It’s no secret that the presence of sustainable fashion is increasing in the industry with a growing number of brands dedicating themselves to the cause. This week alone, Everlane launched a new collection that was made with recycled plastic water bottles and luxury label Coach announced that it will stop using fur in forthcoming collections.
Now, two more brands are coming together to launch a limited-edition, zero-waste collection.
Public School has merged their strong streetwear aesthetic with Eileen Fisher’s expertise in sustainability. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (the co-designers of Public School) were first inspired by Fisher’s Tiny Factory in Irvington, NY, and together, have created a capsule collection that features vintage silks, wools and denim, and has incorporated Eileen Fisher’s own privately developed felting technique that turns factory floor scraps into a new fabric. There are five key pieces and there is a limited edition run of 150 pieces of each style.
Announcing the news via Instagram, Public School said: “Over the course of the summer we learned how to properly disassemble old garments, reverse engineer patterns to optimise fabric yield, and fully utilise every inch for a #zerowaste process. The entire experience has been inspiring and eye-opening, to say the least, not only learning a new way to design but rethinking he we create and subsequently consume.”
As to what you can expect to find in the collection, there are colour-blocked silk tops that have been resewn from five blouses, a colour-blocked merino sweater resewn from four sweaters, a wide-leg denim pants resewn from seven pants, and felted logo hat felted from recycled garments.
Now, find out why Public School cancelled their last NYFW show.