Fashion & Code

Digital & handmade strategies

We are a Berlin-based creative studio that develop concepts and products with digital and material means, connected to the key topics open source, sustainability, crafts & digitalisation.

Fashion & Code is founded by designer, technologist & consultant Cecilia Palmér.

Cecilia Palmér

Cecilia Palmer is a polymath and passionate maker, driven by a strong curiosity and inherent values of sustainability and social justice. She prefers to dwell into less explored territories with her work, realising ideas that, frankly, someone has got to do. Her career spans both the profit and non-profit sector; social entrepreneurship, self-employment and agency work; fashion, programming and events.

"I advice companies on sustainability, digitalisation and web technology, guide product- and business development. After 15 years embedded in the sustainable fashion, social entrepreneurship and tech worlds, realising own projects as well as those of my clients, I have gained in-depth understanding of both design, product development, supply chains and technological implementation. I’m fluent in translating between design, tech team and client, vision, strategy and product, and bring with me this pivotal skill of translation in all of my projects."

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Collaboration is key

We are proud to collaborate with outstanding partners such as, schmidttakahashi, Kaleidoscope Berlin, NEONYT, Designerdeutsch, Bohm Bohm Room, Tactical Technology Collective and Future Fashion Forward e.V.


The Craft Atlas

The Craft Atlas is an online platform presenting and mapping traditional and contemporary textile crafts worldwide. It is a growing, digital collection of craft techniques and the artisans that practice them, presented as a visual-first atlas, knowledge base and source of aesthetic inspiration.

This non-profit initiative aims to preserve and develop craft techniques and knowledge, as an essential part of our intangible cultural heritage, and as a contribution to sustainable development, responsible digitalisation and intercultural cooperation in the crafts and creative industries.

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Open Source operating systems for a changing fashion culture

Fashion thrills and promises, let’s us play and stay warm, reinvent ourselves, impress or disappear. Next to food and shelter, clothing is one of our most crucial consumer products, and as such, concerns us all. Whether as someone who ,loves shopping’, or ,doesn't care’, is normcore, avantgarde or anti-style, we all engage in the practise of fashioning ourselves in one way or other, in the daily choices of what to wear, what to reveal or hide and identify.

How can open source tactics empower consumers to become proactive makers and act as a key to engaged, sustainable fashion design, production, consumption and wearing?

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Written by Cecilia Palmér, and originally published in "Die Welt Reparieren" (Transcript Verlag).

Up next:

Event, Nov 10, 2019
Trends in sustainable fashion: how digitalisation drives craft, circularity and responsible consumption. Talk by Cecilia Palmér at The Ethical Assembly, Lisboa


Podcast/Panel discussion
The NeoNew Customer – How rental services work. The rise of rental fashion can be observed: So, is the ownership of fashion an outdated concept?
Moderated by Cecilia Palmér, Thekla Wilkening (Stay Awhile), Ludovic Quinault (SKFK), Sarah Herms (Tchibo) and Robina von Stein (RE-NT) talk about their rental services, their experiences, and the future of retail, circular and sharing economy at NEONYT Berlin. Listen on Spotify

Weaving Communities

by Anja Salzer & Cecilia Palmér

By weaving together design and community development, the role of designers in regards to the creation of urban commodities, change of mindset, capacity building and collective action, inevitable move onto the agenda. This piece describes insights into one example of community building and practicing the commons fostered by design.

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Open Source Fashion

Open Source Fashion is a website gathering open source fashion resources. It presents a mix of past collaborations and own project, and resources collected during the years working with open approaches and open source philosophy in fashion, textiles & crafts.
The project is available as a public repository on GitHub, where it is also hosted.

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