TEXTILES FROM GRAPE SKIN!

TEXTILES FROM GRAPE SKIN!

Again, I have visited the Sustainable Angle Expo in London; the fair that collects suppliers of textiles that are certified or made in a sustainable manner. Its the 4th year in a row I visit, and every time I am so encouraged when I leave. To see the increase in available sustainable material and how suppliers start to change their way of production…being considerate of the environment and people involved.

This time I have been inspired by the possibility to make fabric from grape skins and branches. A lady from Italy has found a process textiles from waste, being produced when making wine. The idea needs some more development, so we – designers and makers – get to actually buy a textile that is available on the market.

Secondly, I really like the idea of making Kombucha “leather” from waste like teabags & sawdust. “After use, these materials can be used as a fertiliser, therefore closing their lifecycle with a neutral, if not positive impact on the environment”. Talking about circular economy here…or circular fashion!

I have found the perfect qualities for my new collection also. This year we will be working with gold printed linen from Belgium, organic cotton & hemp from the UK and peace silk form India. More information regarding the new project is coming soon, stay tuned!

INNOVATIVE MATERIAL

INNOVATIVE MATERIAL

I have a secret love for new and exiting material. That (serious) passion is so strong, that I was questioning my choice to study fashion business…maybe I should have chosen a different career path. The one where I can do research and innovate new materials and textiles the whole day! Only the thought of it…

Anyhow. This week I visited an interesting and innovative fair in London. Again. They usually showcase sustainable (by now, I get the feeling that this word has no meaning anymore whatsoever…) material like organic cotton and linen, peace silk, leather from fish waste or mushrooms and pineapple and many more.

“The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation which initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimizing the environmental impact of industry and society.”

This year I have totally been blown away by 3 new projects, so fascinating!

One of them made biodegradable sequins from oil-derived plastics, wonderful earthly colours, and such a soft touch…Some students from the London college of fashion have developed and grown biomaterial from food-grade…amazing purple colours, as you can see on the picture. A more developed material was tree bark:
“Exactly one cloth is created from the bark of one tree. The harvesting of the bark and its subsequent processing are carried out exclusively by handwork.”. Apparently each square meter of Bark Cloth requires only less than one liter of water!

I can literally not wait to get my hands on those materials…and include them into our collections, meanwhile having the possibility to contribute at least a bit, to make this world a better place. A bit. Seufz.