SANDERMANN is a womenswear label based on a sustainable concept, using up-cycled waste materials and other environmentally-friendly approaches to textile and fashion design. Behind the label is Danish designer Stine Sandermann, a graduate of the MA Sustainable Textile Design course at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, in London. During her BA and MA studies, she gained greater insight into the fashion industry – the world’s second most polluting industry next to the oil industry. It was then she chose to change her approach to designing and never go back to doing conventional fashion.
FOCUS & PHILOSOPHY
Our main focus lies on solid waste management. Both in regards to using waste materials as well as creating as little waste ourselves as possible when producing. We spend a lot of time on sourcing and processing local, Danish materials and constructing zero waste patterns for our garments.
We believe that ethics are just as important as aesthetics and therefore the SANDERMANN design philosophy builds on the principle of a unique and fashionable statement for the daring and playful individual. A design from SANDERMANN is both practical and personal. A complete focus on detail, quality and craftsmanship is truly paramount.
WE LOVE MAKING SUSTAINABILITY DESIRABLE
The SANDERMANN journey began when we discovered that many Danish sheep breeders often burn the wool when they shear their sheep once or twice a year. Our initial mission was to collect this type of wool, have our own yarns spun, and prove that it could actually be used for clothing - something that has now been proven succesfully. Since the journey began we have travelled further into the world of Danish wool - a universe we have not yet discovered the limits to. We even started developing a technique for making cruelty-free sheep fur - a fur textile with natural fibres but without having to kill the animal. We find great pleasure in working with wool; it is in itself a very sustainable material when sourced properly. Wool resists wrinkles, so that it doesn't have to be ironed, it has self-cleaning properties, which means you don't have to wash it, it's a naturally renewable fiber and it's 100% bio degradable. What's not to like?
When we are not working with wool, we source other types of waste materials such as deadstock textiles from the Danish textile industry. A lot of the fabrics we use have been lying on stock for years - some of them all the way back to the 70's. Some of these fabric rolls only contain a few meters, some contain a lot more. This means that some of our styles will only be produced in very limited quantities, which makes them very exclusive garments.
We're proud to be part of the Global Fashion Agenda, in which we've committed that by 2020 50% of our collection will be designed for cyclability.