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The inspiration behind our SU19 capsule collection

With an open mind, our surroundings are filled with influences from which to seek inspiration for a fashion collection. Some brands look to upcoming movies and music, other to architecture, reports from trend bureau’s or something else for inspiration. Because of our passion for protecting all the beautiful places on the planet, it is only natural that we, VILDNIS, find inspiration in countries with stunning scenery and a commitment to making the world a better place, socially and environmentally. For our Summer 19 capsule collection, we ventured to Denmark to seek inspiration, an obvious choice, some might say, since two of our co-founders are Danish.  I suspect that we would have eventually looked to the country of my birth regardless,...

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How to choose fashion with a low environmental footprint – a quick guide to sustainable fibres

Sustainable fashion is one of the fastest-growing trends judging by this spring’s fashion weeks in London, New York and other big cities. And not only that, sustainable fashion is a trend that’s here to stay until it becomes the norm – unlike the recent somewhat strange see-through plastic trend (what was that about?) For many of us it means having to familiarise ourselves with fibres used in fashion and their environmental footprint – and it also means rethinking what we thought we knew about fashion fibres. Some of the fibres that we have been taught were good for us and the environment are actually not so great, while some of the better ones are still fairly unknown, making it a...

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What are you going to wear in the future? – highlights from the Future Fashion Expo

This week, the 8th Future Fabrics Expo organised by the Sustainable Angle took place in London and drew a bigger than ever crowd of fashion Buyers and Designers. Having attended several of the Expo’s in the past and found them incredibly useful in terms of sourcing suppliers of sustainable fabrics, we, of course, had to check it out too. It was genuinely brilliant seeing so many people there and the air was filled with excitement about new innovations and all the opportunities we have to make a positive impact on climate change etc through our design choices. Amongst the newest innovations were a material called beLEAF™, a bioleather with an amazing handfeel made from large Brazilian palm leaves. It was...

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WHY WE CHOOSE RECYCLED WOOL OVER VIRGIN WOOL – AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO!

Anyone who has been doing any kind of outdoor training, skiing or snowboarding will probably agree with me that merino wool is one of the best – if not THE best – fibre when it comes to wicking moisture and keeping you warm – as well as keeping you cosy during the winter months. I genuinely love every single merino wool item that I own*- be it base layers, socks or jumpers - and naturally wanted to use the fibre for the newly launched Jinhae knit jumper. Unfortunately, there is some controversy surrounding wool production, which is why we chose a very soft fine Italian yarn made from 100% recycled merino wool fibres – and according to the Italian mill...

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WHY RECYCLED POLYESTER IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT DESPITE THE ISSUE WITH MICROPLASTIC IN THE OCEANS

Meeting other people who are equally passionate about making positive changes to the norms in the fashion industry is always exciting. Recently I had a memorable encounter with someone who is hugely influential in the UK when it comes to driving such change and we ended up having an interesting discussion about the use of recycled polyester and how eco-friendly this fibre actually is. I am a big advocate of circular economy in fashion; to reduce, reuse and recycle resources over and over again for different purposes. This includes using recycled polyester (RPET) made from recycled plastic bottles. In my view, we have already introduced a certain amount of plastic into the world and given that it will take 100s...

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