"I see couture as an escape from capitalism, investigating the life cycle, disrupting it through upcycling of clothing and other materials, in relation to globalisation and consumerism."
Rafael Kouto is an avant-garde, experimental and conceptual fashion brand with integrity and purpose established in 2017. The brand is characterised by a distinctive, visionary aesthetic merging the African and Western culture. The brand is cultivating an uncompromised approach to sustainability as it exclusively uses the technique of pre- and post- consumer upcycling to create new clothes and accessories. It also guarantees high quality and unique items exclusively remade in Switzerland by using local manufacturing, refined with traditional, artisanal couture techniques and crafts. Rafael Kouto is a brand that aims to move the textile industry forward towards greater impact in environmental sustainability.