Swart Laeken

Material driven garments. 


January, 2019

The iconic black wool fabric from the 17th century’s Dutch paintings serve as an inspiration for research into a historic craft that almost completely disappeared from the Netherlands. The contemporary fashion industry nowadays is more focused on aesthetics and profit margins than on the quality of the fabrics of which clothing is made. As a result, most clothing is poorly constructed with mixed fibre fabrics. The handwoven garments of Swart Laeken are designed to show and rethink the properties of an iconic fabric, made from local Zwartbles wool, dyed with organic indigo and lined with linen. Swart Laeken is a materialised need for high-quality garments, crafted with care, that will last a lifetime.