Our Fashion Week Favourites
All garments by young designer Signe are designed and produced under one roof in Denmark. The upcoming Autumn/Winter17 collection presented at Greenshowroom Berlin this month both offers slim silhouettes and an oversized look, with clean cuts and the brand’s Nordic aesthetics. All materials are natural, organic and beautifully soft. The skirt on the picture below (available in ivory and black) looks and feels like made out of silk – yet I was amazed to learn it’s actually made out of bamboo fibres! Bamboo is a fast growing plant with very little water consumption and once they aren’t used anymore bamboo textiles are completely biodegradable. But for now we want to wear these comfy and cool clothes everyday and at night as well – for going out or to bed.
We met Jungle Folk founder Pauline Marie Treis and fell in love with her fresh but timeless designs already at last summer's Fashion Week. Her clothing line creates high quality wardrobe classics and doesn't follow the fast rhythm of launching multiple seasonal collections every year. All clothes are made by Colombian artisans from sustainable and certified materials such as organic cotton, linen, silk and wool. The brand combines Pauline's concern with sustainable development and conscious global trading with her love for design and the beauty of diversity found in traditional crafts in different parts of our world.
Every season I stop at the KnowledgeCotton Apparel stand at the fashion fair and admire not only the garments but also the well explained production and recycling processes.Their PET jackets are made out of recycled plastic bottles and in the near future the brand aims to also recycle these jackets. The over 40 year-old family company has set themselves ambitious goals: by 2025 their supply and distribution chain should be 100% carbon neutral. The brand follows responsible environmental practices like using organic natural fibres, supporting cotton farmers and their families, reducing the use of water and chemicals.
Conscious clothes with a Scandinavian understatement and beautiful materials for all weather conditions, not only for men.
Chilean label Zurita developed an ethical system of creation and production of garments whose creative source is the Latin American territory, its cultural heritage and its people's traditional crafts. Coats, jackets and trousers are born from a collaboration with Quechua weaver experts of Potosi, Bolivia and Aymara from the Chilean Altiplano.
In the AW collection 2017 you will find pieces made in luxurious materials such as camelid fibre, organic pima cotton and silk. The collection's silhouette is loose, made from mostly geometrical cuts, in a color palette of natural materials such as gray, black, white, and brown. Theses pieces are cosy companions for cold days or chilly spring nights with a very special rustic yet elegant charm.
text: Florinn Bareth
© images by the brands,
photos for Zurita by Esteban Vargas Roa, Chile