NETTLE STUDIOS IS A SAN FRANCISCO BASED BRAND THAT FOCUSES ON DELIVERING QUALITY, HANDMADE APPAREL IN SMALL BATCHES. USING deadstock FABRICS AND CUTTING ONLY A HANDFUL OF SILHOUETTES IN EACH, the goal of nettle is to make pieces that are special, LIMITED EDITION, AND SLOW MADE IN HOUSE. Well made things, well loved.
ORIGINALLY STARTED IN FRANCE, 'SLOW MADE' IS A MOVEMENT THAT WAS CREATED TO COMBAT THE 'FAST FASHION' CONSUMER MODEL THAT OUR MODERN DAY SOCIETY IS IMMERSED IN. BASED ON THE IDEA THAT OBJECTS OF ART AND DESIGN THAT TAKE LONGER TO MAKE WILL PRODUCE BETTER, MORE THOUGHTFUL ITEMS, 'SLOW MADE' ENCOURAGES SUSTAINABILITY, CRAFT, AND A LONGER SHELF LIFE.
"CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION MEANS: PRACTICING THOUGHTFUL AND PURPOSEFUL PURCHASING DECISIONS. CONSIDERING OUR CLOTHING PURCHASES AS CAREFULLY AS WE WOULD A NEW ELECTRONIC ITEM OR PIECE OF FURNITURE LEADS TO BETTER DECISION MAKING WHEN SHOPPING. WHEN WE SLOW DOWN AND CONSCIOUSLY SEEK OUT CLOTHING THAT FITS WELL, FLATTERS OURSELVES AND THAT WE REALLY LOVE, WE CAN MAKE A SOUND CHOICE INSTEAD OF A HAStY DECISION.
IN A WORLD WHERE QUANTITY HAS REPLACED QUALITY IN THE MASS MARKET, SLOW [FASHION] SEEKS TO REMIND US THAT GARMENTS THAT LAST HAVE SUBSTANTIAL VALUE. QUALITY CLOTHING USUALLY LASTS LONGER AND IS WORTH HOLDING ON TO. OFTEN IT FITS WELL, HOLDS IT SHAPE BETTER THROUGH LAUNDERING AND/OR IS MADE OF HIGHER GRADE MATERIAL, FINDINGS OR THREAD/YARN. WHAT'S MORE, CHOOSING QUALITY GOODS (RATHER THAN DISPOSABLE) REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF CLOTHING AND TEXTILES THAT END UP IN OUR LANDFILLS EVERY YEAR."_
our first collection, cobalt, is inspired by the stark feminine/masculine beauty of annemarie schwarzenbacH. A fascinating forgotten writer and photographer, schwarzenbach pushed the boundaries of cross dressing and was a lifelong anti-fascist.
Using black and white as the blank canvas for our seasonless silhouettes, we injected cobalt in select places to shock the viewer and delight the senses. a lot of the pieces in this collection were designed to be versatile and easy to layer, with the objective to establish a closet that lay eternal. with no clear gender signifiers in mind, each piece allows the wearer to be free from gender constraints.