Baiba Ripa comes from The Baltic region of Northern Europe, a place with a longstanding tradition of craftsmanship and knitting – Latvia. Here sustainability and conscious living have been a way of life for ages. Today heritage is being reborn in new contemporary aesthetics as a bridge between past and future.
Baiba Ripa knits can be cocoons, nests, or wings, whatever it is you want to feel and express, for body and soul, for women and men. There is nothing more intimate than a piece of clothing. Call it endless dialogue between human and world.
I believe that clothing is an extension of our body and, that more than ever, we need to be aware of that space. When sustainability is not just a trend but a life well-lived, and when less is more, each thing we possess matters more. Buy less, buy quality, buy what you adore. That’s what we believe in.
Wherever you are, or wherever you want to go, you can take us with you. BR is casual but elegant. We love easy to live in, everyday pieces that look and feel very special. So, whether in Boston or Berlin, whether you want to feel cozy or outrageously hip, we encourage you to express yourself.
I take my inspiration from nature and travel. The places I’ve seen and the people I have met, the ones that have moved me, and sparked a unique feeling. In nature, I see the texture, patterns, and shapes that become my crafted pieces of clothing. In the places I go, I experience the feelings I’d love for you to feel when you wear one of my knits. Azuara, Nante, Sintra, they’re not just cities, they’re characters.
SCULPTING WITH YARN
I sculpt with yarn. I have to touch the fiber first, then I can create the piece. It’s a holistic process. All of my experience and vision goes into one garment at a time, and all my senses are involved. I believe this results in something novel and permanent.
Baiba Ripa is about what you want to feel. Who says a smaller person can’t wear an oversized sweater, like a big, warm hug? Who says you can’t layer smaller pieces over larger ones? Don’t ask yourself what size you are, ask yourself what you want to experience and feel wearing one of our pieces.
The garments that are marked OS (One Size), tend to be big. They are meant for those who like a larger silhouette, and also for those who, like us, love to layer.
Other pieces, sized S -XL, are more “true to size.” Just remember, our knits are meant to flow, and every piece flows differently. Our garments are made to accommodate and move with your body.
Baiba Ripa is true craftsmanship and textile heritage with a strong bond to Riga and the Baltics.
All our pieces are manufactured in close proximity; we know every step of our supply chain and the production process. Every collection is made of a carefully selected combination of materials. They’re always natural – different types of wool, cotton, linen, and some mixes in between. It’s a long road from the idea to a ready set of designs. A scrupulously maintained and delivered conversation with every thread.
Every garment starts with a source, and the yarns we use to create our knitwear are supplied by Sesia Italy , Pinori Italy, Pecci Italy who are known for their mission of quality and ethical transparency.
The brand views sustainability not as a choice but rather as a must or an obviousness. The materials come from carefully selected manufacturers that maintain their work sustainable. Everything is important– from how the animals have been raised or how cotton buds have grown to who are the people that harvest the material and what is their quality of life. There are objective measures that help with assessing the manufacturers’ sustainability, and they all are taken into account for making choices.