It's time to delve into the world of designer-gis, one of the newest VHTS gis is also one of the most stylish and fashionable gis to hit the market. We wanted to introduce our readers to APPLESEED the designers of the gi and also take an in depth look into this amazing new uniform.
So who is APPLESEED? and what's your background?
My name is Florian and I am the guy behind “APPLESEED”. Basically it’s just me, myself and I nobody else. I am a BJJ purple belt under Hugo Février (an Alliance Black Belt from France) but I train here in Germany under my other head coach Christoph Schadek (Black Belt under Hugo Février). I also have been doing Karate for many years, before I started with BJJ.
How did you get into the BJJ design business?
Hahaha well it actually all started with a SHOYOROLL gi design contest. I then started working for them, designed a couple of designs and it blew up for me after that.
Instagram was and is one of my best friends to get the word out there. When I worked with SCRAMBLE for the first time I felt settled. I felt like I made it LOL. The reason might be I saw Scramble growing from the bottom when they still had that small yellow page carrying only 4 items. So it was a big honor to be part of their history. But nevertheless I am still striving for more am not sure what “more” looks like but I am trying hard to satisfy myself with the things I create. I still don’t feel like printing something on a shirt is the limit.
APPLESEED has also designed several popular T-SHIRTS currently available at www.vhts.com
The G-CHAINZ is a white super clean looking gi (on the outside). It's a 480 GSM Gold Weave jacket with an inner Gold Flower and Chain sublimation printing lining (which looks amazing). It has soft seam tape, gold chain embroidery on the outside. The pants is made with cotton canvas fabric and reinforced with gold weave fabric around gussets and knee pad.
If that still doesn't interest you take a loot at these pictures.
How is the design process, and the creative process while designing a Gi?
Usually I just have an idea however often that first idea is replaced by something better I come up with in the process of designing. However it’s sometimes hard when you have a better idea in the process that is way different from what the client wanted. So you have to stick to the old idea. Often I get inspired by the process of designing a commissional work so another design is inspired by that particular work.
What was the inspiration for the G-CHAINZ?
I always loved the baroque patterns of Versace. These patterns were always a huge inspiration and had a significant impact on my designs. When VHTS came up to me with the idea of chains and a floral theme I immediately thought of the infamous Versace patterns!
How much input did Gi Tak (VHTS Owner) have? What did he want on the Gi?
Basically he told me he wanted a gi with chains and a baroque floral theme. I really love when I can work with people who know what they want. It’s such a pain in the ass when you work with a client that just tells you “design something super cool” you will end up designing for hours and the client will tell you “ah nah” don't really like it.
Being on the VHTS bandwagon is awesome, what do you like/love about VHTS?
I love the simplicity of VHTS. It always had that “rvddw-feel” for me. I hope for VHTS that it stays true to itself and keeps delivering it’s minimalist, clean message. Staying true is so important don’t mess it up with being mediocre. Some things might seem far away but try to reach for it releasing products that are just a sellout from what you have thought of doesn't take you where you want to be.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Now you let me do that freestyle-thing hahaha. Yeah first of all thanks to all you guys who love my stuff and kept reading until the end.
Check out my Facebook page “APPLESEED Germany” and Instagram @aplsd
Thanks VHTS for giving me the chance to introduce myself and Always mind the world wasn't made for “mediocre-ism”.