Behind the design: Anastasia - EcoThiQue

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Anastasia - EcoThiQue. Sometimes it truly feels like the Universe aligns to bring you the most unexpected experiences. As I love getting involved on every project and every new idea, both related to personal to professional-related fields, I was looking for a new way to get involved into something exciting when I found about Workkola. Workkola is a brand new Spanish-based startup which aims to connect College students with startups related to their educational field or interest. The startup chosen by the student gives him a task to accomplish inside the company; offering in return a recommendation at LinkedIn, a letter of recommendation or even the possibility to enroll the startup as part of the team.

So, that's how I discovered today's main character here at the "Behind the Design" section at the blog. Anastasia - EcoThiQue is a Colombian based company created in the wake of two truly laudable goals: to make something profitable out of tons of textile waste (T-shirt collars, wrong-dyed fabrics and textile leftovers which is a real problem) and to help a community of mothers in charge of disabled child. Did you know that more than 32,5kg of textile is wasted per person, a year? And that more than a 48% of it might be reusable for good?

I got the chance to talk with María del Mar, Anastasia's CEO and founder and have a glimpse of the hard work they do everyday. Anastasia - EcoThiQue helps those mothers by including them at their production chain of handcrafted clutches, handbags and accessories made out of textile leftovers, which ends on an unique and colorful product. A fashion company is much more than catwalks and great design: there's a lot of management, talks and meetings with producers, with the community in this particular case, with future stockists and vendors... Being a contributor helped me have a little look on how hard it is to coordinate everything and everyone as an orchestra director, to obtain a final product to sell, which has to have an impact on the public to keep growing.
Anastasia has also worked hard on keeping a lovely and very attractive image on their main social network which is their Instagram official account , full of colorful images featuring artists and fashion bloggers carrying their handbags on unique photomontages.

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Why I wear vintage

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Half of my closet is made out of vintage, second hand or thrifted items. Now that I'm partially back as I'm mostly finished with exams, tasks and projects, I've taken this weekend as two days not exactly of vacation, but two days of pure break to come back to reality, organise my bedroom which I left on chaos and rescue some non-architectural projects I had on stand-by mode. Thanks to that I discovered that I keep tons of clothes I rarely wear, and most of them are vintage or come from second hand, as this blue poplin dress which I bought at La Señora Henderson.

That put me on a meditation mode on why I like so much wearing and buying vintage clothes. If you've been reading Something Fashion for awhile, you might already know that vintage is one of the main pillars at this fashion blog among young designers and street style made in Valencia. I still remember one of the first vintage pieces I ever bought, which was this black handbag from an online store called "Gelolas". Now my closet is full of hand sewn, thick jersey cotton dresses and bags from all shapes, colors and materials. But, why do I (and the rest of the world should) consume so much vintage? Here are some of the reasons running on my mind about the topic:


  • Vintage it's the most original thing, EVER. Because let's be serious... Who likes attending to a party and finding that you're wearing the same attire as other 3 or 4 guests just because you got it at the trendiest shop in town? It's no fun for sure. Instead of that, buying vintage you make sure you and only you will end up wearing an unique piece which might have been made years ago on a small amount of production.


  • It helps promote local and proximity commerce. Although there're also large brands and stores running vintage stores worldwide, the best vintage shops can be found downtown, at the oldest part of your city or the coolest seasonal or themed markets. Shopping vintage helps small owners and emerging companies, as well as contributing to the local economy.

  • It's more affordable than regular shopping. There are also high-end vintage and second hand stores focused only on luxury goods around, with higher prices, international brands and pre-owned items which are near to new, but those are just punctual spots I stop by to shop for any holiday gift, look for an item I saw years ago and couldn't afford or make a little self-indulge. No, no. My favourites are those where you can get lost in between racks the whole morning and where you are able to smell the years and stories of the fabrics.

  • It's an ecology matter.  Whenever you shop for vintage or pre-owned clothing, you're helping the environment because you're recycling! For every item of clothing made out of scratch, there're huge quantities of fuel, chemical substances as dyes and toxics involved. You're helping use less resources for the clothing you're wearing, because you're using something that has already been used for a while, but manufactured once.

  • Quality and sizing. Thanks to the closet re-organization I talked to you at the beginning of this posts, I was able to see how the sizes of the clothes I own have varied among the years, although I've been having the same weight (well, more or less. You get it) and body shape for years since I was a teenager. What once was an XS (I wore an XS with 103cm of hip circumference!) is today an Europe M-L, no kidding!
    Instead, usually vintage clothing was made to last, so there's no problem on having enough room and fabric to make some fixes.

  • The story behind the seams. Sometimes you are lucky enough to know the stories behind the clothes you are wearing, which doesn't happen with modern manufactured clothing. The lady who ordered that lace jacket for her daughter's wedding or even things as your grandma being the first woman ordering a ladies suit with a pencil skirt on the main men's tailor shop of your city (true story) are some of the experiences I get everytime I put on vintage.


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Chapelle Magazine at SOLO MAN Valencia

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Valencia, last 29th April at Mercado de Tapinería. You know I'm always in vogue on what's happening around in my city: I always love to be involved on presentations and events, specially if there are young designers and creatives coming to show their newest pieces and ideas. It's incredible how many things happen on a city like Valencia if you're careful and hear for the right signals. There's fashion and great design on every corner here, both coming from traditional ways and their rich silk patterns or the freshest, sometimes crazy creations of local fashion and art students. I'm happy to know that I live in a city where being creative and having tons of ideas is awarded, and that you can walk into an event or presentation like this promoted by my friends at Chapelle Magazine & Mercado de Tapinería (which is a really cool place downtown where emerging, limited markets and stores or festivals happen some days per month) to get a glimpse of the newest trends.

Designers from Valencia and around were invited to take part into this presentation of the Special for Men #4 issue, "We can be kings" filled with music and snacks, a nice ambient and activities like a performance, the projection of a fashion film and a catwalk involving the pieces of VURE, Sebastian Chavarriaga, Móler, BlueBlue Chihuahua among others.

As always, it's nice to take part into this events to meet new people who loves what you love. Be involved!

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Festival at the Architecture School - ETSA·TOPIA2016

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28th, 29th, 30th April. If you've been around for awhile, you might know we've been totally absorbed and super stressed for the last 6 months thanks to the organization and stuff around the Architecture's School culture festival (best known as ETSA·TOPIA), which emerged last year from a group of students, and which celebrated its second edition past week. The festival is not only about architecture, but also about cooperation between students, different associations and groups from Valencia and even other cities in Spain; about workshops and different activities as conversations, "Pecha Kucha" presentations or ephemeral architecture at the Polytechnic University campus. All filled with beer, snacks, the best mood and best young architects gang EVER.
The festival is all about having fun and make our School come back to life for some days. Because life (and architecture) is more than just studying and non-stop work!
This year's theme was "Plan B", which is about different options and perspectives, talking about both work and life. As future architects, we must be very conscious of our surroundings, the huge amount of design knowledge and ideation capabilities we have thanks to our studies and this edition was about all that: step out of our comfort zones and discover how many different paths we can take.

I had the chance to share these days involved into staff duties, which was exhausting but very fulfilling and fun! We were a bunch of about 50 people running up and down the whole building, dressed with those black & black T-shirts, helping with the snacks or the assembly of all the audiovisuals stuff among other things. It's been great, because this is the kind of things which helps you know how teamwork actually works, or how to manage a last-minute crisis. It's been a total change of view for me and a 360 degree experience to take part into all this. You could feel those really good vibes, that illusion just by stepping into the School, and I can tell those feelings are still around although the festival has already ended. That's the fun thing about it: the countdown for next year's ETSA·TOPIA has already started.

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Vintage in violet

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I get asked all the time how being quite a shy girl I have the guts of posing in front of a camera and just share with the world what I wear. Even if it's a bit weird, old-fashioned or just different from what is expected on a 22 year old girl. You know, sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, and starting this blog was a way not only to get off most of my shyness, but also try to give a boost of self-confidence to all who didn't think they would be brave enough, not only to go outside rocking their unique looks, but also to prove them they could be brave enough to do whatever they wanted. To encourage everyone to go out of their boxes and show themselves to the world. If I could do it, sure anyone could do it.

So, time to wear this long-forgotten vintage ruffle dress that was kept on my wardrobe for years until now. Classy and full of vintage vibes, it was a total challenge to pair it with something modern enough to not look like granny but which suited it and helped the whole outfit to be in the same page. I finally took this geometric pastel bomber from H&M and the Bimba & Lola pink sunnies to add some "pink lady" vibes. I think it turned out pretty interesting and fun!

If you've been following my steps through social media (particularly Instagram) and around here, you might know we're in the middle of the Architecture School festival organization this coming week (we've been working a lot for the past 6 months to get it all arranged and running nicely!). Sort of a Coachella for Architecture students, architects and everyone who'd like to join around Valencia, which is called ETSA·TOPIA and will be tons of fun for sure. I'm so excited! It's been hard to combine everything from homework, to collaborations and work I'm currently involved at, and of course the festival details where I've been also collaborating. I've had my up and downs during this last weeks and especially these last days, but now I'm back with all the energy in the world to keep moving!

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