BELLE IKAT,

sustainable luxury made to last

Fashion represents the visual declaration of what we are. With our clothes, we tell stories.

Remembering the use of color and the fluid and original draughtsmanship by artists such as Matisse or Picasso, the luxury and ethical fashion brand Belle Ikat imagines a fashion future in which clothes are part of our history, preserve the traditions and techniques of different cultures and presume the love for Nature.

Its last collection, Samarkand, tells the story of a stylish journey along the Silk Road, in complete freedom through vast landscapes and the life of pulsating cities in Uzbekistan. Love, poetry, colors and lot of respect sign the design.

The story of sustainable luxury brand Belle Ikat is about expertly crafted items made with so much love by women that it can even been felt by women wearing them. It is the story of the independent designer Isabella Stadler, who wants to leave a sustainable mark on the fashion industry.

Born in Armenia, Isabella Stadler grew up in Israel, where she worked as a model. After studying tourism in Germany, she traveled the world and brought home numerous finds from markets and bazaars. Accidentally she attended the International Tourism Fair in Tashkent Ikat where she discovered traditional ikat fabrics.

“What can I say, I was totally thrilled. The culture, the craft, the people, everything fascinated me. I took some of those fabrics home with me and for a few years I couldn’t decide how to use them in the future. One day I got the idea to try something completely new, brought it to my seamstress and let her sew a dress out of it. I was able to combine the special flair of Uzbekistan with the classic western fashion ideas”. Belle Ikat was born.

Belle Ikat started with just one small collection and now develops limited editions from it. All models remain unique. But Belle Ikat is more than just a brand, it is a mission. With it, Isabella not only succeed in converting cultural peculiarities into fashionable creations, but she also empowers the people who make the clothes – especially the women –, supporting them with fair and resource-saving working conditions. The protection of Nature is also part of Belle Ikat’s DNA.

Born in Armenia, Isabella Stadler grew up in Israel, where she worked as a model. After studying tourism in Germany, she traveled the world and brought home numerous finds from markets and bazaars. Accidentally she attended the International Tourism Fair in Tashkent Ikat where she discovered traditional ikat fabrics.

“What can I say, I was totally thrilled. The culture, the craft, the people, everything fascinated me. I took some of those fabrics home with me and for a few years I couldn’t decide how to use them in the future. One day I got the idea to try something completely new, brought it to my seamstress and let her sew a dress out of it. I was able to combine the special flair of Uzbekistan with the classic western fashion ideas”. Belle Ikat was born.

Belle Ikat started with just one small collection and now develops limited editions from it. All models remain unique. But Belle Ikat is more than just a brand, it is a mission. With it, Isabella not only succeed in converting cultural peculiarities into fashionable creations, but she also empowers the people who make the clothes – especially the women –, supporting them with fair and resource-saving working conditions. The protection of Nature is also part of Belle Ikat’s DNA.

„I have been always a big enthusiastic of cultural diversity.“

Extravagance and Sustainability

To Belle Ikat, good design means bright colors, first-class materials and the combination of ancient traditions with modern cuts in first-class workmanship. Ikat fabrics, for example, are made using a special technique in which graphic patterns that capture the peculiarities of nature are created in bright colors.

Each panel is unique, so the models made from it are also unique pieces. They are handmade in small factories in the Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan.

The brand only uses natural products ­– both for the yarns (silk, linen and cotton) and for the colors. Other models, for instance, linen, is provided with elaborated hand-made embroidery, which also pass on traditional crafts. „Our collections are inspired by certain play of colors or special locations design cuts. They can be created at any time, which bring out the color or graphic elements even better“ – says the designer.

„My goal has never been to make big profits with my brand. I just wanted to create something special.”

A Thread of Hope

Made by women for women. The brand is a bridge between women thanks to partnerships and projects. It provides life-changing opportunities through holistic care programs that offer healthy and fair working and living conditions.

“We started this path with the “Saheli Women“, now “Terre des Femmes“, in every order and will continue to add partnerships to promote social justice in sustainable production. Everyone can do something to make the world a little bit better. Our customers do this with each purchase.” – Isabella Stadler says.

„The desire for fashion, beauty and luxury does not have to expense other people and our environment. Fashion and sustainability go hand in hand. As a wife and mother, I wanted to be a role model for my daughter, to show that social justice and sustainability depend on a personal attitude and not a short-lived fad“ – she underlines.

The designer has close contact with its manufactures. „The Ikat fabrics are produced in family businesses in Uzbekistan, with which I am in constant contact. I visit them regularly. Sewing is done in Mannheim (Germany), so I can always be there and can ensure compliance with quality standards“.

Bella Ikat’s customers can recognize the history of each piece. On one hand, they can see the traditions and techniques that influence these garments, but also how much love and work they integrate. There is a lot of hand-work involved. Belle Ikat doesn’t just offer a blouse or a dress, but also an unique piece of Uzbekistan.

“Fashion and sustainability are compatible. We all should shop less and more consciously and pay attention to quality, origin and working conditions (…) We, as a sustainable brand, are fighting for new laws, more transparency, more control in production. But also about conscious and appreciative consumption!”

Samarkand Collection, the beauty of blue

The “Samarkand” collection is inspired by the color blue in all its wonderful facets. It tells the story of a stylish journey along the Silk Road, in complete freedom through vast landscapes and the life of pulsating cities in Uzbekistan. More cultures, traditions and colors will follow soon, Belle Ikat remains exciting and diverse. We can buy it on its online shop or at its showroom in Mannheim. Belle Ikat also offers its collections in selected stores that follow the principle of sustainability and are regularly present in exclusive pop-up stores.

„I am always looking for other traditions, handicrafts, cultures that inspire me. I want to show our customers the beauty and diversity of the cultures of our world and let them participate. I have just discovered wonderful embroidery that originated in a specific region in the Hindu Kush.“

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Wir glauben, dass faire und nachhaltige Mode nicht nur ein Trend ist. Die meisten unserer Stücke werden in Deutschland aus feinsten usbekischen Ikats und anderen natürlichen Stoffen hergestellt.