Tapestry fans—rejoice! The whimsical, carpet-like fabric has just been reimagined for summer by artisan label LUNA DEL PINAL. Founded by former Christopher Kane and JW Anderson designers Gabriela Luna and Corina del Pinal over a mutual desire to learn the ancient Guatemalan art of back-strap weaving, LUNA DEL PINAL work with local artists and craftspeople in Del Pinal’s native Guatemala to make directional, hand-woven clothing.
The concept of slow fashion is integral to the brand’s operation: in an interview with British Vogue, Luna and del Pinal challenged the perception of efficiency as “not a matter of how quickly we can produce for the consumer, but how long our product will last”. The small batch collections of 12 pieces are heavily shaped by the grainy striped details and raw edges that define the weaving technique—a timely aesthetic in line with the distressed/heavy duty fabrics sported by some of the most prominent designers of late. And the oversized handwoven jackets, high-waisted paper-bag trousers and shirts live well up to the brand’s quest for contemporary, fashion forward designs.
By merging a modern aesthetic with traditional craft and ethical production, LUNA DEL PINAL hopes to make slow fashion relevant—a concept which they consider closely interlinked with luxury: “Luxury is to own a unique handmade garment, made by an artisan who has been mastering a technique for more than 20 years.” We’d welcome artisan weaving into our wardrobe any season.
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