Green tech: Algiknit

Sample of Algiknit, project of FIT students and faculty

How big an eco-footprint does your closet represent? And how long will it take the contents to regenerate when you tire of them?


These are some of the questions that environmentalists are asking the fashion industry. We’re all trying to reach minimum environmental impact, but synthetics regenerate easily, and their manufacturing processes are produces quantities of harmful emissions.



Dyeing processes use large amounts of water and highly toxic chemicals. Cotton needs an arid climate that requires redirection of water into some kind of irrigation system, as well as extensive processing equipment and energy.



There are a lot of ways to answer these concerns, but FIT’s Professor Asta Skocir isn’t “sure that durable, long lasting clothing will encourage reduced consumption.” She set up the BioEsters project with a team of students working to develop biodegradable fibers from extruded funghi and bacteria. The project won the 2016 BioDesign Challenge for art and design students.

The team kept at their research and then won an even bigger prize: The National Geographic’s annual Chasing Genius Award.


The National Geographic awarded the team, now comprised of Aleksandra Gosiewski, Aaron Nesser, Tessa Callaghan in addition to Professor Skocir, $25,000 to develop the prototype into a marketable project. Additional support has been provided by the Fashion Institute of Technology and Columbia University, along with other tech companies.


Algiknit from bio matter through fiber and into knit prototype.


This winter, the team is working with the life-sciences incubator Rebel Bio, at the Imperial City College London, to work with scientists and entrepreneurs on improving the product and marketing it to investors for production.

The project continues to generate a lot of press, as you can see below.


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Our (citation help) Valentine for you!

Greeting card, artist unknown. c. 1925-35.

We wanted to wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day!  We have some Research Guides that show our love but it will also help your professors to love you!

When you cite your sources correctly you are happy, your professor is happy, and the person who wrote the book or article you quoted gets the recognition she or he is due.

Here are our Research Guides on APA and MLA styles:

Since today is Valentine’s Day, we’re also giving you this short history of Valentine’s Day cards!




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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone, welcome back!

This week’s title is one of the new batch of menswear titles: menswear for the era of hipsters and normcore. There have been a healthy batch of new men’s magazines begun in the last 6-7 years, and Fantastic Man is one of the ones that led the trend. It is published in Amsterdam and comes out 2x/year, which means that it has to be especially juicy when it does.


The title was developed by Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom in 2005. Their aim was to produce something that looked contemporary and of interest to thinking men over the age of 30. Their interest in fashion was a driving force, but, unlike many of the other glossy men’s mags, they felt it was time to take the sex appeal out of the fashion presentation. They round out the title with their intellectual take on pop-culture and award-winning art direction. This title is definitely part of the current fashion for minimalist graphic design.






As far as fashion goes, they seek the middle ground between all-active-sportswear all-the-time and seeing menswear as purely suit-based. Most of the editorial in the above issue is pretty accessible: common pieces like jeans, jackets and trenchcoats, styled a bit less conservatively than 10 Men or Another Man might present.



You can read more about our recent menswear acquisitions here:





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