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Prada expands Re-Nylon sustainable line

Oct 16, 2020

The Milan fashion powerhouse has significantly expanded its Prada Re-Nylon selection this fall, offering ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories for men and women, underlining its growing commitment to a more sustainable business model.

Prada Re-Nylon collection 2020 - Photo: Prada - Prada

Re-Nylon uses Econyl recycled nylon yarn, in an important evolution for Prada,  which has made multiple moves in the past year to become a more environmentally responsible corporation.

This spring, Prada sealed a second sustainability-linked loan with the Milan branch of Mizuho Bank, which followed a similar 50-million loan in 2019 with Credit Agricole. A key goal of both is to upgrade Prada Group stores to win a LEED Gold or Platinum Certification.

Re-Nylon debuted back in June 2019 with a collection of six bags for men and women; before ramping up to a broader concept includes women’s wear and menswear, all made from regenerated nylon.

Prada Re-Nylon collection 2020 - Photo: Prada - Prada

Prada’s long-term aim is to enshrine Re-Nylon as the next step in sustainable luxury - a textile endlessly regenerated without loss of quality. All accessories and garments now feature the Prada Re-Nylon logo, the Prada triangular logo reworked as a punchy rotating arrow. Looking ahead, Prada plans to convert all its virgin nylon into regenerated nylon by the end of 2021.

Ever since the Prada backpack in nylon gabardine became a contemporary luxury icon over a quarter century ago, its unique fabric has become instantly recognizable. Hard-wearing yet lustrous, and woven on silk looms; while the brand’s nylon Piuma - Italian for feather – material is also a strikingly fine lightweight nylon with the feel of silk.

With Prada Re-Nylon, the two materials are reinvented for the 21st century - seen in ready-to-wear that fuses sportswear elements with luxury silhouettes. Highlights include slim-line tailored single-breasted overcoats for men, full-skirted and slender cocktail dresses and cocoon-coats for women, along with padded jackets, spots-detailed trousers and shorts, and t-shirts. Paying homage to the iconic 1984 Prada nylon backpack - the first step of nylon into luxury - dresses feature front-pockets, buckles and webbing shoulder-straps.

One of the world’s most influential accessory brands, Prada has also developed new iterations of its Monolith combat boots and shoes, and low- and high-top sneakers for the Re-Nylon footwear. Re-Nylon also includes belt-bags, backpacks, cross-body styles and an archival Re-Edition style drawn from 2000.

Prada Re-Nylon collection 2020 - Photo: Prada - Prada

The house is sourcing the project from regenerated nylon created through the recycling and purification of plastic collected from oceans, fishing nets, landfills and textile fiber waste globally. Through a process of de-polymerization, purification and then transformation this material is recuperated and made into new nylon fabric.  By using Econyl, Prada hopes to reduce the contribution to global warming by up to 90% compared to virgin nylon yarn.

In addition, Prada has revamped flagships in New York, Beijing, Gangnam and Hong Kong to include multi-screen installations, video wallpaper and video arches to display the whole Re-Nylon concept, some of which was shot by National Geographic. The Prada Re-Nylon collection is already available in certain Prada boutiques worldwide; via prada.com and through selected retailers with special pop-up stores.

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