Photos by Emily Sandifer
This spring and summer, celebrate the warm weather with sustainable, lightweight knitwear from Myrrhia Fine Knitwear. Created from sustainable merino wool, cotton, and tencel by Oakland, California designer Myrrhia Resneck, each piece uses only fibers grown and spun in the USA. Self-admittedly obsessed with efficiency and carbon footprint, Resneck believes in the notions of nationalism and protectionism by establishing a domestic supply chain.
For Myrrhia Resneck, sourcing and crafting her line of fine knitwear in the US in not only environmentally and socially responsible, but practical.
“Doesn’t it sound illogical to move fibers from Australia or New Zealand to China or Italy, and then yarns to Hong Kong, and finally garments to the consumers in the US and Europe? There are great fibers, yarns and manufacturing operations in the US that aim to compete globally and benefit our communities locally. We are all in it together.” She says.
As a brand, she works towards making designs that are stylish, comfortable, durable and practical. Able to look both modern and polished, her goal is to allow her customers to feel confident and command respect in their daily lives through fashion. Her use of natural fibers speaks of luxury and has made her “somewhat obsessive” over researching and testing the best materials.
Knitting is a skill that she learned early in life, and one that continues to inspire her creativity. It affords her complete control over how the garment is produced, is an efficient way to form a piece, and has the added plus of being soft and forgiving on the body. The element of tradition and history play a large part in her designs, with her Spring 2013 collection taking inspiration from Bedouin clothing. Personally, her grandparents and great-grandparents were in the clothing industry, and her occupation as a designer is not only an expression of her personality, but a connection to her heritage.
The jeweled tones, simple forms, and intricate patterns of her Spring and Autumn collection appear contemporary while also hinting at a romantic sense of traditional craft. The clothing features organic merino wool, organic California cotton, and tencel harvested sustainably from eucalyptus trees. Proving that her work can be good to the environment and flattering to the consumer, Resneck shows that values can be woven into the fabric of her collection.