The List: Top Portuguese Designers of Slow Style
Meet The Portuguese New Wave
Of Slow Style
They produce locally and nurture the traditional artisanal techniques and craftsmanship of their native country. Our favourite Portuguese designer labels that are reviving an industry of small- scale manufacturing whilst carefully creating beautiful objects and garments:
HIBU was founded in 2012 by newly graduated Marta Gonçalves, who was soon joined by Gonçalo Páscoa. The Lisbon based design duo share the belief that gender is not relevant in the creation of a garment. All of their de-constructed unisex looks are handmade by Portuguese seamstresses and the fabrics are sourced from Portuguese mills.
Reality Studio is a slow fashion brand based in Porto, designing contemporary clothing of high quality. Designer Svenja Specht started up some years ago in Berlin but recently moved to be closer to her Portuguese manufacturers. Her interest in genuine craftsmanship and longevity makes her question fast fashion trends and mass production methods.
Rita Dixo and Filipa Alves run the one-of-a-kind concept store and clothing label of the same name. They are great curators of all things beautiful
and strongly believe in local and artisanal production. Their clothing is made locally in small runs in nearby Matosinhos with deadstock fabrics
sourced from Portuguese factories.
SUL bags are designed as long-lasting items to get passed on through generations. They are handmade by artisans and manufactured in small editions. All leathers used are naturally tanned and they age beautifully through touch, sun and rain.