Artists in Quarantine: Rave Review’s Livia Schück and Josephine Berqqvist on upcycling, the dated nature of fashion shows, and COVID induced economic anxiety.
By Naomi Barling.
Name: Livia Schück & Josephine Berqqvist
Profession: Designers and founders of Rave Review
In these unprecedented times, the entire creative industry as we knew it has been put on hold indefinitely. Here, we (digitally) meet both Livia Schück & Josephine Berqqvist, the founders of upcycling clothing line Rave Review.
Who are Livia Schück & Josephine Berqqvist ?
We’re two designers born and raised in Stockholm. We met in design school and started our brand, Rave Review, one year after graduation in 2017. The brand works entirely with upcycling, mainly with home textiles like blankets, bedsheets, and curtains.
How do you perceive the meaning of creativity?
Without sounding cliché, it’s something essential for both of us. Fashion is our way to channel and express our creativity. It’s our favorite medium. If we were unable to practice it, I’m sure we would find another one. You cannot turn off creativity, artists, designers – all creative people need to express themselves in one way or another.
What is the overarching feeling you currently have?
Uncertainty, frustration, curiosity, and calmness all mixed together. Even though it’s a strange, difficult, and unsettling time for a lot of people, we are also somehow finding it encouraging. We feel a change coming.
What are the things that have fed your soul in quarantine?
Since Sweden isn’t under lockdown, we’re luckily allowed to go to our studio and continue creating as normal. Although things are calmer here, there are still restrictions, like you can’t socialize with groups. It’s been a perfect time to bury ourselves in work and have a focus.
What things had you forgotten you loved?
We have both worked very hard and intensely for a long time. Now, since there’s not much happening apart from work, we’re trying to embrace the forced slowness of the situation and the peace and time for reflection that comes with it.
How do you think your industry will change post quarantine?
There are so many things that need to change in the industry, but something that’s been nagging at us is the way we present fashion. The fact that people travel the world for numerous fashion weeks to attend shows and events just seems like a system that is no longer appropriate and quite old fashioned. It was only a matter of time before the industry had to seriously shift its models. This crisis has just rushed the process. Even though we’ve taken part in this system, it now feels a bit bizarre to go back to having traditional fashion shows and going to Paris to meet buyers. We hope that digitization and technology will shape the future of the industry and make a long-lasting change, not only a brief rescue.
What is your biggest fear going forward?
The biggest fear, and we’re for sure not alone, is that we will go completely bankrupt and lose what we worked so hard to build.
What will be your biggest take away from this moment in time?
Nothing is certain or definite. It has also been a good reminder of how privileged we are to live in a rich and structured country.
What is your mission?
To lead the way for a more sustainable fashion industry.
Portraits by Daniel Archer.