Behind the Brand: SABINNA

Eco-Friendly. Small Scale Production. Vegan.

Founded by a designer who has previously worked at Christian Dior and Mary Kratantzou, Sabinna is a fashion-forward, contemporary womenswear brand with a focus on natural materials and a sustainable approach to fashion.

All SABINNA garments and accessories are made in the UK and in Austria, with fabrics and materials carefully sourced across Europe. The brand have close relationships with all suppliers, visiting the production sides on a regular basis and following every step of the production process. This allows them to deliver high quality garments to customers worldwide. When it comes to choosing natural or man-made fibers, Sabinna always opt for natural materials such as linen, cotton and wool. Not only are these materials comfortable to wear but they also go with Sabinna's beliefs of a more conscious lifestyle. Sabinna's aim is to reduce their own waste and always keep the environment in mind: many accessories are made out of production off-cuts and the brand creates garments out of deadstock fabric that would otherwise go to landfill. At the beginning of 2019, Sabinna switched to 100% compostable packaging made from plant-based materials. 

MATERIALS

95% of all SABINNA garments are made out of natural fibers. Natural fibres are not only better for your skin, it’s also important to reduce the amount of  microplastics that are going into the oceans whenever we wash our clothes. Sabinna mainly work with the following materials:

Cotton and organic cotton: Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics and accounts for more than half of all fiber needs across the globe. Both, regular and organic cotton are natural fibers and differ in the way they’re being harvested. 

Regular cotton is more in demand and is usually machine-picked to cope with the rush. Organic cotton is completely handpicked, which ensures that no fiber is damaged in the process. This ensures that these fibers don’t get weakened or broken, resulting in softer and more durable products. That’s also the reason why organic cotton is also softer than regular cotton because of the longer fibers. 

The regular cotton that you will find within Sabinna's collections is deadstock cotton, that would normally go to landfill.

Linen: Linen is a fabric made from the fibre of the flax plant. The fiber is very strong, absorbent and dries quicker than cotton. It also has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties, which make garments made of linen popular for their coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather.

(Tencel) Lyocell: Lyocell is a rayon which consists of cellulose fibers and is sourced from wood. It is manufactured from eucalyptus trees, which use 80% less water than cotton. These fibers are known for their natural comfort and can be combined with a variety of other textile fibers such as cotton, polyester and wool to enhance the aesthetic and functionality of fabrics. The fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable, and thus can fully revert back to nature. 

Silk: Silk is one of the oldest fibres known to humankind and is a natural protein fiber. It is known for its high tensile strength, shine and ability to bind chemical dyes and can therefore be made in amazing colours. Silk is produced by many insects but most commercial silk comes from caterpillars. 

Bamboo: Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades more quickly than oil-based synthetics. It’s also an alternative to plastic, but is renewable and can be replenished at a fast rate.

Viscose: Viscose is a type of rayon. It’s a low-cost fabric, which is popular thanks to its myriad of qualities. As a manufactured regenerated cellulose fibre, it is neither truly natural (like cotton, wool or silk) nor truly synthetic (like nylon or polyester) – it falls somewhere in between.

Wool:

Sheep: Sheep’s wool is an incredibly complex type of fabric. It absorbs dye really well, which is why it’s known for its beautiful colours. It’s also an absorbent fiber, which is comfortable to wear in warm and cool climates. It’s incredibly versatile and replenishes itself each time the sheep is sheared and continues to grow throughout its lifetime.

Merino: Merino wool is a natural fiber grown by Merino sheep. It’s thinner and softer than regular wool, making it easy to wear next to skin. Merino wool is a natural, renewable fiber, meaning one sheep can grow four to five pounds of wool per year. It’s known for its softness, shine and breathability.

Alpaca: Alpaca wool can be either light or heavy depending on how it is spun, which makes it ideal for a number of different garments. Even though it is similar to sheep’s wool, alpaca wool is softer and more durable as well as warmer.

Mohair: Mohair wool is derived from the hair of the Angora goat. It is very common to find mohair that has been mixed with other fabrics as it adds to the elasticity, shine and durability of the garment. It also takes dye exceptionally well and is warm in winter due to its insulating properties.

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