Born in a city, where dress-was-uniform, the designer behind Dhenze saw a great deal of change while growing up in communist East Berlin, later to become a unified city. Shaped both here – Berlin – and in London, after moving early 2004, the brand’s philosophy and aesthetic, always has been to go against social norms of dress, style and design. No less, this can be seen in the debut collection: Kollektion Number One.
For the designer, parallels are drawn between two major influences – Berlin and London. Here, and through a multilayering of similarities and differences, Dhenze draws out value statements on both cities, with references to their iconic status within the world of design, architecture, culture, and counterculture. These include, quintessential tailoring, flavours of an urbanised East End London, alongside references to both Berlin’s casual European lifestyle, and gritty underground fetish scene.
Trained in pattern cutting, and with experience of spearheading fashion events, happenings, and shoots, Dhenze recognises a need for well-made, luxury fashion. The garments then – whilst with an overarching uniformity – uses patterns, shape and a darker colour palette, to explore the Avant Garde. Furthermore, using only the softest of leathers and organic cotton, the revealing and concealing of flesh through design, proposes a seasonless, minimal, and gender neutral appeal.
Above all however, Dhenze seeks to creates an armour that both protects, and makes vulnerable. This duality and opposition, is itself, the lifeblood of the brand – a brand, aesthetic, and philosophy, that celebrates the uniqueness of self-expression, and personal style.