While I love discovering new designers, I love sharing my finds with all of you even more! Recently I came across a line—Mel en Stel—that I knew I had to feature. Upon further investigation, I discovered this line is designed by a woman named Ilse Erikkson from Antwerp, Belgium. She launched her label, which was inspired by such findings as US canvas mail bags and WWII parachutes, in 2005. Though she has expanded the line in the last couple of years, I would love to see her clothing sold in St. Louis; the closest Mel en Stel retailer I could find is in Milwaukee, WI.
Although I have yet to see Erikkson’s SS10 line, I am loving her FW09 collection. Long hemlines and bright colors make up a majority of the collection, but tweeds and hoods are also incorporated. Uh-maze-ing. I also love how Erikkson incorporates of-the-moment geometric shapes. So hot!