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One X One: The Conscious Design Initiative Aims to Tackle Fashion’s Biggest Issues


One x One is a conscious fashion initiative by Swarovski and Slow Factory Foundation support by the United Nations Office for Partnerships. It’s the first of its kind incubator project breeding cross-disciplinary collaboration to empower solution-based sustainable innovation. 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.

How are they doing it? First they’re looking at the three pillars of sustainability:

  1. Circularity

  2. Human-Centered Design

  3. Regenerative Technologies

    Under each of these pillars they’re pairing a designer with an expert in a specific area of sustainability to collaborate and innovate together.

Telfar Global X Theanne Schiros – Circularity

Designer Telfar Clemens and scientist Theanne Schiros will collaborate on a bag made from a “leather” substitute grown from bacteria. This partnership aims to recreate an iconic accessory using waste as a regenerative resource.

Mara Hoffman X Custom Collaborative – Human Centered Design

Designer Mara Hoffman and workforce development program Custom Collaborative will create an advanced training program around various aspects of renewing garments. The goal of this partnership is to provide a case study for scaling the initiatives that both create job opportunities, which further women’s economic advancement, and contribute to circular models.

3.1 Phillip Lim X Charlotte McCurdy – Regenerative Technologies

Designer Phillip Lim and researcher Charlotte McCurdy will employ carbon neutral materials to reimagine a new conscious luxury.

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