The five fashion residents of MAD Brussels
MAD Brussels, the centre for fashion and design, not only supports designers by offering them a place to stay and create for two years, but also offers them a tailor-made mentoring programme with workshops by experts, international contacts and exchanges with social and sustainable entrepreneurs. In total, the MAD Incubator, in the city centre, houses 10 designers chosen based on the economic potential, creative richness and social value of their project.
We are happy to introduce you the five fashion professionals who recently took up residence in the MAD Incubator. The selection consists of designers who address the current challenges of the design sector in an innovative, inclusive and sustainable way. From upcycling and recycling to the development of new technologies and production possibilities.
Meet our fashion residents
Alizée Loubet and Fernando Miro are the duo behind the fashion label Mipinta. The label stands for independence and freedom. Together, they look for ways to fill out the men's wardrobe liberally and break the conventional codes within menswear. Their aim is to question and challenge the concept of masculinity through their collections. Mipinta works with local actors and research new ways of production, such as upcycling and the use of new technologies. The label has also been nominated as a finalist for the French Hyères fashion festival.
Textile and jewellery designer Anneleen Bertels mixes in her work traditional and innovative techniques. She combines sustainable materials and new techniques with traditional craftsmanship: how can techniques, forms and findings interact? Where do they clash? How can they strengthen each other? For her embroidery, Bertels uses recycled materials that she inserts into clothing as a repair method. Her work therefore consists of the extraordinary combination of embroidery, jewellery and textiles.
Kasbah Kosmic is a fashion label with a strong and unique aesthetic which uses unusual and eclectic materials, unique craft techniques, an eccentric playful style and an imaginative vision of Algeria and Maghreb culture. Founder and designer Kenza Vandeput Taleb not only honours her dual Algerian-Belgian background, but also questions it through upcycled and personalised designs.
Rosie Broadhead, the fashion designer and researcher of the Skin Series label, focuses on developing garments that benefit skin health. Skin Series is a line of undergarments where the fibres have therapeutic properties both for the skin and the body. The garments improve the immune system, promote cell renewal and also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fashion designer Stefan Kartchev seamlessly connects elements that at first sight seem to be opposites. Techwear and tradition, innovation and craft: in Kartchev's universe, they undermine and unite to reinforce each other. By adding technological innovation - inspired by techwear and activewear - he creates something new and innovative. The results are hybrid, fabulous pieces that far transcend their artisanal basis.
In addition to these fashion designers, we also have five product developers in residence. Find out who they are here:
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