Introduction to.. Arkitaip
Arkitaip is a brand producing ethically made, sustainable and stylish garments made from organic materials sourced in Europe. The brand is founded by mother and daughter who are committed to reduce the environmental impact wherever possible. Arkitaip garments are timeless, beautiful and made to last.
Hello Lea, tell us a little about yourself and how you created Arkitaip!
arkitaip was founded my mother Michaela and me, Lea Wieser. Combining my mum’s unique handcrafting skills (she hand-crochets our crochet-line consisting of crochet-tops and swim wear which are lined with recycled polyester made of ocean debris such as old fishnets and PET-bottles) and my urge to bring something to life with an impact, we launched our e-boutique in March 2018.
All your pieces are so beautiful - how do you get inspired when designing new pieces?
All our pieces are made of 100% linen, a natural, durable and environmentally-friendly material. So for us, the design process always starts with the material in mind. Most of our current collection is inspired by our family’s wardrobe, but also from our travels together (my mother is a flight attendant) and our surroundings in general.
For us here at Aequem sustainability is everything. Tell us what sustainability means to you and arkitaip?
At arkitaip, we pledge to take the responsible path to reach our goals with the environment as our first and foremost consideration for everything we do. We are committed to reduce the environmental impact of our actions wherever possible.
Our brand was born out of the idea to make clothing which tells a story to foster a relationship between the garment and its wearer. By creating pieces which are made of 100% linen, a natural and very durable material, we hope that our pieces will one day be passed on from mother to daughter, from generation to generation instead of landing on landfills … Ultimately, we hope to make our arkitaip-family and beyond aware of the detrimental effects the fashion industry has on the environment and to motivate them to buy less and live and breathe a more conscious life.
How or where do you like to wear your pieces?
To be honest, I wear them all day every day … at the moment I love wearing the Zeynep worker’s suit with a turtleneck underneath, a pair of Doc Marten’s and a biker-jacket to the office – and if I go out after a day of work, I quickly change into a more elegant pair of boots.
We started arkitaip with the idea in mind that our pieces must be trans-occasional – so depending on the occasion and your mood you can dress the pieces up or down and give them your personal note.
Okay, so now more about you…
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I usually start my day with a run, dance class or a yoga session – and then I have a big, big coffee (or two ;)).
If you could wear only one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? (not including your fave pieces from your label, obviously.)
I think I’d go for a pair of Levi’s vintage jeans, a turtleneck, and a pair of boots – and lots and lots of jewelry – kind of works for any occasion.
If you were a celebrity, who would you be?
Mhm – I know this may sound weird, but I’m quite happy to be who I am.
Out of your current collection, which is your favourite piece and why?
I’d say the Zeynep worker’s suit for its versatility.
It has been great getting to know more about you and arkitaip, if you could give one piece of advice to our readers to take away with them, what would it be?
Reflect upon every choice you make on a day-to-day basis and be aware that any action triggers a reaction. Having said this, know that your buying choices can truly have an impact on our environment. Buy less and instead invest in a high-quality, longer-lasting wardrobe consisting of a few staple pieces – or buy vintage. Stop buying fast-fashion and garments which are made of synthetic fibers - if they are, go for the recycled version of it. Plus, wash your clothing on a lower temperature and start using a microplastics-filter bag when washing synthetic garments.
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Aequem team x x