BELLE creates space for the unfinished and evolving nature of that which compels us to create. The medium explored is clothing, yet the source of inspiration is ever-changing and undefined. With coastal spaces, community, and untethered vision at its center, what follows is a perpetual unraveling of small ideas translated into something to wear.
In the process to create something tangible, we must take from the natural world. The impact of the unequal give and take between industry, people, and environment, particularly within the clothing industry, has generated far-reaching human suffering and environmental devastation.
In their collections Belle utilize many low-impact textiles such as lyocell, viscose, econyl (recycled nylon), recycled cotton, and natural fabrics such as linen, silk, and organic cotton. Sourcing textiles locally within Indonesia helps reduce the embodied carbon footprint of our pieces. Over 65% of our pieces are comprised of low-Impact textiles and we are working toward increasing that number as we continue to grow.
For our swimwear, we use regenerated nylon textiles such as ECONYL® where possible, which is made from nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpet flooring, and industrial plastics. Using regenerative nylon eliminates the need for crude oil extraction. In fact – for every 10,000 tonnes of raw ECONYL® material that is produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are kept in the ground and 57,100 tonnes of C02eq emissions are kept out of the air.