October 19, 2019

Mid-October Riina O was invited to the weird and wonderful Beirut to teach the 3-day glove-making workshop at the Lebanese American University.

Beirut is an extraordinary place where gloves are mostly worn for fashion, not for function, unlike in most of Europe and the US these days. And whilst allegedly it does get chilly there in Winter, at the time of the visit it was 34c at night! Much cooler indoors though.

The lovely group of third year fashion students learned various stitching techniques working with the thin gloving leather, the students were guided through the adjustments of the standard size glove patterns to create an exact fit and instructed how to make the first sample glove, which some people managed to finish by the end of the 3-day workshop.


The workshop fell on the busy week of mid-term deadlines, so the dedication, patience and time put into it from the students was worth appreciating!

The weather was definitely favouring short and airy fashion gloves.

The bea...

January 13, 2019

Last month Riina O was invited to teach at Accademia Koefia in Rome, Italy the soon-to-be graduates of the Fashion Design course.

The week-long intense workshop comprised of glove pattern adjustment, learning to make gloves through trial (and occasional error) and designing as well as making the pair of hand-stitched leather gloves of one´s choice. The most diligent students even managed to finish the pair by the end of the workshop! Some pretty colourful gloves were made, which might be included in the students´ graduate fashion show later this year.

Those were five days full of fun and jokes. Some of which got even translated from Italian for me to understand. 

Go Puppies! :)

Decembery Rome had plenty of sunshine along with occasional frost bites.

I hope to be back again in this beautiful historic city!

November 27, 2018

Riina O is thrilled to announce our next appearance at the largest Robotics Festival on the Planet - Robotex International 2018, held in Tallinn, Estonia, 30th November - 2nd December.

There will be over 75 speakers from 20 countries taking the stage in Tallinn through 30th Nov - 1st Dec 2018 at Robotex International Conference whilst the Robotex EXPO will display the cutting edge robotics innovations. Being part of it with Riina O x Helen Leigh leather covered unicorn robot with the microchipped control glove is beyond thrilling for us!

The topics discussed at the Conference vary from Data Science and Autonomous Vehicles to Cyber Security and Space Tech. There will be discussions on how the world is about to change in the next 2-5 years time, and what will come after that. Attendees have also the chance to join in panel discussions on various topics and learn how to build their first robot in the workshops.

It’s not far until the robots, cyborgs, avatars and other mechanic...

October 28, 2018

Riina O luxurious handmade leather gloves will be participating in China Craft Week in Hangzhou, 1-5 November 2018, invited by the London China Design Centre.

Taking place in Hangzhou Creative Design Centre, China Craft Week is the first integrated event that embraces the concept of craft innovation in China, a rising international platform for craftsmanship. Selected craft and design masters from around the world will exhibit their works and teach some skills to the visitors as well, introducing how the craft can be integrated into the everyday life.

Following the successful inaugural event in 2017, China Craft Week 2018 will continue use the exhibition as a platform to facilitate cultural interaction. In the name of culture, modernise traditional craftsmanship; in the name of craftsmanship, tell a series of world stories.

Riina O will be presenting our new luxurious retroreflective leather glove collection “Luciferase” and teaching archery-inspired glove making workshops.

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