Allotropon

During an internship at the House of Louis Vuitton, Alexandros has realised how big is the percentage of skins being discarded because of high quality standards.

 

The current processes of recycling destroy the subtleties which make up the beauty of leather. For this reason, he has been researching multiple ways to give a second life, to these leftovers, but always trying to keep the skins as pure as possible, excluding any chemical process that would increase its already high footprint.

 

The conclusion of the research is Allotropon, a collection of textile samples, where leather leftovers had first cut in very thin stripes (2- 3mm) and later woven in a differentiation of bindings and in combination with other yarns.

 

The surprising point comes from the fact that through this process the so called “wrong side” of the leather is the one that gives colour and enhances the texture qualities of the sample.

The first step, before weaving, is cutting the waste pieces in stripes as wide as the thickness of the skin. This creates a material with a square section, that acts like a yarn.

During weaving, these stripes rotate randomly, bringing on the top surface always a different facet. This results in a wavy effect of changing textures and colours.

From pieces of skin that were relatively longer, the cutout stripes were first spun (second picture from the top). They were spun together with two other extremely thin and durable synthetic yarns in order to create an infinite handmade leather yarn. This gives the possibility of creating bigger pieces of textile in both dimensions.