Some days, you want nothing more than to stay wrapped in your bed sheets. What if there was a way that you could, while still ensuring you’re office appropriate? That sweet dream is now a reality thanks to Australian label Esse Studios’ latest collection, a collaboration with Future From Waste Lab.

Esse Studios debuted its first collection in 2018 and has always resisted building its ranges around trends – the fashion calendar makes Esse’s founder, Charlotte Hicks, uncomfortable. The speed at which the world produces and consumes fashion is something she questioned even before she’d launched her own label, while working as a designer for Australian labels Zimmermann and Sass & Bide.

So, it makes sense that Hicks’ latest collection, Reworked Capsule, showcases waste as a valuable resource.

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“There is so much life left in the resources we have available, you just need to slow down and get creative,” Hicks says.

The Sydney-based designer has repurposed bed sheets for her latest collection, with help from the Future From Waste Lab, a Melbourne-based experimental fashion and retail space that turns textile waste into wearable pieces through washing, dyeing, cutting, sewing and selling.

The Lab works with sustainably focused local labels (Romance Was Born, Homie and Kitx have all collaborated on collections) to create small runs of garments and accessories entirely from excess materials.

The Reworked Capsule collection features tailored waistcoats; striped shirts; shorts; and long, transeasonal shirt dresses made for layering.

Each piece has been crafted from repurposed bed linen made with 100 per cent cotton. (The sheets were sourced from Textile Recyclers Australia and had been donated by people who no longer needed them.) The fabric was sourced, cleaned, washed and made in Melbourne. Given the nature of the material, each piece is unique and distinctive (Hicks contended not only with finite resources but also with stains and rips). While unique in nature, the Reworked Capsule is cohesive with Esse’s core range: timeless tailoring, bold shapes and an element of masculinity.

The upcycled capsule collection is on display at In Bed’s flagship store in Armadale, Melbourne where it will be available for purchase by the public for 10 days from Friday April 21.

You can also shop the collection online.

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