UPDATE: Volks Usa had this to say about the collaboration line:
Hi Nakita, Sorry for replying to your question so late. “Galerie de l’esprit” is a newly announced brand. While the brand is mysterious, it’s designers have a unique world view and aim to create wonderful works of art. We’re looking forward to it’s future development together with our customers.
So, yes, Volks Inc. owns the fashion line and they are not disclosing any further information at this point.
What a nice surprise via the Volks Instagram Account for the beginning of the week: two new SDGr Girls for the next Dolpa!
These girls are from Volks propriety IP Harajuku Memories / 思い出の街、原宿: A story arc focused on the fashion styles popular with Japanese youth in the Harajuku area in Tokyo. Collaboration dolls with popular brand labels are often a feature. The characters are not all necessarily directly related to each other, though some are friends or family of each other. (credit Angel Den)
These girls are called SDGr女の子 Lucia(ルチア) [left] and SDGr女の子 Mia(ミア) [right].
Please let me save you some time and angst about storylines? I read through all of the Volks intro pieces for each doll in the series…(Hewitt, Hewitt 2nd, Tony, Kurumi, Luna, Rose, Bianka, Ran, Yui Sweet Dreams, Kurumi Dolpa 20 Version, Miruku, Ran in Harajuku Ver., Hewitt 3rd Ver., Charlotte, Lieselotte) and it is literally, “maybe today I will talk to [insert character name here] at Harajuku! I am excited but timid too! ≧﹏≦” It’s cute and all but there’s no overarching story to be caught up on. These are cute youths who dress up and go to the park once a week and DRAMA!
Sometimes niceness is fun and…. enough?
At any rate, These lovely new ladies have a slightly more ‘steampunk’ x Alice and the Pirates vibe. Apparently I’ve just learned through some internet sleuthing that is it a fashion brand, though I cannot find substantial information on it besides a very lovely splash page. (If anyone knows about this brand will you please ping me so I can add more information? Thanks!) It’s strange because I can find no other information on this brand besides this one page in English. Hmmmm.
No matter the partner, I think the collaboration has been extremely successful as both outfits and dolls are masterfully executed in both patterns and palette. It’s a nice contrast and personification from the sweet and demure younger dolls in the series as their dresses are more mature so are their attitudes/face-ups as well.
The outfits themselves are particularly elaborate and lovely which is indicative of a fashion collaboration. The title for this collaboration in particular is “City in thought, Harajuku.” Look at the detailing on the boots! The colors in each face-up is also fairly saturated and spectacular as well. It’s fun to see Volks artists use a different palette for these lovely girls. I’ll admit I am partial to Lucia though I’d be thrilled to add either to my collection. ❤
Finally, I found one scan of what I believe is from Volks News 78. These two girls are theoretically antique shop owners who “have a mysterious power to help those who are lost”. Pretty fantastic stuff honestly and from this story arc, it’s a welcome change. It’s nice to see some true characters! (image credit to link at bottom of photo above)
I’ll update more as more scans and information becomes available so please stay tuned! In the meantime we can all look forward to our journey back to the mysterious and magical streets of Harajuku~
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