Natures of Conflict was established in 2008 by Kathrin Lugbauer and Nora Berger. Both are graduates of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Department of Fashion Design, where they studied under the guidance of Veronique Branquinho and Raf Simons.
Over the past five years, Natures of Conflict has developed a modern, wearable wardrobe for strong women with an independent spirit.
Natures of Conflict use fashion as a means for exploring issues related to the self and contemporary society. They draw their inspiration from the functional aesthetic of classical workwear and uniforms and combine it with sophisticated, subtle details to create a simple, honest wardrobe that has a familiar quality. Their clothes are designed to appeal to a broad range of people, and are free from the fast-paced dictates of the fashion industry.
They closely collaborate with Manufaktur Haslach, a socio-economic enterprise which has dedicated itself to processing the naturally renewable raw material of wool. Wools of merino sheep from the Austrian Mühlviertel region and from other Central European breeds are turned into yarns, fabrics and high-quality felts.
The Seasonal is based on the values of freedom and sustainability. It is our suggestion of an outfit with the potential to follow its owner through every aspect of their life. The Seasonal sheds the irrelevant and the superfluous, it is an armour, a uniform, a memory of the future, a necessary concentration. The Seasonal represents the pursuit of building a slowly expanding, elementary wardrobe consisting of timeless, versatile garments that transcend short-lived trends. The Seasonal stands for flawless fabrications and high quality weaves meant to be owned and worn for years. It is a return to quality in design and material. The Seasonals are created in the traditional way of working, conscious of the social and environmental responsibility, to have as little impact as possible on the planet. The Seasonals are made by seamstresses in Slovakia and Hungary one piece at a time. They are solely produced to order to avoid excess waste and over production. All Materials are sourced from trusted suppliers in Europe and Japan, who don’t compromise in quality, using only natures finest fibers for their exquisit fabrics. Everyone involved in the many steps, from the first sketch, to the purchase of a Seasonal, is able to make a living from their profession, this is the true cost of a cherished non exploitive garment that will last. Photos: Lisa Edi