Sustainability with Alessandro Biasi, designer of A-LAB MILANO

Both the A-LAB MILANO brand and its designer Alessandro Biasi can be regarded as a lexicon of modernity: the collections reflect a constant fascination and curiosity towards the contemporary world… While inspiration always comes from the future, sartorial customs are never forgotten and the emphasis is always on construction, cut and fabric.



The pieces become sculptural and luxurious, like shimmering buildings constructed upon the body. Contemporary materials establish a harmonious relationship with printed silks, often in a delicate balance, between full color and transparency. The natural and the artificial coexist in the juxtaposition of flowers and graphics, as well as the “digitally enhanced” forests and urban landscapes.

A-LAB MILANO is positioned in a new Made in Italy modernity, through the digital patterns design, the continually updated graphic language study, the sculpted forms of new or traditional fabrics. A-LAB MILANO is very well recognized for various creative and sustainable projects like ECONYL x A-LAB MILANO or THE TOKYO BAG. For more, please visit:


Alessandro Biasi | Photo: Isabella Sanfilippo




TPM: Why did you decide to go into the field of sustainability?

Alessandro Biasi: I think that today we can no longer consider sustainability as an option. It’s a duty. I want to approach sustainability for a sense of responsibility that I believe is common to many designers of my generation.



TPM: What interests you have regarding sustainability in the fashion industry?

Alessandro Biasi: Research and innovation are the aspects in which I focus all my work, and this is true for all areas of it, sustainability included. For this reason, in my recent years, I wanted to experiment with materials that were not necessarily linked to the sustainable traditional idea, such as natural fabrics and km 0 productions but they were the results of smart use of new technologies. I have chosen to work with ECONYL®, regenerated and infinitely regenerable nylon, that has a technical aspect perfectly in line with my aesthetics.



TPM: How would you describe your work process for a sustainable garment?

Alessandro Biasi: I think that an independent brand like my A-LAB MILANO – in reason of its small productions made within the Made-in-Italy knowhow, and which mainly uses fabrics produced in Italy – has a relationship with sustainability that is certainly closer than what happens to the big players. They are forced by the rigid market rules to relocate production and to use enormous amounts of resources. In short, I believe that my work process – but perhaps, in general, a designer process – is always sustainable, what changes, are the choices of materials and the dynamics of production and sales of the collections.



TPM: Tell me about a recent challenge you faced while working on a sustainability project. How did you overcome it?

Alessandro Biasi: As I mentioned, the biggest obstacle I found approaching sustainability was, first of all, aesthetic. Often materials and techniques considered sustainable have a rough and handcrafted look that is not suited to my research. Furthermore, I have also reflected on the fact that many of these fabrics considered sustainable are often obtained with great consumption of soil, causing its impoverishment and deforestation. I have overcome this aspect through the partnership with ECONYL®, but what is difficult to overcome are the economical aspects that significantly affect sustainable projects and the final cost of the garments that sometimes discourages the consumer.



An interview by Myra Postolache


1 Comment
  1. A-LAB MILANO’s is the first legitimate approach to sustainability of production that I’ve heard of. It’s small, mostly local, so they are not using up transportation resources unnecessarily. I have yet to study up on ECONYL® and I’m intrigued about its technical qualities and regeneration. I want to know about water and chemical usage and the dyeing or coloring processes.

    I’m looking out the bay windows of our home studio in NW Alabama right now, enjoying the ever-changing delights of meadow and woods on land that was once devastated by cotton production. The soil was almost devoid of nutrients and so toxic that no birds were here when my husband bought the land thirty-five years ago. My husband planted many trees and nature reclaims herself if left alone, especially when it feels the love of humans. Now we enjoy watching many kinds of birds and the sweetest deer.

    Sustainability means to me that such devastation will never again be caused.

    Kudos to Alessandro Biasi and A-LAB MILANO for learning from the mistakes of past generations. Not to mention how lovely the designs are.

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