We’ve collaborated with Todd Selby aka The Selby before and we’ve got plenty of coverage on Dorothee Schumacher’s successful fashion label. The former may be the hipster world’s favourite WYSIWYG photographer, illustrator and, more recently, filmmaker and the latter one of the few German fashion designers that made it all the way into Hollywood’s walk-in closets. But take a closer look and you will find two inspiring examples of how to approach work: namely, not at all.

Simply (or so it seems) by being passionate about something, finding a niche and then stubbornly pursuing it while being unapologetic about doing only what feels right (Selby will easily decline a national newspaper’s 20-odd ideas for a shoot while Schumacher happily adds girly bows, ribbons and the colour nude to her designs even if minimalism were the new black). This is what the fashion doyenne and the photographer have in common and what has brought them into the realm of commercial success where they are now.

So bring these two creative minds together (as we recently did at Schumacher’s charming villa near Mannheim) and you’ll end up with a miniature pony in the library, an enormous moody pig in the kitchen and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class disappearing off-road into the forest. While the fashion designer fearlessly climbs the ladder to the chicken house in her high-heels, Todd Selby tries piggyback riding on the aptly named Mr Pig, who seems unconcerned except for the current lack of food. In between they talk fashion, travel, inspiration and the house brims with positive energy, the smell of home-cooked food and the many friendly faces of all ages belonging to the Schumacher clan.

But see for yourself – the photos were shot exclusively for mb! by The Selby and in our own behind-the-scenes video Dorothee Schumacher tells us more about the day (click on the image above).