With the rise in African inspired fashions we thought it only proper to feature one of the most iconic brands of them all. A legacy like no other, known all around the world for over 170 years of designing unique textiles influencing the fashion landscape in West and Central Africa.
Vlisco merges Dutch, African art and design to produce objects and fabrics. It was founded in Helmond in 1846 by Pieter Fentener van Vlissingen.
Reflecting Superb Dutch craftsmanship also known as “Hollandais” derived from the French word for Dutch. Vlisco was recently featured at the Museum Helmond in the Netherlands. The exhibit showcases some of their rich heritage’s most breathtaking patterns while highlighting stories of family, history and inheritance.
One of the coolest parts about this exhibit is that according to Vlisco’s creative director, Zara Atelj, the design team were given complete creative freedom. They were literally asked to “Go crazy, please.”
That is like a dream come true for any true creative person out there in this mad world of design we love so much.
“I just like the whole maximalistic approach. Just a bunch of truly creative people hanging out, with no commercial hindrance, makes for a truly radical exhibition.” —Michiel Schuurman
Take a look at some of their eye-popping designs below and let us know if ou have any favorite designers with Afrocentric flare!
Source: The Cool Hunter