Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on April 18, 2008
After writing about The House of Organic Sustainable Fashion Show held at the Gold LEED certified Haworth studios in NYC earlier this year, one designer that caught my eye and then stuck in my mind was Swedish label Righteous. Their ultra feminine jersey knits in autumnal hues, cinched at the waist and sporting to-die-for bows were adorable. What’s more, the dresses looked as comfortable to wear as they were fashionable. I was obsessed and needed to know more.
A picture may tell a thousand word, but actual words are also handy when doing research. My first port of call was the Righteous website, which I discovered to my dismay was entirely in Swedish. The closest I’ve ever come to speaking Swedish is buying a lamp from IKEA. Hmmm. My colleague referred me to Babelfish (the website that translate entire websites — which is brilliant), but they didn’t seem to offer Swedish. Stumped again.
But as it turned out, being faced with a website in an alien language had an upside. After much contemplation, I think I learnt my first two Swedish words: I’m (almost) certain Hösten means Fall and Våren means Spring.
Luckily, Inhabitat finally shed some light on the matter. Malmö-based Righteous was founded back in 2004 by two former human rights law students, Paula Kermfors and Kajsa Holst. Each season, they work with different designers to create a variety of eco-chic, ethically fabulous designs. Katarina Vickovic was the brains behind the Fall 2008 collection (or should I say Hösten 2008 collection?).
With human rights law degrees and an eye for sartorial excellence, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next from the girls from Malmö. Translation services perhaps?