Fashion made of unusual materials doesn’t just set an example in terms of appearance. When it comes to sustainability in particular, the innovative collections of numerous labels are the best examples of coolness coming into play when labels deviate from the usual well-trodden fashion paths.
When it comes to stone shoes, most people think of the notorious and infamous concrete shoes from film classics such as “The Godfather”. The stone trainers from the innovative Munich shoe label Nat-2 by designer Sebastian Thies are far more light-footed and stylish. Influenced by the style of the graffiti, street and board sport culture of the early 90s and the technically inspired 80s, nat-2 are keen to experiment with innovative materials. Nat-2 has teamed up with Roxxlyn from Berlin to produce exclusive natural stone accessories for their sneaker collection made from stone. This involves shale being made soft, light and flexible in an elaborate procedure and processed into genuine unique pieces by a family-run factory in Italy according to the principles of fair production. In addition to stone, the label also processes wood, corn, cork and glass into shoes.
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The South Korean upcycling label Re:Code frees used clothing and textiles from their original purpose and redefines them as part of limited collections. For its Industrial Collection, the label transforms the soft covers of headrests in cars or discarded airbags into puristic tops, sweaters, trousers and accessories. Discontinued military tents, harnesses and camouflage clothing are incorporated into vintage items in the Military Collection. Even small elements such as buttons, zips and care labels find a new purpose in the form of cool details. Re:Code regards itself as a company with a sense of social responsibility and works specifically with young designers and socially disadvantaged
Delicious, healthy and fashionable too: the pineapple is a true allrounder. Instead of the sweet fruit, however, it is the leaves of the pineapple plant, a by-product of harvesting, that end up being used in the bags of the Mallorcan label Maravillas Bags. Before the leaves are
turned into chic bags, they are first broken down into fibres from which a form of non woven fabric is created. Just like leather, this is waterrepellent, supple and tear-resistant. This vegan and environmentally friendly alternative to leather is called piñatex. If you don’t want to have to do without leather, Maravillas Bags also offer bags and accessories that have been tanned with vegetable products made from roots, bark or oak or olive tree leaves instead of the traditional and somewhat harmful substances.