Russian clothing brand Forgetmenot has dropped a new collection of gritty urban bags inspired by the plastic waste clogging the planet’s seas, rivers, and streams.
Created by designer Artur Lomakin, Ocean Floor evokes ethereal underwater shapes, using man-made materials to mimic the elongated outlines of the natural world: dense mesh, plastic ties, and clips.
Despite the collection’s warning of impending eco-disaster, Lomakin admits that sustainable fashion remains far from a straightforward subject in Russia. Apart from the nylon or satin which make up the bags’ key compartments, other materials are bought from construction or building hypermarkets.
“It’s difficult to judge how many people in Russia think about sustainable development,” he told The Calvert Journal. “The issue of sorting and recycling waste is a new enough topic here on its own. It’s only just become possible to create any sort of infrastructure. Using recycled material is not a simple issue [for designers].”