Onar Studios

Black Sheep


helsinki / finland


aalto university of art, design & architecture Helsinki

Graduation year


ONAR is a Helsinki-based fashion label introducing a contemporary and minimal take on Nordic craftsmanship.

ONAR, which means “dream” in ancient Greek, is the brainchild of designer Irene Kostas. It sprang to life out of love for quality materials, craftsmanship and wear-forever design.

Kostas is inspired by contrasts and the fusions of unlikely matches. She draws her inspiration from abstract art and the aesthetical heritage of her two native countries, Finland and Greece. In her design, Scandinavian graphic shapes and minimalism meets the mysticism and richness of the Byzantine and the simple, loose silhouettes borrowed from the monastics.

For Kostas, sustainability is a strong value. The ONAR collections utilize already existing materials. Nothing is farmed. The furs and leathers are hand-picked from a variety of Finnish wild game pelts, recycled vintage fur and Italian lamb skins that are byproducts of sheep farming.

The clothes and accessories are handmade by artisans in Finland and Greece, in areas that are specialized for centuries in the traditional craft of leatherwork.

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