BYBORRE launches Edition9™ and introduces its engineered knits into the outdoors

This Friday the 1st of October marks the release of the first items of Dutch textile innovation company BYBORRE its latest collection of advanced knitted textiles and signature silhouettes. The collection, developed as the team was settling into the new normal of working-from-home, is rooted in a strong urge to spend their free time outdoors, exploring the parks and forests around their hometown Amsterdam. This reappreciation of the outdoors and its liberating qualities translated into the challenge to explore how the BYBORRE performance knits could be applied to a more outdoor environment and how to adjust existing styles and create new ones that speak the language of outdoor garments, and which hold their own performance wise. Exploring the world beyond their homes, BYBORRE engineered a new range of textiles and products, this time specifically rendered for a life set in the natural surroundings, including its returning GORE-TEX instalment and the introduction of an all new program with none other than Parley for the Oceans.

Recognizable BYBORRE styles such as its Weightmap Sweater, the Over Shirt and the Tapered Cropped Pants have been overhauled and executed in a wide range of protective knits specifically engineered to challenge colder outdoor conditions whilst offering the comfort of knitted textile. Existing and new knit types such as a new iteration of an Ottoman structure coined OTM™, and a heavier rendition of its signature AO2™ textile, were developed specifically to stand the test of the elements, resulting in a range of heavy, tight knitted textiles and garments providing both rugged protection and wearer comfort. 

The team worked together with tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher, using the Create™ tool to develop a textile based on Schiffmacher his distinct art style. Making up the protective knits are bold lines and graphic structures depicting rocks, leaves and organic shapes tapping into the worlds of natural life and outdoor scenery, aptly fitting a collection made for a life of adventure.

On a material level, this Edition furthers BYBORRE’s strive to conscious textile production and use, by announcing the introduction of an all new ingredient partnership with none other than Parley for the Oceans - a global collaboration network and environmental organisation known for its strategy to end marine plastic pollution: Parley AIR — Avoid, Intercept, Redesign. The two organisations join forces to create textiles using Parley’s innovative Ocean Plastic® yarns made from up-cycled marine debris and BYBORRE’s bespoke textile production, in an effort to inspire fellow designers and manufacturers to challenge the status quo, question materials and methods, and help drive a material revolution by transforming products into symbols of change.

Keeping with tradition, Edition9™ also features the continuation of the research based partnership with GORE-TEX, further exploring the possibilities and comfort brought by marrying jersey knitted textiles with protective woven membranes. 

The first items of the collection have been launched on shop.byborre.com, and are set to release with global BYBORRE retailers in the coming weeks. Also head over to the BYBORRE website to learn more about the company’s latest textile innovations and developments, and to start developing your own textiles using their Create™ tool.

KEY INNOVATIONS FOR EDITION9™:

BYBORRE’s Editions serve as the perfect playground to both experiment and refine material innovations and showcase them to the world. With each new Edition, the BYBORRE label highlights the genuine usability and creative potential of BYBORRE’s textiles for all creators who have a need to work with its knitted textiles. The Editions introduce and commemorate the biggest ideas coming out of the studio.

OTM™

As a latest addition to the BYBORRE textile building blocks, this variation of the signature 3D knit technique has a characteristic, alternating ribbed or corded structure. Additionally, colours on the front and back of the fabric fully blend creating a strikingly bold look.

AO2™ Heavy Weight

Premiering the heavyweight sibling to the AO2™ (Attachment Only 2 layer) textile. Whilst constructed using the same technique, this rendition utilizes more yarns to create a denser, more rugged knit. Intended for outerwear and pants, this fabric has an unexpected structure to it reminiscent of denim or heavy duck cloth. 

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EDITORIAL BY SABUKARU

No matter how alluring the busy crossings and neon-cast streets of downtown Tokyo may seem, one of the most beautiful yet oftentimes overlooked parts of Japan is its wide-open nature. Just a stones throw or 1h train ride away from the bustling capital, a completely different landscape unfolds for those who take the trip; One that swaps forests for skyscrapers and rivers for railroads. While the sabukaru team enjoys the convenience and perks of Tokyo city life, the appreciation for a getaway to the great outdoors has never been higher. Building upon said fascination, we took to the Japanese countryside to represent the best of both worlds while putting the latest Edition9™ to the test. Inspired by Byborre's signature knit technology, we chose to photograph the indoor portion of the editorial in a traditional tatami room. Paying special attention to the patterns that adorn the edges of each tatami mat, we aimed to highlight the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into each stitch - of the tatami and the garments alike. To contrast the coziness and warmth of the indoors, we showcased the more rugged and technologically-adept items in the lush Japanese nature. Taking the Byborre knit from an old tatami room to the outdoors while showcasing it in very contemporary styling, we assembled a team of sabukaru favourites to make it happen.

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PARTNERS

• Parley for the Oceans.

• The GORE-TEX brand

• Meryl

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About Parley for the Oceans

Parley for the Oceans is a new form of environmental organisation that brings together creators, thinkers, and leaders across brands, governments, creative communities and environmental groups to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction. What started as a collaboration space has fast become an award-winning global movement and network with its multidisciplinary approach and Parley AIR Strategy (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign), Parley works to accelerate solutions to marine plastic pollution, climate change and overfishing. Parley understands current plastic is a design failure, sees the long-term solution in a Material Revolution. To catalyze awareness and fund initiatives focused on direct impact, education, material science and eco-innovation. Parley introduced Ocean Plastic®, a catalyst material made from intercepted marine plastic waste to replace virgin plastic while raising awareness and funds that empower leaders in the sports, fashion and luxury industries to transform products into symbols of change.

Parley has formed alliances with major partners including adidas, Anheuser Busch InBev (Corona), American Express; the Republic of the Maldives, the United Nations, World Bank, British Fashion Council, and collaborates spanning the worlds of science, art, fashion, design, entertainment, sports, space and ocean exploration. Learn more and join the movement at www.parley.tv

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CREDITS

STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY

Tomek Dersu Aaron

EDITORIAL BY SABUKARU

Production: Bianco Bianco Tokyo

Creative Direction: Adrian Bianco & Natsuki Ludwig

Head Producer: Marta Espinosa

Producer Assistant: Casey Omori

Photographer: Anouk Brouwer

Photographer Assistant: Misha Wang

Stylist: Hiromi Toki

Stylist Assistant: Hana Moriwa

Make-up/Hair: Dong Bing Tou

Model: Kai de Torres

About BYBORRE

About BYBORRE

Since 2015, textile innovation studio BYBORRE has been rewriting the rules of responsible textile creation by digitizing the design- and production process and introducing Textile-as-a-Service with their platform BYBORRE Create™. Launched in 2020, Create™ serves as the portal between the physical and digital worlds of the textile industry – enabling brands, designers and creators around the world to design bespoke and responsible textiles from pixel to needle. Providing direct access to textile creation technology and a transparent overview of the textile’s journey at every step of the process, Create™ puts creative freedom and control over impact back into the hands of the creator.

In 2021, BYBORRE opened the very first WoTO™ (Window of Textile Opportunities) showroom in Amsterdam, marking their next step towards an open-source and transparent ecosystem to drastically change the textile industry as we know it today.

www.byborre.com.

About Borre Akkersdijk

Borre Akkersdijk is a Dutch textile designer and the co-founder and creative director of textile innovation studio BYBORRE. Born in Wamel, the Netherlands, Akkersdijk took fashion design courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 while also working at Paris-based design and trend consultancy Studio Edelkoort. He started what became the foundation of BYBORRE in October 2010, initially consulting for brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton before deciding to focus solely on the development of his now signature 3D knitted fabrics. In 2012, he was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Dutch Design Awards. Research into the future of fashion and integrated technology resulted in presentations at South by Southwest, Bejing Designweek and Salone del Mobile Milano and publications in Wired magazine and Fast Company Magazine.

Since then Akkersdijk has worked on building a studio filled with machines and a team of specialists from all corners of the textile industry to grow BYBORRE into what it is today.

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