Combining structure and softness, our Rosa shirtdress is all about playful contrasts – the demure longline shape tempered with bold side splits to the knee, the sharp lines countered with feminine volume, the utilitarian patch pockets edged with fun ruffles.
Thoughtful details define our dress, from the adjustable Codelite® button cuffs on the puffed sleeves, to the handy inside loop on the neck made to house the removable belt together with the dress in your closet. The hems also come beautifully bound inside for a premium finish.
Hand cut from a soft deadstock cotton check, wear it solo in summer and layered under a chunky cardigan in winter.
Also available in limited-edition yellow check and Japanese denim.
Composition: 100% Cotton, from deadstock
Made in Europe, by Mantra
Dress is a long line relaxed fit.
Model 1 is size 12 and wearing size M.
Model 2 is size 8 and wearing size XS.
Wash less, love always
Hang your shirtdress outside to air, rather than washing after every wear. This way, it will last longer and also have a lower environmental impact. Marks can be spot cleaned with warm soapy water, and when it does need a wash, follow our care advice:
A note on our deadstock fabric and Codelite® buttons
Our Rosa shirtdress uses a beautiful deadstock pima cotton. It’s sourced from the Riopele mill in Portugal, which is certified STeP by OEKO-TEX® for sustainable production. The dress itself is crafted in Romania by Mantra, which is committed to lowering their environmental impact and repurposing textile waste.
For our buttons, we’ve used Codelite®, as it’s a natural material made from casein, a protein derived from milk. Codelite® is also biodegradable, which means your shirtdress’ impact on the environment once it reaches the end of its lifecycle will be reduced further.
Saywood was founded in 2020 by Harriet Saywood-Bellisario. As she beautifully put it: "The stories behind what you wear create that feeling of true joy when you get dressed each day, filling you with the confidence to take on the world, with the conviction that your most loved wardrobe pieces contribute to a positive fashion future, instead of the global fashion crisis". We absolutely love that!
At the heart of Saywood's story is a desire to reconnect you with the people and processes behind what you wear, and in doing so, press pause on throwaway fashion. Saywood does this through storytelling and by creating timeless pieces that you can rediscover each time you wear and rewear them.
Eco-friendly: Saywood uses materials like deadstock cotton, recycled cotton, Japanese denim and Supima cotton. They produce in small batches and offer mending services. If, after years, you're done with your product, they collaborate with OWNI; a peer-to-peer resale platform.
Local & fair production: Saywood works with factories in the UK and Romania for manufacturing and the fabrics are from factories in Italy and Portugal. These factories are all audited by multiple organizations and certifications to ensure ethical working conditions. As the factory in Romania increased its minimum order quantity, Saywood will switch to another supplier for future collections.
Vegan: as Saywood uses Codelite buttons, which are made from a protein from milk, the brand is not completely vegan. However, except for these buttons they are!
Good cause: Saywood has a Saywood for Good Initiative. At the end of each year, Saywood donates a percentage of its revenue to grassroots organisations aligned with their sustainability goals. These organizations are Labour Behind the Label (an NGO committed to better working conditions for garment workers), Trafino/Forever Lung (an organization protecting tropical forests) and Solar Sister (an organization investing in women's clean energy businesses in off-grid communities in Africa).
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