RETHINKING HIGH FASHION SHOES

Exploring new ways of designing shoes:

PROJECT LANGUAGE

Kristel Peters, a Belgian shoe designer wants to make a statement about the ecological damage footware industry. She wants to rethink the way we design shoes and producing them with no waste and trigger the fashion world to explore new ways of designing shoes: zero waste, circular and modular.

CASE:

Every year, approximately 21 billion pair of shoes are produced worldwide. 95% arrives after use on the landfill. For Europe only, this means 1,2 million ton a year. This high volume combined with the use of toxic components found in footwear has a tremendous impact on the natural environment and human future. ‘Rethinking High Fashion Shoes’ explores the best options for a designer to create a circular, zero waste, high fashion shoe collection. The role of the designer is of crucial importance in making the eminent match between new technology, low impact materials, service design and LCA. While finding solutions, this research uses a circular model like Cradle to Cradle as the main reference. In order for sustainable shoe design not to go into waste, system thinking is the key.

DISCOVER HER STORY IN DOMUS:

Domus, the international reference for architecture, design and urban planning published a full article about her work in the October issue. In our opinion, a strong sign that she is well on her way: respect! We had the honour to write the article. You can find the link below.

JE SUIS ALICE.

Rethinking High Fashion Shoes

Alice is a modular shoe design in combination with additive manufacturing. Alice offers several opportunities for good and sustainable design. (made to measure, reusing materials, recycling, repairing broken parts, local production.)

KRISTEL PETERS

SHOE DESIGNER

Kristel Peters is a shoe designer with more then 20 years experience in the international Fashion Industry (fe. Dries Van Noten and Bottega Veneta). She worked on this project at KASK, University College Ghent (BE), exploring sustainable shoe-design. She is particularly interested and in search for sustainable ways of shoe making and new materials with low / no impact. Her work is a combination of craftmanship and state-of-the-art technology.

COJAK’S BRAND LIEUTENANTS:

Kristel Peters: Researcher & Shoe Designer
Filip Bullens: Strategy & Design

You missed Alice at:

The Dutch Design Week, The Netherlands
Stockholm Design Fair, Sweden
FUNGAL FUTURES Utrecht, The Netherlands
Momu Antwerp, Belgium
Green product Award, Shangai, China
Winners of the Additive design Challenge, Belgium
Wereld van Kina, Ghent, Belgium
FUNGAL FUTURES II, Enschede, The Netherlands
WORTH partnership project, Spain
The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, London UK
The Art of Mushrooms, Porto, Portugal
Das Kunst-Natur-Labor oder Die wuchernde Wunderkammer Vienna, Austria

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