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BTS avec Ryan Roche

We go behind the scenes with Ryan Roche

Luxurious, sophisticated and yet utterly comfortable; that is Ryan Roche clothing in a nutshell. The designer creates the softest knitwear, mostly made of cashmere. She does all of this in her own terms, with a huge emphasis on ethics all from her own home.

For Roche working with a sustainable and ethical supplier was an important and logical thing to do from day one. When she started she couldn’t imagine making anything but the responsible choice when it came to deciding how and with whom she wanted to work. She got her love for making clothes from her family. When she would covet a piece of clothing while window shopping with her mother in her old hometown, her mother would say to her, “we are not going to buy it, we are going to make it and make it better.” This is how she discovered the amazing feeling creating every piece she wore could give her. She learnt the real art of couture sewing in the back-room of a small textile shop in Colorado from the woman she worked for at the time.

At the core of her collections are the knitted cashmeres in soft and serene colours like faded beige, pebble grey and of course different kinds of pink, her favourite colour. According to Roche there is no other colour that is as pretty in every shade. Her clothes are made to live in, in every situation. They are chic and comfortable, which makes them as suitable for a work meeting as for a cosy night on the couch. The clothing is not too precious. “I want women to be able to really live in them,” she says.

She makes her collections partly in a renovated farm on her property in upstate New York where she lives with her husband and three children. This has influenced the way the clothes look and feel. “There’s a romance and simplicity to my life up here, and that creates this gentle ease that comes out in my clothes,” she has said. “At the same time, I want my clothes to feel modern, minimal, and essential. I think it’s an authentic reflection of the life I live and my world.”

The collections are also partly made in collaboration with a women’s collective in Nepal. Roche has worked with these women for the best part of a decade. They have grown and changed with her. “We are very concerned and committed to working with factories that support women, who take social responsibility for their workers and their families, by providing them with health care and education for their children as well as a fair wages in Nepal,” says Roche. The women weave the pieces on an old wheel and do everything by hand. They dye the fabrics with natural dyes using an advanced eco system.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a mom, but I just think beautiful clothes are so much more beautiful when you can be proud about where they have come from,” she says. “Real luxury is to feel truly good about every part of the clothes you are wearing”.

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