Gustav Klimt and Emilia Floegge are the inspirations for the 10 year anniversary of Vienna-based designers Rosa Mosa.
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss,1907-08 Österreichisches Galerie Wien, Vienna
Man leaning over and kissing kneeling woman. All shrouded in symbolically patterned gold. A bed of flowers below them.
The Designers behind Rosa Mosa …
The more we discover about Rosa Mosa the more the company’s design philosophy makes sense. Salzburg-born Simone Springer, a graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Japanese Yuji Mizobuchi, a student of Buddhist philosophy in Kyoto, are the designers behind Rosa Mosa.
Rosa Mosa Designers Simone and Yuji
They met whilst studying Footwear and Accessory design at Cordwainers College in London and collaborated on an innovative collection of wooden carved sandals that made their debut at that year’s London Fashion Week. Simone and Yuji walked away with 2 awards for their designs and a clear vision of the direction in which they wanted to travel.
Once the Rosa Mosa footwear label had launched in earnest, each new season produced a bumper crop of clever and creative designs. And, clog lovers take note, they have been reinventing our favourite footwear ever since in a variety of fascinating ways.
Plumo SS13, Vanda clogs, available at Plümo
Yuji declared in a recent interview that, “To me, footwear has always been a crucial part of every outfit. When I get up int the morning I don’t think about which clothes I am going to wear, but which shoes!”
The Inspiration behind the Summer 13 collection …
The new SS’13 collection found its inspiration in the union of the talented Gustav Klimt, his partner Emilia Floegge and the Vienna Secession.
Gustav Klimt, The Parc, Moma, 1910
"Imagine-you have been invited over to Klimt’s lakeside villa for a Sunday picnic with his friends. You go because you are not doing anything else and as soon as you enter the garden you are captivated and mesmerised by the glorious setting and the bohemian, well-dressed crowd spread out over the garden like a beautifully embroidered cloth. They are whispering secrets and holding light conversations and scattered amongst them are several exquisitely woven baskets containing food and wine.
Basket, Rosa Mosa SS13
Gustav Klimt, Country Garden With Sunflowers, 1905/06
Basket, Rosa Mosa, SS13
This vision inspired us to create a contemporary Rosa Mosa basket/bag collection. Woven from willow and rush by Hungarian gypsies using traditional skills dating back to the 19th Century, each piece is handmade to our design using hand-picked plants that grow beside the River Körös in Springtime. Urban and sophisticated, these basket-bags are a “must” for every chic city nomad for Spring 2013.
Portrait of Emilie Flöge, 1902, Gustav Klimt
Suddenly you find yourself in another corner of the garden and you meet Emilie Floege, Klimt’s muse. She is charmingly encouraging you to join the game she is initiating and knots your right leg to Klimt’s left one with a length of soft cotton sailing rope-encouraging you to run as fast as you can-‘pour le plaisir.’
Vanda clogs, Pümo SS13
Klimt and Emilie Flöge
Cord belt by Rosa Mosa
We have worked deep coloured macrame-knotted sailing ropes into beautiful belts and flexible shoe-uppers which perfectly conjure up the light summer mood so typical of this entire collection. Handmade leather trims and wooden soles finish these Rosa Mosa classics for SS’13.
Rosa Mosa SS13
Klimt, Inspirations ….
Cord Belt, Rosa Mosa SS13
We have also gleaned inspiration from Emilie Floege’s Slovak embroidery collection and its pleasant colour palette of straw, water tones, warming reds, cooling whites dominates our collection.”
Vanda Clogs, Rosa Mosa SS13
Vanda Clogs, Rosa Mosa SS13
Fabric from Emilie Floege’s Slovak embroidery collection
Emilie in her garden
In keeping with the artist-inspired approach, Kyoto-based textile artist Shigesuke Mizobuchi was commissioned to design a unique fabric for SS’13. A silk-screen print with toxic mushrooms and other wonders that can only be seen when lying at ground-level on the grass. It has been produced in very limited quantities and has been used exclusively for the SS’13 basket/bag collection.
Rosa Mosa stands for individualism, innovation and the highest level of craftsmanship. By sourcing primarily from local suppliers and artisans in Austria and working closely with tanneries, each pair of Rosa Mosa shoes finds the perfect balance between craftsmanship and artistic direction.