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At a time when luxury houses are increasingly co-creating collections but opt to do so using words like “hack”, “swap”, and “interpretation”, metamodernist creative partnerships are distancing themselves from using the c-word, collaboration. DRx FARMAxY is a reminder of just how powerful a collaboration can be. From its inception, the co-branded conscious label has been an extension of Paris-based interdisciplinary artist Deborah Meirelles Azevedo’s on-going relationship with Los Angeles-based upcycling pioneer of reinterpretation, deconstruction and resurrection DRx. Launched against the backdrop of the climate crisis and global pandemic, it has been and continues to be, both a reaction to this uncertain world and provided an outlet to a more positive future. Ultimately, as it breathes new life into deadstock and archive textiles through upcycling craftsmanship, DRx FARMAxY is the sartorial embodiment of good collaboration.
Friend of and frequent collaborator to LN-CC William Cult recently compared collaborations compared to symbiotic relationships in nature and this led us down a National Geographic rabbit hole. “Symbiosis is a term describing any relationship or interaction between two dissimilar organisms,” the planet-focussed publication explains. “The specific kind of symbiosis depends on whether either or both organisms benefit from the relationship.” They broadly fall under 3 types; mutualism (where both organisms benefit), commensalism (where one organism benefits and the other is unaffected) and parasitism (beneficial to one, harmful to another). The fashion industry has some too many collaborations that fall under the latter two symbiotic relationships but DRx FARMAxY undoubtedly falls under mutualism. The symbiotic relationship between an anemone (Heteractis magnifica) and a clownfish (Amphiron ocellaris) is one of the classic examples of two organisms benefiting the other; the anemone provides the clownfish with protection and shelter, while the clownfish provides the anemone nutrients in the form of waste while also scaring off potential predator fish. Win-win.
Beyond the ocean and into the studio, DRx and Deborah are cultivating their own symbiotic relationship. Each DRx FARMAxY capsule collection is a celebration of the pair’s creative bond and their journey as creatives, each pushes the other forward. Building on over two decades of DRx’s experiences in recycling and sustainability and rooted in a deep appreciation for the earth, there’s a synergy that powers their coaction; of being creative in what they believe in, with respect to the universe and the energy of creativity. Today, the fifth drop of DRx FARMAxY launches at LN-CC with a one-of-a-kind capsule that continues the dialogue between these two conscious creatives. Lean a little closer, as we cut and collage close-ups of the embroidery and this capsule calls out to you.