Unraveling The Ethos Of Fashion With SPACE BISKIT

Unraveling The Ethos Of Fashion With SPACE BISKIT

Navigating through the vast fashion industry, SPACE BISKIT has been creating wonders and challenging the predetermined destination of gendered clothing. Read on to know more about the label.

Clothing as a concept emerged centuries ago, and has seen a rapid evolution ever since. From being a measure to cope against harsh weather conditions to becoming status symbols and personality reflectors, the spirit of clothing has become an indestructible force known as fashion. The number of innovative offerings to come out of this industry have been unimaginable owing to the various pioneers and creative individuals who have revolutionised the way we dress and perceive ourselves.

While there have been many sociological and cultural developments that the industry has addressed and imbibed into structural functioning, the one that stuck is the concept of unisex clothing. While several labels have made the effort to break the "stereo-style", seldom do we see an innovation accompanying them.

Smashing the generic narrative surrounding genderless clothing through an extraordinary visual expression, BISKIT is an experimental Indian label that is breaking barriers and establishing a unique aesthetic through immaculate designs and a distinctive vision. Established in 2017, BISKIT was born as an experiment that combined the creative abilities of sibling duo, Shruti and Harsha Biswajit. Being born in a multi-talented, artistic household, a creative outlook came at an early age to the siblings, which has now transcended into the way they approach their work.

SPACE BISKIT

Having pursued M.A in Digital Fine Arts from SVA, New York, Harsha is a visual artist by profession with specialisations ranging from drawings, new media, photography, and sculpture. Shruti on the other hand, graduated with a BFA in International Fashion Design from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), New York in 2014 and also did a year abroad in Milan at Politecnico Di Milano where she specialized in sportswear. It was Shruti’s background that laid the foundation for the label, when she moved back to Chennai in 2017 and started her studio that soon became BISKIT.

Having spent a considerable amount of time in New York and dwelled in the artistic spheres through their respective professions, the thought for BISKIT came when the duo collaborated over a project from two different locations - Harsha being in France halfway through Art Residency and Shruti having just finished a series of internships at illustrious labels like Zac Posen, Isaora and Helmut Lang.

While the logistics and other aspects of the project were still being worked out, the experience of having lived in New York acted as the canvas for the artists to build their vision on, which enabled them to merge the distinct Brooklyn aesthetic with their own, thus leading to the inception of what we now know as BISKIT.

“Our vision was to create a multi-disciplinary design studio exploring the boundaries between fashion, art, and design. Seeing how the clothing industry has long been shaped and categorized by menswear and women’s wear, we wanted to break this duality by giving the choice back to the consumer and thus established our first idea - a unisex concept label.”

Harsha Biswajit

Staying true to the multi-disciplinary aspect of their vision, the duo founded SPACE BISKIT as a creative studio that explored the realms of graphic design, experimental image making and the art of illustrations. Coming to the fashion aspect of it, the duo founded BISKIT as a medium of self-expression through the use of a fabric canvas, thus giving to the world an extraordinary outlook on unisex clothing.

The word BISKIT takes form from wordplay on the term biscuit and the first three letters of the sibling duo’s surname, collectively conveying the serious yet light hearted approach to design that the label practices.

Shedding light on the concept of #breakingtheduality that the label thoroughly preaches through their design and visual language, Harsha takes us back to understand the onset of the duality, which happened back in the industrial era when mass production and commercialisation were on the highest pedals, completely neglecting the effects caused by the same on the ecological health of the planet and its people.

The idea of fabric being associated with gender did not sit right with the founders, which also added to the realisation of the manifold waste that is generated in producing the same design twice over due to the distinguishing factor of the gender label.

“We want to break this binary approach to design since we believe that in the current context, a unisex approach makes more sense than ever. While we understand that not everything needs to be and can be unisex, in general if more clothes were designed this way, we would not need to make duplicates of the same design for men and women just because its more efficient to produce, market and sell them individually.”

Harsha Biswajit

One can’t help but notice the very unique futuristic yet minimal visual language that the apparel from the label exhibits. When asked about their sources of inspiration for the same, Harsha tells us that living in New York cast a considerable influence on the design thinking. The sibling duo has curated an interesting mélange of the Brooklyn aesthetic where the roots of the label lie, with their innate Indian roots, thus enabling a language that talks contemporary and allows an open cultural dialogue.

The experimental nature of the creators has also influenced their design practices, through various mediums of creation, right from sketching, drawing, creating visuals and photographs to inanimate creations, that help the designers communicate and tell a story through their apparel, while also maintaining the functionality aspect of the same.

“At the end of the day it’s all about balance. So this is how we merge our visual aesthetic with our minimal sense of design. We want our pieces to be versatile enough that you can wear it on any occasion. Our focus is on comfort, functionality and durability above all else.”

Harsha Biswajit

BISKIT recently came to Delhi through FTC’s physical space, and we asked Harsha about his views on the newly formed association. Attesting to the lack of avenues that are available in India where SPACE BISKIT would fit in, the co-founder tells us about the number of opportunities this move opens up for the label.

“FTC as a platform not only allows us to be present in Delhi, a city we love, but also create the right context for people to experience what we are about. Also, to have a place with so many amazing and talented homegrown designers is really cool!”

Harsha Biswajit

When asked about the plans for the future, Harsha mentions the label delving into the line of objects for the home, designed with a rather experimental outlook, and has plans to release it sometime in the coming year! Having explored the various facets of outer space up until now, the label is planning on expanding their creative horizon to the second concept, which would include various technical and material explorations, thus bringing forth a new aesthetic and sensory experience for the audience and the BISKIT Community!

Reflecting a rather community driven approach, the masterminds behind BISKIT have an extremely wholesome interpretation of the term culture.

“Culture is everything. Culture is your sense of belief over something; your values; an idea, a feeling. Without culture we would all be running around dazed and confused. For us culture is about spreading awareness in the current world we live in and exploring different ways to tell our story. As artists, this is our only role in society. So with that being said, for BISKIT our vision is to alter the way we approach and think about clothing. You should be able to walk into a store and decide for yourself what you feel comfortable wearing instead of an industry predetermining that choice. The whole ethos of BISKIT is to break the psychological barrier of defining the gender of a piece of fabric and thus encourage people to buy one piece of clothing that can be worn and shared by everyone.”

Harsha Biswajit

Establishing newer standards of universality through their unisex line of apparel, BISKIT is also reinstating the real freedom of choice by eradicating pre-determined destinations of fabric. Go check out the label’s website to take a closer look at their work and head over to FTC Delhi to physically experience the offerings from BISKIT!

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