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The Lightness of Being collection is our venture to regress to the foundational existence of a hat. In this anthology, MDV takes from minimalist designs to reorganize the elements of each hat– an intent to accentuate its single sublime nature. By drawing attention to the rightful essence of a hat only altered to be worn, the piece is freed from any presumption, expectation or belief. MDV breaks from the burdening ideals, prejudices, assumptions and conjectures that do not belong to who we really are. To leave these behind we must go back to our roots, our origins, our own creation– Lightness of Being is precisely a celebration of this. 

Inspired by Milan Kundera’s existential dilemma present in the duality of a way of being, we set out to create a collection leaning towards the cathartic forms of lightness. Clearing the hat’s  meaning of weighty preconceptions we, once again, arrived at a work of art where its simplicity becomes the protagonist. The hat is crafted into a variety of forms ranging from classic and clean-cut shapes to complex asymmetric silhouettes– its pureness brought back through effortless and instinctual existence.

Remaining close to the origins of these materials, this collection honors the power and grace of a piece of work bare of enhancement. When we strip a piece of adornments and embellishments we simply let it be. In this way, the hat becomes a personage in itself, a character of its own story– alive through its sole existence. 

With the Lightness of Being collection craftsmanship is raised to its most honest and solid realization, culminating in a work of art that prevails in need of nothing other than itself.

SELF PORTRAIT by Mariela Alexandra, Founder and CD

Behind my Lightness of Being Collection there is a spiritual journey, a path of regression, revelation, and realization. An exploration of my most profound self began years ago with a yearning and sensibility to what could unravel beneath my own awareness of who I was. It started through a variety of creative expressions where I fought the conventionalities of setting a desired result, and instead allowed myself to find the rhythm of my own language. Gradually, I took off on letting the burden of ideals and expectations go. I could tell I was reaching a higher level of consciousness through my work– my subconscious unraveling over the shadow of a place long forgotten. I began to hear my inner voice and through my drawings grasp what she was saying to me. An entity on her own, she told me about my sorrow and the calm in it. In this portrait of her I revealed what she came to show me– the power to grow into my most pure and fulfilled state of being.

I saw so much of myself in the way her eyes lit up, eyes waiting to be found, attentive to what was to come. As I flourished into my own authenticity, sunflowers bloomed around the windows to her soul taking in the sunlit beams. This natural gesture seemed so evident to me as the connection between the terrestrial and the divine– a third eye awaiting it’s opportunity to become alive. Her face divided but whole, spoke of the duality of life, of being, of one self’s  integration. She embraced it so proudly that it allowed the battling forces of femininity and masculinity to finally be at peace– at last in love with themselves to become onea whole. Her brilliance and sincerity was the culmination of my connection to my most authentic self, my touch of light and my appreciation of being. 

In telling an experience there’s an endeavour to thrust inward and flow. I recognize my journey and my path, my beginning and origins, only to acknowledge and move on to what can transcend and transform.