Adidas believes that sport has the power to change lives and it's a belief that runs deep. In coming together with BYBORRE for the launch of TRUE COLOR, the partnership wants to challenge the wider industry to use creativity as a change-agent to reduce environmental impact throughout each step of the design and creation process; from identifying the end user, to decisions on materials and where they come from, to how we design textiles and make them into garments.
Now is not the moment to be irresponsible or unaware when it comes to what you produce.Borre Akkersdijk
Adidas already has an enviable commitment to sustainability through the partnership with Parley for the Oceans and initiatives that include the use of sustainable materials, the reduction of CO2 emissions and waste prevention. True Color marks a conscientious design process and the steps that are taken to ‘flip the script’ in an industry where unnecessary waste is commonplace and revert back to creating functional, ethical, well designed garments. The True Color process urges all experts in the industry to strive to use materials, in every sense, at their most raw and pure form.
Keeping processes like dyeing, finishing, constructing, and processing to a minimum is a strong step to making a garment’s evolution an environmentally friendly one. Also to be conscious of how far your materials travel on their journey to becoming a finished product. The goal is to avoid unnecessary steps and emission through travel before a garment is made.
BYBORRE and adidas don’t expect everyone to stop using all color and/or finishings, but expect everyone to start asking the right questions to challenge the current industry’s ways.Denis Dekovic
BYBORRE serves both as a material development and production hub, a design studio and, overall, a platform for questioning how fashions of the future can be more responsible, providing a better, sustainable product to people worldwide. The True Color design ideology is there for the taking – a symbol of a true commitment to open source.
The presented capsule is BYBORRE’s outcome of adhering to the True Color design ideology for adidas. It serves as a forecast for the wider industry – a means of highlighting what could and should be possible by following the True Color principle. It outlines how dialogues unfolded during the design process with trusted ingredient partners such as GORE-TEX, The Woolmark Company, Riri, Nylstar, Majocchi and others, responding to the quest for change in production processes.
Photography: Tomek Dersu Aaron