Two of our active members Gesink Turismo Náutico and Adlego came together to support and promote young and new Portuguese and Dutch designers and thinkers surrounding a theme both countries are well familiar with; the oceans.
At the recent Lisbon Design show, Portuguese fashion designer Rita Oliveira Pinto launched her brand Mar'au, innovating the classic phrasing of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” into the Mar’au prêt-à-porter female clothing line, engaging virgin manufactured pieces with entire new designs, hiding surprising tokens borrowed from oceanfront nature.
The Mar’au stand also showcased the skills and works of surface pattern designer and artist Tânia Margarido Griekspoor and the seabound designs of Tânia Gil jewelry, while simultaneously launching the publication of Ocean Nomad, a book by Suzanne van der Veeken on what anyone can do to contribute to healthier oceans.
“I am always available to give young creators a push in the right direction” says Dirk Geesink of the Leão Holandês and Westenwind. “It’s magnetising to see people grasping their inspiration and actually do something with it. To be able to solidate the business around their ventures, is a privilege” believes Jan Willem van Schayik of Adlego.