Thursday, 5 April 2018

Sophie Hulme Launches A New Collection Using Pre-Consumer Waste.

Launching this April, 'The Project' by Sophie Hulme is an initiative founded on the principles of responsible design. The first collection explores the issue of pre-consumer waste and re-using surplus skins from previous collections.

This spring, the Sophie Hulme studio – one of UK’s most beloved bag brands – launches 'The Project', an initiative founded on the principles of responsible design. For its first phase, the studio explores the issue of pre-consumer waste. With the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse - a factory in Bangladesh which collapsed in 2013 killing over 1000 garment workers - looming on April 23rd, a more sustainable approach to fashion and the industry’s responsibility to urgently address the repercussions of overconsumption on both the environment and human life, is at the fore of many minds.

The Sophie Hulme leather library houses all surplus skins from previous collections and so the studio decided to make use of these dormant leathers and design a creative collection that would rework them into a new capsule. Recovering leathers in this way uses only a fraction of the energy used to work directly from raw materials. “We have bags of leather scraps in different colours and I am always in the studio rearranging them, creating mini designs and patterns. I started thinking about how we could use them in our collections, and then we looked at what we had in our leather library, and exploring how we could work with our archive,” founder Sophie Hulme explained exclusively to Vogue.

Full story at Vogue.

By Alice Casely - Hayford.

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