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Sisters Clare and Fiona were inspired by family hikes in New Zealand and America | Photo source Asmuss

Outdoor fashion brand uses fabric made from castor beans

Fashion & Beauty

The fabric offers elasticity, thermal protection and quick drying, and the designs are made to last

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Spotted: The London-based company Asmuss is a brand of sustainable female clothing that creates season-less, practical designs to be worn in multiple situations. The designs are made to last longer, without requiring much washing.  

From the fibres, which are made from recycled nylon and polyester, repurposed yarn and innovative bio-based castor bean fibres, to the final packaging, Asmuss says their collections try to be kind to the body, the environment and the people making the clothes. 

Central to the brand’s collection is their bio castor bean fabric made from EVO®, a polyamide fibre derived from castor bean oil. The brand says that castor beans offer a sustainable alternative because they aren’t a food crop and grow easily, without requiring large amounts of water. 

In terms of practicality, a fabric made from castor beans offers elasticity, thermal protection and quick drying. Moreover, because the fibre does not provide a favourable environment for bacterial growth, it is good at keeping odour from sweat minimal. This all makes the fibre a great companion for adventuring. After the fabric is woven into pieces at their factory in Sweden, a water repellent film is applied to make it even more convenient. 

The brand was created by sisters Clare and Fiona, who spent a lot of time in nature when growing up. They said that Asmuss developed from family expeditions around New Zealand and travels through South and Central America. “Our trips highlighted a need for versatile, sustainable solutions that could travel easily and work hard, without compromising on style,” they say. 

Named Asmuss in honour of their maternal grandmother, Evelyn Asmuss, the symbol of the Evelyn rose features on their prints and embroidery. The signature bloom frames abstract geometric elements, influenced by a visit to craft and textile artist Anni Albers’ exhibit at the Tate Modern, they add. 

While the brand admits that they aren’t perfect and sustainability is something they continue to work towards, they make sure to source locally as much as possible and produce their collections in small amounts, to use less energy and diminish waste.  

Written By: Katrina Lane

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