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The R Collective x Wen Pan launch upcycled luxury collection

Alice Ierace
22 May 2019

Social impact upcycled luxury fashion brand The R Collective has announced the launch of a collection in collaboration with Chinese London based designer Wen Pan, achieving positive environmental change by rescuing textile waste and upcycling it back into fashion, while giving back 25% of profits to ​Redress​.

The seven piece capsule collection, "‘Rinse", ​takes inspiration from the emotive narrative ingrained in every stitch of clothing through the wearer’s life and memories. True to Wen Pan’s signature style, ​"Rinse" evokes characters of femininity and roughness, a hint of delicacy juxtaposed with deconstruction, imperfect raw fluidity meets rich textures.

Created using upcycled rescued textile waste sourced from luxury brands, manufacturers and fabric mills from around the world, the collection uses circular fashion techniques to reimagine the destiny of textile waste, keeping fabric in the fashion system and transforming the way clothes are designed.

Based in East London, Wen Pan is a Central Saint Martins graduate and an alumni of the Redress Design Award​. ​Each piece is named after an East London borough, a reference to the imperfection, spirit of freedom and independence that inspires Wen Pan’s work.

“​I hope we can find a beauty in imperfection. We do not need to dress or look like a celebrity, as being ourselves is beautiful enough,” says Wen Pan. “​Rinse shows that you don’t need to make a loud statement to support sustainable fashion. When women wear pieces from this collection, they can feel a strong pride and inner confidence, ‘I am what I am, and I am making a small effort to make the Earth better, which makes me really cool.

"Rinse" will retail on The R Collective’s website on 3 June, with pre-order available from 27 May with prices ranging from $179 to $598. Select pieces will also be available in Lane Crawford from June 2019.

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