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MEET THE DESIGNERS RATHNA HO & MARGRIET SMULDERS
Ratna Ho and Pascal Mulder met at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem. After Ratna’s studies in London in 2013 (St. Martins, MA Womenswear), Ho Mulder Design Factory (HMDF) started working with sailcloth specialist Buitink Technology, where the duo designs and manufactures fashion accessories made of residual sailcloth. These materials are combined with imitation leather, from scrap/dead stock from Dutch suppliers. The designers release a ‘slow-fashion’ collection under labels RATNA HO and STUDIO MULDER, with three important elements in mind: Made from residual materials, animal friendly/vegan and locally made under the right working conditions. HMDF also specialises in collaborations with artists, the latest being with Margriet Smulders. Banners printed with her work have been recycled into a limited edtion collection of hand- and shoulderbags.