I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.

Joanna Klimas Atelier Warsaw on ul. Nowolipki 2, last 4 from her lookbook

While in exile in Warsaw for the past week, I decided to take up on Polish designer Joanna Klimas‘ invitation to drop by her atelier. Everyone’s all WHAT EXILE!? Not literally, they didn’t shove me on a boat. Apparently it looks like I need to be reminded every now and then that, despite the fact that I spent my entire life in Europe, my technical anchor is in South Korea, therefore I must float around (My carbon footprint the size of an obese dinosaur). So when I go home to Warsaw, my passport gets a ‘tourist’ stamp. They really should include a complimentary ticket of a tourbus around my house.
Enough visa moaning, I must’ve told the story about 21 times the past week. The current problem is not as simple as it sounds, but as long as I get to leave and return on my own terms, it’s fine, right? BUT THE ONLY VISA I WANT TO DEAL WITH IS THE MAGIC PLASTIC CARD TYPE.

The atelier of Joanna Klimas was a collection of spaces: The studio, showroom, a small café and a small personal library. Her latest collection, inspired by aesthetics of Polish folk art was mostly unavailable, but her classic line carried a similar sense of tasteful quirkiness and twists. I also wouldn’t mind driving 40 minutes to the atelier to have a cuppa on the frosted glass-floored upper level…

Thank you Gregorz for showing me around!

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  1. These are incredibly unique pieces. I would wear the jacket and straight legged pants in the picture on the far right.

  2. that atelier looks really I would love to go there ^^

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  4. Look at these! Fantastic!

  5. Such gorgeous photos. I’m loving the hooded jacket worn in the last photo.

  6. Geeze Louise. I wanna go on exile, too.

  7. Wow! These pieces look amazing I especially love the white lace bolero…and the space looks very quirky and cool! Your photography always paints such an inspiring picture of a place! x

  8. ahh that pretty much sucks. hopefully all the admin stuff gets settled <3 i'm learning korean now! haha it's a beautiful language. & what a superbly neat workroom, i feel so ashamed of my own room

  9. What an amazing work space! If I worked there I would be totally happy and inspired in all corners! Great post, these images are very personally inspireing

  10. oh, wow, these shots are absolutely amazing, loved to see all these little details and the clothing


  11. photos are awesome!
    the clothes!

  12. We so think alike, Shini. Exile is just what I’d say in your shoes. But what a good excuse to go home. Even tho the authorities think your home is So. Korea.. well I guess home is where you hang your hat.

    LOVE her work. Love this whole post, in fact. The way you’ve put this together feels like I’m there, in the sunshine. The zen like ness of that cup of tea, brewing like a polaroid developing before my eyes.

    I love the way she thinks: it feels like childhood colouring books of costumes round the world – what people wore in Poland – with such a great modern twist. That dress on the left, shown in side view, is my favourite. It’s all so whimsical yet ironic. Kind of like you, with your exile quip.

    Safe trip home, here, babe. Where you belong ; ) x

  13. where designers process their ideas have always been so fascinationg to me, so really enjoyed this post. keep your chin up, everything more or less happens for a reason. xx

  14. Love the concept of the workroom/showroom/cafe it’s like fun house.
    Miss you Poo.

  15. you are so funnahy, enjoy crakow x

  16. Really love these photos! These clothes are amazing.


  17. stephani janet

    the place looks sooo nice! I wish I can have a room like that to do my work..
    it’s just so refreshing by looking at the pic. lovely pics that u’ve taken!
    love the collection too!

  18. Stunning! I really hope to visit Poland one day.

  19. love that jacket on the far right in the last pic! how awesome is it to have a cafe at one’s atelier, just genius

  20. love this pictures



  21. your photos are excellent. i enjoyed this post a lot!

  22. The floaty, floral dress on the mannequin is gorgeous!! Beautiful pictures as always :) x

  23. What a lovely collection, the close-up shots are great and I love the lacy pieces. Hope any visa troubles are sorted soon!

  24. gosh, I want that hooded jacket so bad!!
    Really interesting collection btw, modern with some ethnic elements.

  25. One of these days you’ll have to tell me how you get such beautiful, crisp and light photographs. This collection looks really special – love the lacey bits especially

  26. Wow, very beautiful and original pieces. :)

    I love the ethnic print that’s been injected into the designs.

  27. It’s a beautiful post, but I think it’s time to

    Come back, Shini!

  28. sweet! that lace jacket’s got little fluffy things coming out of the side of the sleeves! haha :)

  29. amazing. looks like heaven.

  30. amazing place. i like the silky and see through white dresses most

  31. chichi

    oh goooood there is something about polish handwriting that I love. no one ever knows what i’m talking about, but I swear every polish person has THAT type of handwriting which the little chalkboard menu exemplifies perfectly.

  32. Maktalena

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