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Urban Outfitters, Inc. are partnering with FabScrap to reduce the fashion industry’s impact on the planet by helping the organisation expand with a working capital grant.

The retail group started working with FabScrap in 2019 as part of its efforts to reduce waste in its supply chain. The non-profit helped Urban Outfitters, Inc. to recycle fabric waste from their knitting, sample, and pattern-making rooms.

More needs to be done added the retailer, as each year more than 6.3 million tons of textiles are wasted during the design and production process to make clothing, according to the ‘A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future’ report from the Ellen McArthur Foundation.

This new partnership will see Urban Outfitters combating commercial textile waste by facilitating FabScrap’s expansion into the Mid-Atlantic region by providing a new physical location in Philadelphia and a working capital grant.

Frank J. Conforti, co-president and chief operating officer, Urban Outfitters, Inc., said in a statement: “We are excited about the partnership with FabScrap as part of the next step in our sustainability journey. Philadelphia is a perfect location to expand due to local demand for service and many relationships with design and art universities and non-profits in the region. We believe this expansion will facilitate an infrastructure solution for FabScrap and our community.”

Headquartered in New York City, FabScrap is a non-profit organisation that has pioneered a system to reuse and recycle fabric waste. It aims to counter the fashion industry’s commercial textile waste problem by diverting as much unused material as possible from being landfilled or incinerated, while simultaneously creating an accessible materials resource for creative communities.

Jessica Schreiber, chief executive of FabScrap, added: “It’s fantastic that Urban Outfitters, Inc. supports the fabric recycling and reuse infrastructure FabScrap is building. This infrastructure is a key component of a more sustainable future for fashion.

“We are leading the change in how the industry handles fabric waste during the design process, though our work relies on companies and individuals within the industry recognising the issue and actively seeking a solution. Urban Outfitters, Inc. is actively contributing to our growth, increasing the accessibility of our services, and accelerating our impact.”

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Fila collaborates with Flock Together initiative on capsule

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Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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Sportswear label Fila has unveiled a collaboration with birdwatching initiative Flock Together in the form of an apparel and footwear capsule, to be exclusively sold through LN-CC.

In a range of hike-wear gear made for urban exploring, the collection intends to bring people into nature and engage with their community. The selection includes a reinvented version of the Fila Trailblazer hiking shoe and two shearling fleece designs.

The colourways of the line are inspired by the Kingfisher bird, with a scannable near field communication (NFC) tag present in the hiking shoe that takes buyers to a dedicated page outlining the best places in the UK to spot a Kingfisher.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

15 percent of all sales of the collection will go towards the Flock Together community fund.

Buying and creative director at LN-CC, Reece Crisp, expressed his enthusiasm over the collaboration in a release, stating: “We’re super excited for LN-CC to be part of this project.

“Flock Together encompasses everything that’s great about community and wellness, two driving forces that are integral to LN-CC too.

“Flock Together’s growth has been both a reaction to, and antidote from, a difficult eighteen months by bringing people together and encouraging outdoor consciousness, so we are honoured to share our platform in amplifying its much-needed positivity while working with Fila in creating this tribute to the Kingfisher.”

Flock Together, founded back in the 2020 covid-19 lockdowns, brings BIPOC together to engage in birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.

It has previously partnered on an event with Timberland, hosting a range of spoken word presentations at the nature reserve, Woodbury Wetlands. Sponsored by the apparel label, the event aimed to promote the voices in its growing community adjacent to guiding guests through the nature reserve.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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