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THE COUTURE CRAFTMANSHIP

Pictures by James Chardon

THE JAKOB SCHLAEPFER MANUFACTURE Last week James and I got to live an absolutely unforgettable experience in the very heart of our country. It just seems like we learn more and more incredible things about Switzerland and discover real treasure gems everyday. This time we got totally blown away as we had the chance to be invited on an exclusive and super intimate visit of the Jakob Schlaepfer manufacture in St Gallen. We didn’t know what to expect but a simple high quality textile manufacture… Instead of that we rediscovered fashion industry through their eyes, and saw the very raw materials of a successfull runway collection. They are the main textile providers for all the big luxury couture houses like Chanel, Vuitton, Dior, Escada, Fendi, Givenchy (and the list goes on…). And we’re not only talking about brands, they also provide materials for home interior (hotels, luxury boutiques) some celebrities even come with their personal stylist to pick up some textile for their tour costumes (Lady Gaga was spotted having a look at their archives) and they just recently started an accessory line. We were so amazed that Switzerland has been for ages in the very centre of fashion industry, and St Gallen most particulary the main (and best) provider for high quality fabrics, the Jakob Schlaefpfer being one of the best (if not the best, hum hum) manufacture in the world : the proof is they are the brand that have been copied the biggest amount of time ever. Imagine just : if you ever try to reproduce a Dior dress or Chanel jacket, you’ll not only be copying the design created by the brand but also the textile produced by the company. 

What was so incredibly unexpected for me to learn was how creative the team at JS are. I’ve always belived that the prints, embelishments, broderies and so on were all created and imagined by the label’s creative director in order to suit perfectly with the aesthetic vision of their new collection when it turns out that some hand pick their favourite materials created by the Jakob Schlaepfer creative team and buy an exclusivity on the design for their show.  Of course there are also brands who have some in house ateliers, but it would require hundreds of various machines and years of knowledge and craftmanship to acquire the level of JS. Each year they create several textile collections with +200 different material designs, from prints, to tweed, to neoprene, to sequins (it’s their speciality) they’ve got all the possible combinations! We had the chance to visit the magical place, and I have to say that I saw some of the most beautiful textiles ever and got so extremely inspired. Some of them cost +5’000$ the metre, and some can go up to 20’000$!! That’s a very, very fancy dress you’ll get there. We were so honoured to have been given the chance to have a peek at all these gorgeous creations as they haven’t allowed for a very long time external media visits and the only people eventually coming in were the designer, and again only the top ones. We had the chance to see the upcoming textile collection and therefore have a little preview of what we’ll see at the next fashion weeks since obviously the brands are going to select and buy them. Yes people!! Switzerland is officially the new heart of fashion and haute couture! Take that Paris, nah. Without Switzerland’s crafty hands, where would be fashion right now? Gosh I am such a pround swiss gal. But the thing is that for years St Gallen has been the richest country in europe, thanks to the success of the textile industry they were making huge profits and participating in benefit of swiss economy. If you’re ever near the city, go have a look at their textile museums and the library where you can see some incredible textile archives. Hope you’ll enjoy the adventure!

OUTFIT OF THE DAY
COAT : & Other Stories
TOP : Three Floor
PANTS : Mango 
BAG : Louis Vuitton 
HAT : Zara
LIPS : YSL “Rose Lingerie”

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Love your coat. It’s perfect. Glad you enjoyed your stay :)

xx Mira

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seriously lovely :) petrol greeen with pink? damn nice combo :)
xo

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So happy for you Kristina! And I can feel that you’re a very proud Swiss gal there ;)
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such a cool experience! i love to feel the qualitiy of the textile. I always “look” with my hands when I buy clothes

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I love every handbag from Louis Vuitton and this is one of my favorite, the color is so cute. Perfect with this lovely sweater. Love love the coat. Beautiful with the hat
Kisses

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Lovely outfit! Love how pale pink and green look together! Never have seen that combination before :)
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Wow all those fabrics look so amazing!
I’ve already visited the textile museum in St. Gallen and saw some amazing fabrics, but getting an insight on the archive is probably even more interesting :)

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Very nice inspiration. I like your bag.

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absolutelly gorgeous!

Lady-Pa

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wow, the patterns are amazing! And your outfit is gorgeous as always!
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What a beautiful post today Kristina, also in my region (Piedmont) we have some important textile industries (in the city of Biella). You look great as always, I love your necklace and also the bag!

what an amazing fabrics!

awesome pics, im sure the this place was lika a paradise… <3

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Love this! You have the most amazing lifestyle and you always look flawless!
xxxx

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My God, that manufacturer is absolutely magnificent. The fabrics are all so magical and unbelievably stunning. You’re so lucky to be able to have a little tour there. :)

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You look gorgeous❤️ love the fabrics!

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You look gorgeous & the fabrics are beautiful !

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You look beautiful, love your look! And those fabrics are amazing! You can clearly see they are of very high quality. So cool you have that in Switzerland ^^

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Amazing fabrics! You look so pretty…. love your necklace!

Evi xoxo

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you an extremely stunning girl Kristina and inspire me so much!
Hope you achieve everything you wish for! xx

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your coat and shoes are rorgeous and you are looking so beautiful.Designer Womens Handbags

Wow, that’s incredible! I didn’t knew that, very interesting!

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Gorgeous look :) Fantastic photos <3

Love your look and amazing fabrics! I spotted the pictures of the latest Chanel’ Haute Couture Fashiuonshow! :D WOW!!!

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beautiful!

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pretty !!! ;-))))

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Such a great combination of colors! Love how the pink sweater looks with the green coat! x

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Wow! One of my favourite post here, the fabrics , the textures are amazing!!!

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i’m obsessed with this look and your rings!
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love the combination pale pink-dark green, it´s fabulous!

WOW! I love it! As a person who likes to sew, I am delighted with all the materials! :)

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Wonderful look and very intresting article! :)

estas guapisimaa!!! ese bolso y tu collar son hermosos!

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Such beautiful fabrics. I know my grandmother would love to have access to something like this.

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Amazing jewelry, loving that statement necklace! =)

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Amazing pictures! All those fabrics look so amazing, I love how they hang in one big space. You outfit pictures are really pretty as well:)

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It’s lovely to see how proud you are of Switzerland. I have some family-friends over there, maybe it’s time I gave them a visit…! I love the blog. x

Amazing post, fantastic fabrics indeed, you could just wrap on them and look fab :D

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Amazing Kristina! That touch of classy elegance makes you different in your way! The quality of the pictures are amazing I think one of the main reasons why I lo-lo-love this blog is because I ADMIRE the gorgeous portraits you show…!! We´re waiting for you in Spain! I don´t think you´ve never been to Madrid and we would love to have you here!!!

Such an amazing opportunity! Love your outfit :)

xx

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Where did you get those boots? Amazing post with these textiles, i got the feelling like I felt them :D

Love all the pink on you and those sequins!
Jenna x
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This goes to show that the true essence of fashion is..art…beautiful! These textiles must feel AMAZING! Thanks for sharing I really enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures!!

PS. ADORABLE purse!

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After looking these photos I’m still sitting here with my mouth wide open of surprise and excitement! I swear these are the MOST BEAUTIFUL fabrics I’ve EVER seen! Seeing the “other side” of fashion makes me somewhat love it even more .. girl you are SO SO SO lucky to have had that chance! :) And most important – thank you so much for sharing it with us!

xoxo

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Wow the fabrics and textiles are amazing!! You look great.

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So fun to read as my sister lives in St.Gallen and I always wanted to visit the company but I guess they are not open for the public:( On Instagram I read that you ate at the Lokremise which is my favorite!!
xoxo

Gorgeous outfit. Love the pink.
xo, Petra

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im a big fan of yours, truly love your fashion. so classy and chic. you have such a elegant face and so mature and well presented. Your a perfect role model for young girls. Keep up the good work doll.xxxxx

gorgeous outfit you look beautiful!

Hayley xx
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amazing pictures as per usual! I love this outfit, especially the coat :)

what is that heart shaped diamond ring? its perfect!

Nice to learn about the BTS of the production/manufacturing of such luxurious pieces!

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I’m in love with sweater, necklace and bag!!! <3

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That coat and wrap are amazing!

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