70-Year-Old Prince Charles Teams Up With Fashion Designers To Launch His Own Clothing Line, Just Like Meghan Markle

Date September 3, 2019 12:52

While the Duchess of Sussex is currently working on a capsule clothing collection for charity, there's another royal who has decided to delve into fashion realm too – her father-in-law, Charles, The Prince of Wales.

According to The Guardian, Charles has now teamed up with designers Vin + Omi to help create "dresses made out of nettles from the prince’s Highgrove estate." The designs are set to be shown on the runway at London Fashion Week.

Prince Charles launch clothing line made of nettles

Apparently Prince Charles met the designers over tea in 2018, and casually dropped into conversation that, when it came to nettles, he had "lots of those at Highgrove." As the designers had already been experimenting with making fabric out of cow parsley, nettles were the next logical step.

"It was actually his idea to use nettles from his estate and turn them into clothes,"

- explains co-founder Omi, to People.

"And what do you do with a suggestion like that? It was almost like a challenge for us!"

Likewise, Omi told that the whole experience "was quite surreal," especially as the designers "are not establishment at all." Omi continued,

"Our look is 1980s Camden punk. I mean, it’s not like we are Gucci or someone like that."

With the help of eight students from Oxford Brookes University, they harvested more than 3000 nettle plants, something that took them most of the summer.

As for what kind of material nettles produce, Omi revealed,

"fabric you might think was a type of alpaca, or maybe a very fine fleece," ... “It’s a wispy, airy sort of texture – you wouldn’t recognise it as nettle at all. That’s the whole point, to make a contemporary garment out of a waste material.”

Prince Charles is said to be "very appreciative" of the project and its aim to reduce waste and help to produce sustainable clothing.

People's reaction

People, in fact, also could not keep scilence about the new royal idea:

After all, Charles has long been a champion for environmental causes and this time he only proved himself to be a great man who really cares about the future of our planet!

Would you like to buy a piece of cloth made of nettles? Well, we'd love to wear it!