Nous Etudions

Nous Etudions

Romina Carillo

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Romina and I am an Argentinean designer. I am vegan and my brand is also vegan and sustainable.
I began designing ten years ago and launched two brands, Grupo 134, in 2010, and Nous Etudions. Grupo 134 was menswear only. Now, at Nous Etudions, we make clothes for everybody. Ten years ago, this concept was hard for people to understand.
I apply my life principles in my brand. I believe in respect and in ethics for everything.
You will be in Paris in September to show the Nous Etudions Pre-Spring 2020 collection. How would you describe it?
We will show our pre-Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 collections in Paris. The summer wardrobe is our collaboration with Nike.
Everything was produced from recycled fabrics. The accessories are made of kombucha, a mushroom turned into a laboratory-made textile and used as a vegan leather.
Our collections were inspired by nature and shapes. We brought these two ideas to life on the runway through the relaxing soundtrack of the show.
Both collections made their runway debut at 080 Barcelona. Why this event and this city in particular?
Because I love Spain! My friend Sol Pardo lives here. She is a hat designer and the founder of the brand Pardo Hats—she also designed the hats worn by our models at our 080 Barcelona fashion show. She moved out here and showed me around, and I told her I loved Spain and wanted to live here too!
I believe in energy. When I read the email inviting me to take part in 080 Barcelona and show my collection, I felt like the universe was answering me.
This was my third presentation outside of Argentina. My first one was in London, UK at the Ones To Watch showcase during Fashion Week. My second one was in Milan, Italy and now in Barcelona.
"I believe in the respect of nature and of all lives. I apply that in my work and I am happy that the whole industry is becoming conscious and starting to take action." [Nous Etudions]
How has the Nous Etudions x Nike collaboration come about?
Nike was interested thanks to my use of recycled fabrics. The Nike Air Max 720, which inspired the collection, is made with 75% of recycled materials.
The Nous Etudions and Nike capsule isn’t just a sneaker collaboration. The clothes are also included. At our 080 Barcelona fashion show, we made a clear distinction between the Nous Etudions collection and the Nike capsule through the change of music, lights and on-screen projections.
What is the release date, and will the collection drop globally?
The capsule will be released in September at stores Stand Up New York, República, Yoox Net-a-Porter and H. Lorenzo.
As an vegan fashion designer, how do you feel about other brands becoming conscious and taking action by stopping the use of fur or starting to use recycled fabrics?
I am very happy about it! It also takes me back when I used to explain to people in the industry that I would use recycled fabrics. They would ask me back, “how are you going to do that? Without leather?” Back then, people were really sceptic. Now, people come to me telling me how smart and necessary my decision was.
As I told earlier, I believe in the respect of nature and of all lives. So I apply that in my work and I am happy that the whole industry is becoming conscious and starting to take action.
Interview by Iggy Nko (@iggynko)
Translation by Eva at XXL Comunicación.

Nous Etudions

Romina Carillo

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Romina and I am an Argentinean designer. I am vegan and my brand is also vegan and sustainable.
I began designing ten years ago and launched two brands, Grupo 134, in 2010, and Nous Etudions. Grupo 134 was menswear only. Now, at Nous Etudions, we make clothes for everybody. Ten years ago, this concept was hard for people to understand.
I apply my life principles in my brand. I believe in respect and in ethics for everything.
You will be in Paris in September to show the Nous Etudions Pre-Spring 2020 collection. How would you describe it?
We will show our pre-Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 collections in Paris. The summer wardrobe is our collaboration with Nike.
Everything was produced from recycled fabrics. The accessories are made of kombucha, a mushroom turned into a laboratory-made textile and used as a vegan leather.
Our collections were inspired by nature and shapes. We brought these two ideas to life on the runway through the relaxing soundtrack of the show.
Both collections made their runway debut at 080 Barcelona. Why this event and this city in particular?
Because I love Spain! My friend Sol Pardo lives here. She is a hat designer and the founder of the brand Pardo Hats—she also designed the hats worn by our models at our 080 Barcelona fashion show. She moved out here and showed me around, and I told her I loved Spain and wanted to live here too!
I believe in energy. When I read the email inviting me to take part in 080 Barcelona and show my collection, I felt like the universe was answering me.
This was my third presentation outside of Argentina. My first one was in London, UK at the Ones To Watch showcase during Fashion Week. My second one was in Milan, Italy and now in Barcelona.
"I believe in the respect of nature and of all lives. I apply that in my work and I am happy that the whole industry is becoming conscious and starting to take action." [Nous Etudions]
How has the Nous Etudions x Nike collaboration come about?
Nike was interested thanks to my use of recycled fabrics. The Nike Air Max 720, which inspired the collection, is made with 75% of recycled materials.
The Nous Etudions and Nike capsule isn’t just a sneaker collaboration. The clothes are also included. At our 080 Barcelona fashion show, we made a clear distinction between the Nous Etudions collection and the Nike capsule through the change of music, lights and on-screen projections.
What is the release date, and will the collection drop globally?
The capsule will be released in September at stores Stand Up New York, República, Yoox Net-a-Porter and H. Lorenzo.
As an vegan fashion designer, how do you feel about other brands becoming conscious and taking action by stopping the use of fur or starting to use recycled fabrics?
I am very happy about it! It also takes me back when I used to explain to people in the industry that I would use recycled fabrics. They would ask me back, “how are you going to do that? Without leather?” Back then, people were really sceptic. Now, people come to me telling me how smart and necessary my decision was.
As I told earlier, I believe in the respect of nature and of all lives. So I apply that in my work and I am happy that the whole industry is becoming conscious and starting to take action.
Interview by Iggy Nko (@iggynko)
Translation by Eva at XXL Comunicación.