The cashmere and knitwear industry are constantly involved into developing new materials, blends and solutions aimed at reducing fashion's impact on the environment. The SPIN OFF has selected some of most innvoative achievements of these two restless market segments.
Filippa K's new attitude for recycling
For f/w 2022, Filippa K is launching a new capsule collection meant to furthering sustainable solutions in the fashion industry. Among its newest development the brand is offering a series of knitwear items made with Swedish wool.
Circularity has been central to Filippa K for almost a decade, with the aim of shifting from the industry’s linear take-make-waste model to a more circular economy. In its latest collaboration, the house has introduced Italian fabric mill Beste to Renewcell, setting into motion a circular production loop that transforms the mill’s textile waste into a new recycled material.
Circulose is made by first breaking down the textile waste into a branded dissolving pulp. These fibers, which are optimised for use in existing supply chain networks, are spun into a yarn and sent back to Beste for weaving, dyeing and finishing. The finished fabric is then used to create new garments, while the textile waste from weaving will be transported to Renewcell, contributing to the future production of Circulose.
"Filippa K has been collaborating with both Beste and Renewcell for some years, but we brought them together for this project. This loop is just a start,” commented Jodi Everding, vice president of sustainability, Filippa K.
Dutch knitting for good
Scotch & Soda has just launched a new winter capsule of very soft knitwear made from 100% natural undyed yarns composed of 20% Alpaca and 80% Kempen Heath sheep.
They were produced in collaboration with "The Knitwit Stable," a sheep farm located in the village of Baambrugge near Amsterdam, also hosting a small knitting atelier–one of the few ones in The Netherlands–where the wool follows a responsible production path throughout the entire value chain.
Nanamica, the Japanese fashion-meets-functionality brand with a penchant for utilizing quality materials and finding ways to elevate them, is launching a series of knitted accessories made with GRS certified recycled cashmere and a special polyester yarn containing Kodenshi ceramics. This special material has been featured heavily in the brand's fall/winter 2022 collection, as it efficiently and effectively maintains natural warmth.
The Tech Gloves are inspired by knit gloves of the Italian military forces and feature conductors woven into the fingertips, so using mobile devices during cold days won't be an issue.