Mad Crushin’ On Hansel From Basel and Giveaway!

You’ve probably seen their kneepad stockings if you don’t have them in your tights drawer already (you do have a tights drawer, don’t you?) But if for some reason you haven’t heard about Hansel From Basel, don’t fret, because today we are Mad Crushin’ On Hannah Byun, the lovely lady holding the reins at this Los Angeles-based hosiery company that got its start in 2007. Hannah, who studied art history and studio art at UCLA, is both Hansel From Basel’s founder as well as the talent behind their whimsical designs. Not only will we get to learn about her inspirations and obsessions, but we are also giving away one of Hansel From Basel’s adorable accessories! Make sure you read about that at the end of the post!

What inspired you to start Hansel From Basel?

I always wanted to design, and knew how to make socks because I came from a family of sock makers and was the most immediate thing I could create and design. I came up with the name Hansel from Basel as a nickname for myself, kind of like my alter ego.  It was Hansel, and I was obsessed with all things Swiss when I was little and Basel, being in Switzerland, was a perfect fit.

What other artists, clothing designers or otherwise, do you admire?

Artists: Cy Twombly, Egon Schiele, Carravaggio.
Clothing designers: Miuccia Prada, Dries van Noten, Rachel Comey.

The amazing Hannah Byun!

If you could describe your personal style as the love child of two people, who would they be?

If Annie Hall was a man and married Jane Birkin, that’s the love child of personal style I would be.

What are your wardrobe staples for the summer?

Rachel Comey dresses. I just got their lovely carrot pants that are perfect for the summer!  And my linen overalls.

If you could jump into a time-traveling DeLorean a la Back to the Future, what era would you go back to and why?

I would go back to 1920′s in Paris! A super inspiring and timeless city.  I think one of the most artistic periods of the 20th century.

What are some of your favorite movies?

I always loved Amélie, Orlando, L’Avventura.

Have any of them inspired the Hansel From Basel aesthetic?

All the movies are so tasteful and we try to make the line just as tasteful and artistically a bit odd to standout.

Can you give us your five current obsessions?

The smell of geraniums, my Saveur bread magazine that I read very slowly, home decor, Penny (the HFB office dog), Klaus (friend’s red lion-haired bunny.)

Penny and Klaus the bunny!

Do you collect anything?

When I can find them, Danish wooden shoe polishers (not an easy random find) and lipstick. Shu Uemura is my favorite.

What’s next for Hansel From Basel?

We are launching our first kids line!  Hansel From Basel Kids.  We are so excited!  There will be cute little socks and tights for the little ones and it’s coming out for Fall/Winter 2012!

And now for the giveaway! One lucky PAL OF AL will win this cute polka dot envelope clutch!

Just leave a comment and if you’d like, mention your favorite Hansel From Basel item! Comments will be closed on Thursday at midnight and I will choose a winner randomly on Friday! Good luck!

EDIT: THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN! LUCKY NUMBA SEVEN: CRISSY!!! Congratulations on your Hansel From Basel polkadot clutch! Email me at marie [at]!


1 Michelle Renee { 05.14.12 at 12:59 pm }

Oh shit Gina! I’m going to have to say the Sheer Black Polka Dots tights are my fav. In 5th grade I had a polka dot outfit that included socks and a dot scrunchie to match. Somethings never change because I still rock the polka dots like Kwame.

2 alli { 05.14.12 at 1:22 pm }

It is not humanly possible to choose just one…so I”m listin’ it, yo:

♥pixie tights…these may curb, at least temporarily, my constant need to wear tall boots…
♥kneepad nylon tights…these remind me of those professorial corduroy
blazers with the elbow pads, of which I have always been fond.
♥the water tight…not to get all matchy-matchy on your ass, but I actually have a purse that has a similar pattern…now if I could only find stick on nail polish in the same pattern I’d be set…

3 Melissa { 05.14.12 at 1:31 pm }

I love all the photos! They are my favorite items! J/K I love the floral tights, especially the Wallpaper tights.

I also just signed up for the sock of the month club because novelty is my favorite thing EVER.

4 Josh { 05.14.12 at 1:35 pm }

I totally love the zig zag tights AND Klaus the bunny.

5 Tanya { 05.14.12 at 1:48 pm }

I wanna enter the giveaway! Guh her stuff is so dreamy. I’m really torn between the Mondrian-looking colorblock tight, the Chevron tight with the seam on the front (genius), or the Pom Pom bag, which is so Pulcinella. <3

6 kiersten { 05.14.12 at 1:51 pm }

the pixie tights are adorable!

7 Crissy { 05.14.12 at 1:53 pm }

I do own two pairs of the nylon knee pad tights. Love them. I love everything from Hansel from Basel, but if I had to choose just one, er two, items I would choose the zig zag tights and the colorblock tights.

8 Josh { 05.14.12 at 4:16 pm }

I also love the tights with the holes in the knees but I already have some homemade ones like that.

9 Jaci Charney { 05.14.12 at 6:30 pm }

I love all the tights

10 Priscilla P { 05.14.12 at 8:17 pm }

Ahhhh those kneepad tights are adorable. I wish I had a drawer specifically for tights! My other favorite item from hansel and basel is the zig zag tight!

11 Samantha Tedesco { 05.15.12 at 11:25 am }

Wow! I love all items! :)
But I’m in love for the clutches :)
thank you for this opportunity!

12 Moxie { 05.15.12 at 1:25 pm }

I really enjoyed reading this. And may I also add that those color block tights in the picture are like the hottest thing ever. also loving the textile tights with the yellow diamonds.

13 Jessica C! { 05.15.12 at 3:04 pm }

I realllllllllllly want the zig zag bag! xo

14 Kiera { 05.15.12 at 5:24 pm }

I think the snow tight is my favourite! I’m too poor to order anything right now, but I have so much want for all of her items!

15 Melissa Hansson { 05.16.12 at 3:24 pm }

Love the diamond graphik tight! Thanks for the chance to win.

16 hidayat { 05.17.12 at 8:00 am }

awesome giveaway and my fav has gotta be the zig zag envelope clutch

17 Stephanie Hubbardd { 05.17.12 at 9:44 am }

The pixie tights! Peter pan realness yo.

18 charlotte c { 05.17.12 at 9:59 am }

donegal kneepad, zig zag, polka dot, and rumi icurtain tights are all so very cute!!! And of course the polka dot envelope clutch! ;)