Cotton? No, it’s virgin wool.
At a first glance this jacket without cuffs and a stand-up collar looks like it might be made of cotton jersey. But the fabric is pure virgin wool, spun and woven by the weaving mill Gebrüder Mehler in the Upper Palatinate. Elsien Gringhuis is known for using unusual material in a surprising way like this. A pattern detail is also notable: The reach-in pockets are closed with zippers in the side seams, withdrawing from sight.
The most from the least. Fashion by Elsien Gringhuis.
Striking minimalism characterizes the fashion of Elsien Gringhuis from the Netherlands. But what seems simple at first glance turns out to be astonishingly complex when closely examined. An unusual fold in the fabric here, a rounded off corner there, or fine geometric elements: these are designs where perfection pervades to the level of detail. Designs employing basic elements, which transcend seasonal collections. That’s how Elsien Gringhuis resists the short half-life of the fashion industry. The classical colors of blue, grey and black support the clear, enduring lines. Elsien Gringhuis‘ complex designs are both functional and can be worn for different several occasions because their designer always wants to extract the most from the least, which is why she takes care to create with as little waste as possible. The following pieces are made of wool, in her own studios in the Netherlands.