Recently I discovered Swiss-based label Ikou-Tschüss, created by Guya Marini and Carmen D'Apollonio. The duo create amazing knitted pieces that are all handmade in their studio in Zurich. According to their website, the label began when Carmen's scarf flew off her neck while she was bike riding. In response, they started making silk scarves with hand-knitted edges to weigh down the fabric. They now also create clothing, bags and cushions featuring the same detailing and featuring impeccable colour combinations and prints.
I find that I always love when designers come across a problem or inconvenience, and find a practical and stylish way to solve it. If clothes are breathtakingly beautiful, but are uncomfortable to wear, or get in the way of everyday tasks, then for me they step into the realm of the visual and become art rather than design. I am very much a practical girl at heart. I always prefer sensible flats and chunky heels, anoraks, backpacks for carrying an umbrella/sunglasses/band-aids, yet at the same time I don't (always) want to look like I'm about to go hiking. As such I am always impressed when designers manage this fine line and can combine utility with aesthetics. Now just need to start saving my pennies for one of the scarves.