May 11, 2014 Clothes, Fashion
By Smitha Sadanandan, Eluxe Magazine
One minute it’s freezing, then the sun makes an appearance and you’re boiling. You leave for work in the chilly morning hours and by lunchtime you’re regretting the heavy jumper and wool trousers you put on earlier. Welcome to spring dressing!
The best solution for avoiding these problems is, of course, to dress in layers, so this season, we’ve chosen five sumptuous eco knitwear brands that are perfect for this in-between weather.
These styles truly celebrate innovation and sustainability, and are comprised of some of the most sumptuous fabrics around.
UK-based Arlette Lee creates Andean style capes called Ruanas and SnugaLees for her namesake line. The collection is crafted in baby alpaca yarn by traditional Peruvian craftsmen.
Arltette Lee’s SS14 collection has a palette of brighter colours in shades of blue and purple as well as classic earth tones. Arlette has been inspired by cities like London, Italy and Peru with the classic and eclectic mix of colours that people wear everyday.
Lee says “We work exclusively with 100 per cent pure organic, certified, fair-trade Alpaca from Peru to create timeless wardrobe staples. Designers often use Alpaca yarn in their garments but only as a blend and marketed it as an ‘Alpaca coat.’ Our focus is on creating authentic capsule wardrobe pieces that last and feel so good on you that you don’t want to leave home without them, be it a SnugaLee or a Ruana. The challenge is to educate people to buy quality pieces, rather than fast fashion which has little intrinsic value – less is more.”