From pheromone-pumping dresses to underpants that send text messages when you wet yourself, we like to think we’ve seen it all. (Obviously, we haven’t.) EcoSkin’s use of Shima Seiki’s zero-waste, seam-free Wholegarment technology, however—a first for any eco-fashion label—is so elegant in its simplicity we want to slap our foreheads and go, “Why didn’t we think of that?”
KNIT TO MEASURE
The easiest way to describe the Wholegarment process is to compare it to the Barbie circular-knitting machine you cranked tube dress after tube dress from as a child, but on an industrial, more sophisticated scale.
Because the machine knits the yarn “in the round,” no fabric is wasted or left over.
Because the machine knits the yarn “in the round” to create a single, seamless garment, no fabric is wasted or left over. Another benefit: Wholegarment knits don’t require any costly and time-consuming post-production finishing.
LOOK MA, NO SEAMS
Although the terms “zero-waste” and “green” are practically interchangeable, the domestic factory that EcoSkin tapped had never worked with sustainable yarns before. Sandy Skinner, the company’s founder and designer, had to play sartorial yenta, linking up the factory with an Italian manufacturer that rolled out cones of organic cotton yarn. “It was a process that took over a year,” Skinner tells Ecouterre.
For spring, EcoSkin is launching four Wholegarment knits in a lightweight gauge.
For spring, EcoSkin is launching four Wholegarment knits—a tunic top and three dresses—in a lightweight gauge for sultrier weather. Skinner is already drawing up plans to introduce snugly knit sweaterdresses for the fall/holiday season, which she expects will become staples in her line. What’s not to love, after all? “They’re amazingly comfortable, amazingly soft, and they’ve got this great technology behind them,” she says.
We totally didn’t see that one coming.