It seems clear that using recycled and upcycled materials is something else that’s next for the luxury industry in terms of sustainability. More and more brands are doing it, including The R Collective, who have recently created an eight-piece collection for Net A Porter’s Net Sustain, featuring dresses, pants and a jacket, all made from upcycled textiles.
Designed in collaboration with award-winning sustainable designers, Wen Pan and Weiyu Hung, the goal of the collection was to demonstrate the beauty of upcycling and circular fashion and to prove that luxury fashion need not be wasteful. “For me, fashion is not only clothing,” explains designer, Weiyu Hung, a Chinese contemporary womenswear designer based in the Netherlands. “Fashion is about how we see our world. It’s about living with our changing attitudes so we can find better solutions to benefit others.”
The R Collective’s collection has been a big hit with young women – but whether that’s due to its chicly wide culottes, slouchy. comfy sweaters and beautifully cut dresses, or its sustainability (or both), we cannot say.