We had a mission: as a mother-daughter duo, our aim was to create garments which could be passed on from generation to generation, loved by old and young. Pieces designed to be aesthetically valued for years to come; something timeless, beautiful and made to last. Inspired by the treasures we find in our family's wardrobe.
Aware of the fact that the fashion industry is the second-most polluting industry around, to us it was crucial that the garments we would bring to life, are as harmless to the environment as possible.
Our design mission therefore turned out to be a quest for a natural, high-quality, and bio-degradable material, which would allow us to one day close the loop of our garment’s lifecycles by giving them back to where they came from: nature.
Seeking for the most ecologically considerate and ethically conscious material around*, we came across linen.
Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world, appreciated for centuries for its durability, its beautiful drape, and its anti-microbial features.
It is also a highly environmentally friendly material, as its cultivation needs little to no chemicals and pesticides. Flax, the plant linen is made of, grows on marginal land, which is usually of little agricultural value, so cultivating linen does not compromise growing food.
Because flax grows best in Europe, where a cool and relatively humid climate is pre-dominant, it only needs small amounts of water. This also allows us to keep arkitaip's carbon footprint smaller due to shorter transportation routes.
Still not convinced?
Apart from its environmentally friendly features, linen has some other amazing properties to offer: it is one of nature’s strongest fibres, which holds up extremely well against washing and only gets softer with time. So, be patient and you'll be rewarded. Plus, linen is the perfect year-rounder: by naturally promoting our thermal body regulation, linen keeps us cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
For all these great reasons, we have chosen linen as the main material for our first collection.
All our wovens and our crochet pieces are made of the finest European linen.
Fancy some linen? Head over to explore the collection and find your treasure.
*Our evaluations were based on various assessment criteria from different independent sources (f.e. the Sustainable Angle’s Sustainability Criteria; course material from the “Sustainable Fashion” short course at Central Saint Martins). Please feel free to give us a shout in case you have any questions.