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The Materialist: new platform to rescue premium fabrics from landfill

01/10/2021

A past recipient of UKFT’s TAP grant funding has launched a new marketplace to rescue premium fabric from ending up in landfill called The Materialist.

Former TAP recipient Deborah Lyons (designer at Maison Lyons) has joined forces with Lavinia Santovetti (former economist for investment banks and consultancy firms), Liv Khan (co-founder of luxury fashion logistics business Lacuna), Marianna Ferro (digital fashion entrepreneur), and Piarve Wetshi (digital marketing expert) to turn excess premium fabric waste into opportunity.

The platform launched during the Fashion District Festival, with a panel featuring Diana Kakkar of UKFT member and premium garment manufacturer MAES London. Henry Hales of SIRPLUS, Ngoni Chikwenengere of WE ARE KIN, Lupe Castro of Fashion Space World and Kate Hills of Make It British.

The Materialist is also unveiling a social programme that makes free and subsidised fabrics accessible to communities, including schools and universities, non-profit institutions and social enterprises.

the material society offers excess textiles to makers: from young and emerging talents to students working on their final projects, and charities upskilling local groups.

Find out more at www.thematerialist.co