In a move to ensure a future of sustainable designers, Recover™, YOOX NET-A-PORTER, and The Prince’s Foundation have come together to support, The Modern Artisan, a unique international training program, that supports the next generation of talent in the design and manufacturing of a responsible luxury womenswear capsule.
This partnership represents a vital tenet of our mission: educating key players in the fashion industry in sustainable practices so that we can make an accessible circular future of fashion a reality.
Earlier this year, our Chief Sustainability Officer, Helene Smits, hosted a workshop for The Modern Artisan program’s participating designers, focused on making tomorrow’s creators aware of the impact of their designs, from the sketch to its post-consumer lifespan.
Underscoring designs’ long-term impact
One of the fundamental principles Helene covered with programs’ participants is the importance of thinking holistically: taking every step of the process into account.
She explained how at Recover™, we primarily recycle post-industrial textile waste as it can be easily sorted by color and composition. Pre-sorted, we do not need to dye the fibers again, which reduces the use of chemicals and resources, and ultimately, its environmental impact.
Helene also discussed the industry’s many challenges to bring post-consumer recycling to scale. At Recover™, post-consumer textile waste makes up a much smaller percentage of the recycled fiber we produce. She also highlighted the importance of taking the lifespan of the fibers used into account -- as some, like cotton and polyester, can both be recycled while others are destined for single use.
Equipping tomorrow’s designers, today
The talented creators of The Modern Artisan are now equipped to not only source responsibly, but also to design pieces that are made to last; minimizing purchases long term; and that are made with recyclable recycled materials (like our RCotton or RCottonBlend).
Their new sustainable luxury womenswear collection checks both boxes. Available exclusively on NET-A-PORTER and YOOX, t is as beautiful as it is sustainable. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for each of the promising designers.