The Henten Bag!

Hey Guys,

It is a really happy day for me and the blog because I am going to introduce interviews in it. I want to present you people with the same love and passion for this world. For this first interview, I have the honor of interviewing Mikel Cans and his brand The Henten Bag.

1.- How is the person behind The Henten Bag?!                                                                                                                   

Behind The Henten Bag there is a small team, but the greatest! The brand was originally my idea, and I was the one finding the Hävard Henten heritage. Together with my two partners we developed it and make it a reallity. Today, by now, we are the ones driving the whole daily activity.

2.- Tell us about your background and if it is helped you with the brand?!

My formal education is graphic design, a field in which I constructed my career and I have work for about 20 years, always very related to fashion, finding among my customers some recognised fashion brands. Without any doubt this experience has help me a lot with The HENTEN Bag.

3.- Tell us about The Henten Bag?!

I was looking for the perfect piece of luggage, that was something that became an obsession for me until one day digging in an old book store I have found a Finnish book about art. That was the first time I have read about the unknown Hävard Henten.
The story was so inspiring and I decided to evolve The Henten Bag and make it an everyday ítem combining utility, comfort and high quality, with an special twist of style.
4.- When you started your company and how has The Henten Bag grown since you started?!
We started mid 2012, five seassons until now. We started with our online store www.thehentenbag.com and surprisingly we were contacted by our first Japanese stockist. Since then our Brand is part of some of the best selected stores around the world.
5.- What was the biggest challenge for you in creating this brand?!
The most challenging but wonderfull until now has been to learn about the leather industry wich is now a passion for me.
6.- Which is your favourite part about creating The Henten Bag’s brand?!
I specially enjoy creating the new collection every seasson.
7.- Tell us a little about the fabrics that you use?!
We use some special hand woven fabrics but our collection it’s mainly based on leather. We produce everything in Spain in a very artisan way. Our production are limited editions. We also use calf leather, suede etc.
8.- Which are your inspirations behind the brand?!
We get inspired by many things but specially by the Havard Henten life style based on traveling, curiosity, simplicity and comfort.
9.- Each collection has its own story, where does the inspiration come from?!
We just do updates in all the things that inspire us giving freshness to each collection.
10.- No outfit is complete without?!
Of course, a HENTEN Bag.
11.- Could you have in mind any collaboration for the future?!
We are open to everything, but we are not telling you our whole future….
12.- In five years, you are…your brand…
Updated and evolved, but keeping the same principles of today
13.- Anything else we should known about the brand?!
Great news coming soon, so keep connected www.thehentenbag.com
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I hope you like The Henten Bag as much as I do!
xoxo,
frankie lauren

Raf Simons & Sterling Ruby

Hey Guys,

Woooowww was the first expression that comes to my mouth when I have seen the collaboration between Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby.

He was born in Neerpelt (Belgium) in 1968 and he is living and working in Antwerp (Belgium). The most important message Raf Simons wants to communicate is “pride in individuality”. Equally important in Raf Simons approach is the constant quest for innovation. The designs are always looking for the classic references. Throughout the years, with the signature style evolving and maturing, the key elements for fabrics and textures and above all the interplay of pure construction and new shapes with the body and psyche of the contemporary man.

On the other hand, Sterling Ruby was born in LA (USA) and also he is working there too. Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, collage and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered.

Back to the collaboration, they said that the whole collaboration was an exploration of ourselves – trying to collaborate and not be held back any limitations. If Simons is known for a precise eye with minimalist sci-fi tendencies, Ruby’s work is the opposite; spray-painted canvases that look like sprawling landscapes, ceramics that appear to drip and handcrafted mixed media collages.

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xoxo,

frankie lauren

Biba

Hey Guys,

I have read a couple of articles talking about Zara and H&M are putting an eye in churches, theatres, cinemas,… to open new stores. What do you think about it?! There is a really thin line between cool and ugly and it could be very dangerous for them if they ruin an old piece of art and history. Sometimes, you take a nice place to open your store but you have to add your own image and it has to be by the hand of the place that you are choosing.

On the other hand, there are cases when the power of the brand, the coolest of the visual,… make a place shines. As for example, the phenomenon of Biba’s store in London. Biba was a London fashion store of the 1960s and 1970s. Biba was started and primarily run by the Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki with help of her husband Stephen Fitz-Simon. From a mail order company in the early sixties, to global fashion phenomenon of the seventies, Biba was a store like no other. Biba’s early years were rather humble, with many of the outfits being cheap and available to the public by mail order. Biba’s postal boutique had its first significant success in May 1964 when it offered a pink gingham dress to readers of the Daily Mirror. The dress had celebrity appeal, as a similar dress had been worn by Brigitte Bardot. By the morning after the dress was advertised in the Daily Mirror, it had received over 4.000 orders.

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xoxo,

frankie lauren

Turtleneck

Hey Guys,

How is going with these first days with cold and rain?! It is not nice that the Sun leaves ourselves to say hi to clouds and rain. But, to be honest I was waiting for this weather to start wearing my autumn/winter outfits. For this season, I am seeing a lot of turtleneck in the shops, big and trendy cities, and so on. So keep on eye in this piece of cloth because I see really trendy at the same time elegant and smart.

Turtleneck is the US term for a Polo neck, which in Britain has a slightly different meaning, referring to a collar resembles a polo neck, being tubular in form, but not as high, and usually not turned back on it self. The term may also refer to a garment featuring such a collar. So-called as it resembles the opening of a turtle´s shell (in to which the head and neck retract).

I leave you some pictures about some turtlenecks that I saw in the market and always remember that you have more and less expensive options.

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Turtleneck is a must for this season, go for it!

xoxo,

frankie lauren

Jorge Vazquez – Men Collection in the stores

Hey Guys,
The leaves are falling down and the nostalgic is coming back but I have good news, especially for men because Jorge Vazquez has started selling his men’s collection AW14/15 in his store in Calle Orellana N*12 Bajo Izq. (+34917024431).
Jorge Vazquez is a well-known Spanish designer focus in his pret-a-porter and wedding dresses, but a couple of seasons ago he has started doing men collection again with a lot of success. Right now, after some good critics and media behind, he has decided to selling it.
He is doing a classic men but at the same time contemporaneous, elegant and fashion trend. Remark the patterns, clean cuts and the good fabrics & quality (alpaca, poplin, oxford and wool).
I leave you the pictures of the collection and you can take your own opinion about it, have a look of the bomber or fur jacket as well as the heavy knit proposals.

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Maybe you are with me that the collection is fantastic and the colors and garments match perfect with these grey and cold days.
xoxo,
frankie lauren