Asia’s leading upcycled fashion brand, The R Collective rolls out an exclusive retail partnership with NET-A-PORTER.com as they join this globally-leading online luxury fashion retailer’s curated platform, NET SUSTAIN, of consciously crafted sustainable and ethical brands.
Rinse And Spin: The R Collective Collaborates With Designer Wen Pan
The R Collective’s eight-piece upcycled collection sprouts from the skilled hands of award-winning sustainable designers Wen Pan and Weiyu Hung. It celebrates the beauty of upcycling and circular fashion, proving that luxury fashion need not be wasteful.
Created by rescuing other luxury brands’, mills’ and manufacturers’ excess materials, destined for landfill, incineration or downcycling, The R Collective re-uses excess materials using sustainable design techniques to reimagine the destiny of unwanted fabrics and to produce a modern, timeless and hardworking closet.
The brand collaborates with alumni from the Redress Design Award, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.
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“For me, fashion is not only clothing,” Hung, a Chinese contemporary womenswear designer based in the Netherlands, tells Temper. “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.” Hung’s covetable designs for The R Collective on NET SUSTAIN include his upcycled Karl Dress, a chic staple featuring a storm flap on the back that effortlessly references that classic Hepburn trench coat design. Made from upcycled organic cotton-blend cut using efficient, waste-minimizing patterns.
Many of Hung’s pieces are inspired by the square-cutting idea from traditional clothing in Asia and minimalist artworks from the 1960s to create a modern and chic look — with the wisdom of the ancestors a cherry of that sustainable sundae.
Pan’s design calling card is deconstructed pieces that share the beauty in imperfection. “I hope we can find beauty in imperfection,” Pan chimes in, “My collection shows that you don’t need to make a loud statement to support sustainable fashion. When women wear pieces from this collection, they can feel a strong sense of pride and inner confidence.”
Her Bermondsey belted cropped houndstooth upcycled wool wide-leg pants offer a fresh take on tailoring, while her Ely upcycled asymmetric upcycled cotton-blend dress with frayed seams gives edge. The Aldgate Dress has a distinctive yet classic silhouette, sitting alongside her Dalston Trench, a must-have, ever-green wardrobe staple.
“We’re passionate about uniting sustainable designers and increasingly conscious consumers in our efforts to reduce fashion’s waste, whilst celebrating the power of fashion to be an agent of change,” The R Collective’s Founder Christina Dean tells Temper.
As well as these covetable designs by Weiyu and Wen Pan, NET SUSTAIN is now also home to a few of our timeless in-house designed pieces led by The R Collective’s Creative Director, Denise Ho. The Victoria Dress features gathers and draping with a thigh slit and the Welland Skirt embraces an elegantly draped silhouette, each created using top quality fabrics from other leading luxury brands.
NET SUSTAIN launched in June 2019 and in January 2020 expanded its collection of brands to 100 labels, including Stella McCartney, Mara Hoffman, Gabriela Hearst, E.L.V. Denim and Deadwood. The R Collective’s inclusion on NET SUSTAIN comes at a pivotal time as the fashion industry continues to battle to reduce its 92 million tons of industry textile waste generated every year and its estimated 10 percent contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Meanwhile, shoppers are increasingly conscious of their environmental impact, with more than a third of consumers reporting they have already switched from their preferred brand to another because it credibly stands for positive environmental and/or social practices.
Aiming to support consumers’ knowledge in assessing sustainable brands, Good On You®, the trusted ethical ratings platform, recently rated The R Collective as “GREAT”, further affirming The R Collective’s position as Asia’s leading sustainable fashion brand.
The R Collective is available online now at NET-A-PORTER.COM.
Price points range from USD $225 to USD $575.
About designer Weiyu Hung: Weiyu Hung holds a degree in Fashion Design from the Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. He is a Redress Design Award 2018 Finalist, as well as a 201-cycle Semi-Finalist. He is currently working as a fashion designer and studying his Masters in Fashion Design from the ArtEZ University of Arts, the Netherlands. In 2019, he presented his new collection during the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week as part of an event called the Future Fashion Show.
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