I am creating clothes which are neither super cheap nor wildly expensive but instead feel like I am special. It is also about buying an achievable investment.

By supporting an individual designer it also helps to make my shopping experience feel very personal because they produce in such minimal quantities.

This is an opulent lifestyle message I want to keep putting out there regarding buying clothing locally from small artisans.

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In me buying from this individual designer it brings food on the table for her here in Italy. With my digital experience, I can get her work noticed locally. The knitwear designer lives 5km down the road so my carbon footprint is very minimal regarding sustainability fashion. I don’t consume a lot of fuel power to get my knitwear created for me.

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I am surrounded by so many olive trees which reminds me of how I need to take care regarding mother natures gifts to mankind.

Wool Is Sustainable

I am in Tuscany Italy and am surrounded by endless amounts of green.

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I decided to design a wool blanket cape to match the moss green trees I live around. I was inspired by this bright colour. During a pandemic, it is important to choose colours that bring a smile on my face.

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My wool message of how the wool I buy, will endure years of wearing. In doing so my wool will help protect this tree I so love.

The clothes I choose to buy is all about how serious I am regarding being kind to the earth.

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Thanks to where I am living here in Tuscany I am surrounded by flowers and nature which is also helping my mental health and stress levels. During this crazy world of uncertainty. Fashion is my passion and everything made in Italy is why I am investing in wool designers.

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Wool Is Biodegradable

Wool is a natural and renewable resource. As long as there is grass to eat, sheep will continue to produce wool. When wool is disposed of, it will naturally decompose in soil in a matter of months or years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth.

This tree in Tuscany is 150years old. This is why I am wearing wool. My wool blanket will allow this tree to live in a healthy world.

It is such a special and precious tree and that comes down to how well-loved it has been over all these years.

Wearing wool is a lifestyle of connecting with mother nature. By buying wool it is a message of working together with natural fibres that need looking after.

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Moss Green

The design of my moss green blanket cape is not what I chose. I asked for a poncho.  But the designer has never knitted using this wool before. This particular wool stretches and on this occasion, we used far too much wool, hence it turned into a blanket cape.

So the blanket cape needs a professional haute couture makeover to make it very stunning. To give it more style and shape.

This is going to be so much fun. As the Alta Moda designer has never worked with wool before.

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The return of wool couture is huge for 2021 and we want to explore that.

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How beautiful does it look with this unique one-off moss tree? Nature meets fashion in a sustainable way. This is an excellent example of what smaller fashion brands can do regarding their sustainable message.

I chose to work with wool as its all about buying quality wool items I love to wear.

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This one-off item belongs to me. No one in the world owns this design.

I can assure you 100% I am the first woman in the world to combine this blanket cape with this moss green tree.

It’s my marketing message on how you can inspire others to buy wool.

That is why I encourage anyone to work with knitwear designers during a pandemic. It’s is so rewarding to create items and experiment with wool.

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Underneath is a purple wool merino dress I designed too. It feels so amazing and very warm. I am experimenting with unusual designs using wool and that is really hard to do.

During this process, I am about encouraging you to learn a new skill. Work with wool and learn the art of design and knitwear.

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One of our ideas is to use silk the same as the turban I am wearing to balance out the blanket cape. Would you use silk with wool?

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If you have any design ideas to complete this moss green blanket cape. Please do share.

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Made In Italy

In Italy manufacturing is very strong and it’s important wherever I can with my digital platforms to team up with designers who can help me get my wool message across.

That buying wool is so important in preserving this amazing fabric.

Here in Italy, I am inspired by the lifestyle and the beautiful surroundings of nature itself. That is how I get the wool message across.