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Kriss’s Top 5 – May

Travelling has always been my main source of inspiration. Here I have listed a few of my favourite designing spots in the world over the years.

TarifaHotel Hurricane Chiringuito
A short vacation – the best time to design! And what’s more inspirational than sitting outside on a calm sunny day watching the ocean waves hit the cliffs. This is the place where many Summer collection designs have been born but I guess the most notable is one of our best-sellersKristel Polo Suspender Top.


New YorkFiat Cafe
It was a hot day in New York last week. I had an hour between my meetings, so sat down outside this cute and empty Italian restaurant. Within the next 30 minutes the place was packed and there was a winding queue. I was so proud that I had snatched this tiny table outside! Here the SS16 collection got finalised. Hopefully it will be as hot as that day in New York.


I have actually never sat there designing but when going back to Tallinn, this is the place where I have a lot of creative meetings, so inspiration starts flowing in a different way. I can also say that once after a meeting I ran to my car and drew down quite a few new shapes. Honestly, I don´t remember if they were any good in the end but it still felt awesome.

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BrusselsLa Brouette
It was October 2008, 3 months before starting my label. Brussels was gorgeous, it was snowing outside and I had a Friday off which was a very rare occasion. I was walking around Brussels when I stumbled upon a brasserie on central square. Sounds touristy but I was sat next to a fireplace and got a cup of mulled wine, so I didn´t care about being cool. The interior was quite dark but I still got my drawing pad out and started sketching. I thought to myself, this is what I´d love to do for the rest of my life. It was probably THE moment when I decided that it was finally the time to launch my brand.

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Until last month this was our home/office cafe where we got most of our lunches from. It is a tiny hidden gem. Hidden so well that the entrance is through a real estate agency office. Like with NOP in Tallinn, I have never sat there sketching but it was always inspirational to see a colourful gang having lunch and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

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This month we love: Ice, ice, baby.

As September is the beginning of a new season, we are not only launching our “Icebreaker” collection but there are some other changes on the way. From now on every month we´ll bring you top things we are raving about each month. This month our lovely Social Media & Marketing Intern Triin has picked 4 favourites inspired by our new Autumn/Winter ´12 collection.

We watch: Titanic.

Kriss Soonik new collection inspired by Titanic
Cheesy? Yes, we know but who hasn’t seen Titanic? The most romantic, yet the saddest movie ever made, based on a true story. Heartbreaking.
TV channels are playing it over and over again and some of us watch it every single time, eyes watering, wishing for that ‘happy ending’ that never arrives for Jack and Rose. Others watch it just once, and years later we still remember the movie almost as we saw it yesterday. Is it time to see it again? Maybe, maybe not, but soon you will definitely see how much it inspired us for our new “Icebreaker” campaign shoot.

We listen: Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation”.

Haven’t you heard, military is back in fashion! And who is a better representative of the style than Janet Jackson? Our favorite Catwoman. A woman with power, amazing voice and a really cool music. “Rhythm Nation” is the song that´s making a comeback on our iPods this season. Even if the video is black and white, our mind still goes fantasizing about navy colour and gold details. So put on the song and make some dance moves!

We travel: Finland.

Have you ever thought of not going on holiday to a warm country by the blue ocean and palm trees? Let’s take a direction to far north and see what the cold has to offer us. Don’t know about you but we are craving for an extreme holiday and spending a weekend where everything is made of ice. Yes even the beds!

And why this moth we love Finland even more is because our collections have finally reached the cold country. Sofia Store is now stocking Kriss Soonik exclusively in Finland. Keep your eye on the website for updates as there will be a pop-up shop opening soon in Helsinki featuring our collection. Most items perfectly fit for the climate.

We drink our tea: Foxcroft & Ginger.

So when you are wandering around Shoreditch in London don’t forget to visit the coolest pop-up mall BOXPARK where Playful Promises is proudly holding up the lingerie flag. While you are there take some time off. Go and drink a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate that is made with love and care in Foxcroft & Ginger. Nice atmosphere, great music, free Wi-Fi and the best cup of hot chocolate is a perfect combo for a nice afternoon.

Images via: glorybox, theindianfusion, hello magazine.