Lee Mathews presented a Resort 2019 collection rich with a hybrid of natural textiles and zero-waste fabrics – from organic cotton to a coated zero-waste Italian linen and ethically sourced silks.

The collection was initially inspired by the belief held by iconic American architect Frank Llyod-Wright, designers Charles & Ray Eames, and minimalist artist Donald Judd that design should be in harmony with humanity and the environment.

The zero-waste ethos carried through to the runway lawn, created in collaboration with florist Ben Fountain that gave the show a whimsical, summery feel. According to Mathews, the lawn will be re-gifted to a local primary school so that it can keep on growing. They have also used ethically produced, premium-grade Prince + Pauper sandals made by local women in Kenya.

We talked to Lee Mathews and the brand’s newly appointed head designer Natalia Grzybowski about their Resort ’19 show, the Lee Mathews woman and the latest addition to the Lee Mathews arsenal, swimwear.



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