It is not the type, it is the shape of clothing that labels them as male or female. Together with the personality who wears them. Considering this, things like skirts, dresses, sarouels and tights are just another ordinary kind of male clothing for me. And 'ballet flats'. I like this kind of comfortable unisex shoes. Unisex? .... ! Do not forget that, in earlier times they were only worn by men... These canvas ones, created by the spanish brand Andres Machado are amazingly well designed and fit really like a second skin.
Some first steps toward the re-introduction of colourful and creative men's clothing, after two centuries dominated by black, grey, boring mass clothing. That is what Saaibestrijding is about. Often in cooperation with creative designers, makers, photographers and other enthusiastic people I try to trace new paths in male clothing. I am not a fashion designer. Not at all. My mother considered it necessary for her son that he learned how to use a sewing machine, but it was the central theme of my artwork that made me curious about, for example, the custom of lots of western men to wear ties around their neck. An extremely weird habit if you think further about it.
The Saaibestrijding project wants to inspire, to encourage everybody to leave the rude dictatorship of the fashion industry and its commercial power behind. Everybody is creative. You are not? No problem: There's no copyright on Saaibestrijding. Feel free to use my ideas and designs to copy them, to be inspired by them, to distribute them on the internet wherever you want.