Merino clothes fit for the gym

3 August 2012

Mixing movement with fashion and incorporating the sports industry, young Dutch designer Borre Akkersdijk showcased the latest collection of his byBorre label in early July.

A Dutch gymnast models a byBorre Merino wool garment at the label's Day showcasing
A Dutch gymnast models a byBorre Merino wool garment at the label's Day showcasing. All photos: Peter Stigter.

Split into a Day collection and a Night collection, Borre not only targetted his collection to the gymnastics industry, he also sourced his fabrics from two of the world’s top spinners.

With the help from The Woolmark Company, Borre was able to source Merino wool from licensees Zegna Baruffa and Safil, to ensure his creations delivered maximum performance.

byBorre’s Day presentation was held in one of Amsterdam’s oldest gymnastic halls, the Apollo Hall. Within the collection the structure and use of tone-in-tone were brought to life by the professional gymnasts displaying the garments, which had been tailored to their own bodies.

The Night show, hosted by Ron Simpson, featured performances by Borre’s friends including artist Pepijn Lanen, VJ Veronica van Hoogdalem, rapper Digitzz and DJ Abstract – all of whom wore byBorre garments, bringing the latest collection to life.

It was in the Day collection where Merino wool took centre stage, making up the bodysuits and the knitted outer fabric of the coats and jackets.

“The body suits were knitted with Merino wool from Safil,” The Woolmark Company’s country manager for Benelux Ingrid Oomen said.

“The outer fabric of the coats was knitted with Merino wool from Zegna Baruffa. Both suppliers are licensees of The Woolmark Company and we introduced them to Borre.”

Borre – who does not present a collection every season but only once his tireless investigations are finished – said he was so pleased to have received assistance from The Woolmark Company.

“The Woolmark Company has helped me tremendously with opening its network and finding the right yarns and spinner,” Borre said.

“There was such a wide range of colours and qualities for me to choose from. I really liked working with Merino wool and the technical processing on the knitting machines went very smoothly.”

Apart from sourcing Merino wool from Zegna Baruffa and Safil, byBorre’s garments were knitted by Dutch companies Innofa Stretch Textiles and TextileLab, and it was here that Borre developed some new knitting techniques.

“I also developed knits at the BreienBreien atelier where they use Stoll knitting machine and we created several new techniques.”

byBorre is another emerging Dutch label which developed a healthy relationship with The Woolmark Company. Earlier this year, The Woolmark Company assisted Monika Lovas, Sladjana Pengic and Peet Dullaert to source some of the world’s finest Merino wool to create their latest collections.