Sustainability in fashion is a tricky issue. The idea is not constrained to merely a particular segment of the fashion supply chain or the materials that are used in creating products—it’s an overarching concept that should be adopted from the initial stage of material sourcing to our collective consciousness as consumers.
Yes, the onus is on us as buyers of fashion to be well informed and educated on what exactly we’re spending our money on. The act of purchasing sustainable fashion isn’t only about buying items that are made from environmentally friendly or ethically sourced materials. It’s also about ensuring that they’re not off-the-cuff purchases that end up discarded in donation bins, or worse, thrown away, because they’re no longer sartorially relevant.
Seeking out pieces that will not only stand the test of time, but also our ever-changing tastes, takes some practice. Visualising how a piece would be able to work in different situations and with already-existing pieces in one’s wardrobe helps, as well as taking into account that certain materials age differently and sometimes resulting in an even better iteration than it originally was. Like any prudent investment, being sustainable in our fashion purchases requires a bit more consideration.
As autumn/winter 2020 fashion starts rolling, we take a look at some of the pieces that would make for some savvy style investments. Buy fashion, but also buy better so that you can buy less for greater returns.
TAKING IT A STEP FURTHER WITH CIRCULARITY
Gucci’s Off The Grid collection isn’t part of its autumn/winter 2020 collection, but it’d be remiss of us not to highlight its significance. The collection consists of some pieces of ready-to-wear and a rather extensive range of accessories and shoes that are all made from a combination of recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials. But the main bulk of the collection is created from ECONYL, regenerated nylon derived from nylon offcuts as well as pre- and post-consumer wastes—including fluffs from washing synthetic materials and discarded fishing nets.
Off The Grid is the fashion house’s first debut as part of its Gucci Circular Lines initiative. The aim is to work towards a future where the fashion house depends less on new materials and employs the use of more regenerated materials for its luxury creations. And with ECONYL at the heart of Off The Grid, this means that the collection can be continuously recycled and reworked into base materials for future use without any reduction in quality.
Even so, the Off The Grid collection doesn’t differ from the usual Gucci aesthetic. The core material features the GG monogram in all of its glory in three distinct hues of orange, yellow and black. But most importantly, it’s difficult to see a characteristically Gucci, water-repellent crossbody bag or hoodie be out of fashion anytime soon.
A NEW-NORMAL ESSENTIAL
Now that working from home has pretty much become a routine for most of us, style investments also include pieces that we wear at home. And that includes proper sleepwear; the best kinds are the ones that you can rock up to your work-from-home desk without looking like you’ve just woken up and well, rocked up to your desk in your pyjamas.
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