Barbara Munsel



If you’ve been going through the archives here at all, you may have noticed that some posts (e.g. most posts from 2009-2012) look horrible. Rest assured, I am slowly making my way through them, re-inserting the proper size of photos, centering them, fixing the spacing issues, and stripping the text of any weird formatting that resulted from the move. It’s a tedious task, but it is kind of fun since I re-find designers that I haven’t looked up or heard from in years. Today’s kOs re-find is one Barbara Munsel, who, I was happy to (re-?) read is based in Rotterdam. Of course I might’ve known that before, but I wouldn’t have known Rotterdam from Adam back in 2010. Now I can proudly say that I’ve actually been in Rotterdam, if only for a brief frantic moment to meet a dear previously un-met friend, and then another brief frantic moment to catch a train and continue on our way. Barbara’s recent collections are less romantic and a lot more practical than the collection I had posted about three years ago, but she allows you to still get away from your provincial life by incorporating small precious details into her garments. And, Barbara’s very much into small, local, and ethical production, so you can feel good about wanting so much more than they’ve got planned. Of course, I can’t help but look at that delicate black knit piece and think that it sums up in garment form the extremely fragile nature of the academic future and intellectual success of fellow Albertans thanks to the drastic and completely irrational budget cuts that have killed my Bachelors program, but I digress.



(Photos via Barbara’s NJAL and Facebook pages)