TEXT BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
A second life to the designer’s ‘Renata’ sandals is the first collection of many to come.
Like many designers and shoppers in the luxury spectrum, Sophia Webster has been reconsidering her brand’s environmental impact and putting sustainability at the top of her agenda for 2020.
Her first sustainable project for the year is the launch of a new upcycled collection, created using materials left over from the brand’s previous-season collections or past presentations at London Fashion Week.
The idea was to reduce waste by giving leftover fabrics “a fabulous second life” with this capsule. The result: A colorful, feel-good collection that has Webster’s exuberant aesthetic written all over it.
The designer used her ‘Renata’ sandal for the capsule – a square-toe strappy style that suits all sorts of materials – and mix-and-matched different shades of glitter across the heels and straps, with other fabrics from past collections like pastel tweed, a striking iridescent leather or red mesh and polka-dots.
There are a total of six different styles, each featuring a different material combination, with prices ranging from 195 pounds to 225 pounds.
I love being challenged to create compelling new designs with a random selection of colors and patterns. That’s my idea of fun,” said the designer. “The best thing about this however, is finding another way to reduce our impact on the environment, this time by repurposing much-loved materials.”
Using surplus materials found in the designer’s studio, makes the shoes limited-edition by default, so they will be sold exclusively on the brand’s website as of this month, in limited quantities.
Webster plans to continue releasing upcycled capsules and furthering her commitment to sustainability throughout the year.
Images courtesy of sophiawebster.com
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