By Marlo Saalmink
The true merits of craftsmanship: what are these? How can we typecast this phenomenon without underselling it? There are many that advance claims of such slower fashion, reflecting on the waters and seeking moments of stillness in creation. Few, however, make this their sole task and insist on seeing things differently. As does, Aase Helene Hansen, who crafted her eponymous universe HANSEN, diligently and with a clear purpose.
Here, we may encounter garments that are made to last and exists as singular entities, season after season. The premise is to carefully source each fabric and connect them to each individual wearer. Aase does not design garments that shout, they are underplayed yet rich in their texture, contrast and dynamic versatility.
What makes HANSEN so unique are their sincere connections with their suppliers. They do not just order fabric and start sketching. No, they seek out unique traders, that know their skills and have developed these over decades. Aase and her compatriot Per Chrois, both are avid travelers, that seek out a profound dialogue with the people they choose to confide in. For the latest summer collection, she worked with hand-loomed shirting from a small atelier in India, where the intimate portraits below were shot. Whereas for winter unique wool specimens from Japan were found, to craft a relaxed and loosely tailored workwear silhouette, shot here on a close friend in the windswept Copenhagen port.
Now that we touch upon the imagery, these are always taken by Aase herself, as she is keen on documenting her journeys and spontaneous encounters. Nothing is ever scripted, which also adds onto the sincerity of her designs. In the end, a collection is only as strong as the people wearing it. And for HANSEN, this list of eclectic devotees is constantly moving, it ranges from younger aspiring poets, to heritage waders to astute explorers. The pieces simply have maintained their democratic and understated feel. They do not exclude anyone, but beckon to all. Aase, with her wonderful modesty, would of course never admit this. Which for me says it all, HANSEN is here to stay.
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