Meet up-and-coming designer Grace Lant: the talent behind our latest capsule collection, "RECIRCLE", launched on Kickstarter earlier this week.
Grace Lant is no stranger to innovation. A lover of knitwear, her stunning zero-waste collection captivated judges in the 2020 Redress Design Awards with a combination of ingenious upcycling techniques and transparent production strategies.
Today, the Hong Kong-born designer holds both a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Knitwear from Central Saint Martins and a Master's in Creative Knitwear Design from Accademia Costume e Moda, Italy, continues to push boundaries with waste. Grace's signature style of chic, contemporary knits is bringing our exciting new textile to life: a 100% recycled silk knit fabric created from excess IP sensitive waste materials.
We chat with Grace about her inspiration and process and discover why she's so passionate about transforming textile waste.
Grace Lant, RECIRCLE Designer
You draw a lot from your home city and the world around you in your work. So what inspired your designs for The R Collective?
The yarn first and foremost inspired the designs; I wanted to make sure it was the 'star of the show' as it is unique in its innovation. It has a natural sheerness that we exaggerated with the mesh stitch on the Shirt and an elegant sheen highlighted in the dress. I also knew I wanted to utilise the deadstock buttons, which led to some design details.
What sparked your interest in sustainable fashion?
It was a gradual learning process, understanding the environmental and ethical impacts fashion has, and subsequently researching and learning about what must be done to improve the situation. I also like the challenge of designing within the restrictions of sustainable fashion. It dictates the aesthetic, which gives it a unique perspective.
This collection is industry-first in the way it applies recycling techniques. Tell us a little more about your design process working with this new material.
It was a spectacular opportunity to work with this recycled silk yarn; the hand feel and colour are unique due to the origins and processing of the fibre. The yarn also knit very well, with no strength issues, which is sometimes a problem with recycled qualities.
You were awarded the Hong Kong Best prize in last year's cycle of the Redress Design Award. What was your biggest takeaway from the experience?
I learnt a lot from the masterclasses, and I think they inspired a lot of what we do with Love From Blue, from marketing to scaling production and innovation. It was great to see big corporations working towards a sustainable future.
With RECIRCLE we are calling for a radically purposeful future for fashion.
Launched through Kickstarter, we aim to give consumers the tools to purchase critically - providing actionable means for empowering people and the planet.
Pre-order the RECIRCLE capsule and support a revolutionary change through our latest capsule, Kickstarter.