New pieces from Base Range in store make up part of the new seasonal collection. As always with the label you never really know what it all means, but you know that it’s good. What is going on behind the scenes is very much shrouded in secrecy, the co founders; Danish/French designer duo, Marie-Louise Mogensen and Blandine de Verdelhan seem to be more interested in focusing on the clothing itself which is a great thing considering the current oversaturated social media/information age we live in. Each season similar or same cuts are transformed into something new with the use of colour and a variety of organic fabrics. Base Range was created in 2012 and was spawned from the philosophy of making simple, accessible clothing which sit between 'modern culture and the natural world’ - hence why much of their imagery for collections takes place outdoors - the human body acting as the connecting factor between natural and man made environments. The label aims to produce clothing that is kind to the planet as well as functioning fashionably. Their focus is on working with high quality organic fabrics in 'innovative ways that benefit both the producer and the consumer, while minimising environmental impact’.
Considering the times we live in, the need to create clothing with the environment in mind is growing and the choice of sustainable practice diminishing, Base Range in this department is way ahead of the game through creating modern basics in flattering and diverse silhouettes from sustainably sourced, organic/natural fibers. Having control of production - from the fabric itself to the dying process, to garment construction and distribution, Base Range works in an earth-friendly way. They use small family-run factories and the clothing is not mass-produced in large quantities, working with smaller factories ensures that they do not have to adhere to crazy minimums. As the duo say;
“We live in a world today that’s so polluted, and a big part of it is because of production. So many conflicts, wars, and environmental disasters are connected to producing clothing. Basically, then, we don’t think the world needs another T-shirt. Even if it is organic.”
However the incredible cuts, styling and finishes the pair use on their garments makes us return again and again to the wonderful world of Base Range. This season we have the Pam Bra, in off white; made from organic cotton and featuring a slight rib, this style is finished with contrast baby locked edges, in green stitching. A very cute and comfortable option for people that want to feel like they aren’t wearing a bra at all. We also have the well cut Gita Pants, which are a elastic waisted straight cut leisure pant. Featuring a bold rib texture side pockets and high waist style these pants can be paired with just about anything, equally useful for inside and outside the home. The Shaw Rib Fleece Long Sleeve in Black Rib, is a great companion piece to the Gita Pants. The Shaw Long Sleeve is an oversized wrap knit sweater featuring raglan sleeves and adjustable ties that thread into each other either side of the loose ends of the sweater top. Rib texture throughout the pants and top makes for subtle and striking allure. Also back for another season is the Vein long sleeve style. This time in a Shell colour way featuring contrast red and green stitching. For those who don’t know the Vein Long Sleeve is a formfitting long Sleeve tee with baby locked edges, in soft organic cotton. Featuring a high neck and fine rib detailing throughout. It is perfect for everyday wear and looks stunning with any plain pant. To top off the look we have the Kai Sweater in Dark Green. The Kai is an organic cotton bulky rib knit sweater featuring a mock crew neck, extended sleeves and floppy style. It is the ultimate in comfort, and due to its wide hem can be matched with anything from a A-line skirt to maxi dress. Base Range aims to emphasise the natural beauty of anyone that wears their pieces - bring out your inner radiance and take care of the environment while you do so.
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Words by Gussie Vinall Richardson
Layout by Shelby De Fazio