Black Rat is an Oslo based clothing brand, created by designer and tailor Siri Sveen Haaland.
Black Rat was born 12 December 2012. Just one week after launch, Black Rat was announced Newcomer of the Year on Oslo Fashion Week and got its own exhibition at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in February 2013.
Siri started out with only two jackets and has since then built the brand brick by brick; featuring both commercial and non-commercial collections.
In April 2016 Black Rat was accepted and sold in the gigantic flagship store Topshop, Oxford Street, London. In February 2017 Black Rats Rabinowitz-collection went down the runway of New York Fashion Week.
The rat lives in herds in the underground. Norwegian music is the ground source in Black Rat and that is what I want to support and promote. Through these collaborations you will be introduced to several exciting and emerging bands. See all collaborations here.
The main guideline behind any Black Rat design is that it should be timeless. Each garment should be able to work in any season, any year and be combined with any other garment you have in your wardrobe.
Black Rat aims on being as sustainable as possible. You should know what you are wearing. The fabric qualities are mainly natural fibres such as wool, bamboo and organic cotton, and the products are made in certified factories.
Norway has a long tradition in our national costumes; bunad. Siri comes from a tailor family who have been making these costumes since the 1800s. Next to Black Rat, Siri work together with her mum in the family business, Sidserk Systue. There they make all kinds of bunads and educate others in making them correctly.
Oslo - "Norsk Designkonkurranse" finalist.
Bergen - UKM finalist.
Oslo - Graduated from ESMOD and was awarded "Best Menswear Design".
Oslo - 1 of 6 finalists in the national design competition Moteukas Designkonkurranse.
Copenhagen - 1 of 30 finalists in the Nordic design competition Designers Nest.
WGSN - Article in the worldwide trend forecast service WGSN
Oslo - Featured in SVA Magazine editorial
Gorizia - 1 of 24 worldwide finalists in the Italian design competition Mittelmoda
Milan - Interview in Fashion Trend Magazine (page 33)
Oslo - Interview in Norwegian Fashion Magazine
Oslo - Featured in Personae Magazine
Tallinn - 1 of 6 designers showing during MOMENT event, Tallinn Fashion Week
Moscow - Featured in NIkita music video "Танец в темноте"
London - Front page feature on NOT JUST A LABEL
London - Featured in SIX Magazine (page 77)
Oslo - Black Rat was born 12 Decemer 2012.
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