Irina Kaldewey - Artist and Fashion Designer
The wish of Berlin artist and designer Irina Kaldewey was to create a valuable garment. The story began with intensive research what defines a valuable garment. A truthful committed love story begun when the artist opened the first delivery package with the white baby brushed alpaca yarn. It was soft, hairy, fine chic and white like snow. An unstoppable desire to make this into something valuable also for friends and others. Her inspiration is the quality of good craftsmanship, that is the essence which all our products are designed with. She made her dream come true and decided to open her own business in 2019. We made a manifesto for the company what is an ongoing process to define the sustainable goals that are important to us, and we would like to invite you to be part of it and join us in it.
1. The handwriting of each of our craftsmen stands for the originality of our products. Specially the imperfection makes every piece what it is, unique. The manufacture of each product is handmade with love for a good product which is made with a strong passion for quality and aesthetic. This passion and promise is what you buy with every piece.
2. The careful choices for every single part in the design makes our products so precious. We choose the people we work with as carefully as our materials. As we have chosen quality as the most important foundation for our philosophy, our employees have to fulfil this quality. And at the same time they should get this quality back through very good pay, very good communication and very good relationships with each other. This cycle of giving and taking enables us to manufacture products with such high quality standards. And this is the next important stone for Irina Kaldewey, the respect of humans. That is the promise we give to you.
3. After very intense research we choose for weaving our super soft scarfs the alpaca fiber. The alpaca yarn is very soft and has very special properties due to the structure of the fiber which is hollow inside. This is why the fiber is insulating, cooling in summer and warm in winter. This is due to the special weather conditions the alpaca is exposed to. For our classic white items, we use the Baby Brushed Alpaca yarn, we chose of its amazing appearance like a mohair and it comes of course with sustainable standard, with a Oeko Tex Standard certification. The white alpaca fiber is undyed and only one of the natural fur nuances of the alpaca. Mauricio from the yarn manufacture is our man who helped to make it happen, and so we can bring that exceptional yarn to you.
2014 - 2019
University of Applied Science Berlin
2006 - 2012
Berlin University of the Arts
Fashion Show Amfi , Amsterdam Fashion Institut
Fashion Show Unknownymous , Festsaal Kreuzberg
Master Class Exhibition, Berlin University of the Arts
Degree Exhibition, Berlin University of the Arts
Berlin and Lisbon