June 1, 2016
Writing for Imprint Magazine, their editor-in-chief Laila Cohen and I travelled to textile designer BYBORRE’s workplace to interview Borre Akkersdijk. I prepared the questions, conducted the interview, wrote and edited the piece for Imprint Magazine. A great insight into the future of fashion and a successful collaboration.
“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.
BA: The scarves were made six years ago, I know of friends that still wear them. The funny thing is they age. Some of my friends’ scarves have totally gone to lead their own lives and look completely different than they used to. I want the products to be as durable as possible. I don’t want to make a seasonal t-shirt, I want to make the best possible t-shirt I can make at that point. That’s how I see the whole brand.
BA: In the future we could make pattern-pieces for other brands too, using sensor technology. We are developing the technique of someone using software to log onto the piece and using it. There’s lots of different layers to it. Concept is one, look and textile are two, but then all the sensor-technology needs to be able to communicate with other devices too.
We work on those concepts often. It’s going to go step by step. The first step is going to be really simple: technology in clothing is going to help you a bit moving around and help with your wellbeing. It’ll make many things more intuitive.
Check Imprint Magazine for the entire interview.