The idea behind Black Rat is built on the rat itself. It is color blind, it lives in herds in the underground and it is nearly immortal. 
 

Black Rat was created by designer Siri Sveen Haaland (29) , 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

MUSIC

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

DESIGN

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.

Photo: Plnty Magazine

Photo: Plnty Magazine

Think like a rat and you’ll stick in there forever.

AWARENESS

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. 

QUALITY

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. 

Photo: D2 Magasinet

Photo: D2 Magasinet

A bunad shall last for 100 years and that is just as long as
Black Rat clothing should last as well.
— Siri Sveen Haaland

TIMELINE 

2004

Oslo - "Norsk Designkonkurranse" finalist. 

2005

Bergen - UKM finalist.

2009

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.

Seoul - Featured in ESMOD Internationals annual showcase in South-Korea.

WGSN - Article in the worldwide trend forecast service WGSN

Oslo - Featured in SVA Magazine editorial

2010

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

2011

Tallinn - 1 of 6 designers showing during MOMENT event, Tallinn Fashion Week

Moscow - Featured in NIkita music video "Танец в темноте"

NYC - Featured in SOMA Magazine editorial

London - Front page feature on NOT JUST A LABEL

London - Featured in SIX Magazine (page 77)

2012

Oslo - Black Rat was born 12 Decemer 2012. 

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