They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but what if said “trash” comes with a Balenciaga tag on it? Step in Amsterdam-based designer Duran Lantink, who’s garnered a CFDA nomination by chopping up the work of other designers that didn’t make it off the clearance rack and would’ve otherwise ended up in a landfill, or worse, burnt, and up-cycling them into one-of-a-kind pieces. By exclusively using deadstock pieces, the industry term for merchandise that didn’t sell, Lantink has developed a truly sustainable model that uses pre-existing materials and is waste free. As for the pieces that don’t sell? They get taken apart yet again and transformed into brand new garments. 

Since it emerged as the second largest contributor to global pollution, (just behind oil), sustainability has been the buzziest buzzword in the fashion industry. But with all that…