BLANDAT WAS FOUNDED IN 2013 BY DUTCH DESIGNER DEBBY VAN DER VEER, A GRADUATE OF KABK ART ACADEMY IN THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS.
Through the years, Debby has used her talents in a range of different working environments, from television to graphic design & illustration. Working in the clothing industry brought experience with design, production & marketing.
After moving to Johannesburg with her family, she decided to start her own label. This is where all the disciplines that Debby had come to master throughout the years came together and blended as one. With BLANDAT she decided to make illustration accessible for the South African market.
BLANDAT is the Swedish word used to describe a mix of materials, colours and techniques. Literally translated, it means ‘mixed’. This term represents the essence of the brand; the prints are characterised by hand drawn illustrations with the always visible pencil strokes, combined with many textures.
Currently BLANDAT produces a range of printed scarves and garments. The range has recently been expanded with fabrics and wallpaper. But we love doing custom made projects!
Designs are often about playing with contrasts and meanings. They are a place where nice and nasty come together. Then again, some designs are purely aesthetical and graphical. Textures found on the street, in nature, patterns of daily life, mixed together to become BLANDAT.
The collaboration between BLANDAT & BROOKLYN GALLERY was something that came naturally after a mutual friend introduction.
Leontien @ Brooklyn Gallery had the retail experience. With years of working in the fashion industry and having her own agency. Debby had the prints and production network; together this could really work!
SS19 collection is a collaboration of 2 people combining forces, and its just the start.