The new collection INTERCONNECTED is dedicated to my dearest friend Burçin.
After a 7-month battle, she passed away at the age of 26 because of a rare type of cancer. She has always been inspiring to me because of her positive attitude. Confident and brave. When she was diagnosed with cancer, she said ‘I’m just unlucky, that’s it’. She kept on inspiring me and her surroundings with all the power she had in her. While she was in need of medical help, she would still take care of her beloved ones. She had the unique ability to make you feel empowered, strong and above all; beloved, no matter the circumstances.
So that’s when we get to tell you more about INTERCONNECTED. Ever since I met Burçin, there was not a single conversation that didn’t concern cultural freedom, sexual freedom or freedom of religion, and how that affected our society. She always emphasized the beauty in differences, that we can learn from each other when we actually get to know one another, no matter how different our worlds look, are or feel.
In our interconnected world, we must learn to feel enlarged, not threatened, by difference.
That beauty is captured in this INTERCONNECTED collection in various ways. The name reflects the way we people are interconnected to one another, and that in the end, we search for the same things in life. The colors used in our collection are a combination of contradicted tints; deep & intense and soft & sweet. This same contradiction also merges perfectly in the designs. The silhouettes of Aesthetic Stories are always minimalistic and have strong, vigorous lines. We brought softness to it by choosing the material extrafine merino wool, and a silk/viscose blend.
In addition to this collection we added notebooks, and not for no reason. Burçin once told me that she used to write down what she’d experienced every single day, to remember all the good things that happened to her. We believe that every single day is indeed worth to write about. This A5 notebook without lines is made of a luxurious paper type and is illustrated by her dear sister Aylin Parlak. She chose for a chain of daisies that interconnects their sisterhood.
Another specially designed addition to this collection is the B-keeper. In collaboration with Oform jewelry, we assembled a piece of jewelry which is a cloud of dreams, filled with love, joy, and bravery. The piece comes in gold and silver – fair trade of course -, and all the earnings are being donated to Xenia Hospice charity.
(Silver: 50 EUR, Gold: 70 EUR)
In short. This INTERCONNECTED collection is a dedication to the heart and mind of our dear Burçin. She was the most positive person I’ve ever got to know, and I’m really grateful for that. She interconnects people. She brought together all of her friends and her family, from all over the world to set an example. She was ambitious, courageous, and in love with the world and its people. Most of all, she was a warm-hearted joyful person.
“She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.” – Scott Fitzgerald