“This is the first step towards the creation of zero-waste design collections,” says Orsola de Castro, who co-founded From Somewhere with Filippo Ricci in 1997. “I trust that the Topshop team’s commitment to new sustainable solutions will lead to the reconsidering of consumption versus disposal throughout the whole fashion-industry supply chain.”
“This is the first step towards the creation of zero-waste design collections,” says Orsola de Castro.
This isn’t Topshop’s first foray into sustainable fashion. The British retailer partnered with hip-hop star Pharrell Williams in 2010 on a line of denim made with recycled plastic bottles. The following year, Topshop tapped local designer Izzy Lane to create a series of ethically produced coats using wool from Lane’s own flock of rescued Wensleydale and Shetland sheep.
“We are very excited about the launch of the first Topshop Reclaim To Wear range,” says Emma Wisden, Topshop’s buying director. “The blueprint that Orsola and Filippo have developed with us will hopefully allow Topshop to scale this project and apply the learning across a broader section of the supply chain, for the next collection.”
The Topshop Reclaim to Wear collection is slated to hit stores, as well as on www.topshop.com, on June 15.