öest collective is the assemblage of three designers, based in Cologne and Hamburg.
“Countering the disposable nature of masks, we not only explore masks as an accessory but also ways to protect the most responsible gear one can carry.”
We produce our masks together with the non-profit organization Zauberfaden, a community center for refugees run by volunteers near Stuttgart. They have a super equipped sewing workshop, which is where all our ‘soft ware’ is being made. For each mask & bag the non-profit produces for us they receive 20,00 Euros. All their proceeds benefit the employment and integration of refugees. They organize language courses, provide work, and most importantly establish a joyful and creative space for everyone.
The name öest roots from the word östliche. Östliche describes the fictional title of the collaborative, inspiring and vibrant space in Pforzheim, in which students create their graduation projects from different design fields."Where are you?"
"I'm at östliche."