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Future From Waste Lab Is the New Sustainable, Designer-Led Fashion Retail Concept Coming to Southbank

Curated by Kit Willow, its lineup of leading designers will each create capsule collections dedicated to repurposed fabrics.
By Libby Curran
November 01, 2021
By Libby Curran
November 01, 2021

There's no shortage of exciting things coming to Southbank's Hanover House, including the world's tallest 'greenscaper', a gallery, entertainment precinct and a six-star hotel. It's all part of the ambitious inner-city development project by property developers Beulah.

As part of the dubbed STH BNK By Beulah, the building's five storeys will be reimagined as a diverse collection of venues and experiences.

For fashion fiends, there's one thing, in particular, you'll want to pay attention to: namely, the game-changing, designer-led retail concept known as Future From Waste Lab. Taking over the ground floor from early 2022, it's one element of the experimental event series Beta By STH BNK that will be rolling out across Hanover House.

Here, a cyclic fashion space will host a roll-call of leading Aussie designers in six-week blocks, with the lineup curated by celebrated Sydney-based designer — and sustainable fashion champion — Kit Willow. Each will work with circular fashion pioneer Upparel to create a high-end capsule collection dedicated to repurposed threads, redesigning waste fabrics into brand-new garments.

Hanover House

The sustainable pieces will be designed and crafted entirely on site, with customers able to view the process from end to end. And if anything takes your fancy, you'll be able to buy it on the spot, as well as online.

The roster of sustainably-focused designers involved in the program is none too shabby. First off the ranks is Willow's own KITX label, which is set to deliver a new line of regenerated denim pieces. Cult-favourite contemporary brand Romance Was Born will take on the residency after that, with Artclub founder (and Sass & Bide co-founder) Heidi Middleton to follow.

The Hanover House redevelopment will also play host to a six-star hotel, a wellness and medical urban retreat, an art gallery, an entertainment precinct, offices, experience centres, rooftop gardens and more.

Find Hanover House at 158 City Road, Southbank. Future From Waste Lab is slated to open there in early 2022.

Published on November 01, 2021 by Libby Curran
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