KOMONO x Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

Over the last years, Komono was working together with the fashion students of the Royal Art Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. The institution has been the cradle of creativity for years and has produced some of Belgium’s most renowned designers. During this collaboration, KOMONO work together with the academy to transform the ideas of the students into real products that they can showcase during the final runway show at the end of their training.

"This project is something that is very close to our heart and we find ourselves reminiscing over the previous editions regularly. Come join us on a dive into our archives, where we go back to take a look at the amazing pieces that we created together." - KOMONO

 

We are super proud to curate two talents from this collaboration in our store:

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LUCA
HOLZINGER

WHAT EXCITED YOU ABOUT COLLABORATING WITH KOMONO?

It was very motivating to be selected for the Komono collaboration so early on in the collection process. Furthermore I learned how to work with a professional company and gained insight into their working process from the design to the launch of the final product. Last but not least it gave my collection a more professional outlook and I’m really excited that the glasses will be my first piece sold in store.

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR DESIGN AND HOW THE WHOLE PROCESS WENT?

I chose a cat-eye frame and draped lycra fabric around it. The sharp frame should be in strong contrast to the flowing fabric on top of it.

The drape of the fabric should resemble flowing water. By translating the fabric drape into solid acetate the frame looks liquefied. To make a clear reference to the theme of water, I chose a transparent turquoise colorway besides the two solid frames.

The process went without any complications. The Komono designers helped me to translate my design idea into awearable and industrially producible piece.

IN WHAT WAYS DO THE GLASSES COMPLEMENT OR ENHANCE YOUR COLLECTION?

The glasses, my shoes and bracelets all work with the idea of a liquid drape shape. These rather sculptural and experimental accessoires stand out and compliment my fitted silhouettes.

 

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INGMAR
PATTON PLUSCZYK

WHAT EXCITED YOU ABOUT COLLABORATING WITH KOMONO?

Collaborating with Komono was the first opportunity for me as a young designer to translate something from my collection into a product for the public. That within its self is already pretty exciting. In addition to this, working with Komono and other creatives was a great experience. The fact that they where as excited to translate my designs to reality and made sure that the sunglasses came to life just as imagined made this experience special.

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR DESIGN AND HOW THE WHOLE PROCESS WENT?

The design for my glasses relates back to my topic that deals with the idea that self expression is not related to accumulated wealth. The idea stemmed from an extravagant socialite named Luisa Casati who had squandered her wealth forcing her to go through trash to find things to decorate herself with. This idea of luxury mixed with ‘trash’ lead to the design of the glasses. To execute this we combined plastic bag textures with the elegant facings of ring leading to the form and structure of the design.

IN WHAT WAYS DO THE GLASSES COMPLEMENT OR ENHANCE YOUR COLLECTION?

The sunglasses contribute the final touch to the collection. In my opinion an accessory should not distract from a look but accentuate it and i think we where quite successful with that in this case. They also bridge the gap of a conceptual design with something wearable. the garments may not be for everyday use but with the sunglasses you get to take a piece of the collection home with you.

 explore the collection here