Our Mission

One X One is the first of its kind incubator project breeding cross-disciplinary collaboration to empower solution-based sustainable innovation.

In order to expand imagination into new realms of possibilities, science and design must come together — hand in hand — to create new paradigms for the fashion industry to lead with the three pillars of sustainability:


1. CIRCULARITY


2. HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN


3. REGENERATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Participants

1. CIRCULARITY

Telfar Global X Theanne Schiros

Designer Telfar Clemens and scientist Theanne Schiros will collaborate on a bag made from a “leather” substitute grown from bacteria. This partnership aims to recreate an iconic accessory using waste as a regenerative resource.

Telfar Clemens is a Liberian-American designer and founder of his eponymous brand. He has spent the past decade showing collections that embody many ideas currently whirling through the zeitgeist: inclusivity, accessibility, equality, diversity and fluidity. He’s creating clothes and a business based on removing walls instead of building them.

Theanne Schiros PhD is Assistant Professor at FIT, where she teaches physics, chemistry and sustainability courses. She is the FIT coordinator and faculty lead for the international Biodesign Challenge, guiding students on how to rethink textiles through technology, biology and sustainable design.

2. HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN

Mara Hoffman X Custom Collaborative

Designer Mara Hoffman and workforce development program Custom Collaborative will create an advanced training program around various aspects of renewing garments. The goal of this partnership is to provide a case study for scaling the initiatives that both create job opportunities, which further women's economic advancement, and contribute to circular models.

Mara Hoffman is a New York designer whose brand focuses on sustainable materials, processes, and production in order to improve and extend each garment’s life, and lesson harm to the planet.

Custom Collaborative is an entrepreneurship and workforce development program, founded by Ngozi Okaro, that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses.

3. REGENERATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

3.1 Phillip Lim X Charlotte McCurdy

Designer Phillip Lim and researcher Charlotte McCurdy will employ carbon neutral materials to reimagine a new conscious luxury.

Born in Thailand of Chinese descent, Phillip Lim is a key figure in New York’s wave of Asian-American fashion designers. Together with his business partner Wen Zhou, the designer has successfully established his brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim as one of a handful of important, fast-growing contemporary brands with a thriving international wholesale business.

Charlotte McCurdy is an interdisciplinary designer whose work focuses on making existential threats, such as climate change, more tractable through design. Her goal is to counteract the narrative of climate change as a problem without a solution.

Advisors

The One X One advisory board is carefully curated to provide our participants the support to realize their visions on three levels: industry experts, scientists, academics



Abrima Erwiah

Abrima Erwiah

Co-Founder, Studio One Eighty Nine


Alexi Lubomirski

Alexi Lubomirski

Photographer and Creator of Creatives4Change


Amber Valletta

Amber Valletta

Model, actress and activist


Burak Cakmak

Burak Cakmak

Dean of Parsons School of Design


Julie Gilhart

Julie Gilhart

President, Tomorrow Consulting and Chief Development Officer, Tomorrow London LTD


Kikka Hanazawa

Kikka Hanazawa

Investor and Fashion Executive


Marjon Carlos

Marjon Carlos

Journalist, Author and Editor


Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Research Engineer, Space Enabled at MIT Media Lab


Rachael Wang

Rachael Wang

Stylist focused on Sustainable brands and Creative Strategist


Regan Grusy

Regan Grusy

VP of Strategic Partnerships, New Museum


Sasha Samochina

Sasha Samochina

Deputy Manager of the Ops Lab, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Shaway Yeh

Shaway Yeh

Founder, yehyehyeh


Valerie Craig

Valerie Craig

VP of Impact Initiatives, National Geographic Society


Yash Ranga

Yash Ranga

Sustainability Lead, Jaipur Rugs Foundation


Program

Thesis

One X One 2019-2020 aims to address Circularity, Humanity and Renewable Technology through the lens of design, timeless beauty and empathy. The program was created to pair a scientist with a designer and support them in inventing a new way of creating, one that is Good for the Earth and Good for the People.



1. CIRCULARITY

Creating commercial-ready circular economy models



2. HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN

Empowering socially responsible behavior to drive conscious consumer choices



3. REGENERATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Scaling alternative materials to mainstream

Selection Criteria

The project will have an impact on the participants’ operations; making a direct impact on improving current or future operations from a sustainability perspective.

The program will kickstart an initiative that will continue into the future, not just a capsule collection encouraging longevity and continuity.

The work can have an impact on the larger industry either through influence, inspiration or advancement in technology or methodology.

The participants and advisory board present a global perspective, allowing intersectional and inclusive work and feedback for solutions at scale.


Contact

All Inquiries: inquiries@onexone.earth

Executive Team

Nadja Swarovski

Nadja Swarovski

Member of the Executive Board, Swarovski

Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner

Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships

Celine Semaan

Celine Semaan

Executive Director, Slow Factory Foundation

Swarovski creates a more sparkling world and delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda. In addition, the global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2013 to honor the philanthropic spirit of company founder Daniel Swarovski, and works to support culture and creativity, promote human empowerment and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.

The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. The Office oversees the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, the United Nations Democracy Fund, the SDG Action Hub, and the Secretary-Generals’ SDG Advocates.

Emerging from the design practice of Slow Factory Global, Study Hall is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to education around sustainable literacy, focused mainly on the fashion industry. Its mission is to foster meaningful collaborations within the Fashion industry to gear its efforts towards a sustainable future. Using a wholistic, human-centered approach, Study Hall projects bridge science, human rights, technology, fashion & culture to develop awareness and impact at a global scale. Study Hall Summits and conferences have convened thousands of leaders from sourcing, manufacturing, global brands and designers, to policy makers, activists and culture-makers, to scientists, researchers and academics.