Working closely with PUMA, Andrew has created five designs, each crafted entirely from PUMA’s recycled polyester RE:FIBRE fabric. Shot on models in London’s iconic York Hall Leisure Centre, the art direction combines futuristic fashion design with retro sports nostalgia, paying homage to PUMA’s roots, while celebrating the brand and Andrews’ commitment to sustainable textile innovation.
The creative imagery shows the garments repeated over and over – reflecting the infinite possibilities of circular fashion, where old garments are transformed into new ones, again and again.
Andrew, known for his talent in repurposing unwanted and damaged clothes, was inspired by PUMA’s factory partners during a visit to Turkey. During his visit, Andrew witnessed first-hand the impressive progress PUMA has made in scaling up circular textile technology and produced his own bespoke RE:FIBRE fabric from recycled polyester garments.
“Seeing the innovation, research, machinery, sustainable practices and production that goes into crafting RE:FIBRE fabric was eye-opening. When I think of garment production, I think of the final sewing stage where the fabric comes together to make the finished product as that’s typically my upcycling process. But learning exactly what goes into breaking down old textiles – that would potentially have otherwise gone to landfill – before they become something new was super interesting.” Andrew says.
The collection itself reflects the beauty of the RE:FIBRE recycling process, with designs that embody the shredded, depolymerised, repolymerised, and reimagined textiles.
Andrew says “My brand VIVID VISIONS is all about blending the past with the future, so working with PUMA to create a one-off collection made from a ‘new’ recycled fabric was pretty cool. The fabric strips on the sleeves represent the RE:FIBRE yarn that’s been spun from the melted polymers, and the cut off trousers and jacket reflect the transformative process that is RE:FIBRE.”
This fashion experiment comes as a result of the ongoing collaboration between PUMA and the US based upcycler, who is part of PUMA’s Voices of A RE:GENERATION – an initiative that aims to improve transparency and conduct greater communication regarding the brand’s sustainability efforts.
The custom PUMA x VIVID VISIONS one-off collection is the final chapter in Andrews’ creative Thread the Loop campaign, a social content series which aims to raise awareness of PUMA’s efforts toward achieving “100% of product polyester used, coming from textile waste”, as PUMA CSO Anne-Laure Descours stated. “Rethinking how we produce garments and experimenting with ways that we can move towards a more circular business model is one of the main priorities of our sustainability strategy.”
Since the launch of the pilot in 2022, PUMA has produced recycled training jerseys for Manchester City, AC Milan, Olympique de Marseille and Borussia Dortmund. This month, PUMA have announced they’ve scaled up the textile recycling innovation. In 2024 official PUMA football replica jerseys* including those for the Euro and Copa América tournaments will be manufactured using RE:FIBRE recycled materials, made from old garments and factory waste rather than only recycled plastic bottles.
Find images and videos of the PUMA x VIVID VISIONS by Andrew Burgess shoot here and watch Andrew’s Thread The Loop Series to learn about his experience with RE:FIBRE in the run-up to the collection, here.
Notes to Editor:
Andrew’s brand, VIVID VISIONS is an upcycling brand built off reusing old textiles to produce unique designs, which we’ve seen supported and displayed by NBA Icons (Jayson Tatum) and US Rappers (A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie).
RE:FIBRE is PUMA’s textile-to-textile recycling program, which can transform any polyester material into new garments via a four-step process.
The four-step process of RE:FIBRE sees:
- Collect and Sort: Collecting and sorting textile waste and other previously wasteful materials.
- Shred and Mix: Shredding and mixing the collected materials down to the minimum.
- Dissolve, Filter and Polymerize: Melting down the shredded polyester and ridding them of previous dyes through a chemical recycling process.
- Melt, Spin, Knit and Sew: The melting allows the newly produced polymers to become ready to be spun and sewn into shape to create good as new RE:FIBRE fabric which can be recycled again and again.
*excluding local replicas for Fenerbahçe SK, Shakhtar Donetsk and locally sourced kits.
PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 75 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the world’s fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and stichd. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs about 20,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.