The Post-Couture Collective // The Post-Couture Collective was founded in 2015 by Martijn van Strien, with the aim of finding alternative production methods for clothing. To make the current polluting and unfair clothing industry a more sustainable system, they use modern production techniques such as laser cutting and 3D printing to create their garments locally and on-demand.
Garment designs are programmed using software so that they can be digitally shared and adapted to the wishes of their users, before being manufactured by end-users themselves. No prior knowledge is needed to make the garments, all necessary files and instructions are shared on the Post-Couture website.
Production takes place in a worldwide network of Makerspaces / Fablabs, where sustainable and recycled materials can be used, which makes mass production and transport of garments all over the world a problem of the past.
The Post-Couture Collective currently offers three collections, developed in collaboration with designers from the Rotterdam, Antwerp and Vienna. They can all be assembled using an innovative construction technique, which does not require the use of a sewing machine. This makes the designs modular, so parts can easily be adjusted and replaced, without having to throw away the entire garment.
Martijn van Strien (1988) graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven 2012 with majors in textile design and forecasting. After working for Bruno Pieter’s sustainable fashion label Honest by. in Antwerp he moved to Rotterdam, where he started his own studio in 2014.
Van Strien’s studio uses modern technologies to bring innovative ideas to the fashion world. By testing radically different approaches to garment design, production and consumption he changes our perception and opens possibilities for a more sustainable industry.
Since 2015 his studio develops and leads The Post-Couture Collective, an open-source project that spawned the first maker community for garments. It gives consumers the possibility to produce their own clothing by introducing a line of wearable clothing designed specifically for production on lasercutters and 3d printers.
In 2016 he launched the Makersleeve. A clever sleeve based on a fully parametric design that is lasercut on-demand and fits any portable digital device.
Van Strien co-wrote and published The Open-Source Fashion Manifesto with Vera de Pont, and regularly speaks at international events about the future of fashion and technology.
Photo Credits // Matthias Asschauer, model Lea Rupp