The Voice Behind the Ambas Brand and Their Voyage to Freedom

As has been a tradition, WEARME FASHION will continue to publish stories about fashion enthusiasts who once decided to instill their personal values in their works and enrich the world of fashion while doing so, and today we are talking about Sophie Galeras y Mollinedo and her fashion beachwear brand Ambas.

Sophie founded her brand in 2006 by combining Italian creativity with ecological fabrics to enable healthier lifestyles and support environmentalism and the resulting fashions were supremely luxurious yet simple for a contemporary woman with nuanced tastes.

Sophie’s experience prior to founding Ambas spans a wide margin, from her work at Vogue Paris and their Fendi press office to the organization of events and fashion shows. She has spent her entire life inside the world of fashion and quite by chance, started becoming more creative herself, resulting in garments that drew their inspiration from icons of the past, drawing both praise from her friends and high regards from celebrity women who embraced her simple and refined styles such as Charlotte Casiraghi, Uma Thurman, Aerin Lauder, Kate Moss, Lee Radzwill and Caroline of Monaco.

We asked Sophie five questions on our mind in order to take a glimpse into her world full of creative freedom.

What inspires you to create?

From the very start, one of my biggest influences was my mother’s wardrobe. She had a few pieces from the 1960’s that were made of cotton and gauze that I loved, but that were a bit ruined, so I tried to copy these designs to make my own versions of these garments.

I also always loved the boating lifestyle, but whenever I went sailing and packed my clothes in a bag, the result was that everything got crumpled up. For this reason, I decided to create garments like tunics, dresses, kaftans, and pareos that have a naturally crumpled effect, thanks to the use of hand-woven and organic cotton gauze to offset this inconvenience I always faced.

When it comes to my swimwear, I want women to feel comfortable when wearing it, so be it a bikini or swimsuit, I want it to be light, sober and elegant, rather than tight or constricting. I use laser cuts, which are indeed hand-cuts, and my line is available in assorted colors, quite a few of which are inspired by prints from the 1940’s.

For your collection, among other materials, you use 100% organic gauze. Could you explain why you opted for this material as an ecological solution?

I personally love organic cotton gauze because is very light and natural. It’s very important to me, to choose natural materials because these materials are safer for our skin and our health. It’s like with food, if we eat in a healthy and natural way, we feel good and it’s the same with clothes. If you wear garments made of plastic, basically, they can hurt you, which even happened to me once when I had an accident while I was wearing this type of synthetic material and it resulted in this toxic fabric melting on my skin.

What are the benefits of using this material from an aesthetic and natural point of view?

Organic cotton gauze is perfect for summer because, even if the weather is hot, this fabric keeps you cool. This is due to it drying easily and quickly. Furthermore, it’s hand-woven and hand-dyed, which means that every piece is unique and different from the others. The texture and the lightness of this material confer a boho-chic look that is sober yet pleasing. It’s also the same with other natural materials, like the cashmere and extra fine wool that I use for shawls and pareos. A garment’s aesthetics and the natural origins of its materials are intertwined.

What is the importance of knowing where the raw materials you use originate? Why is it important that you know how they are sourced and transformed?

It’s very important since it guarantees product quality. My cashmere shawls, for example, are made in India by craftsmen from within their own homes. Each family has a loom. First, women weave the thread and then the men work the loom. It’s a family affair. The materials they use for this are pure and natural rather than some mixed and raw artificial fibers.

With swimwear, we use soft Italian Lycra, from a small craft workshop in Italy where the pieces are all made by hand, even the cuts, which, with their irregularity become part of the beauty and distinction of the garment.

Do you think people now are keener on sustainability issues and pay more attention to the origin of their clothes and what their clothing is made from?

I think that there are more women that, for what I can see, are more attentive to this, but of course, not everyone is so privy to matters of sustainability. There is a growing awareness, and I hope it keeps on growing, but you can never know. Working according to sustainable parameters is expensive so the products themselves are expensive as well and not everyone can afford that. It should be the fashion for everyone, but instead, it’s a luxury. Of course, people also need to be able to appreciate these kinds of products in order to understand them, because many individuals are simply not interested in this form of fashion.

Cover photo: Ambas

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