Evolving an affection to the Portuguese culture while studying abroad are the beginning of this brand, but more importantly, the desire to protect mother earth. Our founder, Corinna, was publishing her thesis about sustainable fashion across different cultures. It wasn’t long before her conversations with like-minded people and her dream converged into a business plan and what would soon become the global fashion brand, VANILLA SAND. The team has seats in her country of origin, Germany and in Portugal today. They fuse German accuracy with the Portuguese laid-back warmheartedness.
“Our founder, Corinna, is very passionate about sustainability and it is what inspired her to start an eco-friendly swimwear brand. In 2018, during a two-year stay in Lisbon, Corinna discovered her first family-run factory.”
Together, they have conceived and developed a label for their customers, who just like themselves, desired to feel easily and confidently chic with a focus on sustainable integrity and community. They’ve partnered with manufacturers in Portugal as well as in same-lingual Brazil to create hand-made garments for the modern woman or man and their off-duty lives.
The commitment of their label, apparent in each collection, is to source natural or recycled fabrics and to encourage local artisans in comfortable and safe conditions.
Most brands take between 12-18 months before releasing designs, but at Vanilla Sand, a sketch can become a dress in about two or three months, thanks to our local factories. We recycle and strive to be a zero-waste company. Collections are purposely created in small, sustainable runs and we plan to run out of stock.
Vanilla Sand was founded in 2018 by Corinna Dickenbrok. Ever since the team has been growing and at the moment we count on a mainly female team spread in various different countries!