Mary Ellen Mark - Retrospective


Mary Ellen Mark - Retrospective

Mary Ellen Mark
Eternal iconic photography that speaks the voice of truth in frame


written Mikal Shkreli
photographed Alban E. Smajli


April 21, 2014: On a sunny day in SoHo, I met up with Alban E. Smajli outside the studio of well-known photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Waiting for the buzzer to let us upstairs, I had reviewed my notes on some background research on the artist. Mary Ellen was born in Philadelphia and after receiving her Masters Degree in photojournalism, she traveled to Europe under a Fulbright Scholarship. Making her way to New York a few years later, Mary Ellen has created a notable name for herself in photography, art, and the world of social culture, her work featured in exhibits worldwide. The door buzzed and we entered the elevator. The door slided open directly to the studio, and we stepped out, looking around the high ceilings and at the endless items across bookshelves, desks, countertops. We walked past copy and printing machines of various kinds and found one of Mary Ellen’s assistants behind a computer, informing us that Mary Ellen would be with us in just a few moments. Escorted to a few chairs around a humble table, Alban E. and I prepared our questions and Mary Ellen emerged from a region unknown, deeper within the studio. 

With two braids parted down the center of her head and extending down her back, Mary Ellen has approached us with a smile and wide eyes that peered through her small framed glasses. Her dress, resembling ethnic-wear from Central America, had worked cohesively with her hair and the cactuses that adorned the space. And between the cacti and other desert friendly plants, skeletal figures stood with poise, watching our meeting.
Mary Ellen’s work has been revered and known for their subject matter, displaying aspects of society not commonly represented in the spotlight of mainstream culture. She hasphotographed Vietnam War demonstrations, celebrities, transvestites, women’s liberation movements, and everyday people in the New York City streets, with and without their awareness of being photographed. When asking about her choices in subject matter for her work, I asked Mary Ellen, “how do you decide?” To which she responded, 

Marry Ellen Mark (USA, 1940-2015) Atelier, New York City Photograph © Alban E. Smajli Courtesy by LE MILE Studios

Marry Ellen Mark (USA, 1940-2015)
Atelier, New York City
Photograph © Alban E. Smajli
Courtesy by LE MILE Studios

" Sometimes you photograph someone you don´t even know, on an assignment, and there are some people that are just interesting to watch. So you choose them because of that. "

Mary Ellen MarkJust on the frame (...) basically, you decide how you want to make a frame (...) so it looks right. When you’re in a studio, it’s one thing, but when you’re on location, you want to change the background and make sure it works perfectly as a frame.

Mikal ShkreliIs there something particular about a person or a person’s image that would draw you to bring more of an intimate scope with photography?

MEM: Well, I mean, sometimes you photograph someone you don’t even know, on an assignment, and there are some people that are just interesting to watch. So you choose them because of that. 

The choices that Mary Ellen maked for her images are very particular, explaining that “each situation is totally different.” She continued, admitting that “you don’t want to kind of repeat yourself (...) but each situation calls for something very different.” I glanced around and noticed numerous frames of her work high up on the walls, noticing her range in work. 

MSDo you have any preference between street photography or portraits?
MEM: Well, basically, my feeling, the hardest photography to do is street photography. Those are the people’s work I’ve really admired from the beginning. That’s why I became a photographer. 

MS: Do you try to create a story when you see somebody?
MEM: I try to make a frame of it that says something.

I took a moment to glance around the studio some more, noticing wooden carved figures of roosters, Micky Mouse, Jesus, and more skeletal images and figures, even color skeleton streamers were hanging from the lights, resembling the Day of the Dead, providing a deeper feel into Mary Ellen’s native essence, her style, her interests, her mysterious appeal that translated into her photography, causing the eyes to linger for an extra amount of time, piecing together the puzzle, figuring out what is being shared. I had asked Mary Ellen about the dynamics in shooting. 

MEM: If you’re doing a portrait, you have to take a certain amount of control - you have to be in control. They have to feel that you know what you’re doing, then they have a respect for you. It’s a balance, there is a very delicate balance. 

MS: Do you feel a certain sense of responsibility to bring people to life in a photograph, by exposing them or sharing them to the world in a particular way? 

MEMYea, to be honest. Pictures can lie very easily, so you have to be honest, have respect, or not have respect, whatever, with what you want to say with your camera - not to lie to people. 

MS: So what are you trying to say with your camera?
MEM: Each situation is totally different. You’re trying to make an image that’s memorable, maybe iconic. If you’re lucky, you know, iconic.

Innovative enigmatic, resourceful, and ready to readjust to change and circumstance and situations and work with them in order to produce the most fruitful result of art, Mary Ellen was a true artist; open with her approach and unique in her view on life and how to capture it, in essence. 

MSWhat do you hold as the power in photography, your photography?

MEM: I think the power in photography - it’s very difficult, now everyone is a photographer, so the bar has been lowered. There’s not as much respect and there’s a lot of really bad scenes being shot that aren’t good. And people don’t know the difference, so, what do I respect, I respect people who’s work I think is great, and whose work hasn’t been lowered by the bar. Everyone’s a photographer now, so people think it’s easy and anyone can do it. In a way it is easy, it’s very easy to take an average picture, that’s a piece of cake. To take great pictures is really hard. 

MS: What is the distinguishing level?

MEMYou just look at it. Helen Levitt, Irving Penn, they take great pictures. You just know it when you look at it. It’s talking to you, it’s saying something to you. 

We took a momentary break from the interview while one of Mary Ellen’s assistants asked her a few questions. I observed the large bookshelf behind me, full of books, organized with labels, mostly on photography. Mary Ellen has seventeen published books of photographs, with numerous contributions to publications such as Vanity Fair, Life, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and more. Before the rows of books there were cartoon figures of Popeye, George Bush, Queen Elizabeth and a few other fun notable figures. Alban E. asked her if she was still shoot shooting analog or digital.

MEM: Yes. I have a digital camera, (...) I mean, I think it’s a different medium, (...), and I love film, my whole life I’ve always done film. I have a really great digital camera, but I haven’t used it yet. But I think it’s different from film and it is different. I guess I’m always afraid that I’m going to see something amazing and miss it in film. As long as I can still shoot film and get film - but there’s a transition. I’m not the only one, there are other people shooting film. 

Continuing on the subject of analog versus digital photography, Mary Ellen explained that “it’s a different mindset, it looks different, especially for black and white. I shoot mainly in black and white. I think for color, digital can be very beautiful sometimes, but for black and white, I like silver prints. But people put a lot of pressure on you to shoot digital.” Mary Ellen then refered to the annual Easter Parade that took place a day prior our meeting in May 2014, “everybody was taking pictures. Everybody! I mean, I’m talking from five years up to like, old men with their cameras. And people are being shoved and pushed, and it’s just really - there’s no more borders.

In the evolution of photography, experienced by our social culture, from analog to digital, to handheld "phone-tography", the bar has been ‘lowered’ to a playing field without borders, where anyone can snap a photo. But what distinguishes a great photo is something that speaks, something eternal. Mary Ellen captured the honesty of what is, the actuality of a subject from a perspective lens. Not through manipulation of image and representation, but through a focused aspect of perception through lens, Mary Ellen Mark gripped at the core of photography, allowing art to be formed in a still image within a frame, iconic. Mary Ellen Mark died on age 75 one year after our interview.

We will keep you always in best thoughts. 






The Winners

may 2017

Swarovski is happy to announce the winner of this year`s International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyères.

Accessories Swarovski: Marina Chedel
Accessories Prix de public: Wendy Andreu

Having partnered with the International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyères, since 2009, Swarovski has reaffirmed its commitment to emerging talent by creating the first Swarovski Fashion Accessories Grand Prix of the Jury with Pierre Hardy as jury president. 

Swarovski welcomed the 10 accessories finalists at its showroom and at Première Vision last February where they discovered the new crystal collections and a large variety of application techniques. Depending on their projects, they were able to select crystals to incorporate into their designs and were accompanied by Swarovski during the making of their collections. 

For over 120 years, Swarovski has worked with designers to explore crystal as a versatile and inspiring creative component in fashion, and has a longstanding commitment to supporting innovation and young talents. 

Over the Peak : 
Marina Chedel created a collection both savage and urban by borrowing the vocabulary of mountain equipment and Swiss materials such as ash, suede, rabbit fur and goat hair applied on leather and synthetic foam. The strong and bold impact of her shoes collection and the use of asymmetrical platforms, heavy outer soles and crampons convinced the jury. 
The Public and City of Hyères Award was awarded to Wendy Andreu from France for her creative collection of bags and hats.

Model: Zack Lion
Photographer: Ellius Grace


Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition at The Met Focuses on Rei Kawakubo and the Art of the In-Between


Costume Institute Benefit on May 1 with Co-Chairs Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, and Honorary Chairs Rei Kawakubo and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. In Kawakubo’s work, this in-between space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983. 
“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton explores work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that challenges our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), 18th-Century Punk, MET New York City All photographs by © Akiko Kondoh Artwort is Courtesy of LE MILE Studios

Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942)
for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969),
18th-Century Punk, MET New York City
All photographs by © Akiko Kondoh
Artwort is Courtesy of LE MILE Studios

" Curator Andrew Bolton explores work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that challenges our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture. "

In celebration of the opening, The Met's Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017. The evening’s co-chairs are Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy will serve as Honorary Chairs. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

Rei Kawakubo said, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion...imbalance... unfinished... elimination...and absence of intent.” 

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects are organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti- Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/ Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness. Her fashions demonstrate that interstices are places of meaningful connection and coexistence as well as revolutionary innovation and transformation, providing Kawakubo with endless possibilities to rethink the female body and feminine identity.

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, on The Met Fifth Avenue’s second floor, has been transformed into an open, brightly lit white box with geometric structures. Intended to be a holistic, immersive experience, the space facilitates engagement with the fashions on display. A suggested pathway begins with four ensembles enclosed in a cylinder, reflecting Kawakubo’s enduring interest in blurring the boundaries between body and dress. Visitors, however, are encouraged to forge their own paths and experience the exhibition as a voyage of discovery. 

Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello



An invitation to visit…
Villa del Balbianello

april 2017
written Julia Ahtijainen

Villa del Balbinello x LE MILE

Lake Como may be known as a playboy playground and favorite of George Clooney, but it makes a surprisingly international holiday destination, full of historical treasures.

One of them – Villa del Balbianello in Lenno. The Villa and the Loggia were built in the last years of the 1700s when Cardinal Durini acquired the Punta di Lavedo, a romantic peninsula on the shoreline of lake Como. The place was meant to be a quiet summer residence where Cardinal could indulge in literary pastimes. Years went by, and the villa had become a prestigious summer salon with breath-taking views from each window. 
One of the most remarkable owners of the villa was Guido Monzino, a prominent Milanese businessman who was also a fervent collector and an explorer. He turned the villa into a private museum, where he collected and catalogued his travels around the world, including a trip to the North Pole in 1971, and the conquest of Mount Everest in 1973. After his death, in accordance to his will, the villa with magnificent gardens and collections, was left to FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano.

Villa del Balbianello is also a destination for movie lovers, as part of James Bond Casino Royale and scenes of Star Wars were filmed in this location. A remarkable establishment of Italian culture and intelligence worth visiting this season.

all photographs: © Julia Ahtijainen
LE MILE Studios x Plotagraph Pro



ACE Shoreditch

ACE Shoreditch



ACE Shoreditch
*contemporary culture

april 2017
written Julia Ahtijainen

ACE Shoreditch x LE MILE

Archaeologists discovered recently in Shoreditch the foundations of The Theatre in which Shakespeare’s first plays were performed. We are talking about the most creative part of London, Shoreditch. Originally a suburb outside of the City of London, this area was the place where culture, arts and other outsiders banned by the city fathers could find a place to be. Shoreditch has been and is a place for making things happen. 

Ace Hotel London, the White House in the middle of everything, connecting everyone, is the Mecca of creative visions, thoughts and actions. Here, Le Mile Magazine team decided to meet, celebrate its belated 5th anniversary and discuss all things important and necessary, on the 5th floor of course.

Ace Hotel is a friendly place. With locations in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, London, DTLA, New York, Palm Springs, Portland, Seattle, and soon in Chicago, So Fresh So Clean Ace aesthetics are taking over the world by adding instructions and comments on every possible corner of existence. There are no wrong doors, steps, buttons or rooms. Everything is signified, explained and understood. 

Situated in London‘s most creative and engaged district, Ace Hotel Shoreditch is surrounded by the theatres performing banned 16th century plays, design and street art destinations. The echoes of industrial and artisanal past within the architecture invite the creative society to start-up studios where makers and thinkers appreciate all handmade, generate new ideas, innovate and inspire each other. Ace is the place where all promising talents meet and work, together or alone, sketching, writing, listening, talking and typing. The lobby is the place to exchange, work and deal 24 hours a day. The hotel is a hub that represents the modern culture of today, and the new way of being and working: be it morning, day or night.
The space is divided into an open series of room-like zones, part of it equipped with a full bar and a gallery space where different personalities, styles and cultures come together to create. This is a place where the newness happens.
And for Le Mile, besides the perfect environment, efficiency and productivity at its best, we had a lot of fun and enjoyed every minute of our stay. From the mornings at Bulldog Edition with the coffees of the very-best-beans from Square Mile Coffee Roasters ‘til the evenings at modernist Hoi Polloi brasserie and Gallery Bar serving breath-taking Espresso Martinis.

We’re glad we were there and... Ace, thanks for sleeping with us too. 


all photographs: ©ACE Hotel Shoreditch



Sun Records

Sun Records



photographed by Adeline Sumney Wohlwend 

april 2017
written Valerie McPhail

Janelle is wearing Saint Laurent Dress     Levis Denim Jacket

Janelle is wearing
Saint Laurent Dress    
Levis Denim Jacket


Where does our story begin? At Season One, where events pilot a full picture narrative of life? Or, is it at the intermission — where characters face a change of events that redirect their lives? It is here we meet Christian and Jonah Lees, twin brothers who made their start in classic musicals such as Les Misérables and Mary Poppins in London. Thirteen years later, the boys take their talents in a new market of storytelling: television.

In the stereotypical trajectory young-adult actors claim stardom by seeking roles that shed their skin from work on children’s television, acting in provocative roles where nudity and sexuality target the audience. Others take the path less traveled by pursuing roles that challenge the status quo. The ultimate decision speaks to the actor’s spirit. For according to popular belief, an actor’s heart acts similarly to a child’s capacity to play, and develops in the ability to see his or her work as the playground. In their latest television project, the Lees brothers reveal their maturity as actors striving to revisit history in light of a new reality. 

left: NSF Denim Jacket MGSM Shirt Vintage Jeans on him: Saint Laurent Denim Shirt + Jeans     Saint Laurent Belt     Vintage Tee on her: Bassike Tee     Karen Zambos Blazer 

left: NSF Denim Jacket MGSM Shirt Vintage Jeans
on him: Saint Laurent Denim Shirt + Jeans     Saint Laurent Belt     Vintage Tee
on her: Bassike Tee     Karen Zambos Blazer 

In the recently launched CMT television series Sun Records, Jonah Lees plays Jimmy Swaggart, alongside his twin brother Christian, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis. Via record label, Sun Records, music producer Sam Phillips, played by Chad Michael Murray, shepherds the groundbreaking, fearless careers of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis: the formally referenced ‘Million Dollar Quartett.’
As the camera draws us back in time to the roots of rock and roll in 1950s Tennessee, the beats of groovy melodies and hyperactive piano riffs flock swooning women with their boyfriends into concert theaters and high school gymnasiums in anticipation for the musical genius – as Christian Lees refers of Mr. Lewis. The actor processes this praise as admirable qualities of the muse: “Jerry’s confidence and self belief [...] it’s such an important trait to have in this industry.”
In the same way, congregations gathered to commune in the power of their faith with Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Lee’s first cousin. Jonah Lee’s work highlights Swaggart’s desires —inspired and supported by the Holy Spirit —and devious habits exposed as he competes over women, rendezvous into the town chapel and yet still enjoys Jerry Lee Lewis’ company at the piano, where their souls blaze with passion.

The determination that fuels his souls, and pours out into his identity with the Church is a quality the thespian admires. Jonah Lees explains, “Jimmy was very driven and knew exactly where he was going and that he was absolutely going to get there!” These are attributes of Jimmy Swaggart seen in Lees as the young preacher. His ability to share Swaggarts’s musical talent postures the young actor as a multi-faceted performer.

With answers reflective of passions beyond the script, the twins are few of words. They speak on their of newfound interest in television and the relevant message of their show for society today. Without bias, yet with unwavering opinion, they’d prefer to let their work speak on their behalf. There is a genuine spirit that leads these 21-year old performers. Or rather perhaps artists is the better title, for neither of the brothers consider themselves as a triple threat. As his brother plainly states “I‘d like to think I‘m not a threat to anybody,” Christian explains, “ I’ve never advertised myself as a triple threat. Although I’m happy that the role of Jerry Lee also gets to highlight my talents in singing and playing the piano. Everything you hear in the show is played and sung live by me on the day.“

MGSM Floral Bomber     MGSM Floral Shirt    Tom Ford Shirt

MGSM Floral Bomber     MGSM Floral Shirt    Tom Ford Shirt

Their audacious tone articulates in accents. This should come without any surprise, for the brothers have built a portfolio of roles in Mateo Garrone’s Tale of Tales preceding roles in musicals Les Misérables and Billy Elliot. Jonah casted in BBC’s film Eric and Ernie and Mary Poppins after he and his brother completed their theatre studies at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. The beauty of such a foundation in music, acting and dance is found in the strength of their undivided attention to storytelling. The greater narrative continues off the camera, on Instagram, where Jonah posts intimate sessions of self-made recordings on the guitar and piano.

His latest post was dedicated to Chad Michael Murray and his wife Sarah Roemer’s newborn baby girl. Jonah, played the guitar and sang “Isn’t She Lovely” in accompaniment by Christian’s piano. Such posts offer personality to his social media accounts, that focus primarily on the show.  Jonah explains, “We‘re already starting to get a great following for the show! The Sun Records fans are the sweetest! I love them! So really, I would say it‘s for them. To keep everyone updated on the show! Also, I love the show, so why not parade it on all of my social media accounts[?]” These boys are strictly business, and their art is an extension of their image. That means, that right now their talent, and social media accounts focus on television.

It may not be first preference, nor top priority of all the modes offered in the world of preforming arts. Both Christian and Jonah prefer film. With an identical perspective to his brother, Christian responds to the success of television “My passion lies in film, but it astonishes me how far television has come over the years. With smash hits like Breaking Bad and recently Stranger Things, TV’s a creatively fulfilling way to go right now.” Sun Records is the special project for the brothers, not only as a genre, an experimental musical television show, but also in its message. Setting aside the sizzling sounds and rustic anthem of rock and roll, the show carries a stronger tune, a belting pronouncement for the longevity of their budding careers. Making history in its time, the story’s backdrop during the Civil Rights Movement, where racial tensions were officially defined for today’s reference, the show brings relevance to the passions of society’s daily battles. Jonah Lee ponders, “I think that although we‘ve come a long way we‘ve clearly still got a long way to go. I think the show does a great job in highlighting the very simple fact that we are all the same, and we‘re all fighting the same battles.” Christian echoes his brother’s thought with stronger emphasis on music, as a medium of cultural value: “Hopefully this show helps to prove that we’re all the same, and how music can unite us in difficult times.” Crossing boarders from England to America, theatre to television, this is the first scene of greater tales to come. 

Photography Adeline Sumney Wohlwend
Styling Rima Vaidila
Hair Carlos Ortiz
Actors Jonah and Christian Lees
Model Janelle







april 2017

Discover the new YUN collection and explore the art of London based artist Tagen Donovan. In collaboration with LE MILE Studios, YUN will present a collection of 8 artworks by collage artist Tagen Donovan. Each of her works will be available in a limited edition of 10 prints online and exclusively in the YUN Store in Berlin.

Digital Art, Editorial and Graphic Design are the core competencies of Tagen Donovan. She is a modern successor of pop-art pioneer Richard Hamilton, because just as he has used images of past icons to abstract them, Donovan adapts such and puts it into today´s social context. She is considered as a permanent contributor to LE MILE Magazine and enchants our readers with her fervent colors within forms and textures. By utilising the tools of the digital revolution, yet keeping in touch with the age old practice and craftsmanship of collage, she captures the contemporary impulse of culture. To Tagen Donovan, the most important aspect of image making results from a playful experimentation, fully relying on the decisive and rigorous digitisation of art.

In an interview with LE MILE she admits that her practise „explores a
non-objective environment through the medium of collage. - Experimenting with
the idea of remixing modern imagery with textures, yet holding a complimentary
colour palette as a very crucial element through-out [her] exploration of image
making.“ Donovans collaboration with YUN serves to engage our senses. The
artist has created something tangible, yet steering away from any traces of
conceptualism. For her, working with fashion influenced imagery, is always very
thrilling in its initial part of her process, „as fashion is a context that
communicates aesthetics in both, a visual and physical space.“  

For the bright sun shine and gentle breeze heralding the start of spring, a handful of bright and playful color palettes of frames in 3 different silhouette of glasses and shades are ready. YUN's ever lasting best selling silhouette, Paul is a timeless round shape with casual appearance both for men and women. For the new spring collection the new version of Paul is now available in new colors, Pale peach and Golden tortoise. Henry is a combination of round and square elements with a slim and light frame. All-round design fits perfectly in every occasion, both casual and business. Leo's combination of bold silhouette and minimalistic cool black color will make you stand out and embrace your individuality. It's a timeless composition of a round bold frame with playful colors, pale mint and yellow. Welcome the summer and enjoy its brightness. 


Images courtesy of the Artist: Tagen Donovan







march 2017

Stutterheim embodies “swedish melancholy at its driest” as the corporate slogan of the brand says.
The raincoat company Stutterheim was founded in 2010 by designer Alexander Stutterheim. The history behind the brand began by discovering a beautiful old raincoat in his grandfather´s seaside barn in Stockholm. Mister Stutterheim was inspired to create a new generation of simple, functional classics based on its design. He worked with local craftsmen to rework the fit and Stutterheim raincoats were finally born. Its philosophy emphasizes to not fight the melancholy inherent to wind, grayness, and rain, but to advocate and embrace it as an essential part of human life. Stutterheim taps into the poignant nature of Swedish gloom with its weak winter light and hovering atmosphere and connects melancholy and creativity with an essential “Swedishness”. Melancholy is seen as a positive aspect in human experience, as a wellspring of imagination, innovation, individuality and creativity.

Each coat is handmade and contains high quality waterproof rubberized cotton and welded seams. The stylish coats blend seamlessly into the wardrobe of everyone; no matter whether you walk through sunny Metropolises or rainy and stormy seaside communities. The Stutterheim design team continues to expand the brand’s repertoire with new rain coats that remain to the minimalism of the original and first `Stockholm´ model.
LE MILE presents a diverse of black rain coats from the current collections. Get inspired and never fear rainy and stormy weather anymore, because there´s nothing melancholic about Stutterheim´s style.



FOMME Ski Alpin Collection

FOMME Ski Alpin Collection




february 2017

Ski alpin inspired by winter sport elegance from the mid 20th century throws you back into wistful memories of snowy cold winter days. Sportive elements meet fluffy fur and ultra smooth velvet. Checked tweed reminds you of woolen blankets in front of the open fire.Three dimensional embroidery and beading add a street like element to the overall elegance of the Fomme look. Wadded jackets, jumpsuits and even hotpants outline the brand’s playful approach to a new silhouette in menswear. Yet Fomme always remains thoroughly serious and frames masculinity in a refreshing way that puts both the wearer and the observer at ease. Meet the man who sports the fomme look most gracefully on europe’s legendary ski pistes. Fun and Ski from Germany. The campaign has been shot by German fashion photographer Elizaveta Porodina.