“Knitluxe Studio aims to transform and challenge the perception of knitted textiles while maintaining traditional knitwear techniques mixed with modern contemporary designs.”
Szilvia Burrows is an award-winning textile designer specialising in knitwear, located in Buckinghamshire, England.
Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Szilvia moved to the UK in 2009 to complete her college course in Art and Design and went on to complete her degree in Buckinghamshire New University to pursue her dream to be a designer and in 2017 she graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded first prize of the Hill Osborne Bursary by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters the same year.
In response to her research and passion for Activewear Fashion, she decided to pursue her own vision to create reimagined, sophisticated yet practical sports luxe products.
Szilvia’s inspiration comes from the diversity of London and her home city; Budapest and current active wear trends, combined with retro-sports design details.
Her design process starts off with collecting inspiration and imagery from urban environments, classical textiles, unusual compositions and vibrant colours which later defines her palette where bold shapes and structures then translate into knitted fabric samples. The finished pieces are than developed on a domestic and industrial 12-gauge Dubied knitting machine, creating truly distinctive, refreshing and authentic designs.
Alongside her uncompromising design aesthetics, Szilvia is committed to sustainability and only selecting ethically sourced and traceable luxury yarns and preferring to use natural fibres. Her aim is to encourage ethical practice and reduce environmental impact at all stages from design to production and only selecting the finest natural materials that are ethically sourced from the UK and Italy.
We only work with suppliers whom can provide and implement the following when it comes to manufacturing and supplying goods:
traceability of the supply chain
sustainable global growth
only using GOTS approved dyes in the manufacturing process
knowledge of all chemical substances including technical documentation and safety data sheets
respect for human rights and worker's rights
We are proud supporters of Campaign for Wool.
The final pieces are hand finished with great care and inspected to maintain the highest standard of quality. Due to their handmade nature are timeless and intended to become cherished everyday items.
Knitluxe Studio is designed to make the wearer feel powerfully different while retaining craftsmanship, quality, sustainability and contemporary knitwear design with maximising the natural performance properties of wool.
Why choose wool
Working with Merino wool is the heart of Knitluxe Studio. Initially for ethical and sustainability reasons as wool is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre, wool has many other natural benefits that have historically earned wool a quality reputation on the world. Merino wool is one of the world's most technically advanced fibres and works in total harmony with the wearer's body.
Wool is 100% natural, composed of a natural protein that is similar to human hair, wool grows on sheep which consume a simple blend of water, sunshine and grass.
Sheep produce a new fleece every year, making wool a completely renewable fibre without depleting finite natural sources.
High- performance & Innovative
Activewear brands and fashion designers choose from a range of exciting and innovative manufacturing techniques to create distinctive textures and finishes using Merino wool.
Wool fulfil complex product scenarios- apparel and fashion, outdoor and sportswear, "athleisure", flooring, interior textiles, automotive and aviation, architecture, manufacturing, medical used and protective apparel.
Naturally high in nitrogen and water content, wool's unique cell structure requires high levels of oxygen in order to burn and forms an insulating layer when heated that prevents the spread of flames. These qualities makes wool naturally flame retardant, without the need for chemical treatments. Wool does not melt, drip or stick to the skin when subject to extreme heat and produces less smoke and toxic fumes during combustion.
Merino wool is one of the most breathable fibres. Wool fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air.
Warm & Cool
In contrast to synthetic fibres and garments, Merino wool is an active fibre that reacts to change in the body temperature, so it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold and cool when the weather is hot.
Natural elasticity helps Merino wool garments stretch with you, yet return to its original shape, making Merino wool clothing ideal to wear when exercising.
Re-usable & recyclable
Wool fibres are high quality and durable, capable or re-use and recycling, ultimately reducing landfill waste and disposal. Wool is routinely upcycled into woollen-spun knitwear, insulation and geotextiles- all of which contributes to a circular economy.
Research shows that the average life of a wool garment is 2-10 years, compared to 2-3 years for garments made from other fibres.
Wool's inherent chemical structures makes wool naturally flame resistant.
Merino wool clothing provides good protection from the sun, compared with the protection from other fibres. As a natural fibre, evolved over millions of years to protect sheep against nature's elements, Merino wool absorbs UV radiation providing protection from the sun, which makes it a good choice for a wide range of outdoor activities.
Wool decomposes in soil in a matter of years, releasing valuable nitrogen -based nutrients back into the soil.
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool can absorb moisture vapour, leaving less perspiration on the skin, reducing odour- causing bacteria. Easily refreshed by airing, wool garments can be worn longer between washes due to wool's natural ability to shed dirt and bacteria.
Merino wool can even absorb the odour molecules from sweat, which are only released upon washing.
Soft on skin
Merino wool fibres are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres. This makes Merino feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.
Merino wool fibres have natural protective outer layer that helps prevent stains from being absorbed.
Research indicates that sleeping in wool provides a better night's sleep in relation to the total sleep time, sleep onset as well as sleep efficiency.
Improves indoor air quality
When used in interior textiles such as carpets and upholstery, wool absorbs and locks away pollutants such as volatile carbons from the air more rapidly than other fibres.