April 9, 2015
Girae Rigira is an Italian clothing line founded by Germana Bargoni, who has become a passionate textile archeologist. Germana digs up and retrieves long-forgotten precious remnants of fabric and cloth that have been resting quietly in abandoned warehouses and old storage rooms for 30 to 50 years.
Her search for precious fabrics leads her through Italy, Europe, and the United States to find miles and miles of textiles waiting to be repurposed into something new and beautiful.
What emerges from Germana’s expeditions, is the ancient story told through texture, brightly colored fabrics, and unique patterns. These stories inspire retro yet timeless fantasies that Germana pieces together by crafting unique items and often, given the preciousness of her collection, turning them into one-of-a-kind rare gems: dresses, shirts, blouses, bowling pants…
Every item is handmade and hand-stitched by Germana in her Bologna workshop. In each article of clothing, a fragment of a colorful, elegant and unique past is given fresh life, and a new story can be told.
Germana crafts unique one-of-a-kind pieces that are sometimes inspired by the decade of fashion the textile was created, or reinvented into a bolder, modern parcel of clothing. Girae Rigira understands the cyclical world of fashion and embraces the ever-turning wheel.
The Girae Rigira lookbooks artfully tell stories themselves, creating a character-filled landscape where the viewer captures glances at the outfits in time. Perhaps it is how Germana sees herself, as she dives into history, unveiling the textiles that will shape her own stories.
We love seeing into Germana’s Italian workspace, full of deep, dramatic color and light. We are thrilled to have Germana bring her line of clothing to our London Fair this weekend, April 11+12, at the Old Truman Brewery. Her pieces are perfect statements for Spring, don’t you think? Before the weekend hits, check out the Girae Rigira website, pre-shop her Etsy store, and follow Germana on Facebook and Instagram. See you soon!