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Public School and Eileen Fisher Are Partnering on a Zero-Waste Collection

Fashion designer Eileen Fisher is known for her comfortable, classic knits while Public School New York (PSYNY) founders Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow lean more toward streetwear. Despite the polarity of their styles, the designers share a vision for a more sustainable and eco-friendly industry. Fisher is known for her sustainable practices and program called Renew. She also has an upcycling factory, which inspired Osborne and Chow to start a zero-waste collaboration with the designer.

“This is one of the most important collaborations we’ve worked on in terms of providing visibility and awareness around a critical issue — sustainability within our industry,” Chow told WWD. “This is the first step for our brand toward implementing sustainable standards into our own practices. Eileen has been such an amazing leader in the sustainable space so we’re really fortunate to be able to work and learn from her and her team,” added Osborne.

The collection features a pant, top, hat and sweater, each with a cap of around 150 or fewer in stock, all made from recycled clothes. The Harlem Denim Pant uses two shades of reclaimed denim with side snaps. The Hastings Silk Top is made of Renew silks.

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NOT YOUR MOM’S SUSTAINABILITY. We’re excited to launch our newest collaboration with the one and only @eileenfisherny who’s been at the forefront of sustainable fashion for over 10 years. She’s collected over a million of her own pieces from her customers since 2008 and renewing the life-span of these garments through her upcycled collections. She graciously took us under her wing and opened up her Tiny Factory in Irvington, NY to share their renewal process and best practices in design and production. Along the way we developed a 5 piece capsule that features vintage silks, wools and denim as well as her own privately developed felting technique that turns factory floor scraps into a new cut-able fabric. Over the course of the summer we learned how to properly disassemble old garments, reverse engineer patterns to optimize fabric yield, and fully utilize every inch for a #zerowaste process. The entire experience has been inspiring and eye-opening to say the least, not only learning a new way to design but rethinking he we create and subsequently consume. We’re super grateful to Eileen and her entire team for sharing their wealth of experience and information. No one company or designer will be able to tackle the effects our industry continues to leave on our climate and environment on their own so the spirit of this collaboration is to prove that we all must work together to make a change. And the change is coming. Shout out to all the great brands and designers already doing amazing work to help evolve our industry. #psnyxef #zerowaste Photo by @notthing.

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The collection is exclusively available at the Making Space store in Brooklyn, New York. The Riverdale Felted Cap is the only piece that is also available online in Public School’s website.

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