Inspired by the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, this stylish collection from Kowtow echos forms of simplicity and beauty. The collection is aptly named The Silent Space, a zone which bridges minimalist architecture and fashion. But as well as the stunning look of the clothes themselves, here at Ecouterre we love the ethos the company embodies, using fair trade organic cotton—and regularly visiting the farmers and factories from whom they source their materials—as well as their use of GOTS dyes.

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Kowtow’s design team worked on the designs for a year with Tadao as their muse. They reworked concepts of empty space and areas of nothingness, often found in his spatial forms, to bring a serene quality to the collection.

Gosia Piatek, the brand’s Director/Designer, says that Tadao’s minimalist aesthetic creates calming spaces in a very non-commercial way. “Ando’s themes of meditation, peacefulness and Zen is something I strive for in my day-to-day life,” she says. “Working on the collection for one year with Tadao as our muse resonated strongly throughout the entire workroom, and hopefully bought us some calm to the madness of the fashion world.”

The collection, the team’s 12th, will be launched in August in New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Mexico and the USA (as well as online). Take a look at the website for further information.

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