Interview: Amah Ayivi, Marché Noir Lomé-Paris

The designer and clothing dealer tells us why style will always triumph over fashion

Born in the Togolese Republic, Amah Ayivi emigrated to France at 12 years old to discover an entirely different world of aesthetics roaming the Parisian streets. Fascinated by fashion from a young age, Ayivi developed his interest in vintage clothing—drawn to its patina and singularity—into a thriving business, searching for second-hand clothing in West Africa and shipping it back to Paris. He opened the first …

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 …

Industrial Waste as a Resource

More than recycling or upcycling, designers like Sophie Rowley, Mieke Meijer and Jorge Penadés use garbage, scraps and waste as a resource that can be molded into new materials. From Penadés’ reconstituted leather to wood made from newspaper (the work of Meijer, called NewspaperWood), brands like Hermès and Peugeot are tapping these materials for beautiful products. Read more about our material age—one of transition and reclamation—at T: The …