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Have you ever wondered what knitwear brands can offer customers during warmer seasons? Brooklyn-based knitwear designer and teacher Mandy Kordal has all the answers for you: the SS16 collection of her namesake label Kordal is an exciting exploration of delicate knitting techniques with natural fibres such as alpaca, which can have both a cooling, as well as a warming effect - perfect for in-between seasons!

Her simple, often loose-fitting designs in elegant navies, rich burgundies and a variety of subtle beiges, perfectly contrast one another in a timelessly chic way. There are also few carefully, yet effectively added embellishments here and there, like the slim fringing on the crop top below, making this collection both fun and unique, without going over the top.

For those of you who are new to Kordal, founder Mandy is highly committed to keeping her brand's production process as sustainable as possible. Sewn garments are made at the BF+DA (Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, founded by the Pratt Institute, NYC), of which Kordal is a venture fellow since 2014. While pieces knitted to their final shape are made with so-called whole garment machines (Shima Seiki) by expert knitters in NYC,  creating zero waste. Leftovers from previous collections on the other hand, are  recycled into new projects, or donated to The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn).

Last year Kordal also established a new collaboration with a knitwear business run by local women in Lima (Peru), who knit the brand's alpaca sweaters and accessories on handloom machines. 

Everyone involved in the production process of Kordal is paid a fair wage, in and outside the US.

As mentioned earlier, Kordal works with natural fibres wherever possible. Its wool is sourced from different American mills, such as Imperial Stock Ranch in Oregon, which draws on over 140 years' experience, and has been awarded repeatedly for its sustainable farming practices and non-toxic milling. 

Organically grown cotton yarn is sourced from independent farmers in India, through a Swiss enterprise which applies fair trade principles, and eventually dyed in Europe according to strict ecological standards. 

And finally alpaca, known for its properties described above, as well as its low environmental impact, is sourced from mills like Inca Tops in Peru, which is certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

Last but not least, Kordal will soon also help its customers to take better care of their garments by selling a selection of The Laundress products. A free trial packet of the wool & cashmere shampoo will be gifted with each purchase.

All images via KORDAL

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