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Studio Elsien Gringhuis is a sustainable, high-end fashion label which focuses on the essence of clothes: timeless, clean, chic and minimal. The studio was founded by Elsien Gringhuis who graduated from ArtEz Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, in 2008. Innovative details and Fair Trade and ecological certification set her designs apart. Using such materials as linen, hemp and biodegradable leather, Gringhuis strives for quality in her garments’ design and finish.

The emphasis in Gringhuis’ work is on the design of innovative patterns that produce as little waste as possible. Instead of bringing out a new collection every year, Gringhuis works from a basic collection called Books. New additions to the collection, which Gringhuis calls Chapters, are added organically and continue to be available until all the material in stock has been used up. The label is exclusively produced in the Netherlands to encourage local craftsmanship and to make the entire production chain as sustainable as possible.

Gringhuis was nominated for the Frans Molenaar Prize in 2008 and in 2009 she presented her first collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week. She has won many international fashion awards, including Createurope, Mittelmoda, the Green Fashion Competition, the Fair Luxury Award and in 2014 she was nominated for the Woolmark Prize.

Founded: 2009

Location: Arnhem

Temporary Fashion Museum
Guus Beumer
Maureen Mooren

This project is part of the programme track Things and Materials and the folder Material innovation.

Fashion has quietly renewed the very idea of renewal by constantly selling the past as a future, thereby framing current reality. This contrasts sharply with the idea that renewal always stems from technological innovation.