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A Genderless Tote Bag Made of Reclaimed Yarns

By Terence Poh

Gregory WooGucci’s “Off the Grid” long tote bag.

Gucci “Circular Lines,” an initiative started by the Italian brand which takes a regenerative approach to the use of materials, is launching its first collection, "Off the Grid". Conceived to ensure multiple life cycles of Gucci products and to “abandon worn-out seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence,” the brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele has imbued this collection with at least one trait of sustainable fashion on both social and environmental fronts. Take for example, the long tote bag. Made from reclaimed nylon spun from Econyl yarn (acquired through reviving pre- and post-consumer waste, such as recycled fishing nets, carpets and other such waste), the bag also features other eco-friendly components, like metal-free tanned leather trims and strap; recycled polyester thread, linings and hardware; and solvent-free adhesives. In addition, this tote, along with a series of ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear and luggage in this collection, fully hits a genderneutral note, in line with Michele’s continual attempts at erasing the stuffy distinctions between men’s wear and women’s wear.

Gucci Off the Grid long tote bag, S$2,210.