BYBORRE isn’t really a fashion label. At its core, it is a textile innovation company that creates clothing as the medium to communicate what fabric can be and do. Designer Borre Akkersdijk was trained in clothing design in NYC and his native Netherlands. Through that, he discovered that his true passion was in how yarns are knitted together and what fibers and compositions were capable of when put under various conditions.
Before starting his own label, Borre Akkersdijk was given free-reign to experiment with a circular knitting machine in a mattress factory. These machines were created for and relegated for the sole use of mattress ticking, but Borre imagined using the same technology for clothing. In the machine’s ability to create varied depths and to mix fibers freely, he recognized the potential to build three dimensional knits of unequaled performance. Hacking the programming, Borre produced surprising new textiles that could be further manipulated by thread inclusions.
In 2010, he started his own textile laboratory and launched the BYBORRE label to showcase the fabrics and to inspire and influence the future of the industry. For performance, aesthetics, and overall feel of the fabrics - nothing compares. In BYBORRE textiles, several fabrics are brought together in a single garment for a “form follows function” ethos. This quilt-like approach means that a fabric’s placement and intended use receives its own consideration.
Along with showcasing their unique fabrics, BYBORRE utilizes the seasonality of the fashion industry to continue the process of evolving the possibilities of knitwear. Furthermore, BYBORRE created a toolkit for designers that democratizes the process for all creatives. These collabs, from car seats for BMW to adidas sneakers, invite faster evolution for performance and aesthetics. BYBORRE is a fashion label that is writing a technical story and is probably the most innovative of our era. Incredibly compelling clothing in its own right, don’t be surprised to also find their tag sewn into the lining of other high-performance gear.