Seattle-based apparel brand Buki combines exclusive fiber technology with luxurious fabrics to create classic silhouettes that take you from desk to dinner. To learn more about the innovation and its recently launched collagen-embedded capsule collection, 425 caught up with Buki co-founder and designer Joey Rodolfo, and co-founder Stacy Bennett.
425: Buki uses state-of-the-art fiber technology to embed technical elements within the fabric. What does this mean, and why is it important?
Rodolfo: Unlike other technical fabrics that are constructed using topically applied chemicals or dipping processes, Buki uses state-of-the-art technology to embed technical elements within each fabric. This ensures the marine collagen does not deteriorate in the fibers while worn or washed. The Collagen Collection fabric is an industry first, and a Buki exclusive, engineered to relay the moisturizing benefits of collagen directly onto the skin.
425: Aside from feeling extremely soft on the skin, the fabric also offers UV protection. Tell us more.
Rodolfo: Buki’s Collagen Collection offers four key benefits. First, its moisture technology embedded into the fabric fibers keeps skin feeling hydrated all day. Secondly, the fabric fibers work as natural deodorizers. Third, as you mentioned, the Collagen Collection offers UV protection with UPF 50+, shielding skin from both UVA and UVB (rays). Lastly, the fabric promotes ventilation, so the cloth is breathable, and temperature transfer to keep the wearer cool and comfortable all day.
425: Are there special care instructions?
Bennett: As with all Buki fabrics, the Collagen Collection pieces are easy to care for, with a cold-water machine wash and cool dry. Since the collagen peptides are embedded into the fabric fibers, it will not wash out, ensuring you stay comfortable, moisturized, and protected wear after wear.
425: Are there items within the Collagen Collection that you are especially excited about?
Bennett: Yes; the Collagen Collection debuts with a group of essential styles, including a V-neck, scoop neck, hoodie, turtleneck, scarf, and pillow cover. We’re so in love with this capsule collection that is hard to choose favorites, but I’m particularly fond of the turtleneck because it’s such a must-have, year-round, classic style.
425: Tell us about the men’s Collagen Collection that will launch later this year.
Rodolfo: Our men’s Collagen Collection will launch with a crew-neck tee and a waffle polo — men’s essentials that can work into any wardrobe.
425: Is there anything you’d like to add that we haven’t asked?
Bennett: We expect the collagen market will experience massive growth in the coming years due to rising demand for collagen-based products across health and wellness, cosmetics, and food and beverage. The fashion, beauty, and wellness industries are colliding as consumer interest increases in the advantages of collagen. Moving from beauty and hair products to dietary supplements, we are so excited to launch this collection to make collagen now available in clothing.
Buki clothing is available online (at bukibrand.com) and in store at the Buki flagship in downtown Seattle, and select retailers around the United States.