The design team
Svempa is an authority in the world of custom trucks. Alongside a large number of custom vehicle editions, he has created world famous show trucks like the Chimera, the Blue Griffin and the Red Pearl. Bea Szenfeld is a fashion designer who not only made stage outfits for the Eurovision Song Contest final in 2016 – a show with over 200 million viewers – but has also created unique custom outfits for world stars like Lady Gaga and Björk.
With Svempa’s world rooted in molding hard surfaces into shapes that flow with a sense of movement even when standing still, and with Bea always working with the organic and soft that flows with the body – common inspiration was found in the Scania griffin. Beas passionate use of upcycled materials combined with Svempa’s knowledge of vehicles made a scavenger hunt at the Scania factory in Södertälje the perfect place to start the process.
The creative work took place in Svempa´s workshop, Bea’s office as well as the Scania factory in Södertälje. The work began, starting with creating the fan belt pieces – all 800 of them. Each one requiring three cuts and two holes, before being sewn together using nearly 5000 stitches. All by hand. So while devoting over 250 man-hours to this work of art, Svempa’s knowledge of the truck world and Beas high-fashion know-how came together – feather by feather.
Something interesting always happens when you let strong personalities from very different worlds meet – so we decided to film the process and create a short documentary about the collaboration, the process and the jacket itself.