Erratum Fashion, crossbreeding à la belge !
Launched in June 2015, the young brand Erratum Fashion offers an entire wardrobe made in
Belgium for the urban and cosmopolitan woman. The originality of this brand? It proposes an
elegant fashion for non-conformist women with timeless accents, made with patterns that
most of time are related to Africa: wax.
The designer, Siré Kaba aims to propose basic pieces made in wax. Those basics can be
easily combined with what one already has in its wardrobe.
Trousers, dresses, skirts, coats, printed jumpsuits are garnished with geometric shapes, for a
deliciously colorful fashion with sweet timeless accents. The pieces are entirely produced in
Brussels, more specifically in Molenbeek, in a garment factory that works with people who
follow a social and professional reintegration program.
No mass production here. The printed wax is offered in small quantities and the designer
uses this constraint as a force by proposing small series produced with care and flawlessly
finished. That’s why the Erratum pieces have an exclusive and unique side.
Inspired by ‘elsewhere” and ‘made in Belgium’, the Erratum brand fits into the trend of brands
that loudly call upon their ‘belgitude’. A ‘Belgitude’ of diversity which one does not always
think about and yet fits entirely within the modern history of Belgium. The theme of
inheritance is so central in the process of Erratum Fashion trying to make a link between two
continents, between two cultures, between two eras.
Since her childhood, the designer has be surrounded by wax on a daily basis because it was
worn by her mother and the other women of her family. It is even a part of the goods that the
mother passes on the occasion of the girls’ weddings. As she was raised between 2 cultures,
Siré Kaba wanted to appropriate this symbol and add her own vision to it. She loves wax and
adores fashion that is associated with the West: It was therefore up to her to make a
synthesis of both by offering a fashion that resembles het: living up to the standards of the
active Western woman but with prints that evoke ‘elsewhere’ and travelling. Promoting the
spirit of “Slow Fashion” she prefers simple and elegant models that can be worn for several
years. The advantage of print is that it is timeless and you can always combine it easily with
a basic piece!
The challenge is to offer this fashion not only to African women living in the West, but to all
active non-conformist women, who love discoveries and travelling and for whom ‘social
consciousness’ is not just an empty phrase.
For its first show, the brand has participated in a charity event whose funds have been
entirely donated to the Dr. Denis Mukwege, Sakharov prize in 2014; for its work with women
who are victims of rape in eastern Congo. The brand intends to continue similar
collaborations in the future with other associations and NGOs.
Erratum? It is a Latin word that means “correcting past mistakes. The brand indeed intends
to propose a new interpretation of our relationship to Africa fighting in this way against
stereotypes and trying to dismantle them.
1st stereotype: the wax is not just for African people or artists! The wax is primarily a piece of
cotton and who has never worn cotton?