I grew up in Senegal, in a family of ceramics, leather and metal artisans. In the summers, when I would go to my dad's village, I'd see that work, and it's so rich and beautiful! It's this strong and rich history of craftsmanship rooted in a zero-waste and circular philosophy, that we infused into Diarrablu.
|In a 100% artisanal production workshop in Dakar, each piece is produced with care and intention under the leadership of master artisans whose ancient values around sustainability are now more relevant than ever.|
- A circular (no-waste) design process: We repurpose leather scraps from Italian factories and fabric scraps from our atelier in Dakar into mules and slides.
Merging Math and Art: I am a mathematician and have always been fascinated with numbers. Our current structure allows us to generate thousands of print iterations with math algorithms and only produce what’s needed, based on customer polling and engagement prior to production.
Producing On-demand: We launch new drops every 2 months and all garments are made on-demand when an order is placed. While the traditional fashion industry produces first and then tries to sell inventory, we do the opposite, and only create supply once there is demand. Through this innovative process, we are merging math and art and reducing textile waste by over 60%. Most importantly, we are able to create jobs and empower local artisan communities for sustainable livelihoods in Senegal, where 95% of our products are made.
A flexible sizing philosophy: Our clothes can be worn different ways and across different sizes (XS-3XL), paired with a no-zipper and no-button mindset, for a prolonged life cycle.
The brand’s flexible sizing and versatile design philosophy centered around convertibility is deeply rooted in West African culture where wrap skirts and boubou dresses were always oversized and wrapped around to be adjusted to fit anyone while being comfortable. Clothes were therefore passed down from generation with very little wastage as sizing was never a limiting factor.