A journey to zero. A reflection on our roots and an aim to minimise environmental impact through design techniques conjoin. Studio ALCH‘s Autumn/Winter 2020 collection reflects on the skills obtained from an extensive exploration of reconstruction techniques to create elevated classics.Following on from previous collections, AW20 presents further explorations of waste-reducing design queues, such as winterised versions of pieces with removable and packable carrier bags that can be used repeatedly to reduce plastic usage. Additionally, this season Studio ALCH presents a range of traditional denim and jersey silhouettes that have been redesigned to be pattern cut from a single length of fabric with zero material waste.Garments presented in this collection are produced entirely from recycled, organic or excess deadstock materials. Both recycled and organic denim has been utilised and the nylon materials are made from 100% recycled filaments. Jersey styles have been produced in TencelTM – a compostable and biodegradable fibre.Garments are styled in traditional and military-inspired silhouettes, in keeping with the brand’s heavy sportswear influence and brand ethos.
The colour palette is relatively muted to represent that return to simplicity, acting as a canvas for the design concepts presented.Studio ALCH is an explorative unisex label now based in London, focused on experimenting with the process of deconstruction and reconstruction to extend the lifespan of pre-existing products, whilst also exploring design elements that reduce waste. ALCH creates pieces that question the conventional notion of practicality by using design methods that aim to increase functionality in innovative ways.Studio ALCH has worked collaboratively with various artists including Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy, Jorja Smith and Dave, and has also worked on a number of collaborations with renowned Dutch streetwear label Patta. The label’s founder was selected as 1 of 12 creatives worldwide to participate in Nike’s global Vote Forward Campaign and has continued to work with Nike on a multitude of projects since this.As Studio ALCH was founded in Australia, Alexandra Hackett would like to use this opportunity to raise awareness for the catastrophic bush fires still burning in Australia. If you’re able to donate any funds, please go to www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/nye