After the ‘ladwear’ of London and the peacocking of Pitti, Men’s Fashion Week swanned gracefully into Milan last Friday, touching down for another instalment in the city many still regard as its spiritual home. By the end of tomorrow, when the press pack up ahead of a short hop to Paris in time for the next round of events on January 20th, Gucci, Missoni, Fendi, Prada and Armani (both Emporio and Giorgio) will all have shown their hand for Autumn/Winter 16.
With that in mind, this week’s Material Monday shines the spotlight on a product that is manufactured less than 100 kilometres from Milan, and is inspired by the very industry that continues to define the city. And that industry is, of course, fashion.
Remake, from Italian manufacturers Favini, draws on Italy’s long and famed history of leather production to bring together the by-products from tanneries and other industrial processes in a high-quality paper. Using leather fibres to replace an equivalent amount of wood tree pulp, waste product that would otherwise end up in landfill is introduced into the manufacturing process in such a way that it binds with cellulose to create a paper that is both recyclable and compostable.
The unique DNA of Remake – 45 per cent virgin wood pulp fibres, 30 per cent post-consumer recycled fibres and 25 per cent leather fibres – lends it a soft and velvety feel, while the traces of leather that remain visible give the paper a distinctive flecked appearance. This alliance of luxurious tactility and sustainability, in addition to Remake’s compatibility with all major printing and finishing processes, makes it an ideal candidate for brands or projects with a particular focus on maintaining high production standards while keeping one eye on environmental repercussions.
Remake’s versatility makes it ideal for everything from stationery to packaging (Image: Pinterest)