Sophia Schneider-Esleben enters the trade fair season with the wind at her back. At the beginning of June, the designer won the Milanese A’Design Award in the category “Fashion, Apparel & Garment Design”. The “Certificate of Excellence” was awarded to the 28-year-old for her mother-child Treasures collection for 2016/2017.

Now she is moving on to Berlin, Amsterdam, and Düsseldorf, where she will introduce her new “Pünktchen” collection, which includes skirts, tops, sweaters, unisex trousers, and tracksuits. The designer has created this Eco Collection for her SSE label according to the “Mommy and Me” concept. Partner-Looks no longer stand in the way. The kidswear styles vary in price between about 16 and 30 euros. The womenswear is available in sizes 36 to 44, with prices ranging from 17 to 92 euros.

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All the pieces are produced exclusively from GOTS-certified or ÖkoTex-100-certified materials. Skin-friendly materials and strong socially responsible standards are a top priority for Schneider-Esleben. Schneider-Esleben, a graduate of the renowned fashion academy Fahmoda in Hannover in the Kurhessian Kassel, recently opened her studio.

At the first Playtime to be held in Berlin, she will be one of the premiere exhibitors. “It was just important to me to be present right from the start,” said Schneider-Esleben to Luna Journal. “As a start-up, I design and produce in small series, which can be expanded naturally with corresponding order volumes.”

The abbreviation SSE also stands for “Slow, Smart, Eco”. “That describes my philosophy: to consume less but also smarter, to take responsibility for what you wear. Eco-design is my fashion language, a composition of design, craftsmanship, and environmental friendliness. I use organic materials such as cotton and bamboo,” says the designer. She prefers neoclassical cuts with a romantic twist.

Schneider-Esleben is one of 20 children’s fashion designers who have joined the VDMD, which has a total of 600 members. During the CPD from 21-24 July, SSE will be represented at Gallery at the VDMD network’s stand. Before that, however, the label will exhibit at Kleinen Fabriek in Amsterdam from 9-10 July. And perhaps Sophia Schneider-Esleben will also be working on her next trend presentation. She has already held several at the Munich Fabrik Start. The most recent was at the end of January with the title “Outlooks”.

Her own outlook is very promising. The “Pünktchen” collection is currently being considered by, among others, the German Design Award and the Federal Environment Agency’s National Prize for Eco Design.

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Images: Sophia Schneider-Esleben

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