Who does not love summer in the city? Buzzing streets with crowds of happy humans soaking in life’s sun rays, dinners in light clothes on rooftop terraces and bicycle trips along city rivers. Summer in Europe has been incredible this year so far (for those who enjoy the heat and the light that is) – yet every now and then I feel like everybody needs a little time away from the buzz. Summer in the city is hot, it is loud, it is packed. I for one need to get out of it sometimes to take a moment or two to breathe, to relax, to digest all the stress city life is stuffing you with. So a few weeks ago we took a little trip into the beautiful nature of Brandenburg, just outside of Berlin, to recharge. And who better to do that with than two real outdoor adventurers and lovers of nature: Anni and Friederike from the blog Freiseindesign.
We took a trip from the backyards of Brandenburg’s countryside, cutting across the fields, to the picturesque Liepnitzsee. Anni and Friederike combined various outfits with their favourite fashion accessories of ABURY in the surroundings of gardens, fields, lakes and forests. Enjoy the selection while we take you on our little city getaway:
First Location: The Backyard
Our little summer outing first lead us into the backyards of the Berlin outskirts. Friederike, who is the founder and creative brain behind her blog Freiseindesign, combined one of her favourite outdoor outfits with our saffron ABURY backpack from the Free People Collection.
The girls from Freiseindesign do not only love the outdoors but also a particular lifestyle around it: Slow living, mindfulness, and sustainability. That’s why the selection of outfits for this shooting was all slow fashion – hurray!
Anni, who is the sustainability expert at Freiseindesign, spiced up her black Armedangels dress for the summer with yellow colour splashes: Our yellow Berber Bag with rosé embroidery and our handmade raffia slippers.
Second Location: The Fields
Gazing dreamily out of the car windows on our way to the Liepnitzsee, we spotted the second location and decided to call to a spontaneous halt in between. On a field in the middle of nowhere Anni and Freedi took out their second outfits: Casual wool jumpers for a breezy summer picknick in the open:
Freedi went for one of our Vintage Bags, Anni for one of the new ones. The two bags are slightly different in style, with different stories to tell, but in the end they are strongly related and one is inspiring the other. It is just the same with the two girls from Freiseindesign. Both very different personalities and presence, yet each one truly lovable and together a dream team.
Next to the Sahar Vintage Bag and the beige patterned Berber Bag, Anni and Freedi brought a grey and black wool throw to their picknick in the field. Freedi is wearing our dark green raffia slippers handmade in Morocco and she is reading our Delhi Guide Book.
Third Location: At the Shore
The Liepnitzsee is beautiful especially if you make it there during the week on a day with overcast (when not everybody else has the same idea). A place of inspiration and calm, dunked in all shades of green.
Anni grew up in the North of Germany close to the Baltic Sea – it is not a surprise that water seems to be one of her favourite elements and one of her favourite footwear is barefoot. Her first Liepnitzsee “outfit” was a yellow striped cotton beach towel.
Fourth Location: In the Water
Did I mention Anni is loving the water? No surprise therefore that she went straight in, taking our turquoise/orange Mini Berber Bag with her.
Freedi combined the same bag with a white tunica and the black and white Fiona Paxton choker. Below is one of my favourite photos of the shooting. For me this expresses sheer joy and lust for life. And let me tell you – that laugh is contagious!
Fifth Location: In the Woods
The Liepnitzsee is surrounded by beautiful lush trees, the perfect location to shoot sustainable fashion, which is not just fair-trade but also focused on production and care that is environmentally friendly. Friederike chose to combine another Vintage Berber Bag with a leather necklace handmade in India, and Anni is wearing our black and white choker.
Being two real power women, Freedi and Anni are determined and seem to rarely stand still: Strict schedules, deadlines, always on the move, always up for a new adventure. But what I absolutely loved during our photo shooting: As much as these two can be serious and focused – they cannot keep their countenance for too long before they crack and roar with laughter:
Sixth Location: The Clearing
Last but not least, Friederike combined the ABURY Ivan Bag with her nude handmade two-piece outfit that she brought from Hong Kong after one of her many adventures. She put it together with our blue raffia summer slippers and the black and gold beaded bracelet by Sidai Designs.
© All photos by Suzana Holtgrave for ABURY