By Danielle Wightman-Stone
Italian fashion house Gucci has unveiled the first collection from its circular lines, Gucci Off The Grid, which has been designed by creative director Alessandro Michele using recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials.
The collection, which will be exclusively sold on Farfetch for the first two weeks alongside Gucci’s website, features genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear, as part of the fashion house’s vision for circular production.
The main material used for the “mindful” collection is a 100 percent regenerated nylon created from recycled Econyl yarn made from nylon offcuts and pre-and post-consumer waste, including abandoned fishing nets and carpets. The recycled, sustainably sourced material literally transforms plastics that harm marine life and old materials that will likely end up in landfills into a new high-quality thread.
Gucci launches its first sustainable collection
In addition, to support a continued cycle, the Econyl offcuts are recovered from Gucci Off the Grid’s manufacturing and then recycled to create new Econyl materials as part of the Gucci’s Econyl pre-consumer fabric take-back programme, while leather scraps from the collection are also recovered and upcycled as part of the Gucci-Up initiative.