Sustainable fashion label Archivist is turning discarded luxury hotel bed linen and turning them into timeless shirts.
The project, from Dutch designers Eugenie Haitsma and Johannes Offerhaus, started life when the pair acquired 200 kilos of Egyptian cotton bed linen from a luxury hotel in London’s Mayfair.
The designers said: “We asked ourselves the question what would happen to hotel sheets once they were discarded. We learned that when hotel bed linen is discarded, it is still in a perfect state to be upcycled to quality clothing. The fabric might have small defects but it is our aim to embrace and embellish them, averting waste from off-cuts as much as possible.
“With the fabric as a starting point we collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of creatives and garment technicians to create a radically disruptive home wear label.”
Archivist currently works with a number of hotels across Europe. Together the designers visit luxury hotels to talk about circular waste management and involve them in the project. The textiles are collected and then shipped to a family run atelier near Bucharest, where the fabrics are thoroughly cleaned, cut and manufactured into luxury shirts.
Archivist’s collection includes timeless designs for both women and men, both featuring a flowy and oversized fit in classic white.
With more hotels joining, Archivist say that more styles are being developed and will be released in the near future.
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