KAMPE

My creation "Exploded View" implies: explosion, destruction, detonation in our well structured world. The main inspiration were Exploded View Drawings and blueprints from engineers mixed with modern art influences. Art and social developments are always a big part of my inspiration. Using influences that are actually not really known for being a fashion inspiration such as tectonic plates movement, social „tectonic movements “ or the power of a drop of water thrills me for every new project. I was fascinated by the idea and image you get when you deconstruct existing pieces like a trench coat, tailored jacket or parka into several parts. Afterwards I reconstructed them to a new piece. By doing so I changed their cut and experimented with new combinations of fabrics like digital printed cotton on foam, jersey with nylon and popelines with linen. For the shapes I am inspired a lot by deconstructive architects and an-architects like Lebbeus Woods and artists like Florian Baudrexel, E.V. Day and Lucy McRae. It is very important to me that the wearer does not look goofy or like in a costume. Therefore, the pieces are referring to menswear classics like Trenchcoat, Perfecto and Tuxedo, but extremely abstract to create innovative garments. Reducing the show elements in some pieces they become interesting wearable garments.

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Michael is based in Berlin, Germany. He studied at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and graduated in 2010. His collections are produced in Belgium.

"The intention of the label is to show new directions in Street- and Denim wear far from the mass-market production, focussed on an individual, single piece. Each Jeans, Coat or Sweater of the collection is made in a tiny production place in Belgium and all washes and treatments done by myself. I don´t like the idea of some brands to offer so called “unique” pieces, produced in amounts of 20k."
Reducing the show elements in some pieces they become very interesting wearable garments. These pieces you may find in the online shop, each with its handsigned Identification Code IC.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Michael Kampe moved to Berlin and learned at the traditional German tailor "Dominik".
He afterwards enrolled at the Royal Academy Antwerp, where he was nominated with his 2nd-year Collection "Cape Of Good Hope" as a finalist for several awards (e.g. Createurope 2009, Energy&Fashion 2009).
In June 2010, he graduated with honors (BA) and won the prestigious ITS#9 Diesel Award in Trieste as well as being nominated for Hyères 2011, iD Awards New Zealand, WGSN Global Fashion Award and the Baltic Fashion Award.
He started his career at DIESEL, where he worked for one year as a Menswear Designer and is now working as Creative Manager for Denim at an Amsterdam-based label as well as on his own line, MICHAEL KAMPE.