LONDON — Inacio Ribeiro is unleashing a wave of coloration on the London showroom Rainbowwave as he relaunches the Clements Ribeiro model after a seven-year hiatus.
Ribeiro and his spouse Suzanne Clements wound down their ready-to-wear label in 2014, and since then have been specializing in different tasks.
Clements has taken up portray, and is posting her work on Instagram below the identify @officialsuzanneclements, whereas Ribeiro has been consulting for quite a lot of British and worldwide manufacturers, together with Benetton and Toast.
The pandemic, and the months spent in lockdown, fueled Ribeiro’s entrepreneurial spirit, and he determined to relaunch the label, with Barrie, the Scottish firm owned by Chanel, producing the cashmere knitwear.
“I thought the end of the pandemic would be a good place to start again,” mentioned Ribeiro, who continues to be primarily based in London with Clements and their son and daughter. “It’s a time of new things, and new ideas.”
He’s starting once more slowly, promoting the debut assortment of 16 “super, super colorful” cashmere kinds at Rainbowwave beginning this week. While Clements isn’t concerned within the design, Ribeiro mentioned she’s conserving a watchful eye and appearing as a sounding board.
He’s designed clothes, skirts, trousers, tunics, a cardigan and a protracted, hooded sweater, all with the colourful stripes and palette for which Clements Ribeiro has lengthy been identified.
The designer has labored diagonal stripes that run proper to the sides of a roomy knit prime and matching midi skirt. The multicolored stripes have been engineered to match, whereas the chevron is Ribeiro’s leitmotif. The designer has tossed collectively strips of pink, yellow and orange for a roomy cardigan.
Ribeiro is conserving a detailed eye on distribution, concentrating on the model’s e-commerce platform, which can relaunch in October, and seeking to kind partnerships with choose retailers.
There can be two collections a yr, with the primary set to reach in-store in November.
Retail costs vary from just below 400 kilos for a tank prime (a part of the model’s signature twinsets that he’s reviving) to 1,500 kilos for the hooded tunic. The common worth is 600 to 800 kilos.
Ribeiro’s look ebook mannequin is Eddie Ashley, Laura Ashley’s granddaughter and an artist.
He examined the waters final yr with a really small assortment generally known as Cat Lover, which Rainbowwave additionally offered. It was named after his behavior of posting cat footage and movies each Saturday on Instagram.
Maria Lemos, the founder and director of Rainbowwave, mentioned the showroom began with Cacharel as its first consumer in 2002 when Clements and Ribeiro have been inventive administrators.
“So it is really lovely to be part of the reawakening of the brand in 2021. Clements Ribeiro has, and continues to be, unmatched in terms of quality from Barrie Cashmere in Scotland and with their distinctive use of color, the brand feels so right for now, as it just makes people smile,” Lemos added.
Ribeiro and Clements met at Central Saint Martins, married shortly after commencement and began their label in early ’90s London, quickly changing into one of many must-see reveals in the course of the metropolis’s style weeks.
Their cashmere knits shortly turned fashionable with Britpop musicians, reminiscent of Jarvis Cocker, actors together with Nicole Kidman, and a really younger Kate Moss.
In 2000, on the peak of their reputation, they have been named joint inventive administrators of Cacharel, the place they remained for seven years. During that point they confirmed their knits and rtw collections in Paris.
Over the years, the designers turned their palms to completely different classes together with males’s, footwear, maternity and kids’s put on.
Partnering with Barrie on the manufacturing ought to take this newest iteration of Clements Ribeiro to a different degree.
Barrie relies in Hawick, within the Scottish Borders area, a heartland of cashmere and merino wool manufacturing for the reason that late 18th century. It was making Chanel’s two-tone cardigans for many years earlier than the French large purchased the corporate from its indebted proprietor Dawson.
Barrie is now a part of Chanel’s Paraffection affiliate, together with firms reminiscent of Maison Lesage, Goosens and Maison Michel. Barrie sells its collections on-line and thru it outlets on rue Cambon in Paris and on Conduit Street in London.