Milena Silvano's work defies traditional definition. For the East Sussex-based maker, sustainability is inherent to good design. Inspired largely by the concepts of ecofeminism, her work pleasantly blurs the lines between couture and craftsmanship. With a focus on traditional techniques, handmade patchwork, and reclaimed natural materials, Milena's collections link woman and earth, earth and woman.
Silvano's aesthetic evolved organically and almost accidentally. In 2011 she stripped down a handful of vintage coats and used the cut-offs to create an intricate patchwork. From this experimentation, Milena's first collection emerged. Central to her offering is the now iconic Diamond Kimono which Silvano has been producing since 2014. For those who own them, these coats become the garment around which all other sartorial decisions revolve.
In addition to her line of shearling outerwear made in England, Milena also offers a range of knitwear from Peru and separates from India. All are ethically produced using local elements. CASA, Silvano's line of home goods, is crafted exclusively from dead-stock materials. Her wholesale collection, which is released annually, is made using responsibly-sourced hides from Italian tanneries.
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