Last Saturday I went to the beautiful store Opia that is specialised in Asian design and famous for having pieces that are not available anywhere else but in their country of production. This time though it was a reception for a local collection’s launch: Julian Zigerli’s S/S 2012 collection Over stick and stone, of which his debut A/W 2011 collection Sugar, spice, and everything nice builded the foundation.
His innovative and detail-loving signature look sprawls from lichens and mutualism to the strong, lonesome hiker and his journeys. I just loved the materials he used. He told me that he found a new cotton that is water-repellent without feeling heavy through being wax coated. He used it for jumpsuits and coats.
It’s a collection full of longings, that last beyond the mountains and canyons of the big city. This men’s collection stands for useful, smart and technically highclass pieces with a sporty touch. There is always a lot of love, colour, humour and positivity involved in Julian Zigerli’s designs. I am fond of the prints inspired by flames and felt.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Julian Zigerli left at the age of 20 to study fashion design at Berlins University of Art Udk. Professors like Stephan Schneider led him through his studies. After graduating in 2010 he decided to return back to his roots in Switzerland to work with the innovative Swiss fabric industry. That’s when he launched his own men’s fashion label. Besides, Julian’s main interest is designing costumes for plays and movies. He has recently been involved in several projects in Berlin and Zurich. His latest projectMagic Afternoon was shown at the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich.