NATIONALITY : SWEDISH
ART MEDIUM : LEATHER
FOCUS : FASHION ACCESSORIES
An adventurous spirit and a creative mind would be how to define Thomasine Barnekow.
Born in Sweden, she later graduated from the prestigious Dutch Design Academy of Eindhoven, travels extensively and finally put her suitcase down in Paris, where she currently lives, works and creates.
In 2011, Thomasine launches her brand Thomasine Gloves. Quietly but meticulously, she branches out into Couture designing gloves that have textile and shape woven together. She collaborates with Fashion Designers, Paris National Opera, glove houses, Luc Besson & private customers. It’s her dynamic understanding of how to balance function with embellishment that really sets her apart.
Her unexpected take on this leather accessory changes our perception of the glove : they become « soft jewelry » as she calls them. She uses extremely soft lambskin leather combined with material, twists and fastenings that showcases her technical understanding and attention to fine craftsmanship. Her gloves can be worn winter like summer and span both women & mens styles. Barnekow’s gloves are one half-wearable and one half a work of art.
Thomasine thrives on collaborations and partnerships, one of these early partnerships was with Belgian Fashion Designer Walter Van Beirendonck.
She found herself randomly sitting next to him on a train on her way to a textile fair outside Paris « I knew who he was of course, and I knew I had half an hour to get to know him before we arrived into town, so I said « hello » that is how it started. »
A month later Barnekow received a personal email thanking her for a pleasant conversation and an invitation to collaborate on a series of gloves for his S/S 2012 Cloud *9 Collection. And that was the start of her professional journey.
Her couture work has been presented in many International Fashion Exhibitions and her glove collections are regularly featured in International Editorials such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, CNN to name a few. Thomasine Barnekow recently exhibited at le Musée du Parfum in Paris, where a contemporary installation of perfumed gloves in collaboration with niche scents was presented. This exhibit is currently showing in Seoul.
2018 has begun brilliantly for Thomasine with a Beijing Exhibition entitled Silk Story. Thomasine Barnekow gave a lecture to the Chinese and International participants on her design work. She was also interviewed in China News TV. She has been nominated Talent of Invention 2018 in Paris and will participate in the event Luxe & Création on January 30th. Her work will be featured in l’Officiel China & Hong Kong magazine as well as Vogue Italia and in the Italian publication Crafts of Art and Design in the coming weeks.
Yad Cheri is very proud to have Thomasine’s amazing creations in its selection and to share with you this talented designer’s incredible journey.
Photograph of Thomasine Barnekow by Benjamin Taguemount.