People | Guido & Linda (‘Land’)
Guido and Linda of clothing label ‘Land’ invited me to their atelier for a early morning rendez-vous. I met the duo during the opening of FoA in the by AMFI store. While enjoying the breakfast they arranged, we shared ideas about our companies and they talked about their label and inspirations. After graduating from Montaigne, Amsterdam in 2003, Linda Erkens established her own clothing label Land. To develop herself further she paused Land in 2008 and started to work in the team of Raf Simons in Antwerp. When she moved back to Amsterdam she met Guido, together they decided to continue ‘Land’. They try to make collections that aren’t bound to time. Like stated on their website: ‘Throughout history, fashion has shown that the basic construction of clothing is timeless. Archetypical clothing pieces like the jacket, the shirt and the trousers have never lost their true form and function. Within these basic constructions, Land searches for the most interesting balance between all the separate parts that make a garment, by which the boundaries are indicated by functionality and wearability. They represent an infinite source of inspiration for our designs.’
I noticed lots of different printed pages and notes with small texts and anecdotes in their studio. Linda told me she uses them for inspiration. She sees beauty in words and sentences she comes across randomly. How Guido and Linda share a love for detail and aesthetics, is clearly visible in their atelier and the garments they design. They recently launched their own webshop which is linked to their website. Their collection is also available in the by AMFI store. Thanks for the lovely morning, Land!
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