You know how some people always mix up Sweden and Switzerland? Well, it’s obviously not the same thing (we don’t have alps or holey cheese up here, for one), but there are some similarities, like the fact that there are people (like us) and brands in both countries committed to sustainability—Coltrane being one such brand. We discovered it earlier this year (thanks to Emma Watson’s Press Tour Instagram account), and have been pining over their mindfully made and highly desirable pieces ever since.
Swiss based designer Amihan Zemp founded Coltrane in 2016, wanting to make collections dedicated to “her favorite things”. With the understated yet elegant design, Zemp aims to highlight the texture and beauty of the natural fibers (silk, cotton, linen, hemp, banana) used in her garments garments. All products, including all fabrics and yarns, are organic and responsibly made by local suppliers in Switzerland. The 150 years old, artisanal knit factory the designer work with is located close to her childhood home, and some tailoring partners are no further away than Zurich and Lugano.
Coltrane is an excellent example of how a contemporary brand can have a fashionable yet timless appeal, while also being sustainable—it’s the perfect marriage of good design and responsible practices. Even though Zemp tends to use a lot of soft beige and white colors in her collections (which we really don’t mind), there’s definitely no potato sack vibes going on, proving everyone skeptical of hemp clothing wrong.
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