War & Drobe garments are handcrafted in London by founder and creator of the label Nina Kovacevic. As a child Nina came to London fleeing the war from former Yugoslavia. It was during this time that her mother taught her the power of fashion and the strength it can bring. The label was named and born out of a love for empowering women through fashion and allowing them to feel fierce and feminine in their day to day lives.
“I grew up with my mother telling me stories about her experiences during the war. She worked as a pharmacist and although there were daily shootings and bombing she would still go to work every day. She’d tell me how she made an extra effort to dress well during this time because it was her way of showing resilience and maintaining a sense of pride and dignity. I often remember seeing her wearing her red Dior lipstick and vintage furs, she was a real head turner.”
Having studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, Nina went on to develop her skills training under a tailor, couturier and working in a lingerie studio. She collates her past experiences, technical knowledge and creative background to bring to life collections with a purpose. By slowing down the making process and never mass producing, War & Drobe celebrates and preserves traditional artisanal sewing techniques. Crafting consciously is at the heart of the label, starting with a simple sketch that’s lovingly and laboriously developed by one person alone.