Bringing a fresh eye to men’s fashion, Song For The Mute have made a big impact in just a few seasons. A creative collaboration between French-born, Italian-trained designer Lyna Ty and graphic artist Melvin Tanaya, the label tackles “the directional struggle encountered by the contemporary male”. The designers fight this battle with an arsenal of organic shapes and raw detailing, a celebration of the beauty in imperfections. Rough finishes, asymmetrical hems, odd pockets help Song For The Mute walk the delicate line between unique and wearable. Their repertoire includes a capsule range of footwear created with another HowBigIsYourEco designer, Andrew McDonald. Song For The Mute took home the 2011 Designer Award at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Song For The Mute is made entirely in Australia. “This allows us to oversee every stage of the process,” Melvin tells HowBigIsYourEco. “Lyna and I have a transparency agreement with our makers. When our fabrics are sent off for cutting, for example, we make sure we know who the cutters are and what they’re like. By doing so, not only can we achieve a much greater quality control but we also have the chance to observe the work environment of everyone involved with the brand.”
“When we first started, we discovered that most of the Australian manufacturers had closed down due to the global financial crisis,” Melvin says. “This led in a lot of labels taking their production offshore, and it’s really disheartening to see a lot of quality Australian makers go out of business.”
Most pieces in the collection are made from all natural fabrics like silk, linen and tencel. Elsewhere, the business uses only recycled paper for everything from look books to order forms, which benefits the environment and fits in with Song For The Mute’s raw aesthetic.
Brand: Song For The Mute
- Just added: Song For The Mute
- NEW: Song for the Mute SS10-11
- Song For The Mute wins @ LMFF
- LMFF Designer Award nominees