Maria Cornejo Transforms Hyundai Factory Waste Into Sculptural Garments

The newly appointed CFDA board member takes her ethical design process a step further

Sustainability is one of the fashion industry’s most abused words. Much like “edgy” in the early aughts or “journey” circa 2013, it often amounts to little more than a PR-spin on minimal effort. For Maria Cornejo—the veteran Chilean-American designer who was recently appointed to the board of the CFDA—sustainability is about clearly defined imperatives. Measurable metrics including levels of dye toxicity, carbon footprint, water usage …

Adiff Makes Impactful Garments from Remnants of Crisis

We speak with Angela Luna about creating opportunities from disaster

Minutes away from Eftalou Beach on the Greek island of Lesvos, hundreds of thousands of life vests and tents lie in the crook of an ancient hill. A dumping ground for the survival gear that sustained refugees through their arduous journeys from Syria, Afghanistan and nations in between, the “Lifejacket Graveyard” is an unintended memorial to the ongoing migrant crisis. When Angela Luna—the founder and …

PH5 is Revolutionizing Knitwear With Algorithms

We speak with Mijia Zhang and Wei Lin about transforming an antiquated technique with technology, sustainability and a distinct aesthetic

The last time knitwear experienced seismic change was during the Industrial Revolution. Automation and large-scale machinery increased quantities and overall accessibility of fabric. Since then, there’s been little progress. “It hasn’t developed in decades,” Wei Lin—founder of the womenswear label PH5—says with a sense of frustration. “Well there was Alaïa,” she adds. But, apart from the late “King of Cling,” very few luxury labels can …