Second-hand find: Pleated Peter O. Mahler shawl-top thingy

At first I though it was just an ordinary, boring shawl as it was hanging there with all the other shawls in the Cancer Research Charity Shop in Chiswick. But then I spotted the sleeves and instantly decided to buy it. Price 6 pounds.

This top has a myriad of possibilities: you can wear it with a belt, without – or maybe secure it in the front with an oversized pin. I love it because it reminds me of Japanese designs, it particularly reminds me of something the pleat-lover over them all, Issey Miyake could have made. After a bit of research I found out that the designer on the tag, German Peter O. Mahler, is pretty well-known for his avant-garde garments with extraordinary cuts. And apparently he’s very popular in Japan! I love how second-hand shopping introduces you to new designers.

Read my second-hand shopping guide to Chiswick

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