Millennial brides have new ways of getting married and are increasingly aware of the environmental footprint of their wedding on the planet. They want a sustainable wedding and a slow-fashion wedding dress. At l ‘Arca, we work to offer our brides a wide selection of dresses of this type.

The slow-fashion bride looks for a new dress

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Slow-fashion wedding dresses. Photo: Raquel Benito.

Dressmaking of slow wedding dresses

In our atelier located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, we have a team of local women that
elaborates all the stages of the dress. In the design we apply a Zero Waste Philosophy: we take care of the composition of patterns to make the most of the fabric. This way we have less fabric waste and less energy expenditure.

The leftovers are sold in our vintage lace haberdashery and are also used by brides and other artisans for their sustainable fashion or lingerie creations. Some are used to make lace veils and lace bridal gloves.

Low environmental impact fabrics

To make our garments we use recycled fabrics and old lace. We recover impressive embroidery from pieces from the 20s and 30s and use them to make new dresses.

When we choose new fabrics, we work, as far as possible, with natural fabrics with LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT such as silk, bamboo or linen. We try to buy fabrics from local Spanish or European suppliers, minimizing the use of synthetic fibers and chemical dyes as much as possible.

Recovering artisan techniques and sustainable lace

In our atelier, we preserve disappearing sewing techniques. We also contribute to workshops of recognized community artisans. We are in love with the technique of hand-made lace lining, in the purest lingerie tradition.

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Slow bobbin lace wedding dress. Collection “Cordelia and the sea”

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Hand embroidery and wax headdresses

Sustainable local suppliers

We work hand in hand with new artisans who share our same values and create their pieces locally and with a lot of love. For the orange blossom headdresses, we recover the traditional wax casting technique.

We craft custom fans with old lace and collaborate with workshops in Valencia that have worked with wood and mother-of-pearl for generations, contributing to the dynamism of local companies.

We give a new life to your wedding dress

We give you the opportunity, once you are married, to DYE the colored wedding dress with NATURAL DYES and seasonal colors, so that it can be worn as a summer dress.