Returning end of life product into a new creation: Mr P.’s responsible yarn knitwear collection is here.
Mr Porter’s own label Mr P. expands its offering launching pieces made from surplus yarns, recycled and organic materials. In a bid to reduce waste, Mr. Porter combined the creative expertise of its London-based team and the knowhow of the spinners and makers of Casine, a small town in the Marche region of Italy, to launch an environmentally conscious knitwear collection made from surplus and responsible yarn.
Mr P., the own-label brand from luxury online retailer MR PORTER, continues its commitment to designing for circularity and sustainability with an expansion of its knitwear offering, launching carefully crafted pieces made from surplus yarns, recycled and organic materials.
Dropped shoulders, considered proportions, contemporary silhouettes, and discoverable detailing from laid on seams and external linking
The 36-piece collection comprises knitted coats, sweaters, rollnecks, shirts, T-shirts and a hoodie, in a palette of warm browns, greys, pinks, camels and navy shades, fashioning iconic and contemporary silhouettes. Echoing Mr P.’s dedication to timelessness and uncompromising quality, the beautifully woven pieces are crafted from a mixture of surplus yarn, recycled cashmere, organic cotton and certified (cruelty-free) wool.
Designed for longevity, these supremely soft knits have been carefully developed from the finest spinners and makers in the Marche region of Italy, celebrating uniqueness, irregularity, and imperfections through each design. Ideal for those seeking to slow down the fashion cycle, investing in thoughtful consumption and everlasting style.
This product expansion is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure Mr P. is designed for sustainability and circularity by 2025, and part of MR PORTER’s responsible style commitments through the brands “Our Pledge” – focused upon the key pillars of Community, Experience and Product.
Standout pieces include:
– The Mouline Mock Neck Jumper, woven from cashmere and wool with multicoloured threads to provide an added dimension.
– The Brushed Wool, Alpaca and Cashmere-Blend Sweater, jacquard-knitted from virgin wool, alpaca and cashmere threads to create a blurred, rippling stripe.
– The Degrade Boucle Knitted T-Shirt spun from hints of wool and silk. This T-shirt is boucle-knitted for a tactile surface that feels soft and comfy.
– The Dropped Shoulder Chunky Hoodie is knitted from a wool blend with surplus alpaca threads with dropped shoulders and ribbed edges to define the relaxed shape.
“Mr P. is constantly evolving, and this new recycled knitwear expansion drives an exciting next step into the brand’s mission of ‘designed with promise and crafted without compromise’. Quality and style continue to lie at the heart of Mr P., and we are delighted to be able to create these extremely carefully crafted pieces, that have been designed in exemplary profiles. Working closely together with our Italian recyclers and makers, we have been able to create everlasting products that all offer a unique look and provide our customers with the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of a product’s lifecycle in a new and more meaningful way.” – Mr Sam Kershaw, Buying Director, MR PORTER.
“The way we’ve worked on this collection was very different from the way we would usually do knitwear,” says Ms Emma Glynn, design manager at Mr P. “As designers, we’ve had to unlearn our usual process and rather than picking a yarn from a brand new collection of virgin fibres, we had to pick from pre-existing yarn. It was all about creating the fabrics from that yarn, rather than the other way around, and forming them from what was available.”
The surplus yarn came courtesy of Green Line, an Italian textile manufacturer that sources surplus yarn from local pre- and post-consumer waste. Its limited availability challenged Mr.Porter in-house design team to rethink the design process, create unique colour blends and experiment with fabric treatments.
“This collection allowed us to think about knitwear differently,” says Glynn. “We used the reverse and external linking stitching, for instance, and applied other techniques such as brushing to create plusher textures and recreate a luxurious look and feel.”
The result is an off-beat line-up of cardigans, sweaters, shirts, T-shirts and hoodies that signals quite a departure from Mr P.’s signature offering. The silhouettes feel more contemporary. They’re intended for a relaxed, boxy and slightly oversized fit, with open necklines and dropped shoulders. “We used details such as laid-on and rolled-edge trims to lean into the idea of things being unfinished, not confined,” says Glynn. “We wanted everything to feel quite soft, languid and in keeping with the characteristics of knitwear.”
Uncompromising quality, however, remains the cardinal point of MR.P’s collections from start to finish and this capsule was no exception. When specific yarns were not available, the existing surplus offering was blended with other certified fibres such as organic cotton, recycled cashmere and mulesing-free wool. “We were always conscious that we wanted to produce luxurious products with longevity in mind, because that’s part of the conversation around slowing down the fashion cycle,” says Glynn. This collection does just that.