Designing for Forever
Every year in Australia, $500m worth of clothing is sent to the tip. The fast fashion model is a major contributor to the global landfill crises, with unrecovered textiles creating 4-5% of landfill in Australia. It’s an unsustainable system that we’re determined to help change. Every single Kuwaii piece is designed in our Brunswick studio, by our designer/owner Kristy, and our brand manager Averil. We carefully consider the pieces in our ranges – nothing is produced unless it has an important place to fill in our product range.
We design with forever in mind. Nowhere is this more evident than in our range of “Classics”. These are our best-selling pieces that we continue from season in and season out, and which create the basis of each Kuwaii collection. Our pieces are beautiful and timeless, made to last with the wearer and to be loved through their lifetime. Nothing makes us happier than seeing Kuwaii pieces passed on from one friend or family member to another, taking with it years of memories and life.
Every single Kuwaii design is born from a dislike of excess and mass production, and desire for quality, timelessness, simple beauty and practicality. Each piece is carefully considered with our customer in mind: how will she wear it, how useful is it to her, and how long will she be able to wear it for? Practicality, elegance, comfort and attention to detail are at the foundation of our design philosophy. We want our garments to be timeless and adaptable, so we design many of our pieces with elements of versatility, giving our customers a range of different ways they could wear them – this increases the life of the garment and means that it can be worn in many different ways, for different occasions.
We have a healthy and realistic idea of the female form, and it’s important to us that our collections reflect the beautiful diversity of our customers. Our shapes work well on women’s bodies – they are fitting, flattering, and impart a sense of confidence for women of many shapes and sizes. Our pieces are tailored carefully so that they can flatter a women’s body through various stages of her life, and these stages include pregnancy and breastfeeding, both of which we cater for in our product range. In 2018 we were proud to begin the expansion of our size range, with the inclusion of a size 4 and a size 16.
Kuwaii garments are designed to stay away from landfill. We believe that well-made clothing, in timeless designs, that are worn properly and cared for properly, should have an incredibly long lasting useful life. We also believe in re-purposing the materials of our garments once their useful life is over – such as our weaving collaboration with Maryanne Moodie where she turned our fabric scraps into woven art. We also offer a lifelong repairs program on our clothing and footwear, as well as running the educational program Wear, Care, Repair. to help to shift our customers towards the mindset of buying less and caring for what they have. You can see more information on these programs here