Lalla Wandavi has been creating luxury, sophisticated knitwear since 2008. She does this within an ethical, social-minded framework, with the end result being high quality, long-lasting garments that you wear with pride. In these days of mass produced, faceless, global brands, Lalla Wandavi represents a refreshing glimpse into the future of low impact, high quality, sustainable fashion, created with a strong emphasis on green, zero-waste sourcing and production. The garments are manufactured in the Midlands, the traditional heart of the UK's clothing and textile industry, using yarns sourced from equally environmentally focused suppliers in Italy and Canada.
Maria Laura Wandavi was born in Stockholm in 1980 and raised in Padua, Italy. She lived in London for a number of years, graduating from both the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion. She soaked up inspiration from acclaimed British designers, working with Alex Gore Browne, Rebecca Cella and Alexander McQueen and is now based in Nottingham where she recently obtained a Master’s Degree in fashion Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University.
Maria Laura effortlessly blends European chic, distinctive British design and the elegant minimalism of Scandinavia, using knitting techniques and jacquards inspired by the wonders of nature. Motivated by a desire to make a difference in the fashion world, her latest collection 'The Vegan Yarn' was born from the noble intention of making fabulous knitwear with minimal impact on the planet and importantly without harming animals. This is a big challenge, particularly in the knitwear industry, which relies heavily on animal derived wools and fibres, but it is a challenge she has risen to and more than overcome with The Vegan Yarn collection, designed to make a difference both ethically and visually, this collection sets a new standard for luxury design and production. Lalla Wandavi is truly a label for the 21st century.