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We’ll admit to feeling a rush of excitement upon seeing sustainable label Bite Studios’ SS19 collection, which features the neutral colorways and clean, timeless shapes favored by conscious WOMEN of today. Design director Elliot Atkinson and co-founder Veronika Kant give us the full update.

What is the SS19 collection about?

– We have continued with developing an elevated wardrobe for our customer. Each of our collections focus on timeless design, detail and craftsmanship; underpinned by an aesthetic which is timeless and understated. We are inspired by female artists and art collectors throughout the 20th and 21st century. Peggy Guggenheim was a key starting point for how we felt about our customer that has continued to develop: a strong woman with true agency and intelligence, but a softness and intimacy too. We look at the clothes like sculpture, regarding scale, composition and proportion and cut pieces to the perfect fit.

Tell us about the creative process behind it. Did you approach it differently in any way?

– This season we have evolved into making S/S collections predominantly white/natural/light shades, and A/W collections, in contrast, predominantly black shades (charcoal, asphalt, browns), with accents of each through the year. This gives a timeless quality to our collections, and equally allows us to use fabrics with natural, non-harmful dying processes and treatments. We have also added a seasonal wardrobe concept to our collections where each piece will continue to evolve and where we will be adding and updating to our previous collections moving forward.

What materials have you worked with this time, and how have you sourced them?

– S/S19 is a collection made entirely in natural fibers. We have worked with organic silk, organic crepe de chine, organic cotton, organic wool and linen creating a natural and light color palette. Each fabric is sourced using our criterias of only working with certified organic fibers. We take in certifications, supply chain, fiber origins and audits from all our suppliers as part of the sourcing process.

Has this collection too been designed and produced in London? Would you like to share the process?

– Yes, we develop each peace by hand from sketch through to sample in our east London atelier. Each design is pattern cut by hand, then cut in cloth and toiled for fitting stages. We do a rigorous fitting process, where we edit each peace into the perfect fit. The seamstresses working in the atelier are very skilled and each garment is made from start to finish by the same person. It is a traditional way of working which is integral to our design philosophy. We produce on-site so we can maintain quality and transparency of all our pieces.

What’s new or significant on the sustainability front for this collection?

– We have expanded the sustainability aspect in terms of non-harmful dying processes and treatments by re-thinking the seasonal shades. Like described earlier, this S/S19 collection has predominantly light shades that allows us to focus on natural dyes in the collection, and to add color by working with our own collaboration prints that we create with digital printers with restricted use of chemicals and water waste.

Tell us about Aisha Christison and your collaboration for SS19.

– Aisha Christison is a Belgium-based artist, who’s 2018 ‘Strumming on Cadmium’ and ‘Woodwind with Three Hands’ artworks has been printed on our classic ‘Organic peace silk shirt’ and on our new ‘Organic silk crepe de chine scarf’. Christison favors a more idiosyncratic painterly style, and collects imagery from a diverse range of sources before arranging them on a painted surface that often betrays the normal conventions of dimensional fields. She works predominantly in oil and watercolor, and tries to treat color like a subject in the painting by allowing the imagery to bring out and amplify the properties of the color. In this collaboration we have treated the artworks as stand-alone pieces – not treating them as prints but re-purposing the artworks in the organic silks.

Many Philo fans in mourning will surely find consolation in Bite Studios from now on. Do you think you design for the same woman? And how would you describe her?

– We design for a modern woman, who is many things at the same time; a strong integrity, warm, soft, intelligent and mindful. In that sense it is the same woman. We focus on great quality, interesting materials and cuts that we believe women are lacking in the market today.

What’s up next for Bite Studios?

– We are working on our next collection and have exciting new collaborations coming up. We hope to be able to share some exciting news during this fall that we are very happy about!

 

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