France’s Kering, Vienna Textile Lab & Albini announce collaboration

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France's Kering, Vienna Textile Lab & Albini announce collaboration

The Albini_next, the Albini Group innovation hub, and Vienna Textile Lab have announced their collaboration project in which they explore the possibility of employing microbial colors for dyeing applications on cotton and other natural fibres, media reported.

This joint project aims to develop a more sustainable dyeing method to color textile products.

According to the media reports, this initiative is one of the projects supported by French luxury fashion house Kering’s Material Innovation Lab.

Speaking to the media, Stefano Albini, president of Albini Group, said that the innovation hub is the starting point for reaching innovation’s new frontiers, which is possible only by collaborating with realities such as Kering and Vienna Textile Lab.

“Together we can reach incredibly high levels of innovation and sustainability, as we are doing with the transformation of microbial colors into new innovative dyes, a more sustainable alternative to conventional synthetic colors. It is a long process: it takes time and effort, but together we will achieve unprecedented results,” he added.

He also said that the renaissance of biodegradable, nontoxic, and natural dyes has come as the growing number of sustainable fashion brands and consumer sentiment impact the sector.

Karin Fleck, CEO, and founder of Vienna Textile Lab, told the media that they see themselves as an ‘enabler’ for all these different sustainability goals.

“Working with strong industry partners like Kering and Albini helps us understand how our microbial dyes behave on different fabrics. We learn so much through our close cooperation and can therefore bring our manufacturing method better and faster to an industrial level,” he added.


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