An old acquaintance is a new Bernese designer* in the old town.
The shop cph at the Kramgasse 30 you know for sure. CPH is the abbreviation for Copenhagen and reflects Mette's roots. In the year 2000, she fulfilled a dream and opened her small fine shop in Bern. Already in 2007, one followed in Zurich, which is now managed by her husband Johnson.
Mette studied at the Kolding Designskle in Denmark and worked as a fashion designer in London, Paris and Copenhagen before she moved to Switzerland in the 90s. Your shop on Kramgasse carries small interesting labels. For example, I always find the best shoes at cph.
With the store on Kramgasse, Mette has fulfilled a wish and now after almost 20 years of experience with customers and their wishes, she has itched in her fingers to create her own small collection. When she and Johnson had bought for the shop, they often didn't find exactly what they had in mind for their customers and they wanted to change that.
The new collection is called KLAER which means "dressed" in old Danish. Only high-quality fabrics are used, the number of pieces is limited, the pieces are produced in Switzerland, Italy and India where Johnson's roots are.
I wanted Mette to tell me what inspired her. The designer is very pragmatic: she gets inspiration everywhere. She likes to be inspired by the fabrics she can buy - often remnants from great designers. That's why her collection is limited. However, this also allows us to say that the production is sustainable and I want to be able to rely on sustainability as a customer today. I think Klaer is great - as you can see in the pictures.
I secretly and lovingly call the collection Klärli (Mette, don't be angry with me!). A Klärli is already hanging in my closet, Merci Mette and Johnson!
A second label is planned, "the cph-collection", which will also include a men's line. More on www.c-p-h.
* I called Mette a Bernese designer in the first sentence because she has recently become Swiss.