XV Atelier is the result of a desire to advance the fashion industry. Since our establishment in 2015 in Borås, Sweden, we have consciously worked to develop a brand that is transparent, modern and unique. We strive to achieve this by focusing on our three core pillars; In-House Production, Powerful Expressions and Environmental Conscientiousness.
In-House Production means that we have full control over the production process. Everything we produce is made in-house at our headquarters in Kamgarn, Sweden, which enables us to assure a fair and just production environment. Our In-House Production translates into a promise to our customers; that their garments have been meticulously crafted without compromising fair working conditions.
Powerful Expressions allows us to blend historical and contemporary episodes and place them in new contexts. The mix between the traditional and the modern, the historical and the contemporary, is what constitutes the inspiration behind our collections and individual pieces. This allows us to make statements with our designs, since we regard the history behind the design just as much as the design itself. By further infusing elements from art, architecture and culture, the XV Atelier esthetic echoes a powerful contemporary yet timeless design that is closely related to our values. We regard the story behind the design just as much as the design itself.
Environmental Conscientiousness is the foundation on which our brand relies on. The contemporary fashion industry is infamous for its negative effects on the global climate, which is why we emphasize transparency in everything we do. From the choice of materials to the production; everything is done and accounted for with environmental aspects in mind. Our durable and well-made products are designed to last and be loved for a long time. Our vision is to be able to create and act without compromising the environment and resources for future generations.
All our materials are chosen with sustainability in mind, and we are proudly transparent in our choices of material. We always opt for raw materials, such as wool, linnen, silk, hemp and cotton - and we prefer to use them in their pure form. This is because it is easier to recycle a garment that is made from 100% cotton, in comparison to garment where the fibers are a 50/50 mixture between two materials. In the rare instances where we do mix fibers, it is done with the purpose of prolonging the lifetime of a garment.
It is very difficult to trace materials back to its original source. However, we take active measures to trace them as far back as possible. This is done in order to ensure, for example, that the wool we use comes from sheep with a high degree of animal welfare, and that the cotton we use comes good sources with great quality.
We strive to have as much control as possible over the both the production process and our raw materials. Therefore, we purchase the majority of our cotton raw, and color it using
GOTS certified coloring at our local dye-house. This enables us to regulate the amount of chemicals used in the dying process.
Our work with sustainable materials is continuous and ever ongoing, and we regularly adapt to new innovations that are introduced on the market.
All of our garments are produced in-house at our headquarters in Kamgarn, Sweden, which enables us to assure a fair and just production environment. Our In-House Production translates into a promise to our customers; that their garments have been meticulously crafted without compromising fair working conditions.
Throughout the construction process of our garments, our clothes are consciously made to fit both the female and male body. Our sizes are unisex. This is because we emphasizes individuality rather than gender; after all, we dress bodies - not genders. The fluidity in our designs creates a unique esthetic, with pieces that will appear differently on each body. Depending on the size you chose, you are able to affect how you aspire the garment to suit you. There is no right or wrong, and our garments should be worn without limitations. You wear our garments exactly how you desire them to represent you.
To invest in good quality clothes made from natural materials, such as linen and wool, is a good choice when creating a sustainable and long-lasting wardrobe. Such pieces are timeless and will last you a lifetime - if you treat them with care. All our pieces are made to be worn and loved for a long time.
When caring for our products, start by establishing which material(s) the particular garment is made from. Our favorite materials, wool, linen, hemp and silk, are made from natural fibers that you need to care for in different ways. A general rule of thumb is to always wash our pieces at low temperatures as rarely as possible.
More often than not, a wool sweater only needs to be aired outside to be freshened up. Opt for this option as much as possible. When the time has come for a wash, be sure to wash it by hand in cool water. The garment should be dried laying flat, otherwise it might risk stretching or being formed by the hanger.
Linen and hemp are both fabrics that become softer and smoother after washing. You can machine wash your linen and hemp garments, but please make sure to follow the instructions on the care label carefully. A general rule of thumb is to wash linen and hemp with cold water in the washing machine. Linen and hemp should be dried laying flat for the best result. It is advised to avoid direct sunlight on linen and hemp garments in order to preserve their shape for a long time.
Silk is best washed cold and by hand, and it is advised that silk should avoid direct sunlight. Silk can be dried on a hanger. If the fabric shrinks, you can iron the garment on a low temperature will return it to its normal shape.