The design from Rianne de Witte are timeless and made of sustainable materials. There is a visible link with craftmanship, romance and a distant reference to traditional clothing.
Within the collection items for all seasons can be found. Some are new designs, others are being replaced or changed and some designs are permanent and represent classics of the brand. Therefore a popular item can be re-ordered again years later.
The clothing is being manufactured in our own atelier and at small-scale sewing ateliers in both the Netherlands and Portugal. Always with an eye for detail and fit. The embroidery from the collection is provided by Wereldwijven in Dordrecht, the Netherlands; a mulitcultural embroidery atelier with a social and artisan character.
In addition to the permanent collection, Rianne de Witte also offers tailor-made designs. Tailored to the customer’s needs. Together with the customer Rianne de Witte decides upon color, fit and the materials being used.
DESIGNER AND PIONEER
Rianne de Witte graduated cum laude at the Sint Joost Academy in Breda and settled as an independent fashion designer with her own label in 1994. During her study a search for inspiration was set in motion by a volatile and polluting fashion world.
The process of becoming aware of the abuses (?) in the garment industry and the fashion system served as a starting point of her career during her study in 1991 and has developed ever since. It can be translated into a timeless, simple design and craftmanship clothing. Fair trade and sustainable clothing produced with respect towards people, animals and environment.
BUY LESS CHOOSE WELL
The current fashion system is chronically ill and poses as a worldwide threat to people and the environment.
There are for example big fashion companies that structurally burn large quantities of unsold clothing due to huge overproduction. A blindspot within the fast fashion industry is the quality of textile. Fabrics being used are often of such poor quality that clothing can only be worn for a short period of time and therefore more and more clothes will be bought by the consumer. The poor quality of the fabrics has everything to do with the costprice. Fabric manufacturers often have no choice, price is seen as the most important factor. Regarding the working conditions of textile workers, abuse and exploitation take the upper hand in many countries. Moreover, animals and humans become internally contaminated due to the plastic particles originating from the synthetic materials and / or recycled synthetic clothing which eventually end up in the ocean via our washing machine.
Fact is that textile waste is growing and growing. On the other hand, the consumer is getting brainwashed and tempted to buy ‘more’ new items, resulting in overconsumption.
Things need to change and fortunately worldwide awareness has arisen and changes within the clothing industry have started. Environmental organizations have been saying it for years and revolutionary interventions are needed to turn the tide. More and more people realize that we buy too much. It is a serious necessity to reduce pollution, prevent climate change and to consume less!
After the absuses in Bangladesh caused a major outcry due to a catastropic disaster, awareness has begun. An international, interconnected platform has been set up in 2013 to provide awareness and tools for people within the industry and consumers. More info can be found on the following link: www.fashionrevolution.org