September 1, 2019

Our curiosity for new materials is never ending. It has lead our brand´s creative director to explore the Material Futures at CSM and beyond. Since early 2019 Riina has been the material research resident at the Green Lab in London.  With the great excitement it´s time to reveal what we have been working on this year!

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that grows layers of bacterial cellulose on its surface to create a barrier with oxygen. This symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast is shortly called SCOBY.

Riina has been working with the SCOBY developing it into a leather-like material. The SCOBYs have been provided by our sponsor Momo Kombucha as the waste of the drink production industry and reworked into a new material with a great potential.

The most successful results have been achieved creating the SCOBY composite material enhancing the material properties with different additives.

The main motivator for the material research has been the current shortage of leather alternatives...

October 8, 2018

An odd light in the dark. Mysterious and attention drawing.

Riina O latest glove collection has been inspired by bioluminescence - the miracles of nature from underwater to the stars.

Our muse for the season is Arda Alden Green - an American biochemist from the early 20th century, who despite being overshadowed by the greater names, made remarkable discoveries of her own. One of those was the reaction responsible for firefly bioluminescence, found by isolating firefly luciferase. Never fully recognised for her work we´d like to take the chance to honour her achievements.

In this collection Riina O introduces a striking new material for elegant wear - the high-tech retroreflective leather, luminous in the dark. The concept is highlighted by the glove “points” stitched in similarly retroreflective thread.

Riina O gloves range from stylish dress gloves with a twist to classy casual models and outstanding hand accessories. Classical craftsmanship is accompanied by laser cut patterns...

September 21, 2016

Decluttering mind, eyes are turned to the Middle-East for inspiration. 
Wide and clear open space of a desert, soft hues of pastel and tan leather is what inspired

Riina O latest gloves collection.

Our muse for this season is Miss Gertrude Bell - the supposed  "Queen of the Desert". A rather remarkable lady who lived nearly 100 years ago, a strong woman who marched to the sound of her own drum(or the pace of her own caravan, to be correct),  refusing to bend her ambitions to fit the accepted standards of her time.

Known as an a writer, politician, archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, traveller and explorer, who wandered alone(with her caravan) across deserts of Syria, Mesopotamina and Arabia, mapping them out and later being one of the key people in establishing the modern state of Iraq.

The collection entitled "Winter in Desert" features a selection of gloves in different lengths, that have become the brand´s classics.

Short decorative finger-gloves experiment with latticewor...

March 20, 2016

As today is officially the first day of Spring(even though it doesn´t really feel like it yet), lets have a look at our new Spring/Summer collection and lift the veil of what was the main source of inspiration for this one.

 

The collection´s design started off at a nice English rose garden, but pretty soon it took on a life of its own, turning into something that reminded of underwater jungle. Lush teal and forest green shades are sparkled up with luminous beading. Intricately laser cut gloves have taken on jewelry approach, having rich bead and sequin embroidery embellishments.

This season we introduce some new products: elaborate design chunky leather bracelets, adorned with cut out ornaments and some bearing semiprecious stones.
Black leather bracelet is bejeweled with an iridescent Moonstone, while forest green bracelet has an Amethyst on.

 

The theme was further explored within the collection editorial shoot concept. This season Riina O girl is an enchanting forest nymp...

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