Speaking on textiles and conscious design with Dashiel Brahmann.
October 10, 2017
"We set our goals and perfect the fit and quality even if it’s less styles in a collection, so that we are proud of what we make and produce. We try to make things that we would want to wear and would want to keep forever as a wearer."
Favorite Song To Listen To While Working: Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast - Pink Floyd. An elegantly composed three part piece that aims to both marry and examine our daily routine through the expression of music.
Current Favorite Book: The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe / Joan Didion - Slouching towards Bethlehem.
Favorite Place For Inspiration: The Ocean
Dashiel Brahmann is a new emerging brand hitting the mark for the quintessential laid back and simple aesthetic. Coupling good design with sustainable principles, the brand creates timeless pieces that are incredibly well crafted and beautifully artistic. We met with Dashiel in his studio in Brooklyn to learn more about his journey with Dashiel Brahmann and what it's like to design with a purpose, and build a brand.
Arche: You focus a lot on natural, minimalist aesthetics; what draws you to this?
Dash: Nature or the natural world in all of its simplicity holds some of the most advanced examples of design. This simplistic and harmonious beauty found in nature is the driving force behind how we develop our garments.
Arche: Why did you choose fashion as your creative outlet?
Dash: Surf and skate clothing are really what got me into clothing. What got me into “fashion” is I remember walking into a Burberry store and having my first interaction with “well made clothing”, something I had no idea existed. I thought to myself, “Wow this is where I belong, this is what I want to do.”
I ended up getting a job working retail with Burberry and after taking a menswear course at FIT something clicked. I made my first shirt which came out really well and I thought to myself that I could actually be good at this.
Arche: Being so ingrained in surf culture, and spending time close to the sea – how did this affect your sense of style?
Dash: As many of us know, plastic or any petroleum based products are very much a part of our everyday lives. Most of this ends up in the ocean and scattered about our coastlines. This reality has for the most part pushed me away from any nylons polyesters or rayons. Although they do have their place such as in swimwear wetsuits or rainwear I feel that we should practice restraint. I mostly wear and use natural fibers only. I feel that they’re far more comfortable and like with linen they age beautifully. Most of the fits that I wear and make are rather relaxed but still provide the illusion of a slim elegant silhouette.
Arche: You mentioned you studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology. What was the biggest lesson you learned during this time?
Dash: I learned how much hard work and dedication it takes to pursue a career in doing something that you love.
"Petroleum based products are very much a part of our everyday lives. Most of this ends up in the ocean and scattered about our coastlines. This reality has for the most part pushed me away from any nylons polyesters or rayons. Although they do have their place such as in swimwear wetsuits or rainwear, I feel that we should practice restraint. "
Arche: Your previous experience includes working with renowned brands like Burberry, Thom Browne, and Patrik Ervell. What was the collaborative experience like?
Dash: They were all certainly unique in their own way. I worked for Burberry for about 2 years prior and a little during my first semester at FIT. That experience gave me a really solid introduction into the history and fabrication of manufacturing well made clothing. Additionally I learned a lot about how the average consumer shops and what products tend to sell more than others.
During my time spent at Thom Browne I had the opportunity to really learn how the entire design to sales process worked.
I spent a lot of my time developing custom fabrications for both men’s and women’s.
Additionally I had the amazing opportunity to work closely with Master Tailor Rocco Ceccarelli in their tailoring factory and pick up on some of his very valuable personal knowledge.
Working with Patrik so far has really been a great experience. I'm in charge of the pattern making which is essentially the architectural blueprints for the factory. So far I've worked on the past two collections, along with the help of my co-workers, and we've been able to make really strong samples.
Arche: What are some of your favorite pieces from your own wardrobe?
Dash: Black crinkle wool Lazy Pant that will be available exclusively at Pilgrim Japan this winter.
Arche: What is next for you?
Dash: Just launched a full collection of SS18 for the first time- it’s very small but we are proud of it! Our next step will be to produce something even better for FW18 and develop new bodies. Every day we learn so much from our experiences and mistakes, so our goal is to work hard and create something that we are proud of.
Photography — Viktor Jelinek
Interview — Nickie Shobeiry and Nora Jelinek
Editor — Victoria Bagger