Sacha Laurin is a fashion designer based in Northern California that has started an entirely new living couture line in the United States. Her new couture line, Kombucha Couture, was presented at Sacramento Fashion Week 2014 and featured clothing that is designed with natural organic fermented vegan kombucha fabric. What is kombucha? Kombucha is sweetened tea that has gone through a week long fermentation process to produce a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast called SCOBY. The SCOBY colony that has been produced by the Kombucha tea is closely related to mushrooms. It is closely relatable mainly because it has the asexual capability to reproduce. Once grown, the kombucha SCOBY feeds on organic sucrose, and creates a layer of clear film that takes the shape of the container. The offspring of the SCOBY are individually separated and packaged into very large containers and are left alone to grow for another week long period. The Kombucha fermentation process is similar to certain aspects of cheese production, and with Sacha Laurin’s experience as Head Cheese Maker at Winters Cheese, she naturally became fascinated with fermenting Kombucha in all aspects. Her passion for fermentation and body well-being led her to begin brewing kombucha tea as a health tonic in 2011. Since then, she has created a complete couture line out of Kombucha material that she has presented on the runway for Sacramento Fashion Week and she plans to create a lot more bold looks for next year’s showcase.
Kombucha material, though discovered, has not been fully presented worldwide. There has been one other designer in the entire world, Suzanne Lee from the UK, that has used fermented Kombucha fabric for fashion related purposes. Sacha Laurin is the only designer to retail her couture line to the public, and she is the only designer that will custom design an outfit for anyone wishing to purchase something high fashion from Kombucha Couture. She specializes in all aspects of couture from her clothing to her jewelry.
The unique texture of the Kombucha fabric is closely comparable to leather and it is extremely durable. What sets it apart from many other fabrics is that from the naked eye no one can tell if it is leather, metal, or some new type of new fabric plastic hybrid. When experienced scientists and fermenters discover that Kombucha material is actually alive because of the SCOBY, they go crazy for it. Worldwide people have been searching for a new type of fashion, and Kombucha Couture continues to populate the Northern California valley with its fine jewelry, couture gowns, day and night wear, costuming, and fun outfits.
The kombucha material that is produced from the SCOBY goes through many processes before transforming into its durable leather like form. After the week long fermentation process of the SCOBY, the dehydration process begins by transferring and placing the Kombucha colony under sunlight until it is completely dry. Once dried out, the Kombucha colony has finalized into its final fabric from and is able to be shape shifted into clothing.
Sacha Laurin has a very creative eye and she has always taken an interest in construction since before she could walk. Her parents taught her basic sewing and she always had projects in her home studio. Her biggest project since then has been the design of each couture item of Kombucha Couture. Sacha uses bold vibrant coloration patterns for all of her clothes, and many people wonder how she turns the dark brown and yellow dehydrated Kombucha fabric sheets into colors such as gold, silver, and hot pink. There are many secrets behind the patterns and designs of the clothes, but the extremely basic principal behind all color schemes is natural organic edible coloring dye. Sacha uses a strong base of organic coloring for her clothing because she firmly believes in a health and well-being lifestyle. She then designs her clothing with many items such as decorative beads and shells from her trips around the world and many other elegant materials.
Sacha Laurin presented many looks on the runway for Sacramento fashion Week 2014 including her mermaid dress, wedding dress, and mens couture. Her clothes are custom designed for the person she is dressing, and it takes a couple weeks to produce because of all the time and dedication behind fermenting, growing, drying, coloring, and putting together the desired couture piece. Each item she produces is completely unique and no two items are the same. Her creativity is shown through the personal design process for Kombucha Couture and they be viewed online, and at kombuchajewelry.com or Instagram: KombuchaCouture