Petit Pli

The Company

Petit Pli invents and applies groundbreaking material technologies that solve problems for individuals, businesses and the planet across the textiles value chain.

R&D Focus

We will seek to carry out feasibility research to explore, develop and pilot a commercially viable, sustainable, modified modular design of Petit Pli’s childrenswear.

This project is run as part of BFTT’s Challenge 3 Re-Modelling fashion: design practices and business models for sustainability, and has launched in February 2021.

Partners
  • UAL: University of the Arts London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Team

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Dr Laetitia Forst

R&D Project Lead

UAL

Laetitia Forst is a textile designer and researcher, her practice explores the tension between technical challenges and creativity in sustainable design for textiles. Her PhD research project at the Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London aims to explore design driven solutions for incorporating ease of recyclability into textiles. The project takes a pro-active approach to developing alternatives to the unsustainable status-quo in the creation of blends through the use of design for disassembly. Laetitia also teaches on the MA Textile Design and short courses at UAL. Core competencies:

  • Design for disassembly
  • Practice research methodologies
  • Circular and sustainable textile design
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Dr Doroteya Vladimirova

R&D Project Lead

University of Cambridge

Doroteya is a sustainability innovation theorist and Director of the Regenerative Business Models Programme at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. Doroteya investigates how business is taking on the most pressing global challenges to turn them into market driving opportunities. She has developed an evidence-based method to help startups and large established companies create new business models. Prior to academia, her career spanned over a decade across the fields of international affairs and trade. Doroteya holds a PhD from Cranfield University. Core competencies

  • Sustainable business models
  • Value innovation
  • Purpose-driven entrepreneurship
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Ryan Mario Yasin

R&D Company Lead

Petit Pli

Ryan invented, produced and promoted Petit Pli in 2017 while he was a Global Innovation Design student at Royal College of Art. Since graduating in 2017, Ryan has evolved Petit Pli’s designs from proof of concept to a commercially available design and a trademarked brand in the UK, EU, USA. Ryan’s initial idea was to understand the needs of parents, children, retailers and manufacturers to create a novel design using his understanding of deployable satellites and origami structures.

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Arabella Turek

R&D Company Lead

Petit Pli

Arabella has a background in Cognitive Neuroscience and Sociology of Science and Technology. After completing her Master’s in Science and Technology Studies, Arabella joined Petit Pli as its COO. Petit Pli aims to reduce waste in fashion at the point of production, transport and use by creating clothes that grow. Ahead of joining Petit Pli, Arabella researched the social benefits of laughter at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Prof Dilys Williams

R&D Academic Mentor

UAL

Founder and director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the University of the Arts London, the internationally renowned research, policy and education centre focusing on sustainability issues as these intersect with the fashion industry. A regular contributor to national and international press, central to my philosophy is the applicability of research findings to industry stakeholders in practice settings. Testament to this approach are my positions on the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel and as Co-secretariat to the House of Lords All Party Parliamentary Group on Fashion, Sustainability and Ethics. Core skills and competences include:

  • Fashion Design for Sustainability methods and practices for designers
  • Fashion Design for Sustainability teaching and learning frameworks
  • Sustainability thought leadership
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Prof Steve Evans

R&D Academic Mentor

University of Cambridge

Following a career in the aerospace industry, and as Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering – the world’s leading manufacturer of ejection seats, Steve transitioned to researching and developing sustainable solutions for industrial manufacturing. Since joining the University of Cambridge as Director of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, he has led over £15m-worth of academic-industry collaborative projects with partners including Unilever, Toyota, Dyson, Airbus, M&S, JLR, ASICS, Hugo Boss, Brandix and ASDA. Core skills and competences include:

  • Sustainable business consultancy for manufacturing
  • Toolkit development
  • Industrial collaboration
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