ORES is a small independent fashion label established by Lisa Thörnqvist in 2018. Founded in Sweden, ORES focuses on high quality, natural and sustainable textiles. Thörnqvist has an extensive background in textile, product development and production and has a passion for developing unique fabric from natural fibers.
The name, ORES refers to the Kiruna Iron Ore, which is a very important natural resource in Sweden. The ORES philosophy is to create beautiful designs, in a sustainable, ethical and socially responsible nature.
Each ORES collection begins with the materials. The ORES team work hard to develop exclusive fibre compositions and strive for ultimate softness and texture in each piece. ORES aim to take conscious and sustainable decisions, using organic, eco-friendly materials and sourcing particular suppliers and alternative methods. Their mission is to minimise harmful treatments and chemicals in the clothing manufacturing process.
The brand’s Scandinavian origins are evident throughout its minimal designs. Clean lines, muted colours are featured throughout the collection. The ORES collection is made for the environmentally-conscious fashion lover.
ORES believes that the manufacturing of clothing should be produced in a responsible way. Finding the best sustainable solution is a constant factor for the brand. ORES develops its knitwear with a yarn company who have a strong Animal Rights stance and a focus on ethically produced materials. All wool is traceable. No animals are harmed or ill treated.
ORES are very concerned with harmful chemicals featured in the production of clothing items in the fashion industry. That’s why ORES takes care in sourcing fabrics that use minimal chemicals in the production and dying process and aim to use less water and energy. ORES find high quality options for trims, such as using wooden buttons instead of plastic. Many of the fabrics used in the collections have OEKO-TEXT and/or meet Global Organic Textile Standard.
Eco Garment Care
ORES believes that everyone can do their part to help the planet. All of ORES’s product care instructions are environmentally friendly. High quality fibres such as wool and silk, often just need to air, to keep fresh and clean. The best thing for these fibres, and the planet, is to wash by hand in cold water.
Use a mild silk/wool soap or detergent. Do not leave to soak for too long. Knitwear should lay out to dry. Woven garments can hang out to dry and then e gentry ironed, if needed. If you get stains, use a stain removal before washing. There are many natural stain removers that works efficiently. If you choose to dry clean your garments, please make sure to pick a ”green” company, that is not using Tetrachloroethylene, or any other harmful chemicals.
Design Story - Eco Print Dress
An ORES feature clothing item is the Eco Print Dress. The fabric that this dress consists of has been coloured and decorated using fresh flower petals. This is a sustainable way to print colour and of course, is very beautiful. Natural coloring is ideal since it doesn’t use excessive energy, water or chemicals in the process.
Together with Contemporary-Craft, USA, a Fair Trade Federation certified company, and Magan Sangrhalaya, a Non-Government Organisation based in central India, ORES was able to produce this natural coloured fabric. ORES designed the colours and patterns and researched what materials and flowers that should be used to produce the best result. ORES had to patiently wait for the right time in the season to pick fresh marigold flower and dhwari to get the exact yellow and brown colours that they were after.
The final print is hand crafted by artisans in Nagpur. Using traditional and indigenous techniques, flowers are spread over the fabric and then tightly rolled, tied with string and steamed. Fabric is then unrolled and washed using mild soap and cold water. The colour is then fixed by boiling the fabric using Alum, a natural fixing agent. Eco-printing draws pigments from plants and flowers to make patterns. This process in time consuming and the result of the pattern varies, this however ensures that each item is unique and hand crafted.