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Our visit to Borre Akkersdijk’s home marks the continuation of our special collaboration between Sonos and Freunde von Freunden.
Borre Akkersdijk heads up the studio of his namesake brand Byborre in Amsterdam West, producing textiles that push the boundaries of wearable technology.
Fashion and music are often riffing off each other, deeply linked by the creatives who breathe life into these industries. Borre takes the literal inspiration of each industry, merging the two and creating pieces that are not only attention-grabbing, but also thought-provoking. His music-playing onesie to help dementia patients communicate was featured at SXSW and pushed the dialogue about the future of wearable technology and music.
In his studio, the 12-man team works with various rolls of fabric, mannequins, and knitting machines that roll out textile samples. While the studio is never quite silent with production happening in the background, music plays a pivotal role in changing up the mood. Deep in work, the team can get silent and focused on their respective projects. However, as the hours pass, the curated playlists can change from blues to hip-hop. Changing rhythms and impromptu dance parties keep the team connected.
“Music plays an important role in that,” he says. “I don’t want everyone to always be wearing headphones. We work in silence when there are meetings at the studio but turn the music on when we’re working with our hands. It could be working on textile development or collaborating in creative sessions.”
Whether it’s waking up in the morning or creating pieces in the studio, music sets the mood and “brings the room together.” Borre admits that he is envious of and inspired by artists who perform on stage, playing music that can touch so many people. He seeks to create the same kind of connection with his clothing.
“I’m a very chaotic person,” he says, “but when I see something, I can build a world around it. That’s also how most of our projects go.”
His enduring sense of curiosity is the driving force for pushing textile development, one thread at a time.
Photography by © Jordi Huisman
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