Saara Lepokorpi is an award-winning fashion designer based in Helsinki, Finland, and a graduate of the Aalto University fashion department. Her mother taught her to sew when she was four years old. As a child she spent time in her father's gallery, surrounded by sculptures, graphic art and paintings, and grew attached to the tangible, sensual and mysterious world of visual art. Her love for both art and craft are visible in her work today, as well as her secluded, hermit-like existence in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a long distance away from the world's busy fashion capitals. Saara both lives and works in her studio, where she develops special, unique textiles for each of her collections. Recently she has specialized in a type of textile she calls unwovens, which resemble an unwoven warp on a loom. The technique lends itself to whole panels of stunning textile material, as well as unique and interesting embroideries.
Lepokorpi's muses include architects, artists, designers, cultural producers and actresses - free spirited, individual and ageless women who are unafraid to let their personality show through in their style. The collections, idiosyncratic but carefully tailored to maintain wearability, represent a modern, unsubmissive interpretation of femininity. Masculine and feminine elements are contrasted against each other to create a playful yet serious take on a brave modern day woman. The label's signature garment is pants that look like skirts and vice versa.
Ethical consideration is one of the core values of Lepokorpi, resulting in the use of leather that comes from free-living animals - primarily reindeer and sheep - and is a food industry byproduct. All garments are procuded in Helsinki under careful supervision and the special items' production takes place in house. The label aims at creating high quality garments that will speak to the wearer on an individual level, with hopes of a long lasting ownership and a decrease in producing textile waste.