KREL Tropical Knitwear

KREL Tropical Knitwear

KREL Tropical Knitwear is a Miami-based sustainable collection founded by fashion designer and
textile artist Karelle Levy in 2002. The majority of styles such as rompers and caftans are geared
toward warm climates, but Levy also offers sweaters and scarves for greater coverage.

KREL’s philosophy is based on inclusive sizing to fit most body types thanks to its signature,
seamless knit designs known as “TOOBULAR” construction. Each unique piece is
loomed from cotton, bamboo, Tencel, Lurex, rayon and polyester blends at her Miami atelier,
and some even glow in the dark. The eco-friendly concept produces zero waste, since all scraps
are recycled into bags, blankets and toys.

Born in Paris and raised in Miami, Levy has a degree in textiles from Rhode Island School of
Design. She celebrates South Florida’s multicultural lifestyle through colorful, body-conscious
knitwear that’s ideal dress for tropical climates.

As a performance and textile artist, Levy creates large-scale installations and works on canvas
with fabric scraps and yarn remnants. She’s received numerous commissions for an ongoing
performance series titled “Quickie Couture,” for which she uses recycled materials to make
custom garments on the spot for people from art fair attendees to boutique shoppers to hotel
guests. Levy also hosts “Stitch N Bitch,” monthly knitting and crochet tutorials, at hip hotels like
Freehand Miami.

KREL Tropical Knitwear opened a flagship store and atelier in Miami Ironside retail and design
center in 2016. The space features Passap Duomatic and Shima Seiki knitting machines as well
as a functional wall art installation of colorful yarns. The brand is available at retailers
throughout Florida and Latin America.

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