Black Saturn is the artistic collaboration of Sandrine Leÿs and Aaron Romine, providing a platform for their joint exploration of knitting, design, art and photography.
Each Black Saturn garment is designed, knitted and sewn entirely by hand on a made-to-order basis, requiring an average of 50 hours of labor to produce. Extreme care is taken in sourcing the highest quality materials: only pure, ultra-soft, naturally hypoallergenic wools are selected. Black Saturn works exclusively with producers that guarantee the traceability of their wool, the ethical treatment of their animals and environment, and practice sustainable methods of production in their factories.
Based in La Faute-sur-Mer, France, Black Saturn is committed to the revitalization of rural communities through individual initiatives and the development of local micro-manufactoring.
Sandrine Leÿs, a former fashion magazine editor, descends from a Flemish family of weavers and wool spinners in Roubaix, France. She sensed a sudden ancestral calling during an introduction to machine knitting in London in 2018. Absolutely “hooked”, she began to develop her own designs and taught herself the intricate technique of hand intarsia knitting in order to realize them.
Aaron Romine is an American artist, designer, art director and Black Saturn's co-conspirator. His playful mix of geometric abstraction and imperfect realism provides the language for the Black Saturn narrative.