Zilver is a unisex fashion label with strong sports-, street- and workwear influences founded in 2018 by designer and creative director Pedro Lourenço. Born with a responsible mindset, Zilver aims to break the stigma of sustainability being unsexy by offering a modern look.
Debuting at London Fashion Week in September 2018, Zilver uses transparency within its production methods in order to drive sustainability within the fashion industry. In addition to working with Eco-Age, a sustainability consulting organization, Lourenço uses various eco-friendly materials and technologies for his collection.
Among those are
- Desserto (a cactus leather organically grown and dried in Mexico);
- apple leather (apple skin is a PETA-approved material made from food industry waste);
- BeLeaf (leaf leather, a vegan biotype from the tanning of the “elephant ear” plant, collected in sustainable areas and planted together with reforestation farms in Brazil);
- FLWRDWN (an insulation made with dried wildflowers, grown without any pesticides and hand-picked. The flowers are combined with a biopolymer to bring out their thermal-warming properties);
- organic cotton (Zilver claims that all its organic cotton is GOTS certified);
- recycled polyester certified by the Global Recycled Standard (the fabric is developed using the clear plastic from used water bottles as raw material).
Jacket made with apple leather by Zilver
Lourenço also finds inspiration in astrology: “Since our very beginnings we have been inspired by the astrological calendar, assigning a zodiac sign to each collection. The main goal of the collection was to express the passion and energy of the sign, with bold use of colour and an interaction with light through innovative fabrics that don’t compromise our commitment to sustainability. We want the wearer to feel that they embody the best Leo qualities: courageous, confident, vibrant, creative,” the designer says.
Retail prices range from £195 for jeans and £260 for hoodies up to £850 for puffer jackets; stockists include Browns and Machine A in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris and H.Lorenzo in Los Angeles.