Amihan Zemp

Between Neemic and me it was love at first sight. I met Hans Galliker, co-founder, last winter: I interviewed him (you can read more about this here), took some pictures close to his studio, and decided I would keep an eye on Neemic.

我对Neemic几乎是一见钟情。去年冬天,我遇到了它的品牌创始人之一,Hans Galliker先生,对他进行了采访(你可以点击这里直达访谈页面)参观了他的工作室。自此之后,我一直关注Neemic的成长和各种有关新闻。

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Later on I became actively involved with Neemic, and I got the opportunity to meet Amihan Zemp, co-founder and creative director. We prepared the launch for the “Afternoon” collection together last month, and I made capital of that time spent together to interview here. Here below her answers to my questions.

之后我得到一些机会,与Neemic品牌有了更多的接触,并被介绍给品牌另外一位创始人兼创意总监Amihan Zemp。非常幸运,上个月我得以与Neemic团队一起策划并组织了Neemic“午后”系列新品开售,并成为品牌投资者之一。以下是我与Amihan Zemp的对话。

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You have been living in Beijing for a while now. What do you like about this city?

I like that Beijing is still a bit rough and ‘unfinished’ on many levels. There is constant movement, change, and friction that makes it interesting. This also attracts interesting people. Beijing is the perfect place to try and experiment ideas; it’s got all kinds of materials, services, infrastructure and people to make things happen. Whatever your challenge is – you can find your solutions somewhere in this city.

据我所知,您在北京已经居住了一段时间,您喜欢北京的哪一点?

嗯,在我看来,北京作为大都市略显粗糙,在很多方面还需成熟。这儿每天都发生各种变化,很活跃,当然也会有摩擦,但这一切都是北京迷人之处,也吸引了很多有意思的人来北京。这儿为创新提供了肥沃的土壤:你需要的不论是材料、服务、基础设施还是帮手,都能找到。不论你遇到什么困难,你都能找到解决的办法。

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What is Neemic to you?

I treat it like my baby. Hans and I started this experiment three years ago in Hong Kong, and it took us like a strong river. We shared passion, pain and sweat to realize our visions in a challenging environment. It is a fantastic opportunity to push my boundaries, test my talent and learn how to get stuff done. Neemic is also a community of mutually supporting and inspiring, amazing people.

Neemic对你来说意味着什么?

噢,Neemic就像是我的孩子。三年前在香港,Hans和我决定创业并一路走到今天。香港的竞争很激烈,我们遇到了很多的困难,但是我们对Neemic的未来很有信心。对我个人来说,我不停地学习新的知识,不断挑战自己的极限和忍耐力,但同时我得到了很多。Neemic的团队非常棒,我们彼此学习,互相鼓励,共同成长。

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Is the use of organic fabric source of inspiration during the creative process?

Unfortunately, the organic textile market is still in its early stages, especially domestically. Markets with a large diversity of fabrics still only carry a negligible fraction of sustainably produced materials, and not many meet our quality requirements. Some factories can produce wonderful organic textiles on request but have astronomical minimum order quantities. So we really have to hunt for organic fabrics that we find both inspiring and accessible. A great example is the organic handwoven ramie fabric we source from Summerwood, or a particularly soft, clean organic linen/wool we used in this collection.

在创作过程中,采用有机布料是你们的?

遗憾的是,有机纺织市场还处于发展阶段,尤其是中国国内的市场。在这儿,很多市场有丰富的布料,但是很多布料都只有很小的一部分是采用可再生材料,这点达不到我们的需求。有些工厂可以根据我们的要求定制布料,但是起订量却非常高(我们达不到)。所以,我们必须去找符合我们要求,又非常棒的布料。比如,我们从夏木工作室找到的这种手工纺织的纯麻布;再不如我们本季采用的纯的有机亚麻布和羊毛。

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What elements contribute to the beauty of a dress?

The most important is that you feel really comfortable inside it. Beauty is more about the person than the dress; a dress should just release it. I prefer design that is self-sufficient without artificial complexity or effort to please. Simple things can have a stronger impact than loud statements; an idea, a small detail, a little extra care.

如果要制作一件漂亮的成衣,需要什么?

有一点非常重要,你穿上它后要感觉很舒服。美更多的是关于展现美的人,衣服是传递美的载体。我比较喜欢能够简单传递美的设计,少一些人为的繁复。简单的设计传达的信息更多,比如一个概念,一个小细节,一点点额外的关怀等。

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What’s the story behind the new Afternoon collection?

I always follow a mood rather than a formal concept when I create. This collection came from the feeling of a quiet and effortless afternoon; when you have time for yourself, and feel at home where you are. I used very pure, soft fabrics to transport this feeling through the touch. I also generally used oversized and simple, natural cuts.

新品系列被命名为“午后”有什么故事吗?

在我创作的时候,我更愿意听从我的感觉,而不是一些书面的概念。这次新品的灵感来源于我对安静的、无所事事悠闲下午时光的感觉。当你享受这样属于你的慵懒时光,感觉很自在的状态。所以,我用了非常纯净、柔软的布料去传递这样的感触;而且在剪裁上,我喜欢超大尺寸和自然的剪裁。

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Which dreams do you have for the development of your career?

I want to keep learning the skill of realizing visions, be they creative or other. “Designer” is not a role that defines me well, and I don’t aspire to a glamorous position in the fashion world. I hope that I will leave behind a contribution to actual problems; there is much pain and destruction all over the planet and more of our energy should go into that. However, I am passionate about the beautiful things on earth, and strive to make my work a part of them.

你对职业发展的设想是什么?

我想继续学习怎样用作品传递我的设计想法,让它们充满创新。设计师这个称谓不足以定义我的角色,我不期待在高大上的时尚界成为闪闪发光的设计师,我更希望能真正解决一些问题。这个星球上有太多的痛苦和毁坏了,我们应该把更多的精力投入到这方面。当然,我还是对漂亮的东西有更大的热情,也努力让自己成为这美丽事业的一部分。

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Amihan is an inspiring figure, she is a young woman with a solid vision and a talent for design. I’m so happy to be part of the team behind this collection, and I can’t wait for winter to come to wear the pieces that are already in my wardrobe.

Amihan女士对未来充满了信心,也极具天赋,更给我带来了很多启发。我很荣幸能成为这个团队的一份子,我的衣橱也迫不及待欢迎新的成员啦。

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Conoscevo Neemic da tempo, ma solo negli ultimi mesi ne ho seguito le vicissitudini più da vicino, e ho avuto l’opportunità di conoscere Amihan Zemp, co-founder e creative director. Vederla al lavoro durante la fase di creazione e produzione della collezione “Afternoon” e’ stato per me una fonte di ispirazione incredibile. 

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For the “Afternoon” collection launch party I was delighted to wear:

在Neemic“午后”新品的发布会上,我的搭配如下:

Alabaster white cardigan 乳白羊毛开衫: Aya knit cardigan by Neemic

Earrings 耳饰: Isharya bought via Ishaveya 购自Ishaveya

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The pictures #1, #2, #3 and #4 were taken during the launch party by streetstyle photographers P1.

照片#1, #2, #3 , #4出自Neemic新品发布会,由P1街拍摄影师拍摄。

All the other pictures are from the official Neemic campaign, to which contributed:

其他照片皆由Neemic品牌宣传提供:

Model模特: 雨渡曾 Yu Du Zeng

Photographer摄影师: 黃偉杰 Patrick Wong

Makeup & Hair发型&化妆: Kevin Tsoi

Studio合作工作室: SharpenStudio

Art Direction & Graphic Design 拍摄指导及设计: Ronald Tau 

The pieces in every picture are as follow:

Neemic出镜单品如下:

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scarf 超长围巾: Ora knit scarf

sweater 外套: Liron oversized mohair sweater

pants 真丝长裤: Elon silk trousers gray

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blazer 上衣: Nava organic linen blazer

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dress 真丝裙: Ava silk dress

cardigan 马海毛开衫: Eden mohair knit coat

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dress 裙: Ava sequin dress

coat 外套: Natan alpaca coat

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sweater 羊毛外套: Elijia wool sweater

trousers 有机亚麻长裤: Nava organic linen trousers

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dress 有机苎麻裙: Yra organic ramie top long

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coat 羊驼绒外套: Eron alpaca coat

sweater 超大马海毛外套: Eden oversized mohair sweater

wool trousers 羊毛长裤: Mera wool trousers

Chinese translation by Jasmine Wang.

中文翻译由Jasmine Wang完成.


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