the body - as is the jacket. Jacket and pants have a hand stitched hem

The silk blouse is finished with french seams, giving it the best quality. 

An extra button on the blouse secures the bra from showing.

Thanks to innovative no-waste patterns, these items do not cause waste.

  • "Ocean is made to be an elegant one of a kind evening outfit. These unique silk pieces can be worn to any evening event. Plus the skirt can be matched with a t-shirt and become the perfect companion for the summer time."

This outfit is inspired by the deep sea. Dark green is shimmering with blue on a softly glowing silk. 

The Shibori handcraft creates this lively but subtle pattern on the draped blouse. The colours are dyed naturally with Pomgranate and Indigo, which is sourced locally in Bangladesh.

GENERAL INORMATION ABOUT "OCEAN"

The straight black skirt has a slit in the front.

Draped silk blouse with shibori pattern has a detail on the shoulder.

All items should be cold washed by hand to secure the longevity.

Thanks to innovative no-waste patterns, these items do not cause waste.

How can we make this happen?
How can we make this happen?

YOUR REWARDS

By supporting us you do not only receive a unique handcrafted piece, you also help to preserve the artisanship, that exists on the countryside in Bangladesh and help us to start this collaboration with the first production. Thank you very much for your trust and your support!

1. Postcard with an Indigo handprint and signature of one of our artisans - 7€

Indigo hand print of one of our Artisans with Signature
Indigo hand print of one of our Artisans with Signature

 2. headband made of hand spun cotton and dyed naturally with Indigo - 20€

Headband made of handspun cotton dyed naturally with indigo
Headband made of handspun cotton dyed naturally with indigo

 3. pocket pouch with Shibori dye and your name hand stitched - 45€

shibori dyed pocket pouch with hand stitched name
shibori dyed pocket pouch with hand stitched name

 4. silk scarf with Shibori pattern and dyed naturally - 89€

THE COLLECTION

"I am already in love with wearing this amazing story in form of high quality garments on my skin."

By wearing these pieces you do not only receive a unique handcrafted and well designed garment, you also help to preserve the artisanship, that exists on the countryside in Bangladesh and help us to start this collaboration with the first production

Thank you very much for your trust and your support!

We love to make these garments and handcraft accessible for you. Plus a pre-order gives us the chance to avoid over production. This is why we offer you a 30% discount on the recommended retail price. 

"I love to wear this outfit, because it is chic, elegant and comfortable. This pant suit gives me the chance to show business wear in an easy, professional and modern way."

The pant suit is made of pure handspun and handwoven cotton. The blouse with Shibori pattern is made of pure silk. All garments are dyed naturally with indigo. If you want to purchase the outfit in a different colour please contact us, we are happy to help you choose.

"This is the perfect summer outfit. It is light, chic, airy and elegant. In different combinations the pieces can be everything from day to evening wear."

The pant suit is made of 50/50 cotton and silk blend. The blouse is made of pure silk. All items are dyed naturally with Myrobalan fruit. If you want to purchase the outfit in a different colour please contact us, we are happy to help you choose.

"Ocean is made to be an elegant one of a kind evening outfit. These unique silk pieces can be worn to any evening event. Plus the skirt can be matched with a t-shirt and become the perfect companion for the summer time."

The skirt is made of 50/50 silk and cotton blend dyed with Monjista and Indigo. The blouse with the subtle Shibori pattern is made of pure silk dyed with Pomgranate and Indigo. If you want to purchase the outfit in a different colour please contact us, we are happy to help you choose.

These are our milestones for this collection
These are our milestones for this collection

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Hi - I am Natascha.
Hi - I am Natascha.

"I am happy to be in contact with my supporters."

If you want to try on the collection pieces you are invited to set a date and visit us in our Atelier in Berlin. If you have any further questions about the sizes please contact us via info@nataschavonhirschhausen.com - we are happy to help you choose your perfect outfit.

Atelier:
Natascha von Hirschhausen
Kiautschoustraße 14
13353 Berlin
(on appointment only)

If you want to get in touch with us please write an e-mail to info@nataschavonhirschhausen.com or call us Tel: +49 30 810 36 490 Mobile: +49 176 478 427 95. 

If you want to keep in touch simply follow us on Facebook or Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/nataschavonhirschhausen/

https://www.instagram.com/livingblue.bangladesh/

https://www.facebook.com/Design.Mode.Ethik/

If you want to see the world of Natascha von Hirschhausen visit:
https://www.nataschavonhirschhausen.com/

SPECIAL THANKS

We like to thank 

TRIPPEN for the beautiful shoes

KERBHOLZ for the sunglasses

STEFANIE B. for being our model

JANA N. our intern for assisting us amazingly

This was us after presenting successfully at Fashion Week Berlin this summer. It would make us at least equally happy to get startet on the first production and the next collection.

"Thank you for your support!"

Mishael, Natascha, Jana and the Artisans

Misha, Natascha and Jana thank you for your support!
Misha, Natascha and Jana thank you for your support!

 

Risks and challenges

Challenges & Solutions

In cooperation with Living Blue we have already reached quite some landmarks with the Capsule Collection until this day:
The collection is complete, our prototypes have been featured in the Salonshow of Green Showroom in Berlin and now we are looking forward to produce the items between December and February.
Everything is set - so with a successful Crowdfunding campaign the collection parts can go to production.

Time plays an important role in the whole production process of "the essence". Every collection part is made in view of perfection, cleanness and ethics in careful and high-quality manual labour by our artists in Bangladesh. After the production the collection is sent to Berlin where we perform the last personal finishing. Only by a time consuming process we can guarantee an excellent quality. Of course we already counted in this time consuming production, so you should get your items in time.

However we are not protected against unpredictable challenges. Problems can appear, for example with the delivery – packages are put out to delays and reach us by later appointments than planned. In the reverse this means that the whole schedule stretches in the length.

We will do everything in our power to make the delivery in time and hope for your comprehension if we can not. If there should happen to be any delays, we will inform you right away.

Herausforderungen & Lösungsideen

In Zusammenarbeit mit Living Blue haben wir mit unserer Capsule Collection "the essence" schon einige Meilensteine erreicht:
Die Kollektion ist komplett, unsere Prototypen wurden auf der Salonshow des Green Showroom in Berlin präsentiert.
Mit einem erfolgreichen Verlauf unserer Crowdfunding Kampagne können die 5 Outfits nun in Produktion gehen.

Zeit spielt eine wichtige Rolle im gesamten Herstellungsprozess von „the essence“. Jedes Kollektionsteil wird im Hinblick auf Perfektion, Reinheit und Ethik in sorgfältiger und qualitativ hochwertiger Handarbeit von Künstlern in Bangladesch angefertigt, nach Berlin verschickt und erhält im Atelier den letzten Feinschliff. Nur durch diesen zeitintensiven Prozess können wir eine hervorragende Qualität gewährleisten. Natürlich haben wir dies in unserem Produktionszeitraum von Dezember bis Februar berücksichtigt.

Aber natürlich sind auch wir nicht vor unvorhersehbaren Herausforderungen geschützt. Probleme können beispielsweise bei der Lieferung auftreten – beispielsweise könnten sich Pakete verspäten. Im Umkehrschluss bedeutet das, dass sich der gesamte Zeitplan in die Länge zieht.

Sollten Probleme oder Verzögerungen auftreten werden euch natürlich umgehend informieren und alles in unserer Macht stehende tun, um diese aus der Welt zu räumen.

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