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Conscious and ethical fashion, 100% made in Europe, in small ateliers, helping the unemployed and showcasing young artists
Conscious and ethical fashion, 100% made in Europe, in small ateliers, helping the unemployed and showcasing young artists
Conscious and ethical fashion, 100% made in Europe, in small ateliers, helping the unemployed and showcasing young artists
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  • WHERE DO our clothes really COME FROM?
  • WHAT DO the labels on our favorite clothes really MEAN?

Hi, we're Corina (an architect), and Federica (a fashion product manager). When we asked ourselves these questions, we realized that we didn't like the answers, and that it was time for us to do things differently, ourselves. So we created WAVELENGTH: a dynamic collective of young creative minds based in Brussels, Belgium.

We are a social project: We work with unemployed people and we promote fair working conditions.

We are a sustainable project: we promote traceability, we source and produce in small batches 100% locally in Europe.

We are an artistic project: we give the chance to young artists to showcase their work through our clothes and objects.


WAVELENGTH - Collective of Creative Minds
WAVELENGTH - Collective of Creative Minds

 This is a turning point campaign for our label. We are 100% Made in Europe and we are actively promoting traceability in fashion. We want to engage people to reflect and, by helping small labels like us to break through, OUR BACKERS become part of the change. We are David against Goliath (slow fashion and socially conscious aware people vs. profit-driven and mass production-oriented corporations), but we believe that many Davids can overturn Goliath.

For the 2017 collection, we use unique printed fabrics with patterns that are designed by our artists for WAVELENGTH only, produced in limited quantities, thus making our pieces one-of-a-kind collectors' items.

MEET THE ARTIST - Aurélie Carnoy /// video by cloud machine

Aurélie Carnoy is the creator of the Marble pattern. A Belgian textile designer, Aurélie developed her passion for threads and yarns at the young age of 12, and since then she has not stopped knitting, crocheting, screen-printing and designing. Her designs are to be found here aureliecarnoy.be and we had a hard time making up our minds on what to choose for our 2017 collection.

MEET THE ARTIST - Diam Coly /// video by cloud machine

Diam Coly is the creator of the Concrete Tray.  Parisian born and Brussels adopted, Diam has started her creative career with a collection of up-cycled furniture. But it's with concrete that she has really fallen in love.  Through her skillful use of colors and gilding, Diam has given new life to this rough material. You can find her collection  of planters, mirrors, lamps and others design objects here: Les Pieds de Biche

MEET THE ARTIST - Kim Vande Pitte /// video by cloud machine

Kim Vande Pitte is the creator of Moiré Triangles pattern. She is a young textile designer based in Brussels who has been producing amazing textiles in her atelier since 2012. Her work explores the infinite possibilities offered by straight lines, alternating simplicity and intricate designs, and using both screen and digital printing techniques.Kim's patterns can be found here kvp-textile-design.com.

MEET THE ARTIST - Valeria Pigozzi /// video by cloud machine

Valeria Pigozzi is the creator of Col Moore illustration, better known as the Mountain illustration, for our 2017 collection. Architect and keen illustrator, Valeria turns the world into lines, dots, and black & white tones. Her love of nature shows in all her work. Vale (for friends) exhibits some of her illustrations here: valeworks.portfoliobox.net.

Take a closer look at our work also on www.wavelength.be

Corina and Federica - founding partners and designers of WAVELENGTH
Corina and Federica - founding partners and designers of WAVELENGTH

 

WAVELENGTH stands for slow fashion.

Slow fashion means designing, creating, and buying quality clothes that are made to last. Slow fashion encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste.

Preview of the up-coming 2017 WAVELENGTH collection
Preview of the up-coming 2017 WAVELENGTH collection

 

WAVELENGTH stands for traceability.

When your dress says 'Made in France' or 'Made in Italy', that's not always the case: it will often have been made cheaply and under poor labor conditions outside Europe, but finished and packaged in Europe so it can get that label. And you don't even know where the fabric comes from and how it was made.

WAVELENGTH's solution >>> you can trust our labels, which clearly tell you where your clothing was made, where the fabric came from and who designed the fabric pattern for us. You get the full story behind each of our pieces.

TRACEABILITY
TRACEABILITY

WAVELENGTH stands for social responsability.

Belgium and the European Union have a long textile tradition, but in the last decades employment in this sector has steadily decreased. Every time a specialized atelier closes its doors, we not only lose jobs but also know-how. And it is notoriously tough to get a job in the creative industries, especially for young people: designers all too often find themselves working for free or paid very little.

WAVELENGTH's solution >>> we reached out to a social integration atelier in Brussels, RecréArt. Here, people on welfare, are trained to go back into the job market. At RecréArt, we actually get to meet the people who physically create our pieces. Like this we can match a face to each garment that has been tailored for us. For the most intricate patterns, we work with a Brussels-based technical studio. Production takes place in small batches within Europe. Our creative minds are also all local: our textile designers, illustrators, knitters and product designers based in Brussels.

SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY
SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY

WAVELENGTH stands for sustainability.

Fast fashion clothing collections are based on the most recent fashion trends. They are designed and manufactured quickly and cheaply, often in developing countries where workers are underpaid. Quality is sacrificed for the cheapest price, for high-volume mass production. This has a huge impact on the environment. 

WAVELENGTH's solution >>> we make one capsule collection per year with limited quantities. This works because our clothes can be worn in all seasons. This slow fashion approach means that we can closely follow all the phases of the design and production process. We give ourselves the TIME to source the best fabrics and best producers in the European Union to fully study our prototypes, to innovate, to get feedback from our users and to react on this feedback. We only work with partners within the EU and who are certified by OEKO-TEX® for product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry.

SUSTAINABILITY
SUSTAINABILITY

 We want everyone to know their own beauty. We are body-positive, and we reject unattainable beauty standards touted by the media. We make clothes for everybody who wants beauty and comfort in their lives.

 

Jellyfish top - Network Bomber - Armadillo Top
Jellyfish top - Network Bomber - Armadillo Top

 

                           

Armadillo Top - Silk scarf worn as headband - Postman Backpack
Armadillo Top - Silk scarf worn as headband - Postman Backpack

 

  

Mountain Dress
Mountain Dress

 

 

Network Bomber - Jellyfish Top
Network Bomber - Jellyfish Top

 

 

Mountain Kimono
Mountain Kimono

 

 

Grizzly Coat
Grizzly Coat

 

 

 Complete 2017 collection overview, with fabric indications, here below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Take a closer look at our work on www.wavelength.be

This is a turning point campaign for our label. We are 100% Made in Europe and we are actively promoting traceability in fashion. We want to engage people to reflect and, by helping small labels like us to break through, OUR BACKERS become part of the change. We are David against Goliath (slow fashion and socially conscious aware people vs. profit-driven and mass production-oriented corporations), but we believe that  many Davids can overturn Goliath.

All of this care comes with a cost, and that’s why we need people like you who believe in our initiative.

The money you pledge will cover the expenses generated by the design and production of the 2017 WAVELENGTH collection. This includes:

  • Fabric cost (high quality fabrics, raw and digitally printed).
  • The production of garments at the social atelier based in Brussels and in the other highly specialized ateliers elsewhere in the EU.
  • The works of our artists.
  • The digital development of our sewing patterns.
  • Kickstarter campaign rewards.
  • Kickstarter fees.

 

KICKSTARTER funds distribution
KICKSTARTER funds distribution

 

For the 2017 collection, we use unique printed fabrics with patterns that are designed by our artists for WAVELENGTH only, produced in limited quantities, thus making our pieces one-of-a-kind collectors' items. And you have the chance to own one of these pieces, made with exceptional European craftmanship and know-how!

But above all, you will help people who are unemployed to get back on their feet. And you will know that you have contributed to a collective of creators who bring value back to the community. 

Your contribution will get you as rewards our tops, dresses or coats; (see the complete collection table above) and design objects: scarves, belts, dresses, tote bags, agendas.

A5 Agenda /// Made in Belgium /// Illustrations by Valeria Pigozzi and Aurélie Carnoy
A5 Agenda /// Made in Belgium /// Illustrations by Valeria Pigozzi and Aurélie Carnoy

 

A2 poster /// Made in Italy /// Illustration by Valeria Pigozzi
A2 poster /// Made in Italy /// Illustration by Valeria Pigozzi

 

Cotton tote bag /// Made in Italy /// Illustration by Valeria Pigozzi
Cotton tote bag /// Made in Italy /// Illustration by Valeria Pigozzi

 

100% Silk scarves /// digitally printed and sourced in the UK /// Illustrations by Aurélie Carnoy and Valeria Pigozzi
100% Silk scarves /// digitally printed and sourced in the UK /// Illustrations by Aurélie Carnoy and Valeria Pigozzi

 

100% Vegetable-tanned leather belt with metallic buckle /// Made in the UK by horse saddle artisans
100% Vegetable-tanned leather belt with metallic buckle /// Made in the UK by horse saddle artisans

 

Tray /// Made in Belgium /// Concrete tray (50 x 30 cm) from wavelength 2017 collection
Tray /// Made in Belgium /// Concrete tray (50 x 30 cm) from wavelength 2017 collection

* We ship worldwide - custom fees not included.

** Many of our collection pieces are unique, due to the placement of the digital pattern and the way the fabric is cut.

We work as a collective, in a flexible manner. Each of us has their own creative business outside of WAVELENGTH, but we also choose to pour our time and skills into WAVELENGTH yearly collection. We share part of our resources and we get to advance together as a stronger team in this way. The idea is to work in synergy at all times:

                                                  

Valeria Pigozzi
Valeria Pigozzi

Valeria Pigozzi is the creator of Col Moore illustration. Architect and keen illustrator, Valeria turns the world into lines, dots, and black & white tones. Her love of nature shows in all her work. Vale (for friends) exhibits some of her illustrations here: valeworks.portfoliobox.net.

Kim Vande Pitte
Kim Vande Pitte

Kim Vande Pitte is the creator of Moiré Triangles pattern. She is a young textile designer based in Brussels who has been producing amazing textiles in her atelier since 2012. Her work explores the infinite possibilities offered by straight lines, alternating simplicity and intricate designs, and using both screen and digital printing techniques.Kim's patterns can be found here kvp-textile-design.com.

Aurélie Carnoy
Aurélie Carnoy

Aurélie Carnoy is the creator of Marble pattern. A Belgian textile designer, Aurélie developed her passion for threads and yarns at the young age of 12, and since then she has not stopped knitting, crocheting, screen-printing and designing. Her designs are to be found here aureliecarnoy.be and we had a hard time making up our minds on what to choose for our 2017 collection.

Diam Coly
Diam Coly

Diam Coly, the founder of Les Pieds de Biche and a fierce upcycler, gives a new life to concrete with her skillful use of colors, gilding and geometrical patterns. She is the creator of the beautiful concrete trays that are part of our design objects collection.Her work is featured here lespiedsdebiche.be.

Andrés Gómez and Alexandru Poliac
Andrés Gómez and Alexandru Poliac

 Alexandru Poliac and Andrés Gómez are the masterminds behind Cloud Machine, video production company based in Brussels. They have been working unceasingly to beautifully translate our ideas on video. Without their talent and skills, we would not have been able to show you how the WAVELENGTH collective works. Find their amazing work at cloudmachine.be/

Federica Richiardone and Corina Pitic
Federica Richiardone and Corina Pitic

Corina Pitic and Federica Richiardone are the founders of WAVELENGTH and the creators of each collection. Both avid design consumers, they decided to join forces and expertise in 2015 to create a project that could help designers and artists to ‘showcase’ their talents.

Risks and challenges

Fashion products usually have a short life cycle, which increases the challenges of NEW product development. Hence, unforeseen obstacles, production delays, increased costs, and difficulty in scheduling may arise.

WAVELENGTH's main risks and challenges are:

• MANUFACTURING and DELIVERY: by producing smaller quantities, production time is longer as manufacturers need to give priority to bigger volume. Knowing this, we have purposefully stretched our anticipated delivery periods.
• DIGITAL PRINT INCONGRUITIES: printing fabrics is a complex process and results can vary from supplier to supplier. That’s why we have selected different companies to work with for different fabrics, and we have already been running several print tests in order to be sure of the final results.
• SIZING: we offer 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Since sizes vary from country to country globally, please contact us for more details on actual fit.

If any delays do occur, we will keep you informed on our progress and we will work hard to get the pieces into your hands as soon as we can.

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    Pledge €10 or more About $11

    Thank you!

    Thank you for supporting what we do! You will receive - as WALLPAPER DESKTOP - the beautiful Mountain illustration by our artist, Valeria Pigozzi.

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    Pledge €25 or more About $26

    POSTER and AGENDA

    Enjoy our POSTER and for the AGENDA, you can choose between the beautiful Mountain illustration by our artist, Valeria Pigozzi or the Marble pattern by Aurélie Carnoy. Your name will also appear on our website as official sponsor! And we hope to see you at our official end-of-campaign party in Brussels.

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    • A2 Mountain Poster
    • A5 Agenda with our Mountain or Marble illustration
    • Sponsor name on our website
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
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    Pledge €50 or more About $53

    TOTE BAG and AGENDAS

    You will receive our printed cotton TOTE BAG and you won't have to choose between the two illustrations, because you can have BOTH AGENDAS.

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    • The Mountain Tote Bag
    • A2 Mountain Poster
    • A5 Agenda with our Mountain or Marble illustration
    • Sponsor name on our website
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    Pledge €75 or more About $79

    CONCRETE TRAY

    Diam Coly contributed to our 2017 collection with her playful concrete tray (50 x 30 cm). The red marble-like pattern varies from piece to piece, making each one unique.

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    • Concrete tray
    • A5 Agenda with our Mountain or Marble illustration
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
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    LEATHER BELT

    You will get our vegetable tanned LEATHER BELT, made in the UK by experienced horse saddle artisans.
    Future price will be €99 + shipping + handling

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    • 100% Vegetable tanned leather belt
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
    • Sponsor name on our website
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    Pledge €100 or more About $106

    SILK SCARF

    Embellish your outfit with our 100% SILK SCARVES (1m x 1m), made in the UK. You can also choose either the Mountain or the Marble illustration.
    Future price will be €125 + shipping + handling

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    • 100% Silk Scarf
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
    • Sponsor name on our website
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    Pledge €125 or more About $132

    ARMADILLO TOP

    Enjoy one of our 100% SILK ORGANZA pieces, made by our friends at the social atelier RecréArt in Brussels.

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    • Armadillo Top
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
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    Pledge €175 or more About $185

    JELLYFISH TOP

    Enjoy one of our 100% SILK ORGANZA pieces, made by our friends at the social atelier RecréArt in Brussels. We will also wlecome you at our Brussels atelier for an exclusive tour of past, current and futue collections and a look into "behind the scenes work".

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    • Jellyfish Top
    • Atelier visit for 2 persons
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
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    Pledge €250 or more About $264

    DRESS

    You can choose any of our 2017 collection DRESSES, made out of cotton and wool, and bearing the exquisite works of our artists.

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    • Dress
    • Atelier visit for 2 persons
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    Pledge €350 or more About $370

    BOMBER JACKET

    The NETWORK BOMBER JACKET comes in two variants: 100% silk organza or poly dim out technical fabric, both with leather sleeve patches. Join us for a brunch at our atelier in Brussels and discover what we're up to next!

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    • The Network Bomber Jacket
    • Atelier visit for 2 persons
    • Brunch for 2 persons
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    Pledge €500 or more About $529

    COAT

    Take a seat at our next photo shoot session in Brussels this year! As reward for your pledge you can choose from our selection of COATS made from Italian wool and Dutch cotton fabric.

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    • Coat
    • Photo shoot invitation for 2 persons
    • Desktop Wallpaper of Mountain illustration
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    Pledge €750 or more About $793

    DRESS and COAT

    Take a seat at our next photo shoot session in Brussels this year! As reward for your pledge you can choose from our selection of COATS and DRESSES.

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    • Coat
    • Dress
    • Photo shoot invitation for 2 persons
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    Pledge €1,000 or more About $1,058

    DRESS and COAT and JELLYFISH TOP

    If you are a fan of our work but you're not sure what to choose, why not taking away the trio DRESS, COAT and JELLYFISH TOP, for three complete WAVELENGTH signature looks.

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    • Dress
    • Jellyfish Top
    • Coat
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