Because it’s Cool
Valentina Karellas creates bold statement knitwear from surplus yarn, meaning each design is a unique combination of threads. She was was recently voted in the list of Top 40 British Knitwear Designers by Make it British.
Chunky monochrome stripes dominate sleeves, while veins of bright blue, burnt orange or canary yellow add a relief of colour. Delicate strings hang loose from the seams, creating a disheveled but chic look.
Tube dresses are knitted in bold blocks of colour, keeping you cozy while making a statement.
There’s also a collection of refined beanies and mittens for a more paired-down winter ensemble.
Because it Matters
Working out of a small studio in North West London, Valentina Karellas uses surplus yarn from UK factories to create her abstract designs. With care and consideration Valentina Karellas minimises waste when it comes to the designing and manufacturing process.
As a result of large companies over-ordering or over-producing, excess yarn often goes to waste. However, by purchasing overstocked yarns to hand-make her jumpers, Valentina Karellas is helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Re-using what’s already available also cuts out the need to produce new yarns.
By working with UK suppliers, Valentina Karellas is able to visit the Midland-based yarn factory often and build a good relationship with the family-run business.
Karellas is also in contact with the Scottish spinners that produce her cashmere yarn out of Mongolian goat herders. The goat farmers use sustainable herding and grazing practices, promote high standards of animal welfare, and work to protect the traditional way of life within nomadic communities.
Having this direct contact with suppliers means Valentina Karellas can ensure a transparent and ethical supply chain.
Did you know?
Valentina Karellas is part of the Lone Design Club Collective.
Images: Yoshitaka Kono, model Julia Leeward; Wolf & badger Studios, model Fyela