Luka Sabbat Unveils "Unfortunately, Ready to Wear" Collection

Luka Sabbat Unveils "Unfortunately, Ready to Wear" Collection

“If it comes down to the world burning down, who gives a shit about a pair of jeans that looks cool?” - Luka Sabbat

“If it comes down to the world burning down, who gives a shit about a pair of jeans that looks cool?” - Luka Sabbat

Text: Thomas Chou

The concept collection, "Unfortunately, Ready to Wear" was designed with our collective future in mind— a climate change fueled nightmare characterized by catastrophic conditions. Prioritizing technical utility and practicality over the typical glamorous (and often unsustainable) trappings of typical NYFW presentations, the forward-thinking collection is a response to the imminent threat of climate change, because after all, in the words of designer Luka Sabbat, “If it comes down to the world burning down, who gives a shit about a pair of jeans that looks cool?”

On display in Milk Gallery in Chelsea, the 4-piece concept collection was created in a collaboration by Luka Sabbat, Milk Studios, and The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Fashion essentials were designed to adapt to the current climate change threats —prototypes included headphones to combat heat waves and extreme storms, a jacket to combat infectious diseases, a bandana to combat air pollution, and a backpack to support environmental refugees.

“Luka, Milk and the Natural Resource Defense Council have come together to put a face and a name to the challenges we’re facing and make the changes to save our planet,” said Mazdack Rassi, Milk’s co-founder. “The exhibition is a part of that story and a part of your story.”

“The approach of it is less of an aesthetic design or trying to make it look as cool as possible, I looked at it more from a technical standpoint than a fashion standpoint,” said Sabbat in a video about the project. “There’s more money in destroying the environment than keeping it the way it is.”

Having officially launched over the weekend alongside a microsite with a pledge to take personal climate action this 2019, the exhibition is now open for public viewing at Milk Gallery until February 14th.

Credits: Images via BFA

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