On Release #001

The Basics

Blake Hamsters first output is a range of shirts, four male, four female. Every motive is limited to around 50 pieces.

The Fabric

The fabric of our women shirts is blended with Seacell, an innovative yarn which is giving off pleasant active agents to your skin while wearing the shirts. The moisturising, nursing, tightening and anti-inflammatory agents are already frequently used in cosmetics and medicine. Seacall was awarded the ecolabel of the European Union.

The Fabric of the men shirts consists of 100 % organic, eco-friendly cotton. Even the dying process of the fabric took place in accordance with the guidelines of the International Association of Natural Textile Industry.

The Production

The shirts were then sewed in Italy by the renowned Confezioni Barbon. Barbon operates in clothing manufacturing for over 40 years. They produce jersey garments in any kind of composition, both for men and women. Upon their long time customers are Jil Sander, Escada, Chanel, Etro, Marithè Francois Girbaud, Theatre de la Mode, Marni, Gaetano Navarra.
Furthermore they work with customers like Calvin Klein, Pollini, Valentino, Piazza Sempione, Victor Victoria, Hilton. Barbon's production division is made up of a high qualified staff able to realize and produce items of a high quality standard.

Contact: lara@confezionibarbon.it

The Motive Designs

To define the designs of the shirts a competition was held. Various international artists and designers contributed and the six best, most original entries were realised. For further information check out the contributors section. The high-quality and water-based prints were applied by Biess in Munich.

The Photographers

Each of the finished shirts was then given to a different photographer to realise a series of pictures for the Blake Hamster image portfolio. For further information on the participating photographers check out the contributors section.

The Ethics

Release #001 is produced under ecological guidelines. Most raw materials derive from ecological agriculture and we tried to reduce the use of chemicals harmful to the environment during bleaching and printing as much as possible. Furthermore the shirts are produced sweat-shop free and Blake Hamster ensures fair working conditions for everybody involved in the process.