Delikatessen x Michael Kampe

...a capsule collection inspired by high-tech sportswear by Michael Kampe for Delikatessen

One evening Andrzej Lisowski saw Michael Kampe’s work on NJAL. He had an impulse to write to Michael and ask if he would like to design a capsule collection for his brand, Delikatessen. Michael, thrilled at the opportunity, jumped at the chance to work with the Amsterdam label. The two designers could not be more different in terms of style; Michael Kampe’s garments feature a mixture of sharp and organic cuts that result in new bold forms, while Delikatessen focuses on well-tailored garments that combine old craft with a modern design. The different approaches to design are what make this collaboration so unique. Kampe's sophisticated three-dimensional exploded geometries are juxtaposed with the high-end slim tailoring of Delikatessen. The garments are made from ultra-modern fabrics mixed with vintage Japanese weaves. Constructions are inspired by high-tech sportswear but manifest in classic shapes. The ideas realised in this collaboration were fast to develop, thanks to the intuition of two designers in two places. It is wondrous ‘how fast something conjured in the mind as a pure idea can turn into reality.’ Says Andrzej. The capsule collection consists of six designs presented in various fabrics: three shirts, a parka, a sweater and a raincoat. The pieces are now available on NOT JUST A LABEL. Read about each designer and their influences.

Andrzej Lisowski

Nothing inspires me like...
Warsaw and Fabrics. Living in the centre of Warsaw and energy of this great city is the best source of inspiration for me. Each time I start working on a new collection, I just go to Warsaw and immerse myself in the city’s culture and social life.

Fabric is my true passion. I spend a lot of time searching for new fabrics. Before I make my final decisions about the colour range, I spend a lot of time working with fabrics on colour palettes. I also like to be able to drape them, feel them, in order to better imagine how each fabric will work in a garment.

I hope...
That I can settle in the countryside in Burgundy and work from there. My second passion is gardening and cooking; somehow the opposite of what the fashion world is. I believe and hope that I can combine both!

Cultural Influences…
There is a kind of nostalgic longing in me. I believe that abstract art, especially less known Russian avant-garde had a very big influence on my perception of colours. My favourite is the spectacular Costakis Collection (Greece, Thessaloniki) and my favourite artist is Ksenia Ender.

I got where I am...
Through a profound need to better myself and create an impeccable product.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be very disappointing, challenging, rewarding, fascinating. It has many faces. It is a very bipolar profession. You can feel high and you can feel down. The most important thing is to find your own place in it.

Faith in…
Myself.

Creativity comes from...
Inside. It is an inner urge to create new things, better things, things that other people will enjoy. I believe that creativity is related to your self-confidence, especially in fashion. Your creations are always exposed to a wider public. In the end, you get a confirmation of the quality of your work when people buy your products. And this is not always so obvious…

NYC/London/Paris/Milan is...
Nice to visit or show your collection, but is hard to live in.

Studios make me...
Excited and happy, I like the pattern making and fitting. It is nice when a group of creative people meets to discuss each technical detail of the garment. In this process, I love the flow of energy combined with the exchange of professional knowledge.

There's a new...
Something happening around us. We spend our time and money in a new and different way. We dress in a different way than just a few years ago. I believe that the power of online has caused some revolutionary changes in society. We have to be wise to see what is happening to us.

I like making...
Things from scratch, this refers to my two passions: clothing and gardening. Clothing is very much concentrated around the ‘touchability’ of the fabrics which I choose for collections. The gardening starts from seeding and ends up in the kitchen where I transform my harvest into delicious meals. I pasteurise the meals and enjoy them all year around.

I love getting older...
Because I can look back into my past and learn from it. A combination of intuition and experience allow me to better assess new projects and choose good people to work with.

Michael Kampe

Nothing inspires me like…
Art and Music, meeting new people and exchanging ideas with them.

I hope…
I can continue doing more of what I enjoy than what I must do out of necessity.

Cultural influences…
German soberness and curiosity.

I got where I am...
Through creativity, bravery, modesty and respect for the accomplishments of others.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be a very rough, competitive ground, but at the same time a thrilling challenge.

Creativity comes from…
Curiosity and openness, the joy of developing new things, an endless desire to walk new ways, not being afraid to fail and not underestimating other people's needs and strengths.

I once thought...
That creativity alone would suffice in this business, but I had to realise that commercial and organisational aspects are very important as well.

My dreams are…
Growing in the positions I hold for other companies while focusing on my own line again and sharing my experiences and techniques with students as a teacher one day. Besides this professional dream, spending more time with the people that I love and to whom I owe a big part of my success is my personal dream.

My future is…
Leading in the direction of my dreams.

Pain comes from…
Losing someone you love, not winning a battle you were fighting hard for.

Studios make me…
Excited. The smell of fresh brewed coffee, rolls of fabric, the sound of a steaming iron and sewing machine fill me with curiosity and energy.

I'm a perfectionist…
When it comes to details, silhouette and finishings inside a garment. Detecting a lack in any of these points in a piece makes it hard for me to enjoy it.

I like making...
Things with my hands from developing garments to cooking and drawing. I believe that this attitude helps me a lot to realise my ideas in practice.