By Alice Butterlin

Most of the world has been in lockdown for over a month now due to the COVID-19 crisis. A moment frozen in time, when people are faced with solitude, grief or anxiety and see their daily lives shift for the better or the worse. In this time of extreme uncertainty, we can also take the time to reflect, create and enjoy the passing of these strange elastic days. We thought it would be interesting to ask artists around the globe how their creative process has changed during the quarantine and if it has been an inspiring or rather daunting experience… with a quick snapshot of themselves in lockdown. Meet Boris Bidjan Saberi, the Persian-German designer based in Barcelona, whose skate and hip-hop infused collections mix minimalism with extreme layering and oriental inspirations. His deeply personal brand has helped redefine contemporary menswear. Discover how he has been spending his days lately!

How has your daily life changed since lockdown began?

I have much more time to experiment in the kitchen. And we have dolphins swimming on the beach of Barcelona.

Have you had to rethink the way you create?

No. We will have to adapt to the world’s needs, but the way I operate is creating culture and telling a true story of my skate-punk-hip hop generation, which I lived and still live with a lot of joy and dedication. And the way we create, experiment, manufacture and assemble our pieces locally is very romantic and unique, I think.

Did you realize anything in particular during this time?

Working with your personality and just being with yourself sometimes hurts very much, but it is the only way to be true to yourself and just be you.

Do you feel more inspired or paralyzed by the lockdown?

It inspires me more than ever. It makes me realize a lot and I want to give back to the world.

Have you started or returned to any activities that you do not normally have time to do?

We are working under strong safety restrictions, but we all try our best to keep going on with all and be on time with our work.

What do you think you’ll take away from this shutdown?

A lot. Strength to do what I believe in. Strength to do our hard work. Strength for our future. Strength for the world.

Are you worried?

My way of thinking is definitely this: life and reality will bring all of us and the world into place. Who has to die will die, who has to survive will survive. We have to adapt to the world and to reality now. And I’m thinking positive things about both ways, because they will mark the truth. Anyhow, saying and thinking this is easy. My way of feeling and being is slow – so of course it will hurt and be hard to be ready. But I will do my best.

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