For this collection ILJA was inspired by a place called Hyperborea, which the Greek mythology assumed to be in the far and undiscovered North. It literally means ‘beyond the northern winds’ and stands for mystical place hidden behind the cold walls of the arctic circle. Supposedly inhabited by a culture, living in everlasting spring and pure daylight, the people where blessed and long-lived.
Elements of mountain climbing are fused with the elegancy of modern couture. The backpack and travel accessories for this collection were developed in collaboration with CENTEXBEL Ghent, where crystal were grown on the surface of the fabric.