Design for longevity – an overall principle
Design for longevity actually covers three individual principles, i.e.
- Design for durability
- Design for long lasting style
- Design for repair and redesign through disassembly
Design for durability means that a product is designed with consideration to how well the fabric, other materials, and the overall fabrication of the product will endure over time. More specifically, attention is given to how easily the fabric may tear or wear out; how easily the seams may break; and how individual fabrics may behave in relation to each other.
Design for long lasting style means that the product is designed with consideration to how long the style will be attractive and appealing for individual users, as well as for the general consumer. Some styles are almost timeless, while others are rather short-lived trend pieces. Styles that stand the test of time are suitable for reuse, for example through second-hand or vintage. Similarly, styles that appeal to a wide audience may be well suited for rent/lease.
Design for repair and redesign (through disassembly) is a key principle of circular fashion. It means that products are designed so as to be easily disassembled or separated into individual parts that may either be replaced or repaired to promote long product life. This principle is often referred to “design for disassembly” (or “modular design”). Design for disassembly also facilitates material recycling.
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