Category: interview


KNOTORYUS TALKS TO BRECHT VANDENBROUCKE ABOUT ‘ART IS COMIC’ AT MIMA

Posted on June 23rd, by immi in art, interview, magazine. 1 Comment

Allow me to paint you a picture. The wildly talented visual artist and illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke has had his work splashed over anything from the New York Times to Prada shirts and don’t get us started on those unforgettable Walter Van Beirendonck collabs. With a relentless eye for detail, this young Belgian picks up on every little perversion of our daily realities and mirrors them in painted comic strips and collages, even sculptures, with an unignorable candour mixed with pop iconography relatable to all. Speech bubble: it should come to no one’s surprise that Brecht Vandenbroucke was hand-picked by Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt, taste level impeccable as ever, to be co-curator for MIMA’s new expo “Art Is Comic”, opening June 23. The exhibition is meant to provide solace in a world of terror, a belly laugh to … Read More »



KNOTORYUS TALKS TO AVENUE FOUNDER LINA FREDRIKSSON ABOUT HER VERY OWN ADIDAS SNEAKER, HYPE VS INNOVATION AND THE ‘MEH’ OF THE RESELLER

Posted on May 24th, by Dominique in interview, magazine, style. Comments Off on KNOTORYUS TALKS TO AVENUE FOUNDER LINA FREDRIKSSON ABOUT HER VERY OWN ADIDAS SNEAKER, HYPE VS INNOVATION AND THE ‘MEH’ OF THE RESELLER

If you’d do a poll among young fashion killers on IG or Snapchat and ask them what item they’d mostly like to release carrying their own name, surely “a sneaker” would come out as top answer. That dream, but for much more legitimate reasons than “it would be lit AF”, has come true for the Swedish/Belgian Lina Fredriksson. For ten years now, through sheer hard work, dedication and a genuine love for the culture she has been making a global success out of her store Avenue, located in the fashion district of Antwerp. Tonight we’ll be celebrating her first collaboration with adidas: the adidas Consortium x Avenue EQT 93/16 Support. A buttery and luxurious but super clean play on the usually leisurely looking model which comes in two high end colourways: black and tan.

KNOTORYUS: First of all, congratulations! I know you’ve been … Read More »



KNOTORYUS TALKS TO VEJA FOUNDER SÉBASTIEN KOPP

Posted on April 5th, by immi in interview, magazine. Comments Off on KNOTORYUS TALKS TO VEJA FOUNDER SÉBASTIEN KOPP

The fashion versus sustainability imbroglio is one that has been tainting the industry for years. We don’t need the vast amount of clothes that are being churned out season after season, we all understand that (but does anyone really still want to be caught in a Rottweiler print out in these streets?) We can look to slow fashion for answers and invest in trend-averse, high-quality goods that can be worn season after season. Just thinking about the “Martin Margiela: The Hermès Years” expo and Margiela’s pioneering evergreen designs makes the best case for the slow fashion movement. On the sustainable production front, pioneering brands like Bruno Pieters’ Honest By. and Rombaut are leading the way in creating great fashion for the lowest possible ecological and social impact. Alas, still too many companies prefer fast fashion’s bottom line over a complete and transparent overhaul. That’s a … Read More »



KNOTORYUS TALKS TO DIRECTOR/CURATOR KAAT DEBO ABOUT THE MIND OF MARTIN MARGIELA

Posted on March 28th, by Dominique in art, interview, magazine, style. 1 Comment

(Hermès Autumn-Winter 2002) 

One of our favourite museums in the world, MoMu, the institution that is housed in the same building as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Fashion Department aka the world-renowned Antwerp Fashion Academy, is racking up one stellar show after another. Following the highs that included: “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations“, “Game Changers” and most recently the touching “Rik Wouters & the Private Utopia“, we are now treated to a deep-dive into Martin Margiela’s six-year stint (1997-2003) at French luxury house Hermès. While avid fans are well aware of the parallel parcours the notoriously independent designer rode next to heading his own Maison Martin Margiela, it is clear that this has been very much the more subdued part of the Belgian’s story. Until now. MoMu director and curator of “Martin Margiela: the Hermès Years”, Kaat Debo, took it upon herself to initiate an … Read More »



KNOTORYUS TALKS TO VJEZE FUR & PERRE VAN DEN BRINK AKA TRATLEHNER

Posted on March 21st, by Dominique in interview, magazine, music, style. Comments Off on KNOTORYUS TALKS TO VJEZE FUR & PERRE VAN DEN BRINK AKA TRATLEHNER

(Image: Perre van den Brink & Freddy Tratlehner at Avenue © Kelly Fober)

The morning I’m interviewing the two creative polymaths behind TRATLEHNER, the Amsterdam-based clothing label that had a succesful run in 2014, but then fell silent, two things happen: I receive a years-old Facebook-memory that had me quoting a VjezeFur/De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig lyric and I receive the first mail of the year from the great Walter Van Beirendonck to set up a new work project. My co-workers who are deeply aware of my admiration for both these men deem these coincidences pretty weird, but as someone who on one hand isn’t superstitious at all, I have also learned to accept that when it comes to the people that have provided me with loud laughter, comfort and great art at points in my life when I needed it the most, the universe … Read More »



KNOTORYUS CATCHES UP WITH POLITICAL STREETWEAR BRAND HYPEPEACE TO DISCUSS THE NEW DESIGNS, PROTESTS & ANONYMITY  

Posted on February 20th, by Dominique in interview, magazine, style. Comments Off on KNOTORYUS CATCHES UP WITH POLITICAL STREETWEAR BRAND HYPEPEACE TO DISCUSS THE NEW DESIGNS, PROTESTS & ANONYMITY  

On the dawn of the launch of their second release, this time in support of people affected by the Syrian crisis, we talk to political streetwear collective HYPEPEACE, whose first release, the super popular “Palestine” sweater – a clever play on the famed “Palace” tri-ferg, with proceeds going to Palestinian youth forum Sharek – shot them straight to Insta-fame and beyond.

KNOTORYUS: Let’s talk about the aftermath of the first HYPEPEACE release, the “Palestine” designs. Did you expect it to take off so quickly?

HYPEPEACE: “No, we definitely didn’t. We only started out by making a few pieces, not even a hundred. But then my buddy Akito Hearnshaw posted about us and that triggered the first wave of interest. Mainly people from London started buying our products, but Akito also has followers all the way to Japan, so we immediately got a Japanese order as … Read More »



KNOTORYUS CHECKS IN WITH DESIGNERS MARIE-SOPHIE BEINKE, EMMANUEL A. RYNGAERT & SCHUELLER DE WAAL AHEAD OF THE ACT! CUT! PLAY! FASHION FILM SCREENING

Posted on February 9th, by immi in interview, magazine, video. Comments Off on KNOTORYUS CHECKS IN WITH DESIGNERS MARIE-SOPHIE BEINKE, EMMANUEL A. RYNGAERT & SCHUELLER DE WAAL AHEAD OF THE ACT! CUT! PLAY! FASHION FILM SCREENING

When I was 15, I saw my first fashion film. It was a Prada feature named ‘Thunder Perfect Mind’, directed by Ridley & Jordan Scott, in which Daria Werbowy traipsed through Berlin in custom Miuccia while reciting a poem. It was alive with chic and frisson and I remember becoming instantly obsessed, endlessly sketching the outfits and re-watching what represented a perfect break from my small-town reality. Films like that allow fashion fiends to experience the movement of clothing that’s otherwise unattainable, breathing a dream to life, in a way.

That first contact with a dream is why you don’t want to miss out on the February 9 Antwerp screening of Act! Cut! Play!, a talent development project uniting creators from different disciplines to challenge and lift the medium of fashion film. For this first edition, the organisers – MoMu Antwerp, Dutch … Read More »



KNOTORYUS TALKS TO MICHAEL “La MJC” DUPOUY ABOUT “ALL GONE”, CURATING DREAMS AND HOW SHORT OUR SUPREME X LV-MONEY IS

Posted on February 1st, by Dominique in art, interview, magazine, style. Comments Off on KNOTORYUS TALKS TO MICHAEL “La MJC” DUPOUY ABOUT “ALL GONE”, CURATING DREAMS AND HOW SHORT OUR SUPREME X LV-MONEY IS

In the intro of the 11th edition of his brain child, the coveted “All Gone – The Finest Of Street Culture 2016“-book, Paris native Michael Dupouy, starts out by stating: “Growth and progress are never without risk.”

He goes on to explain beautifully how a once niche movement has evolved into what some think to be a mindless monster while others perceive what is happening to be a very important levelling up of a culture. Michael finishes musing: “The best is yet to come.”

Michael Dupouy is co-founder of independent communication agency La MJC, one of the first agencies in Europe to work closely on major campaigns with the world’s biggest brands and inserting these streets’ much sought after flavour into their goods, while also designing special products with them -literally- carrying the La MJC-stamp. It is hard to find someone better suited to make bold statements about the state of today’s “saturated … Read More »



MEET KNOTORYUS’ FAVOURITE FOOTWEAR NEWCOMER ADULT. (INTERVIEW)

Posted on December 19th, by immi in interview, magazine, style. Comments Off on MEET KNOTORYUS’ FAVOURITE FOOTWEAR NEWCOMER ADULT. (INTERVIEW)

Designers Shone Puipia and Raphäele Lenseigne both went for the jugular at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp: Fashion Department aka the Antwerp Fashion Academy ‘s ‘SHOW2016‘. Puipia presented one of our favourite 2016 graduate collections with a dreamscape of women revealing their wild side, while Lenseigne draped her models in streaked patchwork armours and gave us her strong ‘Get Mad’ silhouettes. What stood out in their collections was the stellar footwear, created by two different minds but somehow cohesive. So they went for the bold move and co-founded footwear (for now) label ‘Adult.’. They describe the brand as making ‘shoes for women who embody various characters in their lives.’ Their first collection of boots constructed from original materials such as eel and acryl is now up for preorder, the lookbook is ace and it’s time to see what’s good with these two grown fashion newbies.(above image: Shone Puipia & Raphaële Lenseigne … Read More »



TOYKYO’S POINTDEXTR TALKS ABOUT THE HOLLY X TOYKYO CAPSULE COLLECTION

Posted on December 16th, by Dominique in art, interview, magazine, style. Comments Off on TOYKYO’S POINTDEXTR TALKS ABOUT THE HOLLY X TOYKYO CAPSULE COLLECTION

The bright and bouncy creations of Belgian artist and entrepreneur Bué The Warrior have lit up streets and smartphones alike all across the globe for years. We lost him to the sunny sidewalks of Mexico City and a batch of waffle irons last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop working with those he considers to be the best. That’s where the incredible -headed by founding partner, Case Studyo co-owner and KNOTORYUS favourite Mathieu Van Damme- Toykyo dream weavers come in. For ten years now, they have been the design studio behind some great campaigns, fashion shows, art editions, album covers and many other lauded achievements. A new collaboration between Bué The Warrior and the studio called ‘HOLLY x TOYKYO’ has just dropped, inspired by Mexican culture, Belgian colours and Bué’s budding waffle empire called Holly Waffles. We caught up with Toykyo … Read More »





A FIRST LOOK AT UNIQLO X J.W. ANDERSON AW17 (EVERY SINGLE PIECE)

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MAKE-UP TO BE HERE FOR: PAT MCGRATH LABS “MATTETRANCE”

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TAILOR YOUR WEEKEND: ART COMES FIRST LONDON POP-UP

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RAF SIMONS SS18 (ALL THE LOOKS + REVIEW)

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BLACK IN THE DAY: SNAPSHOTS OF BLACK BRITISH LIFE

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KNOTORYUS BEST OF PARIS HAUTE COUTURE WEEK (AW17)

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A FIRST LOOK AT H&M STUDIO x COLETTE AW17 (EVERY SINGLE PIECE)

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BOLD MINDS SPEAK: JEFFERSON HACK FOR BREAD & BUTTER BY ZALANDO

Publishing pioneer, author, digital culture and fashion topliner, co-founder and editorial director of Dazed Media Jefferson Hack has a word for you and you’d...

ROMBAUT SS18: PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES

There’s a specific, heady mix of satisfaction that takes over when you know your look is both sickening as well as completely sustainable. Fortunately,...

JAY-Z 4:44 CD IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER

Even after more than a dozen plays, it’s still pretty impossible for me to pick a favourite song from 4:44, the lyrical masterpiece JAY-Z dropped last...

KNOTORYUS TALKS TO BRECHT VANDENBROUCKE ABOUT ‘ART IS COMIC’ AT MIMA

Allow me to paint you a picture. The wildly talented visual artist and illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke has had his work splashed over anything from...

WHAT KNOTORYUS SAW AT “SHOW 2017” THE HAGUE

The Royal Academy of Fine Art The Hague’s Fashion & Textile Department held its annual graduate show this weekend and you know we were...

THE 1ST CALVIN KLEIN EYEWEAR COLLECTION BY RAF SIMONS IS HERE

Our fellow countryman Raf Simons, who took home both Mens- and Womenswear Designer of the Year 2017 CFDA Awards for his collections at Calvin Klein a...

BELGIAN VIDEOS TO BE HERE FOR: DARRELL COLE & COELY

2017 has already proven to be a great year for Belgian hip hop with artists like Hamza and Damso -whose rise in particular seems unstoppable...

PLAY THIS EXCLUSIVE ANTWERP FASHION DEPARTMENT SHOW2017 SOUNDTRACK

This weekend, we got to witness a piece of fashion history as the biggest group of masters ever graduated from the Royal Academy of...