Last week, 35 students of the first class of the IFM-Kering Fashion Sustainability Certificate presented 15 projects that contribute to the evolution of the fashion industry. Carried out in groups or individually, the projects are intended to propose a product or a solution that is part of a sustainable approach from an environmental, social, or economic angle.
The projects were evaluated by a jury that included big names in the industry such as Kering Chief Sustainability and Institutional Affairs Officer Marie-Claire Daveu, Executive President of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode Pascal Morand, and CEO of Chloé Riccardo Bellini.
The certificate in Fashion Sustainability was launched in 2019 and is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to advance sustainability goals and practices within the fashion and luxury industry.
Here are some examples of the projects:
Jenny Orru, Eva Debruyne, and Philippos Routhounas worked with sportswear brand Circle to develop a post-surgery bra for running and yoga.
Joakin Echeverria and Alice Dedole have designed a 100 percent made in France linen sweatshirt, a natural fiber that does not use irrigation, generates zero waste, and naturally regenerates the soils while preserving and promoting biodiversity.
The project Raglan developed by Flavia Roncolatto and Elsa Longret encourages consumers to be mindful about what they wear by selling patterns rather than finished garments, along with instructions and video tutorials.
Paul-Joachim Dekkers, Nuttanich Luengteerapap, and Giulia Manfroni worked with sportswear Circle to design and develop a pair of circular and performant shoes made in Europe minimizing carbon footprint
Maria Streang and Lucile Guehl worked with the Espero/Fil d’Avenir atelier, teaching a group of 9 Afghan refugee men artisanal techniques through a series of creative workshops in order to produce an upcycled knitwear collection.
Detox Ton Stock
This project offers brands a B2B service that helps brands transform their unsold garments into new desirable creations by co-creating an upcycled collection that matches their brand DNA.
Marco Ward is launching a brand that aims to reintegrate waste back into the economy. One of the materials used is Chiengora, a yarn spun from dog hair that is generally thrown away, but is one of the warmest fibers on earth, 80 percent more than sheep wool.