London-based fashion designer Carlo Volpi is talented in so many ways that we would most definitely be jealous of him if it were not for our genuine appreciation for his creativity.
For one, he can out-knit anyone's grandma ... probably even his own. Volpi was born just outside of Florence and he became fascinated by knitting because both of his grandmothers worked in a small textile factory there. It led him to pursue a career in design and textiles in college, where he took a knitting workshop and eventually launch his eponymous fashion line in 2014. He now produces his entire collection alon...
Like everyone else who pays attention to fashion and style, at this point in our lives we're fairly desensitized to mass-retail/high design partnerships. While we were admittedly excited about H&M's Margiela collaboration back in 2012, by the time their Balmain partnership was announced in 2015, our pulse maybe quickened by a few beats. Maybe.
The problem is there have been so many INSERT DESIGNER NAME for INSERT BIG BOX STORE collections, and so many "meh" ones (ahem, Marimekko x Target) that it's hard to justify spending mental energy sussing out the good from the bad.
You know you are successful when, sixty-plus years after most of your best work is completed, it is still considered to be the gold standard … and across multiple different industries.
Such is the case with Mies van der Rohe. He had his heyday in the early-to-mid-twentieth century, when everything from the futuristic buildings he dreamed up to the minimalist furniture he designed was considered cutting edge, yet decades later much of his work remains among our best examples of modernism. (Let’s talk about career goals, shall we?)
His buildings are still winning awards and gaining historic lan...