Art looks great hanging on your wall, but what if it was also functional and hanging in your closet? That’s the concept behind Slow Factory, an independent brand that specializes in silk scarves that are beautiful, practical, and sustainable to boot.
The Brooklyn-based design label takes open-sourced satellite images from NASA and uses them to create limited edition designs that function both as accurate renderings of the stars and as conceptual pieces of art.
Take for example, their “Cities By Night” collection, which uses images of famous metropolises, such as NYC and Paris, as seen from the International Space Station at night. The scarves can be admired in their full bird’s eye view of the cities when hung on a wall or held open, but become an abstract print when wrapped around your neck.
“It’s about changing what we think about when we think about art and how we interact with it,” said designer Celine Semaan Vernon. “We have to live art.”
Slow Factory also prioritizes sustainability as a part of their fashion practice, which is reflected most obviously in their name — a cheeky reference to their dedication to fashion that is thoughtful and one-of-a-kind, not produced for the masses or to turn a profit. This is also why Semaan Vernon chooses to create limited-edition collections, often collaborating with local artists to create truly unique pieces in small quantities— which means that once the set number of scarves from any one collection are gone, they’re gone for good.
This ephemeral quality corresponds to the awe that the designs inspire — after all, seeing a cityscape on this scale is simultaneously humbling and beautiful. You can cop your own piece of wearable art from Slow Factory’s website, here. Keep scrolling to see more images from their current collections.