amsterdam: hacked 1.0

© alexander van slobbe + francisco van benthum + droog / photography: johannes schwarz

with their commitment to craftsmanship and a distinct sense of style, the practice of alexander van slobbe and francisco van benthum, two respected veterans in the dutch fashion scene, are a world away from the reeling and dealing of today's fast-fashion chains. the two loosely affiliated designers have now forged a collab for a counter attack of sorts by launching a new collection, entitled van slobbe van benthum. the initiative not only mocks the chains' relentless plundering of the collections of independent designers, but also makes use of their fabric remnants and deadstock. the two designers will tweak these into new men's an women's knitwear, jerseys and accessories without entirely concealing their origins. for the launch of the van slobbe van benthum collection, a pop-up retail space and installation, aptly named hacked 1.0, has been set up on the premises of hôtel droog in amsterdam's canal district. location: staalstraat 7b [centrum].

© alexander van slobbe + francisco van benthum + droog / photography: johannes schwarz