Renwa Yassin, a bridge between Ivory Coast and Lebanon

She titled her new collection Roots. Renwa Yassin is a young Lebanese designer who grew up in the Ivory Coast. Her dual culture and her incessant comings and goings between her two countries water her creations with a particular touch. But it is undoubtedly in Racines where this hybridization is the most successful. “The Roots collection is an expression of the gratitude we have for the African land. We draw our roots, our inspiration and our strength from this beautiful continent that has seen us born and grow”, explains the designer.

Pieces from the “Roots” collection by the young Lebanese-Ivorian designer Renwa Yassin. Photo DR

“It is respect for nature, it is the alliance between these great friends that are Lebanon and the Ivory Coast,” he adds. On the African side, who officiates under the Renwa label explains that this collection is also a celebration of textiles. A nod to raffia, passing through organic cotton and the lightness of linen that contribute to the enhancement of African cultural heritage through, also, the use of shells in ornamental counterpoints. Through this ode to Africa, he is committed to being a responsible fashion company, concerned about eco-design. “We consider sustainable development as a continuous process and we strive to include more and more sustainable pieces in our next collections”, specifies Renwa Yassin who, to this end, strives to establish solid and lasting relationships with manufacturers and suppliers who treat their customers. workers. justly.

Pieces from the “Roots” collection by the young Lebanese-Ivorian designer Renwa Yassin. Photo DR

“We regularly visit our factories in Europe and the UK to ensure that their work practices and manufacturing quality meet our standards,” he says.

And since the suffering inflicted on animals is one of the first crimes attributed to fashion, in addition to the planetary pollution it generates, Renwa Yassin is also committed to never using fur, exotic skins, angora down or feathers in its collections.

Pieces from the “Roots” collection by the young Lebanese-Ivorian designer Renwa Yassin. Photo DR

“For reasons of quality and longevity, we prefer materials such as cotton, wool and vegan synthetic leather from our long-standing eco-friendly supplier Coronet. This vegan leather is used to create the majority of our bags and many garments in each collection,” he says. But this difficult reconversion of fashion undertaken by the new generation of designers, of which Renwa is a part, does not stop at these fundamental gestures. Added to this is the consideration of the aesthetics, functionality, quality and impact of the product throughout its life cycle. “In our collections, we prefer to use materials such as GOTS certified organic cotton and linen, tencel and recycled polyester. To reduce fabric waste, we reuse textiles from previous collections in the sampling and production of new collections”, explains the designer. As for the packaging, it is obviously reduced to a minimum to limit waste and is recycled as much as possible.

Pieces from the “Roots” collection by the young Lebanese-Ivorian designer Renwa Yassin. Photo DR

From her previous collection under the theme of Heritage, Renwa Yassin explores clothing as culture and belonging, already building a bridge between her two countries, two loves through details taken from both environments, but also the appreciation of craftsmanship and knowledge. do on both. sides of Africa and the Mediterranean.

She titled her new collection Roots. Renwa Yassin is a young Lebanese designer who grew up in the Ivory Coast. Her dual culture and her incessant comings and goings between her two countries water her creations with a particular touch. But it is undoubtedly in Racines where this hybridization is the most successful. “The Roots collection is an expression of…

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