WHEN U THINK U’VE SEEN IT ALL, MET MOST PEOPLE AND TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD…
WHEN U THINK THAT LIFE HAS NO MORE SURPRISES IN STORE FOR YOU, THINK TWICE! DT500ZINE IS BRINGING IT AGAIN, ALL TRULY AND JUST FOR YOU’S.
THIS TIME, IT HAS THE SHAPE OF OUR VERY OWN MOST RARE OSLO TREASURES, WITH THE SPECIAL JAPANESE NAME MITSU. WHICH MEANS-TO SHINE.
AND SHE REALLY DOES SHINE…
TROUGH COMMON FRIENDS DOWNTOWN 500 MAGAZINE GOT A BIG EAR OF HER ONE OF A KIND IDENTITY. MITSU LIVES HER LIFE WITHOUT COMPROMISES – FULL OUT. THAT VERY PERSON WITH SINGULAR COMMON HONESTY AND A HOT HEART OF ADVENTURE!
SHE BELIEVES: THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE, AND THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GO -IS GREEN.
MESDAMES AND MESSIEURS, DT500MAG IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE PASSIONATE ENTREPRENEUR IN THE HOOD AND LEGENDARY SECOND-HAND UNIVERSE- THE ONE AND ONLY IN OUR BELOVED TOWN- GYPSYWAGON.
AND HERE YOU ARE AN UNIQUE STYLIST, A POLYMATH AND AN ORIGINAL OSLO PERSONA
MITSU FRUITBASKET HERSELF
DT 500 ZINE: – Mitsu, we are really passionate about you and your way of thinking, the universe you are living from is mint and driving. You – just we need to hear and deem about… Let’s start straight on- with the big story of Mitsu, I know you have many of them, but give us some leaders first, pls.
MITSU: – I´ve worked in several clubs like Snorre Kompagniet, Skansen, and The Villa. I´ve worked as a teacher in religion, music, and English, at Hersleb Junior High School in the “ghetto” of Oslo. I´ve worked in psychiatry at Blasted, and I´ve been devoted in the Sjokoladefabrikken (The Chocolate factory), first under the name Circus, later as Mitsu public and in the end as Sunday people(together with The Conditioner).
DT500ZINE: – my dearest homies, here you are – a polymath herself…a real one.
MITSU: – My concept was in similarity with Gypsywagon, about connections and fusions in my parties at Sjokoladefabrikken. I would bring pain solutions for bloody performances, fire jugglers, jazz musicians, and mix different styles within electronic music.
” I believe that fusion trough different cultures and object is evolution.”
DT 500 ZINE: – We said- FASHION IS DEAD, we believe in INDIVIDUAL DESIGN. Why did you choose fashion as a creative arena?
MITSU: – I never choose fashion, fashion choose me.
“Fashion magazines annoys me, and the amount of money spent and the unethical consumerism in fashion gives me the creeps”
DT500ZINE: – BLESS UP! We had an interview with Frederic Chaubin who was an editor-in-chief for biggest french fashion magazine “CITIZEN K” for like 30 years or some, he said:
” I’ve quit Citizen K in 2013. At the very start, twenty years ago, it was rather thrilling to be the editor-in-chief of a cutting edge magazine. It was a brand new World. The creative challenge was exciting. But then, gradually, the magazine grew bigger, each time more conventional, until it ended up being totally enslaved by the fashion brands. Then, you don’t care about the readers anymore. You care about meeting the expectations of the brands. You only care about figures, about getting good marketing credentials. Nothing really fulfilling. For me, it wasn’t the place to be anymore.”
MITSU: – I don’t believe the lie that fair-trade production or organic cotton will save the planet.
” The logical way to give earth a break is to stop producing things we don’t need, whether it got marked by the environmental mark or not, and to go secondhand with everything possible. My passion is to find treasures in the trash…and to see beauty in the broken.“
DT 500 ZINE: – have u said that Gypsywagon is a reaction to today’s society?
MITSU: – I worked as a model scout for an Austrian model agency and organized the closing party for Vienna Fashion Week in 2013. I quite fast realized that the whole scene bores me.
“Gypsywagon is rather a contra-reaction to the fashion industry, which I find unethical and self-obsessed.”
DT500ZINE: – YEAH, homies think twice about trends…..
MITSU: – I don’t offer fashion, but merchandise for all kinds of people, so that every customer can find what they need, it is not enough that secondhand is economical., that is why Gypsywagon offers only quality. A quality that is defined by fabrics, slim, leather quality, and originality.
” Sometimes can a fragile thing way heavy, because it has a powerful story.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Mitsu, you are one of the most interesting personas in our neighborhood, it is constant inspiring talking to you… We know you have more to tell about Gypsywagon idea?
“ I fear the history´less society, the way we see in the US. We are manipulated to become part of the mass consumer society, and our individuality is constantly threatened. I believe that the simplest and purest way to contribute to a green future is to stop buying crap and substitute new with used.
DT500ZINE: – BLESS UP! What’s affecting you?
MITSU: – I have always been affected. Love to dress up, but never had an interest in shopping.
” I prefer bikini and bare feet and have no attachment to things. I love shiny beautiful things, but will break it or give it away, sooner or later.”
DT500ZINE: – What about the individuality and courage?
” Camerades, BIKINI -all you’s need! “
MITSU: – I believe it is a duty to be an individualist when born to freedom and democracy.
” Individuality is a privilege that requires courage which is a dying virtue in our society. Courage to a not trend is a part of being human.”
DT 500 ZINE: – and you definitely have got it all… Awesome girl! If you could say something to the world what would it be?
MITSU: – To the whole world? I love you! Stay strong! Be kind! But if I would say something to the consumers of the world or political parties like the green;
” …if you really want to save the planet, stop buying new, start to reduce, by re-use. It doesn’t make sense to call yourself green and at the same time shop at H&M and Ikea. Everything you need, you can find less expensive, better quality, second-hand.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Why ”second hand” and not ”vintage”?
MITSU: – The reason I make a point out of being second-hand, not vintage, is because I am not about a certain style, I am about giving people the option to go green.
DT500ZINE: – and how does it work?
MITSU: – I can arrange everything from skies to your dream sofa. Wedding dress and hiking gear. Frames and bags. Jewelry and gift ideas. Armani suits and hand knitted sweaters.
” Whatever you crave. I will find second-hand. A number of resources saved by using what we already got are incredible.”
DT 500 ZINE: – so you are on your mission? What is your agenda?
MITSU: – My mission is to make secondhand available for everybody. To show people that quality made to last, indeed will make you a better person. I first opened Gypsywagon at Eiksmarka center, in one of the richest areas in Norway. It was hard work to convert people to second hand, but tough quality and adjustment I managed to build up a loyal and diverse crowd of customers.
” My agenda is as long as you keep consuming new and unnecessary, you are a hypocrite calling yourself green.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Who is your customer?
MITSU: – My customers come in all forms, colors, sex and age, but they all have an open and curious mind with the sense of quality and aesthetic.
DT500ZINE: – What can he/she expect from you?
MITSU: – You can rarely find the coolest Chanel bag or-or the rarest Christian Louboutin shoes at Gypsywagon, (occasionally you will tough, but always with a story to tell). I prefer the Finnish and Danish quality of leather, but shoes made from Bali.
DT 500 ZINE: – You have done some projects (Sunday market at Blå and so on) YOU said that you are going to organize a first SECOND-HAND Fashion Show at Lilleborg? What gigs you?
MITSU: – I love to see people shine trough strength and elegance. I think more people should take care of their style, and find it inappropriate to choose ugliness and using the phrase its the inside that counts. Maybe my Japanese background thought met that sometimes the wrapping is a greater gift than the object it holds. Beauty is a talent, elegance is learned!
” I arrange fashion shows and create styles to connect people, and to bring their potential as individuals to a boom boom.“
DT500ZINE: – what drives you?
MITSU: – To create and connect is my drive. When I see a potential connection my instinct says I must make it happen… I am always aiming for goodness, in order to balance out evil. My outlook from the pavement has thought me more about society and human behavior than years in the university.
“In every country, I travel, I love to sit on the pavement, be invisible, and see life unfold. And every now and then briefly meeting the eyes of a tribes mate.”
MITSU: – The Sunday market at Blå, has for more than ten years been my aunt, uncle, sister, friend, teacher, and baby. I love this tiny treasure. Brenneriveien. Akerselva. Blå. Ingensteds. Strykehjernet. All kept with a soul thanks to the joker and owner of it all Thorleif Gjedebo.
DT 500 ZINE: – Bless up for Thorleif -a man alive! Let’s take a flashback to the 90-ies… Oslo vs Todays Oslo?
MITSU: – Same same but better!! The second you believe that everything was better in the past you are outdated. But still:
” Bottom line, we had less style, took greater risk, and gave less of a fuck, butt this is all moving in waves.”
“Soon the goody two- shoe generation will be substituted by the fuck the bullshit generation.”
DT500ZINE: – substitution to come in waves…what is your part in it?
MITSU: – I am a loner who knows a lot of people. I am drawn to creative people.
DT500ZINE: – Inspiration VS Demotivation?
MITSU: – What inspires me- IS LOVE. I am that weird atheist who finds life magical. What demotivates me is laziness and xenophobia.
DT 500 ZINE: – How do you feel about Downtown 500 Magazine´? A Social Artistry A L’Art Brut?
MITSU: – I love you guys.That says it all.
DT 500 ZINE: – thanx, ditto! Mitsu’s styling tips?
MITSU: – Use less makeup and higher heels, be asymmetric to keep balance.
” Look at the individual, be dynamic, stick to the core and tell a story.“
DT 500 ZINE: – tell us more about ”speed styling”?
MITSU: – Speed styling is about respecting individuality and boosting people’s style by connecting to their energy. We all see beauty in a different way, and everyone has a personal taste. I help people putting it into words and styles, I only use the second hand for styling.
” I make one man’s trash become another man’s treasure.”
DT 500 ZINE: – You have been living in Goa, Bali, and other world corners, can you tell us more about that?
MITSU: – I am a child of world travelers, so traveling is in my blood. I feel like a nomad, or like a gypsy. Not because of lack of home or boredom, but because I always felt the most at home on my way to something new.
MITSU: – Digression. I got married to a muscovite (a guy from Moscow) and moved to Seattle as an 18-year-old, and later settled in the bay area in California. After I got divorced I continued my travels around the world. I have lived at Kop Phan Gang have I met Jonathan’s dad in 1999. Jonathan got born in 2001 and we baby packed until 2006. Goa, Kop Phan Gang, Tu-Lu Um, Salvador, California, London etc.
DT500ZINE: – keep on…
MITSU: – In 2009 my daughter Midori was born and we moved to Ubud, Bali. We lived there for two years because Jonathan went to green school.org. An American private school in the deep jungle, where kids from seven till eighteen years old followed the oxford curriculum in addition to loads of art, music, and environmental studies. Every day the whole school gathered in the world largest bamboos construction. Built by a guy from Amsterdam. And ate warm organic meals made from ingredients grown by the students at the campus.
“ All classes was outdoor, under bamboo roofs, the weather is was lightning storms, rainy season or 40-celsius sunshine. During those two years, we never experienced tired kids tough a school day was eight hours. Green school is a unique example of thinking outside the box, bringing nature into education and healthy food, will create a balanced and bright future.”
DT 500 ZINE: – You are a native Oslo-girl, any guidance?
“All I have learned of value is from my travels and meetings with people.We are more similar across cultures and the difference between me and my next door neighbour than one should think.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Any quotes to think about
MITSU: – The meaning of life was a mystery for me until I had Jonathan, my children give meaning to what is also pointless, that is why I’m still holding on to life.
MITSU: – I see myself as one of the most privileged women of this time. I am one 100% full-time single mom. With no support financially nor emotionally, from their fathers.I am an entrepreneur and I got the freedom to choose creativity before money. My kids are healthy and got the freedom to be individuals. I am incredibly thankful for my luck.
“And I quote Ellis M. Walker; Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.”
DT500ZINE: – thanx you’re alive:) SEE YA!
Photo by Andreas Roed,Ingvild Melby, Mitsu Fruitbasket
Interview by DT 500 Crew