From the Ground

NATURAL COLOURS ARE FASHIONABLE. 100% NATURAL T-SHIRTS.

The project

NINII designs the tee-shirts in France and Maison Lenglin dyes the selected fabric, composed of 100% European linen, using vegetables and fruits wastes such as avocado peelings, carrot tops and strawberry leaves. The unwanted food wastes are collected from different associations and restaurants in order to give them a second life before being thrown.
After this process, the dyed fabric is sent to Portugal to be anufactured and embroided with colorful designs representing the plants that are used to dye.

Maison Lenglin (France)

MAISON LENGLIN is a design studio specialising in vegetable dyes and natural textiles, which develops projects and dye for clients who are looking for ways to run their business in a more sustainable way. Through design and innovation, Maison Lenglin is always searching for better solutions to be always greener, more creative and relevant to the evolution of human relationships with textiles. Maison Lenglin develops sources of natural dyes and dyed articles within a circular economy and with a sustainable approach. 

NINII (France)

NINII ready-to-wear brand, made in Roubaix, France, which presents collections always full of humour, irony and fantasy. A mix of 90s clubbing kitsch and street wear style, NINII collections are inspired by everyday objects and food imagery dressed up in sequins, acid colours and exclusive patches straight out of the madcap universe of its designer. A quirky collection, full of humour for unapologetic young women who prefer to make up their own rules rather than follow the traditional codes of the world of the fashion victim. 

Trueperfection Unipessoal Lda. (Portugal)

TRUEPERFECTION UNIPESSOAL LDA is a textile company comprising designers, tailors, pattern makers, quality inspectors, product developers and sample producers. The company’s goal is to achieve true perfection and high fashion quality in the world of clothing manufacture. Trueperfection only produces fair trade clothes. TP UP is the bridge between the client and their production, enabling much more fluid and direct processes during product conception.  

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

At the beginning of the project was the idea of designing an ultra circular fashion project. That means create a piece of fashion using only local and natural material to reach the minimum impact.
It actually started by the impulsion of Arthur Lenglin, natural dyer on flax. He had the purpose to push up natural dyes on the level of the ready-to-wear market. His researches are especially turned to vegetable dyes from food industry. Realizing that we use only a part of the food products and that the left over can be reused and particularly reused as textile dye, which is currently a very criticized process because of its damages caused on the environment and people around. Maison Lenglin wanted to show through this project that we can make it differently!

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

The problems are various. The way we consume fashion is sometimes a non-sens and can not fit with a durable system of production and distribution. In that way the most important is to change mentality first. To touch the market of ready-to-wear with a significant impact, Maison Lenglin was looking for a brand to collaborate in order to make the project visible and widely communicated. It was also the aim of being a WORTH Project. Being helped out and shown all over Europe.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

As the project is gathering many difficulties to reach is aim, the aim was to make a small production of a series of t-shirt. We reach the point of prototyping and it’s quite satisfying!
We had numerous problems such as the sourcing of dying plants, elaboration of the recipes to have the range of color we wanted. For exemple, a problem is that we can not obtain the same color from a bath of dye to an other even if we use the same source of plant. All the features that are to take into account make this process extremely precise and uncertain whereas the customer is waiting for a perfect result. We are wondering if the process is the process or the habits of consumption established. We thought we could push the process to the industrial scale but does it make sens? If it is to fit into the current way of making fashion, we kind of loose the essence of this project.

THE COLLABORATION:

Collaborations is a way to go ahead in a project, to confront ideas and make them grow, and of course to gather strength and know-how. One benefit is to share with the people engaged so you can have different opinions of your project and ideas. Then you can step back and find solutions you won’t have found alone. As project leader I was stubborn on some point in my part of the job and It took time to redefine things to make it actually more viable. For exemple we are understanding that the dyeing process is something to tell and to show and that we finally almost hide it in our final products. We started thinking about other ways to marketize it.

THE FUTURE:

So we are now going to the next phase of the project. As we tried our first idea from A to Z, we realized where it was problematic and how we could face these problems. We also had advices from our mentor on the market and the place we could find. Our collection could be manufactured and sold but the cost would be too expensive and with a lot of risk during after the sell and this is actually not what we wanted at the beginning. Now we are convinced that we should sell and experience more than a product. The market is saturated with product and people are looking for more sens and experience when they buy something. This is why we are developing a kit with everything to make your on t-shirt yourself while experiencing the material, the dying process, plants and crafted work!

THE MESSAGE:

Collaborating with others widen perspectives of a project.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

eMonsters

eMonsters

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

Time of your Light

Time of your Light

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Jute Wool

Jute Wool

Tista

Tista

W03_109

W03_109

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

Reminder Bracelet

Reminder Bracelet

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-Lamp

Hi-Lamp

The Hemp Chair

The Hemp Chair

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

Make and Create

Make and Create

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair