MILCH has always liked to borrow from the boys, so it’s latest collaboration should come as little surprise. A veteran of “hijacking” classic men’s fashion to create its gender-bending garments, the Viennese label has partnered with Lenzing to turn the fiber firm’s aging stock of Tencel men’s shirts into dresses, skirts, blouses, and hats with a playful Victor/Victoria vibe.
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Tencel, Lenzing’s trademarked name for lyocell, a form of regenerated cellulose fiber, uses a closed-looped production process that allows for the recycling of nearly 100 percent of the solvent used. In February, Lenzing announced that its fibers are now certifiable througy Ecocert, one of the world’s largest independent organic-certification organizations.
MILCH has been fashioning—and refashioning—its gamine designs for the past 15 years, using techniques that are grounded in environmental and social ethics.
“We pay attention to ecological and socio-cultural aspects in the production chain as a whole,” says Cloed Priscilla Baumgartner, MILCH’s designer and founder. “The raw material [men’s suits and shirts which have been laid aside] comes from Vienna and is processed in responsible factories.”