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Edited by on December 6 2011 at 4:19 PM

In the Timo Weiland studio, nestled in a hidden gem of a room within an über convenient factory, design partners Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein get their creativity on. Wonder what two of fashion’s wonderboys listen to when they work? Or read when they’re not looking at fabrics? Or why empty picture frames hang next to ones filled with art? We did to. So we asked.

#NowPlaying in the Timo Weiland Studio

What kind of music is the soundtrack to your work?

Alan: We listen to everything, we listen to classical music, we listen to jazz, we listen to rock. When we’re designing we listen to a lot of instrumental stuff cause we kind of consiously say that jazz and classical music are really interesting because it’s behind everything. But we love music. We DJ all the time. Almost every of our collections have been inspired by a musician or someone in music we really love, but we play Iggy Pop to Vivaldi to Miles Davis to Richard Hell.

Timo: To newer stuff.

Alan: Like Lady Gaga. Hey, hey.

What’s with the empty picture frames?

Timo: Sometimes the frame is more special.

Alan: We’ve been doing this since we started our company, walls with empty frames.

Timo: Not even necessarily antique, some are new, or [from] different periods like Art Deco or Regency or gold—gilt.

What fashion or literary books are you reading right now?

Timo: Just Kids by Patti Smith, Beautiful Fall, The Fountainhead—This is my fourth time, and I’m just flying through it. It’s an eight hundred page book, but I’m reading it like it’s a little pamphlet.

Alan: I’m still reading Life by Keith Richards. It’s crazy, that guy had sex with so many women, and has a lot of kids flying around. But he has a really interesting outlook on life; he’s not just some washed up rock ‘n’ roll star.

Photography by Catharina Duval de Navarre

Story by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.