Defined by irregular cuts, experimental zips and unisex styling.
Described as the process of taking an existing item and making something new, young designers of Copenhagen-based brand (Di)vision, Nanna and Simon Wick focus their creative talents on re-creating distinctive garments made from those with a previous life.
The duo's focus on sustainability is particularly relevant within today's climate that emphasises sustainable practices as alarming statistics arise about the textile industry's impact. The globe currently generates up to 92 billion tonnes of textile waste annually (!), while only 12% is recycled.
(Di)vision's signature bomber jackets are stamped with their ideology '(Di)vision for di children' and the collection sports an inherently young and rebellious attitude - not unlike the brand's army of Danish models and followers scattered across their Instagram grid.
From taking and repurposing mass-produced tees from corporate giants such as Champion, Nike, Jordan and Columbia etc to making tees that subtly make a statement about production waste and ethical consumerism, (Di)vision strikes a balance between youthful and meaningful.
Every item is different in its own way. Some hems are longer than others, a slightly stretched collar sewn next to one with frayed edges and a sleeve that stacks at the wrist next to a slightly cropped one.
The fragmented cuts and irregular hems that seen amongst the collection work fluently within 2021's 'weird' clothing trend. This trend sees unisex sizing (think Japanese numeric sizes), exaggerated shapes and stringy silhouettes— a welcome departure from elite-fashion clean lines and classic tailoring methods.
Each garment is a one-of-one and is a nod to the force of a generation of young designers eager to push the textile industry's boundaries to create a better future for the environment and those who inhabit it.
Standouts from Above the Cloud's first (Di)vision drop features a collection of two-tone bomber jackets in navy, green and black with a cropped fit and zips that allows the jacket to be halved and customised.
(Di)vision embodies a life-cycle of duality, from taking the ideas that emanate from sibling energy to giving aged items a second life, literally sewing together two garments with different stories and wearers in the hope of a second more sustainable life.
For more brands with a sustainable purpose, browse Eden Power Corp, Satta, Aries and more.