Week In Fabric :: 27 September 2017
What's Inspiring Us From The Global Material Landscape
Woolmark x Scabal Produce Short Film
on The Art of Human Production
Alysia Reiner of Orange Is The New Black
Works With Le Souk’s Mills & Tanneries to Launch LIVARI
Repurposed fish leather from Nova Kaeru in Brazil, organic wool from Subalpino in Italy and artisan silks & cottons from R.A.W. shined on the runway at NYFW. In keeping with Reiner’s connection to the Netflix show she shared, "Our dream is employing women coming out of prison, like our partner ROAD 22, who is making our T-shirts for the first collection.”
From Bustle. Read the full story here
Nike Invests In Material Innovation To Hit
In collaboration with UK-based firm E-Leather, Nike introduced its latest “super material” - Flyleather - which melds recycled leather fibers with a polyester blend. The resulting material is 40% lighter than traditional leather, five times as strong, and uses 90% less water.
From Business of Fashion. Read more here.
Meet The Italian Silk Mill That Houses
a Machine Made By Leonardo DaVinci
Take three minutes to soak in some real #materialinspiration from Florence, Italy. CNN produced this beautifully-done, behind-the-scenes view of Antico Setificio Florentino - a silk mill that’s been operational since the Renaissance. To this day, they’re creating some of the world's most luxurious fabrics using the same wooden mills since the 1780s and even a machine made by Leonardo Da Vinci.
While our sourcing team works to showcase Antico Setificio Florentino on Le Souk, get inspired by the gorgeous silks of Proposte - our partner mill in Lake Como.
From CNN. Read more here.
The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress
in the World
File this story away for cocktail party conversations and just some general “WOW.”
Did you know that generations of women off the coast of Sardinia have been harvesting, spinning and weaving sea silk for the past thousand years? Neither did we, until we happened upon this fascinating story by the BBC.
From BBC. Read more here