In een opwelling naar Barcelona verhuizen, daar je dagen vullen met bartenden, naailessen geven en… je eigen label uit de grond schoppen? Het overkwam de Belgische Eline Van Ree, die met haar originele zeefdrukprints haar plaats in de modeschijnwerpers opeist.
We need to start educating ourselves; buying local and less; buying used and upcycled; and buying from independent ethical fashion brands that are the main driver of an agenda for a responsible fashion industry. Because the clothing industry is still the second-largest polluter in the world and it is at the heart of the struggle for human rights.
EVR tries to make a difference by:
EVR clothes are mainly natural fibres: This makes the body breathes and the materials doesn’t pollute the environment. Synthetic alternatives such as nylon and polyester, are made from petrochemicals that do not biodegrade, and their manufacture uses huge amounts of energy.
EVR uses upcycled denim; Denim is the fabric which provides the highest and dirtiest wastewater of all.
EVR hand-created prints are made by the silkscreen technique with water-based dyes, which aren’t toxic. Below you see the working process in Sergio’s studio Lalula in Barcelona.
EVR is not rushed by the rhythm of the seasons and that is why she mainly produces one collection per year. Eline van Ree wants to put a halt to overconsumption because unfortunately it is still dominating the fashion industry.
To promote slow fashion Eline van Ree works in a sustainable way. For example EVR prefers to use leftovers of the textile industry and all her prints are hand made by screen printing techniques with water based dyes.
Not only you can buy EVR’s designs but you can also loan it at different fashionlibraries in European cities previous in Antwerp & Paris and soon in Copenhagen and Zürich.
Next Saturday (8th of October ) The Library in Denmark will open its doors. EVR will be one of the 14 sustainable designers, next to Belgium and international designers like Hellen van Rees,Damur, Ilke Cop, Doriane van Overeem, Wintervacht and Ellen Kegels. But this place is more than a library, it is an information point about fair fashion. For all your questions concerning ethical and sustainable clothes you can go to pick info at the desk or subscribe yourself for a reading.