Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre
When Parsons student Andria Crescioni won Loomstate’s zero-waste challenge in February, she didn’t just receive accolades and the approval of her peers. The recent graduate also got to see her design go into production. Her one-size-fits-all topper makes its commercial debut tonight at Rogan’s Bowery store in Manhattan, but it’s strictly limited edition—only 10 pieces were made. If swinging by the store isn’t on the cards, not to worry. Loomstate’s Scott Mackinlay Hahn and Rogan Gregory snuck us in for a sneak preview.
Crescioni was among the first students to enroll in Parson’s inaugural course on zero-waste fashion design, presided by assistant professor Timo Rissanen with Mackinlay Hahn and Gregory as mentors. Part technique, part philosophy, zero waste aims to create clothing patterns that leave virtually no scraps behind, no small feat when roughly 15 percent of a garment’s fabric winds up on the cutting-room floor. But waste reduction isn’t just an environmental issue, according to Gregory. “It’s about efficiency,” he tells Ecouterre. “The name of the game is yield on raw materials.”
“We got to see all the creativity and what the students think,” Mackinlay Hahn tells Ecouterre. “We [also] encouraged an idea that was marketable.”
While many students submitted high-concept designs, Crescioni’s humble yet sophisticated anorak stood out for being the most manufacturable. “We got to see all the creativity and what the students think,” Mackinlay Hahn says. “We [also] encouraged an idea that was marketable.”
Crescioni created her prototype from organic denim, but the final design comprises surplus 100 percent wool fabric from the Loomstate warehouse. Other details include dolman sleeves, a cinched waist, and adjustable pulls derived from scrap leather. Each anorak is manufactured locally in New York City, and a percentage of proceeds will go to a scholarship fund at Parsons.