Ernte ~ Talking To God

January 28, 2009

For days now, it’s been extremely quiet up here at SC headquarters. The reason I’ve been so mute lately is that I’ve been stumped for days on how to go about writing this article. Usually, it’s easy. I talk about a designer,  highlight either their strengths or faults, post a few images, and then be done with it. 

I’ve been agonizing about this article for months. I can’t figure out how to accurately describe how phenomenal this label is. But I’ll try anyway. 

Of all the alt labels, there is one name that always stood above the rest. In terms of design, quality, and imagination, there can only be one monarch…….


For years now, Ernte has been birthing wonders out of their workshop in Bali. Their intricate leathers are the garments of dreams. I have seen many designers try to reproduce this level of craftmenship, and all have fallen short. 

I’m not in a particularly snarky mood today, so I won’t name names. But i can honestly say that 80% of designers in this genre are just a watered down version of Ernte. Some seem to just throw a handful of rivets at a garment in an attempt to achieve this style, and just wind up with a costume full of fail. Try all they like, they will never have the poise and polish of Ernte.

Unfortunately, purchasing Ernte is tricky, if almost impossible. Their web store has been dismantled until the 2009 line is ready for sale. By no means does this denote that Ernte is going to disappear, quite the contrary. Couture pieces can be found in stores all over the world, from Hollywood to Dusseldorf. There are scheduled spring shows all over the world, more information can be found on their myspace

Also worth noting is their amazing jewelry.

One cannot speak about Ernte without mentioning its architect, Tiffa Novoa. She was a prodigy among designers. TN led a fashion revolution in the alt world.  Today, designers like Skin Graft and Ernte carry on her vision. Sadly, she was taken from this world in 2007, whilst visiting the Ernte workshop in Bali, Indonesia. It is not my place to discuss the details of her death, but I will say that she is a missed presence in the fashion world. 

I cannot think of any designer who was more innovative, experimental, and original. 

One comment

  1. Thank you for writing about Ernte. I had the pleasure of catching one of their fashion shows in the Cooper Design Space back in 2006. It was one of the most remarkable shows I’ve ever seen. The finale included a man dressed as a woman wearing an open back, intricately sewn white leather dress. It wasn’t until his back faced the majority of the audience that his skin hooks were visible. He had actual hooks pierced into his skin and on them lay red satin ribbon reaching all the way to the beginning of the runway. Another character for the show, displayed in the rafters controlled this awe inspiring marionette of a model. To this day, I’ve never seen such an inspiring show. Please continue posting about them. They are inventing a new revolution of craftsmanship and everyone should at least be witness to their astonishing art.

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