When I met fashion designer Daniel Silverstein in his Manhattan studio several years ago, I knew he was a visionary on to something special with his commitment to reducing the waste of fabric in the fashion industry. But I had no idea how his passion would evolve into a movement for change. Now located in Brooklyn, Daniel transformed his designs to zero-waste in 2016 with the creation of ZeroWasteDaniel – ZWD – and Daniel is bringing his mission and message not only to Brooklyn and local designers, but to everyone through his global website. Every scrap, every piece of material is used and re-used: “At Daniel’s studio, fabric waste is kept to zero. pattern making techniques, appliqués, tiled mosaics and embellishments absorb one hundred percent of the textile goods that are brought into the studio and ZWD takes factory scraps and turns them into new goods.”
Abrina and I visited the studio in Brooklyn and met Daniel’s teammate, Mia Lopes, lead textile artist for ZWD. Mia spoke about the mission of zero waste production and how she has come full circle working with Daniel, whom Mia met when they were both students at FIT. Zero Waste is about creating inclusion; every design is unisex and meant to be worn comfortably by both sexes. Zero Waste is about educating consumers of the responsibility we all have to protect our environment and creating a sustainable future. Zero Waste is about partnering with local artisans – to tackle the wasteful fashion industry in larger, growing numbers. And Zero Waste is about producing everything entirely locally, in New York City, and bringing jobs home. Meeting Mia, I see that Zero Waste, at its core, is also about creativity and expression, because without inspired alternatives to conventional fashion, no one would join in this exciting commitment to change and do what is right for our world. And the future for Daniel? As far as I can see, there is no limit to his vision – in fact, Mia said that they are considering Zero Waste furniture design!
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