When Freunde von Freunden asked me who to visit when in the Netherlands, the first person that popped in mind was Nanna van Blaaderen. The Dutch textile and fashion designer, known for her almost sculptural knitted pieces, welcomed the FvF crew in her house and studio – resulting in a page long interview and and inspiring look behind the scenes and inspirations of Nanna.
“Nanna started her own business, establishing it far from the big fashion capitals surrounded by horses, fields and sheeps. The reason for this decision might not be obvious at first sight, but is simply rooted in her work: It’s this setting were Nanna finds the peace and inspiration to design and develop her hand- and machineknitted creations – combining soft materials and raw structures whereby the animal plays the essential role. With an open and very warm welcome Nanna takes us to the sunny terrace where we enjoy a little morning snack in front of grazing horses and get to understand why living on the countryside is back in fashion.”