There’s never an easy transition from summer to winter here in the north – the shock of the cold is always overwhelming – but it’s no doubt helped by appropriate apparel, meaning pure wool knitwear and as much of it as you can get. Given that, our radar is always on for great brands that can deliver on warmth, looks and comfort, while also having a clearly conscious approach to how they do business and bring fashion into this world. Of course, this is what drew us to Diarte.
The Madrid-based label has made knitwear their primary focus (this is also where they’re most on-point) and claim to follow a strong conviction towards ethics and social responsibility. Its designer, Ana Diarte, founded the eponymous line in 2010, and likes to emphasis the importance of tradition and craftsmanship, as well as her love for naturally derived fibers. For this reason, she has chosen to work mainly with Oeko-Tex certified premium quality yarns from Italy, and produces the collections locally in Spain just a short distance from the Madrid office.
The design aesthetics are communicated as ‘timeless’ and ‘effortless’, and Ana likes to use classic silhouettes and clean, simple lines in order to drive her ambition of creating long-lasting essentials for the city girl’s everyday wardrobe. Besides, we know few things that compare to a 100% Merino wool sweater in terms of durability – and the Diarte collection has plenty of those.
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