Sans, Spring/Summer 2008

Sans, SS08, Photograph Sarah Scaturro

Sustainable fashion in New York seems to be finally gaining momentum. One of the more interesting developments is still provided by Sans—the design duo comprised of Lika Volkova and Alessandro de Vito.

Their most recent collection continues an exploration of themes of utilitarian modular clothing paired this time with a clinical (yet at times ironic) aesthetic. A see-through theme is articulated via sheer materials and slashed garments. Particularly interesting was their use of oversized pockets, as well as their precisely tailored pants. What’s impressive about Sans is the fact that they are not only one of a still-small crop (comparatively to Europe) of New York designers working towards sustainable fashion, but they are also among the few to produce experimental design within the city’s rather conservative fashion climate.