Adaptive Ensembles Make Fashion Less Seasonal And More Sustainable

Adaptive Ensembles Make Fashion Less Seasonal And More Sustainable
Design

Our Fashion Debrief takes a look at how adjustable and modular designs add function to clothing with the aim of discarding less of it

PSFK Labs
  • 2 october 2017

PSFK’s Fashion Debrief spotlights how key brands, designers and figures in the fashion industry are leading the way toward eco-friendly production. Developed alongside perspectives shared by industry experts like Jessica Graves (data scientist and founder of Sefleuria), Timo Rissanen (Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons) and Madison Maxey (Loomia founder and technical lead) the Fashion Debrief will guide producers and designers in any industry to create sustainable product cycles.

The fashion industry’s reliance on seasonal clothing production has encouraged wearers to purchase, rotate and discard clothing more frequently. To optimize the value of each individual garment, designers are creating apparel that is adjustable and modular after the purchase, or consistently provides extended purpose to the wearer throughout changing seasons and situations.

“A lot of the time brands are primarily designing and producing clothing from the perspective of what’s going to sell. It’s not to say that that’s not important. Of course, it is from the perspective of the company needs to survive. I do think that there’s an opportunity for a lot more. I actually think that that could make a company even more successful if you actually thought to identify what are the needs that people use clothing to fulfill, and how designers can intentionally start to use fashion design to meet those needs.” Timo Rissanen. Assistant Professor of Fashion Design And Sustainability, Parsons

“I really think that it’s about making functional, long‑lasting, good quality, interesting products. Those products normally take a much longer or different engineering cycle. Creating these products that just serve somebody’s need, I think, is a great way to capture value… I’m looking forward to a future where our clothes can really help us out in our day to day.” Madison Maxey. Founder & Technical Lead, Loomia

“I think we’re going to start to see fashion become more collaborative with what the wearer is doing. Not doing that on a really basic level, but doing that super well. Doing it with amazing algorithms. Doing that for every body type. Doing that in a really seamless way for cheap enough for people to buy. There’s all these little hacks that are not in clothes right now, but should be.” Jessica Graves. Founder & Data Scientist, Sefleuria

Petit Pli: Expandable Kids Clothes Grow With Children

Petit Pli is a collection of kids apparel that is designed to grow with children. Designed to omit the waste associated with children’s fast growing bodies, Petit Pli is manufactured with pleated synthetic fabric that stretches to accommodate kids’ size change.

KI Ecobe: Self-Assembled Shoe Transforms From Sneaker To Sandal

Designed with the intention of sweatshop-free manufacturing, KI Ecobe is a modular shoe that allows wearers to transform it from a slipper to a sneaker to a sandal, and vice versa. Customers use an app to determine which colors they would like to receive, and can assemble the shoe when they receive it to match their mood, outfit or weather conditions.

For more, download the full Fashion Debrief!

PSFK’s Fashion Debrief spotlights how key brands, designers and figures in the fashion industry leading the way toward eco-friendly production. Download the full report here, or request a meeting for your office. For full access to all of PSFK’s reports, debriefs, articles and archives, become a PSFK Member today.


Lead Image: Petit Pli

PSFK’s Fashion Debrief spotlights how key brands, designers and figures in the fashion industry are leading the way toward eco-friendly production. Developed alongside perspectives shared by industry experts like Jessica Graves (data scientist and founder of Sefleuria), Timo Rissanen (Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons) and Madison Maxey (Loomia founder and technical lead) the Fashion Debrief will guide producers and designers in any industry to create sustainable product cycles.

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