Supported with grants to promote emerging innovations, One X One: The Conscious Design Initiative aims to tackle fashion’s biggest issues– climate change, environmental degradation and social impact– within the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The dazzling partnerships and focus areas for 2020 include:
Designer, 3.1 Phillip Lim and researcher, Charlotte McCurdy who promote scientific innovation and scaling of alternate materials. Creative Director and Co-Founder of his eponymous label, Lim sits at the helm of a now 14-year-old pioneering modern luxury brand. Lim will work with McCurdy, a scientist known for making carbon-neutral algae plastic from completely organic materials in the oceans.
Designer, Mara Hoffman and workforce development program, Custom Collaborative come together to drive social sustainability to highlight the brands and fabric producers that fulfil human rights. Hoffman – who has a proven commitment to sustainability through circular economy initiatives and area leadership – will work with Custom Collaborative, a New York City-based program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses.
Designer, Telfar Clemens and scientist, Theanne Schiros explore circularity through the use of recycled or newly created material. Telfar Global is a brand led by Telfar Clemens, which creates unisex ready-to-wear and accessories. Clemens will collaborate with Theanne Schiros– Assistant Professor of Science and Sustainability at FIT, a research scientist at Columbia University and the co-founding advisor of AlgiKnit, a biomaterials company.
The program is built on a foundation of support and it has a sparkling advisory committee of iconic global figures including Abrima Erwiah, Alexi Lubomirski, Amber Valletta, Burak Cakmak, Julie Gilhart, Kikka Hanazawa, Marjon Carlos, Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Rachael Wang, Regan Grusy, Sasha Samochina, Shaway Yeh and Valerie Craig.
We will come together to celebrate our participants at the upcoming Fall/Winter 2020 New York Fashion Week in February and their final innovations will be revealed at UN General Assembly Week in September, in New York City.
Throughout its history, Swarovski has endeavored to remain true to its founder Daniel Swarovski’s vision of a responsible company that not only has its employees’ wellbeing at heart but also that of the environment and society as a whole. Today Swarovski is a pioneer in a new era of Conscious Luxury, which puts sustainability at the heart of design and manufacture, finding ways to work that respect both people and planet.
For more information, please visit https://onexone.earth