Isabell de Hillerin has made her residence in Berlin and launched a new label that's actually very, very old. Starting from nothing more a tiny workshop in a hip area of town, she has reached out to find the perfect style, and found it in traditional weaving patterns from Romania and Moldova. Half business and half preservation, Hillerin's business is flourishing and appearing in stores the world over.
The arts of fine weaving and embroidery that once boomed in Romania and Moldova are in rapid decline. But one German-Romanian designer is breathing new life into eastern Europe's endangered craft traditions.
Fresh from fashion school in Barcelona to find the Spanish economy in the doldrums, Isabell de Hillerin packed up and moved to Berlin where she launched her own label in 2009.
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