Berglind sisters

Interview and words by Dersu Rhodes

I walk briskly down a street that has a sign I cannot pronounce. When I ask my friend Erik, my guide to the city who walks beside me, how it’s said in Swedish he sounds like he’s singing, Alderbethsgatan. It’s so damn cold in Stockholm that it’s hard not to speed walk, and I now know why every person in Sweden is so fit, I can feel myself growing thinner as my body fights the cold creeping in through my clothing.

We are on our way to meet Thilda and Mira Berglind, two Swedish sisters who have drawn the attention of the countries creative community, and at the ages of 19, and 23 are mature in the arts well beyond their years.

“We started two years ago playing around with an old camera. We had no idea how to shoot or how to do anything, but we always lived creatively through our parents and our mom is an artist as well. We started with photography.” Thilda pauses, her large dark eyelashes flutter as she recalls their first days as model/photographers.

“We did some shoots with some horses and cows because we lived in the countryside. We would pose besides a horse for example and then shoot each other. We then submitted the pictures to lookbook, and they hadn’t seen anything like it.”

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We sit together in a coffee shop on the west side of Stockholm. The girls are positioned together, sitting side by side on a large red couch. I sit across from them next to a pancake stack of our jackets, hats, and scarves.

When I ask them questions, they check in with each other and discuss their answers in their native tongue, always sensitive to a consensus from the other before replying. Mira, the more quiet, and older of the sisters, tells us about one of her first shoots she did that got recognized, where she actually found a location, then set the camera on a timer and shot herself.

She smiles slightly and then using her thumb and forefinger pulls her sweater down over her hands as she recalls the experience. “It was so cold and I was trying to take the picture and it was very difficult because the camera wasn’t working and I was freezing.”

At the age of 19 and 23 the Berglind sisters are doing more creatively than most people do in a lifetime.

Wearing next to nothing, posing alone in a subzero Swedish winter forest sounds like the a racy Scandinavian fairytale, but when I see the images that she refers to, they are nothing cheap or racy, instead they are tasteful, sophisticated, and feel as though they belong in Vanity Fair or Harpers Bazaar.

As I look through their photography and design I can’t help but feel a wave of envy wash over me. At 19 years old I was in my first year of college and the only thing I was interested in was finding my way to the best parties. The Berglind girls on the other hand are already doing more creatively than most people do in a lifetime.

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Thilda continues, “We started using our mom’s clothes for shoots, and our friends. We would go out and look for places in our surroundings. We would look at a color and see how we can match that with what we were wearing.”

They do their own makeup, their own styling, scouting, photography, and of course modeling. They are also designers and started a blog at the age of 17 and 20, claiming that they had no idea what was cool and was not, but instead were, “playing around with ideas.”

I find this funny, the fact that they seem to always be playing around, however the playing is what has eventually been published and noticed by the creative community. It seems that their playing is driven and calculated although to them feels natural and organic. It’s evident that they are genius, but not just because of their talents, but also because of their work ethic.

To attack so many disciplines at such a young age, with so much confidence and deep love for their craft is beyond powerful. They embrace minimalist design, drawing inspiration from other Swedish designers whom are at the forefront of spacial, clean composition and typography.

They study art and music, they immerse themselves in blogs, they surround themselves with photographers, artists and inspiring people, but most importantly they are constantly and unendingly creating.

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Follow the Berglind sisters through their facebook site, Instagram or visit their blog to witness more.

For more self-made internet fashion celebrities check our portrait with DANDY DIARY.
To witness a master of sensual photography you might like our portrait of internet star Damien Vignaux.

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Stopped in my tracks by the first print featured here by Carin Wester, I couldn’t help but feature this latest line. Carin is Sweden based, and has won several prestigious awards over the last few years. We see a stunning array of fabrics and cuts, with some interesting textures tied into the silhouettes. A fantastic blend of classic high-fashion and practical winter wear make this line more interesting than most winter releases I’ve seen. See more and shop here.

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Seeing Agathe Philbe’s work for the first time feels like discovering a long lost photo journal. Even without knowing the characters, it’s easy to feel invested in the stories that unfold with each image. This series was shot for the french magazine L’Imparfaite. See more of Agathe’s work on her site here.

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Jason Lee Parry is a gritty photographer known for shooting everything from Ashley Smith in the desert, to Free People. Today on WT we feature some of our favorites from his collection. The way he has kept his distinct edgy style even when shooting mainstream covers for Elle, is an inspiration for artists and photographers set on playing in a wide range of editorial while staying true to their own look and feel.

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The much anticipated Quality Peoples store has opened for business. I had the opportunity to rock a few items from QP this last 4th of July weekend and felt the Hawaii vibes radiating from the 17″ Pupukea Surf Short. Yes, these shorts are short, and yes I felt rad wearing them. It even helped out my surfing in double over toe Malibu surf. The tanks are amazing, super soft and of the highest quality and the silhouette is super flattering. The Indo Batik is my overall favorite piece in the online store at the moment but the simple graphic logo tees are perfect as well.

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Hard to do shorts of this style justice, but here is a little hand drag rocking the Pupukea Shorts.

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Kill City is an LA based punk inspired apparel brand producing top to bottom fashion. The lookbook caught my eye first, with it’s Neil Krug influenced images transporting these edgy styles into a desert dreamscape. This is their first season and there are more than a few pieces that have caught my attention. Check out more of their gear here.

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The West is dead!
You may loose a sweetheart,
But you won’t forget her.

-Charles M. Russell

Our friends at Aloha Sunday in San Diego, turned us on to this daring duo of clothing designers, known in the apparel world as The West Is Dead. Will Cheng and Kaelen McCrane’s story begins in Northern Montana and has since then moved them to LA where they hand stitch every seam and make everything in their line right here in America. Their line breathes the history of the West and of the people who came before us; the Blackfeet Indians and the Montana ranchers and settlers (people the likes of Charlie Russell whose letter to a friend is the inspiration for the name of the brand). I refer to Will and Kaelen as daring designers because of their story, and the chance they took together coming south from Montana, spending all of their money and investing all of their time on their first line of clothing and then displaying it in an authentic way, staying true to the story of the west in every way they could.

The clothing is stunning. From the hand-stitched durable salvaged denim, to the chambray cotton chino, every material is used purposefully, and every detail adds a point of difference to the item. The women’s line is classic, feminine, and tasteful carrying everything from 100% custom California knit pocket tees, to left hand twill chinos.

My sister Nissa and I both come from Whitefish, Montana, a small town an hour west of Browning, which is where The West Is Dead established their first partnership with Chief Earl Old Person, the Chief of the Blackfeet Indian Nation and past president of the Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), a cooperative of 57 American Indian nations and over 15,000 head of buffalo. Endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the ITBC is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to coordinate and assist American Indian tribes returning the buffalo to their native lands. We have spent time in Browning and have seen what the first nations people struggle with on a daily basis. They have been pushed from their land into reservations, and their lifeline which was and is the buffalo was taken from them. The fact that The West Is Dead supports the Indians reuniting with the buffalo is a cause we will support until the end of our days.

We are honored to feature TWID today on Witness This and hope that you take the time to watch their videos, and take a look at their look book. Please visit them online or pay them a visit in various stores across LA and San Diego. You can be sure that you will be purchasing American made products that are durable, hand-made, that will last a lifetime, and support a just cause that pays tribute to the proudest people/cultures of this nation.

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Our favorite don’t give a fuck apparel brand Muschi Kreuzberg is back with their own version of prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up highlighting their launch of their newest Hoodlum Hills Collection. It’s smart as hell, with it’s freeze frame highlighting of the newest pieces and brings us back to 1997 with a bit of nostalgia. It looks like our star ends up at packed house Prince Charles in Kreuzberg, Berlin for a night of debauchery which we love to see.

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words by Kari Hendrick

I have been expanding my collection of printed pants and recently came across a number that has me drooling all over. The pieces of Clover Canyon. These are not just printed pants, they are truly a work of art, and as I was creating a wish list, I saw their swim collection…and THEN, I saw their collaboration with Los Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant. Based out of LA, each piece depicts the lifestyle and joyful spirit of California. All of these patterns are drawn, cut, and sewn in house to fit like a kaleidoscope of colors over the curves of these sunkissed women. The prints, they say, embark on endless voyage, from the tribal plains of Africa and the courts of ancient kings, through the annals of art history, and beyond. They’re bold, vibrant, and seem to dare me to try them on.

You can check out the Fall 2013 line for Clover Canyon here:

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Scout is a boutique in Seattle, Washington. Scout is a new brand and they are already turning heads like crazy, carrying a beautiful array of merchandise, all hand crafted, and all with a story. Pay them a visit next time you are in Seattle at 514 28th Ave or visit their site and pick up some gear for your next outdoor adventure.

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