Herno Globe wins Wallpaper* Design Award for sustainable style

The Herno offshoot is the Italian brand’s most sustainable yet, featuring pioneering low-impact fabrications – the winner of ‘Best Sustainable Style’ at the 2023 Wallpaper* Design Awards

Colourful Herno Globe bomber jacket with letters being splashed with water
Recycled Letters bomber jacket with hood, £840, by Herno Globe
(Image credit: Photography by Neil Godwin at Future Studios for Wallpaper*, fashion by Jason Hughes)

Herno’s ‘Made in Italy’ fabrics have been at the heart of the outerwear label since its beginnings as a producer of raincoats in 1948. Seeking protection from the elements, founder Giuseppe Marenzi and his wife Alessandra Diana discovered a way to treat cotton with castor oil from abandoned Second World War warplanes to make it waterproof. 

Seven decades on, such innovations remain at the heart of Herno, which is headquartered on the shores of Lake Maggiore, northern Italy. The complex has run on solar power since 2010, a reflection of the brand’s commitment to environmental concerns. Indeed, this commitment provided the impetus to launch Herno Globe in 2019, a sustainability-focused mens- and womenswear offshoot with a focus on pioneering low-impact fabrications. 

Herno Globe: Best Sustainable Style

Colourful jacket with letters in box

Recycled Letters bomber jacket with hood, £840, by Herno Globe

(Image credit: Photography by Neil Godwin at Future Studios for Wallpaper*, fashion by Jason Hughes)

Herno Globe’s A/W 2022 collection represented new strides forwards, the various fabrics comprising regenerated satin nylon (crafted from recycled PET plastic bottles), local virgin and organic wools (Herno says it can monitor the ‘environmental, social and economic standards of the entire supply chain’), and the innovative ‘Fast5Degradable’ nylon, which takes just five years for anaerobic degradation (as opposed to the usual 50). Each was utilised across a vivid, youthful collection adorned with playful motifs – from an alphabet print on a bomber jacket (crafted from recycled taffeta) to slogans that read ‘Take Care of Our Future’ and ‘Be Part of the Green Revolution’.

‘I believe in continuous improvement, in constant change through investments in research and advanced technologies,’ says Herno CEO Claudio Marenzi. ‘The future requires attention.’

The winners of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 are revealed in the February 2023 issue, available in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple News +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today


Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.