Prada’s Newest Ski Capsule Puts Recycled Nylon to Artful Use
Prada’s Linea Rossa FW22 collection is a capsule designed to elevate your winter wardrobe, whether whizzing down a mountain in St. Moritz or sipping cocktails at a chalet in Banff. Marrying Prada’s trademark minimalism with high-performance sportswear, the collection features everything you’ll need to hit the slopes in style, from windproof ski parkas to Gore-Tex mittens to boards and helmets co-designed with Burton. Beyond the modern silhouettes and technical features, however, Linea Rossa contains another element that makes it one of the most advanced ski collections around: recycled nylon.
The matt black sheen of nylon has been a hallmark of Prada’s designs for decades and was originally pioneered by Miuccia Prada when she took over the brand’s creative direction. In 2019, however, the company took a major step forward with the introduction of Re-Nylon, a revolutionary textile made from post-consumer recycled material. In partnership with Aquafil, an Italian textile producer that specializes in recycling old fishing nets and carpet scraps into new fabrics, Prada successfully replaced virgin nylon with Re-Nylon and other forms of recycled nylon throughout its product line as of 2021.
For every 10,000 tons of Econyl Aquafil creates, Prada says, they save up to 70,000 barrels of petroleum and more than 65,000 tons of CO2 emissions, reducing the textile’s overall impact by 90%. The future of sustainable fashion depends on brands like Prada to do what they’ve always done: making beautiful clothes from the best materials in the world. These days, those materials just happen to be made from recycled carpets.