When Art and Fashion Give Voice
How peace, hope and creativity came together in a limited edition bag
It all started in the fall of 2017, when fashion designer Bas Kosters organised a workshop for Manifeest, a benefit festival for new activism and peace. The makers and participants created peace suits that would turn people into moving signs of peaceful protest. In a cool twist, the makers created peace suits themselves and joined the parade. From here, Bas and the makers saw just how much could come out of making together.
Fast forward to summer 2018, Bas & the Makers got serious. “I sketched something that I would like to do, something inspired by the material used in creating the Makers Unite products,” recalls Bas. In their next session at the Makers Unite atelier they talked about hope and what it means to them. From this inspiration process, it was clear for Bas that whatever the outcome was, the world of Bas Kosters and of Makers Unite must resonate with each other.
“To create a strong collaboration I needed to stay true to my design aesthetics in combination with the very specific technique and material of Makers Unite. When I got there, I noticed that we are very different, which is good and very logical because we are all in this world in very different ways and that what makes us equal.” says Bas.
That was when art and fashion got together to give voice to a story of kindness and humanity, giving love and meaning to unique materials through design and artisanal craftsmanship: the Robot Bag
“Through their craft and labor, I get to tell the story of how important it is to see each other for who we are. I think that it’s the story of Makers Unite and it’s something important for me, too, as an individual” Bas
A fun and unique bag showcased at “Dear Sir/Madam: HOPE” SS19 collection of Bas Kosters, the iconic Robot Bag embodies style and substance. Taking it out in the town you have the power to create a positive change. Show the world what hope means to you, and carry the message to see each other for who we are, no matter where you come from.
“I hope that with the Robot Bag, we can communicate serious things. It’s a perfect example of a Bas Kosters storytelling project where you amuse and trigger people with optimism to tell the story behind certain issues. I’m really happy with the people that I got the chance to work with.” concludes Bas.
Hurry though, there will only ever be 200 of them.