“It’s difficult being in fashion: the only thing you can do (for the environment) is make sure that it stops.”
Borre Akkersdijk is a textile whirlwind, taking in all the interesting materials and techniques he can find, spewing out great, innovative products and lots of knowledge to start on the fabric development of the future.
PAST: WHAT MADE BYBORRE WHAT IT IS TODAY?
Imprint: Can you tell us how BYBORRE started, for you?
Borre Akkersdijk: At graduation I had already made my first small collection. I mostly did textile development. We ended up in a mattress factory where we changed the whole production process. Which lead to us starting out with fashion.
Imprint: You were interested in textile before you went to the Design Academy?
BA: Yes definitely. At about five years old I was already SUPER intrigued by accessories and buttons. I went to a technical design school but I wasn’t feeling it, so I started working for a shoe company at seventeen. I designed children’s shoes. That was my first product. At that moment I really wanted to build more concepts. Make things. So the Design Academy was the proper choice for me.
Imprint: What did the shoes look like? …