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MÊHLÊ S/S 2015 PHOTOS BY MIHA FABIO KALAN

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MÊHLÊ S/S 2015 PHOTOS BY MIHA FABIO KALAN

LAST WEEK I MET: MÊHLÊ

Piece of Me

I am gonna start this by saying that Maja and Miha are just so good together. And that it probably doesn’t make sense to anybody, only people who know them.

 This interview is about Mehle, but Mehle is Maja and Miha, and is so much more than just a clothing brand. It is their way of life. They are partners in real life and partners in business. Mehle is slowly but surely making a stand for themself. Mehle; leisure, comfy, easy to wear. Mehle is small, jet productive, surely said: on the rise.

MAJA AND MIHA, HOW ARE YOU?

We are great. It’s Sunday, we did some work, a couple of clients came around so we did a bit of personal orders, and now we are chillin’ and thinking of what to have for dinner.  What about yourself?

AH, THE USUAL; THANKS FOR ASKING. LET’S TALK ABOUT MÊHLÊ, YOUR LOVECHILD. TELL ME..

MÊHLÊ represents our love for design, quality, functional clothes and innovative fabrics. It definitely feels like a child to us and we love it.

MAJA, YOU ARE A ROYAL COLLEGE GRADUATE AND YOU FIRST STARTED ON YOUR OWN, THEN SOMEWHERE ALONG MIHA CAME INTO THE PICTURE… HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

MÊHLÊ, as it is now, was founded by both of us. Before RCA I was designing and doing my own work but nothing as serious as this. Before RCA I was living in Slovenia and did all sorts of jobs from styling, costume design, prom dresses and  personal shopping. I suck at styling and I hate personal shopping. So RCA was my saviour. I met Miha while studying at RCA and he helped me with my pre- and final collection. He is amazing so it wasn’t long before I fell in love and a year and half ago we started MÊHLÊ.

HOW IS IT WORKING WITH YOUR PARTNER? DO YOU THINK IT’S MORE EASY BECAUSE YOU TWO ARE MORE OPEN TO EACH OTHER, OR IS IT MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO BOUNDARIES?

Maja: I think its amazing. I love working with Miha, except when I’m really tired and wanna sleep and he just doesn’t stop… His workforce is amazing.

We talk a lot. All ideas and all decisions are discussed so we both have to agree on everything. I try to listen, so every season there are some ideas or garments that are more Miha’s than mine, but I’m ok with this. But then, I do get really loud when we do a video and Miha has to listen to me.

Miha: I think every relationship needs hard work to be harmonized and balanced. And so does ours, we work hard, some days we prioritize MÊHLÊ, some other days us, … But we love our work and we love to work and instead of that usual shit couples do, we design. And that’s our kind of fun.

SO WHERE ARE YOU TWO GOING WITH MÊHLÊ, I MEAN, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THE BRAND? WHERE DO YOU SEE IT GO?

“I want to be as famous as Persil Automatic” This is a great quote from Victoria Beckham.

I love her. We wanna create a stabile brand. We started with ready to wear womenswear but hopefully, with time, will expand into other stuff as well. Our next mission is to gain more exposure in London and get more stockists in UK and EU. It is a bit tricky because at the moment we are only showing in Paris, so we are thinking of doing something here. We’ve got some shops that we would like to be sold at, and it’s looking good, we’ve only been doing this for 3 seasons, so of course it will take a bit more time. Patience is the key!

A MÊHLÊ GIRL. WHAT DOES SHE LOOK LIKE?

She is very chic. Urban, intellectual, creative and powerful woman that loves effortless luxe 24/7.  She is elegant and playful at the same time. And never bored. Nor boring.

OK, THE MOST MEMORABLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO MÊHLÊ, AND YOU STILL GUSH ABOUT IT?

Maja: everything! I love every second of it.  It’s my dreams (or half of it) come true. I live in London, have an amazing, talented and smart boyfriend, and have my own brand. Every time I see our garments in a magazine editorial it feels amazing, every time we get an order feels amazing, every like or share or retweet feels amazing too. Every season we meet more amazing people, we get more feedback, we get more attention, more email replies, more page visits. All this combined feels really amazing.

Miha: To sum up Maja, it’s just amazing. Even when it’s not amazing, it’s still amazing, because doing things that you love is amazing and we feel amazing that all this amazing things are happening to us from season to season. And you know what’s even better? That we know each season is gonna be even more amazing. Isn’t this just amazeballs?

OMG SO AMAZEBALLS.  YOU TWO ARE FROM SLOVENIA, BUT LIVE AND WORK IN LONDON. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF SLOVENIAN DESIGNERS?

MÊHLÊ started in London, so we are a London based designers. We both grew up in Slovenia and the aesthetic of the brand is inspired by socialism and Yugoslavia. But the world is our oyster, we don’t want to stress us too much about where are we picked up and where not.

AND FASHION TODAY IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE. WHAT A BRILLIANT STATEMENT, RIGHT? BUT, THINGS ARE NOT THE BEST….

Fashion is changing. Everything is changing. Of course we can’t do things in the same way the designers did it 20 years ago. That would be too easy. Designers are always under big pressure to make new things, to invent something new, fresh, unseen. For a lot of our designer friends and for us it comes very natural to create something new every season. 20 years ago all fashion related things were different, designers were researching in books, now there is internet. We can find what’s hottest in music, design, theatre, film just with a couple of clicks. There is a mix of different medias: fashion, art, film, video…The whole shopping experience has changed.  People have more knowledge of what is good, great and new. Maybe the only thing that we need is a little bit more of critical opinion.

YOU TWO ARE ALSO AMAZING COOKS! AND IF YOU ASK ME YOU TWO SHOULD HAVE A STUDIO, WHERE ON ONE SIDE THERE WOULD BE A MÊHLÊ SHOWROOM AND ON THE OTHER, A PERFECT LITTLE RESTAURANT?

We love food and love cooking for our friends, but we are not too sure about that idea about restaurant. The pleasure would then probably disappear under pressure. Miha is an amazing cook. Maja is better with hosting and making drinks. Sometimes cakes.

CAN YOU NAME YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS?

 Bob Bob Richard, London

Yuatcha, London

Viet Grill, London

Chez Janou, Paris

Le Verre Vole, Paris

Nanashi, Paris

Hofnin, Reykjavik

TaBar, Ljubljana

Gostilna Lakner, Kranj

Majda, Gorzia

ONE THING TO ANOTHER. MIHA, CAN I CALL YOU A FILM MAKER? YOU ALSO DIRECT FILM?

Yes, I direct, I shoot, I edit. It’s kind of busy at the moment, I did some cinematography with Slovenian photographer/director Sasa Hess. A fashion film for a Dutch brand LaDress, a couple of commercials … Me and my friend Aliash are developing a script for my first feature film, a short film is in preproduction, and already preparing for MÊHLÊ AW’15 film.

See the S/S 2015 film here

COOKING, MOVIES, DIRECTING, EDITING… WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS YOU GUYS ARE ALSO INTO? WHERE DO YOU ENJOY YOURSELF THE MOST?

We love watching films and TV in general. Sometimes a day off means a day spent watching TV. We are really looking forward to seeing Interstellar. Only lovers left alive was amazing. Miha is really into Tilda Swinton. Storyville on BBC is always good. We love chatting about new projects, day dreaming about winning a lottery, walking around London, having drinks with friends.

FINAL: YOUR PLAYLIST! WHAT ARE SOME SONGS THAT MOVE YOUR BUTT AND MAKE YOU HAPPY AND READY FOR THE DANCEFLOOR?

The Cure – Love Song

Ben Howard – End of the Affair

James Bay – When We Were On Fire

The Choir of Young Believers – Hollow Talk

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

Kura – Gogo (Lulu Rouge rmx)

Singing Bowls – 9 Hours for Meditation & Relaxtion

Shit, We Are Old – Bed Time

Thank you Maja and Miha. Follow MÊHLÊ on Instagram @wearemehle

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