By Zoe Ruffner
Agnes Fischer has always felt at one with the sea (and it’s not only because of her last name). The 29-year-old Swedish swimwear designer spent her childhood visiting St. Barth’s and snorkeling off of its crystal clear coastline with her family. Now, though, “those same coral reefs are no longer as colorful,” she laments, citing the thousands of tons of abandoned waste that have wreaked havoc on the ocean and its ecosystem. It was this stark realization that led Fischer, a Parsons graduate who had previously worked at Saint Laurent under Hedi Slimane, to research sustainable fabrics until she finally landed upon Econyl in 2017, a 100 percent regenerative nylon fiber made out of abandoned fishing nets.