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 chic look with a hint of the disheveled.
Tube dresses are knitted in bold blocks of colour, while refined beanies and mittens offer a more paired-down cosy 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 design and manufacturing process.
Because large companies over-order materials and over-produce garments, excess yarn often goes to waste. By purchasing overstocked yarns to hand-make her jumpers, Valentina Karellas is helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Re-using what’s already available also cuts out the need to produce new yarns.
Valentina Karellas visits the Midland-based yarn factory often and has a good relationship with the family-run business.
Karellas is also in contact with the Scottish spinners that produce her yarn with cashmeere from 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 FyelaVisit Valentina Karellas