UNLESS doesn’t compromise when it comes to style. Designing clothes for those who feel strongly about the planet, the zero waste label stands by using sustainably sourced fabrics for all its releases. Its motto of “we leave nothing and no one behind” stands as an unwavering statement that represents its resilient progress towards a plastic free future.
The PDX collab 2.0 is the second in a series of locally-inspired drops, where the brand works with a range of local designers to craft Portland-inspired, custom designed articles. Each piece represents self-expression, inclusivity, and most importantly, encourages individuals to own their narrative. With each piece informed by a different story, Nia Musiba, Christine Miller, and Taylor Norbury deliver their own interpretations of the Rose City with these plastic-free products. Now let’s take a moment to dive into some of our favorites.
Christine Miller explores a visual representation of self-care through the UNLESS x Christine Miller Hoodie. The creator incorporated watermelons from a recent exposition at the Portland Art Museum, and flowers through scenic walks to represent personal healing. As Christine shared on the deeper meaning of the design, “watermelons with flowers pays homage to any black person plagued by any false narrative – with hopes of starting conversations to question ingrained stories in everyday society.” The piece also holds quality in its fit, built with a heavy weight cotton fleece and workwear construction. Relaxed in its silhouette, the piece is 100% made from plants.
Nia Musiba continues the inclusive ethos with the UNLESS x Nia Musiba Hoodie. The sustainable top encompasses values of “daydreaming, community, growth, and communication,” says Musiba. She went on to share the illustrated graphics that are meant to celebrate black bodies, inspired by her community. The hoodie is crafted with thick, plush cotton fabric coming in a vibrant orange colorway. The added drop-shoulder creates a casual fit for a staple piece.
Lastly, Taylor Norbury brings her own illustrations of Portland with the UNLESS x Taylor Norbury Tee. The collaborator’s graphics reach beyond our imagination with chaotic characters splashed across the front and back. She takes a lot of inspiration from cartoons and goes even further to express her perspective on consumption. Norbury shares, “the eye is traded for a flower which is a signal, a ‘give and take’ scenario of balance that I feel the current consumer market is far away from practicing.”
Functioning at the ever-evolving intersection of streetwear and sustainability, UNLESS’ mission is to collaborate with nature, and not simply replicate it. Each piece has decomposable qualities ensuring that the articles leave behind no waste at the end of its life cycle. The UNLESS PDX Collab 2.0 is now available online at unlesscollective.com.