Trained tailor & BA Fashion Design Fahmoda, Academy for Fashion & Design, Hanover, 2010
Cut directorate, AMD - Academy for Fashion & Design, Hamburg, 2011
Study of Textile Design, Academy of Art Kassel, Prof. Ayzit Bostan, 2013
I merge my high eco fashion with art, fashion and sustainability, such as with the homage to my grandfather, architect Paul Schneider-Esleben, as well as in collaborations with Emil Schult, audiovisual artist and “Eye of Kraftwerk”, and the visual artist, Rana Matloub, from Iraq.
Establishment of the Eco Fashion Label in 2015
Sophia Schneider-Esleben - SSE - Slow • Smart • Eco
As a fashion designer and pattern director, I have mastered the composition of body dimensions and proportions, as well as a sensitivity for materials, colors and patterns. In my design process, my artist collaborations involve translating their works onto my formal figurines and graphically adapting their bodies. (This is how I digitally create each draft in different sizes). Then I drape on the tailor's dummy to create my cuts. With a trained eye, I can intuitively see which patterns merge with my collections. The artists I curate are always compatible with my holistic philosophy and their work inspires my innovative mix of materials, cuts and color trends, whether large or small, linear or diverging, light, dark or pulsating.
Fashion Week Berlin, Neonyt Fashion Show 1.19.
Helen dress + Paul Snow shirt
Ink drawing by Paul Schneider-Esleben
In my digital sketchbook I experiment with my collection designs and the proportions of the digitized works of art, transforming art into fashion. In the next step, the final repeats, the repeating patterns for fabric printing, are created digitally. Here I determine how large the pattern will ultimately be for fabric printing, how brilliant the colors are, and whether the works need to be graphically adjusted.
If all parameters are correct, the files are printed in Germany on organic cotton or in Poland on bamboo using the inkjet reactive process with drinkable organic inks that are colorfast and lightfast without using any water.
Fashion designer Sophia Schneider-Esleben
in dress Helena Snow
means that it sets itself apart from fast fashion. The SlowFashionIndustry advocates for fair wages for all textile workers in the supply chain, from farmers to weavers, knitters, printers and tailors, to button, zipper, label and yarn manufacturers.
My design is about quality and not quantity, according to my motto: “be responsible for what you wear.”
I produce two collections a year, winter and summer, in small editions to avoid overproduction. If a garment is sold out, it can be re-produced at an additional cost of just €100 from the original price, this takes approximately 3-6 weeks. My collections each consist of collaborations with innovative artists.
I am currently working on a reFund system where customers can return beloved clothing for resell on my website schneider-esleben.com. If the resale is successful, my customers receive a voucher for their next purchase.
Fashion Week Berlin, Neonyt Fashion Show 7.19.
Culotte Ann "Mare e Monti Blue", watercolor Paul Schneider-Esleben
My fashion language consists of design, craftsmanship and ecology, clever cuts in a puristic form, casual and business approved, non-seasonal, ageless and unisex and therefore timeless. EcoFashion is the 2nd skin and can be smart & be made-in-EU!
My collections are worn for every occasion, my customers are women and men, old and young, wear their prints as a wedding dress, to meetings to feel strong or casually with the Sunday newspaper.This is smart fashion.Since the prints are not placed, but are continuous in a repeat, each piece of clothing is unique and protects the environment, as placing prints unnecessarily wastes material.
My material policy: I run a vegan label, transparent supply chains, my partners and suppliers are from Germany & Europe
The organic cotton I curate is woven, knitted in Saxony and printed according to my designs with drinkable organic dyes without using water.
All components such as fabrics, yarns, buttons, zippers and labels are organic: pure, vegan and GOTS certified, produced in Lithuania with 100% women's power.
My collection is compostable because I avoid synthetics.
A piece of clothing of mine only travels 3,500 km from the cotton field in Turkey to my customers, instead of 65,000 km as in conventional fashion, so I already reduce the CO2 emissions during transport due to my regional production in Germany, without using air freight. I work according to the C2C principle; Larger offcuts that arise during production are upcycled into accessories, smaller leftovers are picked up from daycare centers or old people's homes in my production in Lithuania for handicrafts.
My production is transparent because my QR code is sewn into my items. My customers end up on my website www.schneider-esleben.com/whomade-my-clothes, where all information is described in detail: material, certification, production site & Washing instructions.
In my studio I work with green electricity. I use recycled paper for my packaging and reuse packages multiple times. For animal welfare, I avoid 99% of animal products. This is how I use my corozo buttons, if wool is used, is it RWS certified (Responsible Wool Standard) or recycled and my collection is therefore PETA vegan approved.
Cooperations & Projects
Safety, safety baby
Three-layer masks made from residual materials 3.20
Stay with Ukraine
Lectures on EcoFashionTrends since 2015
B2B trade fairs: Music Fabric Start, Heimtextil, Neonyt
Trade fairs B2C: Greenpeace, Designers Open, Heldenmarkt
Universities: TU Darmstadt, University of Applied Science Niedrrhein, Sigmaringen Fashion School
100 years of Bauhaus, exhibition as part of the Hamburg Architecture Summer with the collection "Hommage 1", EcoConceptStore "Werte Freunde", Hamburg 8.19
Exhibition, Ludwig Beck Munich with collection "Hommage 5" 10.21
Exhibition, The Pool Düsseldorf with collection "Hommage 1 + 5" 6.22
Exhibition, Galeria Kassel with collection "Hommage 6" 7.22
Who made my clothes
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In the laundry labels of my collections you will find a QR code that will take you to this page. As a Fashion Revolution Ambassador, I fight for fair fashion with transparency and responsibility in fashion.
Textile printing shop, Chemnitz since 2017
Drinkable organic dyes since water-based, fabrics are knitted & printed on site on organic cotton, linen & silk.
Fabric printing, Poland since 2020
Woven, printed, knitted on site, organic bamboo
Sewing factory, Lithuania since 2019
Digitalization of prototypes into cuts & production of collections, 100% WomenPower, Made in EU
Label manufacturer, Dresden since 2017
Woven & printed on site with QR code.
"Who made my clothes?"
Button manufactory, Frankfurt since 2018
Stone nut buttons with laser cut logo,
"Consume small but fine, take responsibility for what you wear!"