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Soup: Deconstructing and Reusing with the Berlin-Based Fashion Label

Existing garments, materials and even objects are the starting point for the pieces created by Soup, a fashion label based in Berlin that makes clothes that “reflect our humour and our love of finding things spontaneously”. The brand’s founders or the ‘Soup Girls’ – as they call themselves – use donations from friends, second hand shops or even what they can find on the street to create comfortable, wearable pieces with a recognisable aesthetic. Nothing is out of limits and inspiration for their garments can be found anywhere: “a sensual print or tasty object can be plucked out from an array of shit and embraced into a t-shirt or hoodie!”

Here, the Soup Girls look back at their archive and select some of their favourite pieces to share the stories behind them.

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“Shrunk proportions, foam eveningwear and remnants of swimwear; this was our first photoshoot modelled on friends Lily and Louis by photographer Natalie Rose Dodd (2019).”

“Originally a jacket, now it’s had a facelift and is enjoying its new look on photographer Natalie Dodd’s arm.”

“This is one of our favourites; Feather Knee High boots (a quick fix using shaving cream and craft feathers), shot by Natalie Rose Dodd (2019).”

“Made-to-order service: Sorry I ate your secretary hoodie. This is a favourite with our customers; each one is unique and made depending on what fabrics are available.”

“Abdel Rahman Dnewar, a filmmaker based in Berlin, modelled The Adult Babysitter Vest (silk curtains trapped in old sweatpants) shot by Rafael Bilio (2020).” 

“This squiggly blazer is one of our faves, and was worn by the whole Soup team at our Berlin studio in Wedding.”

“Printing, but sustainably. We used sublimation print in this series to create one of a kind prints of Turkish recipes, then attached them into our designs.”

“Orsola De Castro and Fashion Revolution. Their support and projects have not stopped inspiring us. This super soft knitwear was donated by Orsola, and assembled into the Had me in stitches jumper.”