St. Roche Founders nominated to win CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative
At first glance, the St. Roche collection is striking for it’s lovely, feminine silhouettes and incredible detail. It’s all very LA meets Paris. You can imagine the coolest girl you know wearing it on the Left Bank or on Abbot Kinney.
If you go deeper into the collection, however, you realize that the beauty behind the design is matched by the care put behind the make of each garment and by the commitment the brand’s founders have to sustainability.
Founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Paud Roche and Sue Stemp, St. Roche is a responsibly designed and manufactured womenswear brand. From the company’s Laurel Canyon studio, Stemp draws upon her experiences in London and New York working with labels such as Alexander McQueen and Tocca to create a wardrobe for the life of a socially conscious woman-on-the-go, who is balancing work, life and family. Much like Stemp herself.
St. Roche fuses a relaxed new school femininity with artisanal hand-made detailing, traditional embroidery techniques and original textile design. Believing clothing should be made with a conscience, St. Roche works directly with carefully selected manufacturing partners in India and Peru, who are committed to honest and ethical labor practices.
Which is why the brand has been chosen as a finalist in the CFDA + LEXUS FASHION* INITIATIVE, a sustainable business development program designed to inspire commitment to transformative leadership, sustainable innovation and positive change. Finalists in the challenge learn how to navigate fashion’s complex supply chain and make informed, strategic design, and business decisions using a triple bottom line approach – i.e. valuing people, planet, and profit holistically.
We are proud to feature St. Roche and we can’t wait to share more of their journey in the months to come.