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Design for Permanence: Filippa K, Mistra

2015 – 2019

The Eternal Trench Coat The Eternal Trench Coat, Filippa K (2019)

Filippa K's philosophy is grounded in designing high quality, timeless pieces that last for many seasons. However, designing for full recyclability brings a new set of high quality, timeless pieces that last for many seasons. However, designing for full recyclability brings a new set of challenges to learn from in order to find a healthier approach in fashion. It currently requires making sacrifices when it comes to materials and design, and we've challenged ourselves to disrupt this pattern to create a Filippa K garment that is 100% recycled, and 100% recyclable.

Inspired by the slow speeds of nature and its ability to protect what exists while creating something new, The Eternal Trench Coat is made from a technical cycle utilising recycled polyester from plastic bottles. It is designed to last for a decade or longer: a classic trench style that works as a timeless topper for all seasons and is easily packable as well as water repellent. We are committed to supporting the wearer in mending and repairing the garment, and helping pass it along to a new owner if necessary. When it can no longer be worn, the coat is made to be recycled in its entirety with minimal effort to recreate the materials that it originated from.

Through this process we have developed new ways to use recycled materials in fashion, new technology to extend the life of clothing, and new insights for designing with future garments with full recyclability in mind.

"Extending the life of clothing by an extra nine months of active use would reduce carbon waste and water footprints by around 30-40% each." Wrap UK, 2015

See more here The Eternal Trench Coat: Filippa K

Read the project report here Circular design researchers in residence