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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 October 2017
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Thessaloniki The fashion architects from Meet the duo behind CUTCUUTUR creating original and sustainable fashion for women NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU F otis Smouklis and Kimonas Patsios are the creative minds behind one of Greece's most interesting and groundbreaking fashion brands, CUTCUUTUR. Born in 2014, the label has been creating original and sustainable fashion for women, whilst experimenting with new ideas and design techniques. The Thessaloniki-based duo sources the most exceptional materials possible and applies craftsmanship that stems from architecture. According to Fotis and Kimonas, passion and excitement is what lies at the heart of every piece which might later be adorned with lace and sequins. CUTCUUTUR are famous for their bold, geometrical lasercut motifs that tell a different story from collection to collection, adorning the female silhouette and celebrating the sensuality of strong, confident women of every age that seek a couture-esque feel to their look throughout the day. What brought you and Kimonas together? We met when we were both studying architecture at the University of Thessaloniki. We started collaborating from our first year at uni and during the course of our studies we would 'meet' creatively on several projects and workshops. By the end we found ourselves working on digital design and production through many different workshops, something that kept becoming more and more intensive through our research and thesis. In general, the base knowledge provided at the faculty of architecture is quite broad and open in terms of design approaches, without limiting our practice merely to architecture. It was in that environment that we started focusing on fashion, design and fabrication, and by the end of our studies combining the three was kind of inevitable. This is how our brand CUTCUUTUR was born. How does architecture translate into fashion for you? Having a background in architecture we were exploring and experimenting with digital design and laser-cutting techniques long before launching the brand. Our studies also help us have a more holistic, all-rounded approach towards any project, even if it consists of many different parts. For us, every concept has to belong to one consistent process and abide to specific rules. Everything reflected in our designs that feature bold geometric elements, has contributed to manipulating and mastering terms like transparent and opaque, continuity and interruption and specifying surfaces and volumes through materials and patterns. Design has the same 'vocabulary' and 'syntax' whether you're dealing with a building or a garment. What you are called to do is to manipulate and adjust those elements to your respective guidelines and measurements. What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced? Apart from the fact that trying to establish a new brand in an unstable financial and political environment is not an easy task, as there are several and significant limitations and inhibitors that one has to overcome, doing something in an entirely new and unknown industry is even harder. Apart from the design aspect of it, fashion and clothing is diametrically different to what we were used to working on as architects. Fashion has its own rules that you have to learn and adjust to, in order for your design to eventually become a piece of clothing that women will want to buy and not end up being just another design object.
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