It is always great when we hear from emerging designers looking to get their vision out there, so it was nice to hear from IAMPAVOLDENDIS, the emerging label from Bratislava in Slovakia, when they wanted to show us their latest collection, Organic Hybrid. Pavol Dendis, a young now-23 year old designer, started the label in 2015 and is still studying for his MA at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava.
The concept of this collection is the exploration of the forms and bodies of creatures living in the deep seas and their specific skills. IAMPAVOLDENDIS uses interesting and innovative techniques to create this collection. While on the surface, the items are simply fantastic urban streetwear styles, what they put into these styles is amazing.
Pavol Dendis actually wrote part of his bachelor thesis on biomimetic design, which is where methods and mechanisms found in nature are adapted for use in modern technology. One example of this is in velcro, which came from studying burs and how they stick to everything. Organic Hybrid uses this methodology in construction of the garments.
Another interesting facet of the collection is the use of photochromism, which is a reversible colouration process where the visible colour changes from colourless to coloured as a result of changes in the electronic absorption spectra. What this means, for those of us who are not scientists, is that the prints on some of the pieces are green but change to a blue or yellow when exposed to UV light, such as sunlight. The track jacket below is one example, where it appears mostly white in one image but the colours pop much more in the images in the sun.
We also appreciate that they are a young brand but they are focused on working with sustainable materials, zero-waste patterns and placing ethics at the centre of IAMPAVOLDENDIS.