Bringing circular models to fruition requires a rethink of the way we make, use, and dispose of materials. The concept of waste has to be eradicated, and TômTex has found unspent potential in an unlikely waste stream – seafood shells.
The company's name is an ode to its cultural roots – 'Tôm' means shrimp in Vietnamese, and TômTex's founder and feedstock both hail from Vietnam. Hell-bent on delivering a disruptive fabric that can "gracefully" return to the Earth, it has conducted over 150 experiments to arrive at its present iteration. TômTex gave the world a glimpse of its luxury offering through a collaboration with fellow Vietnamese designer Peter Do in September 2022, and is now scaling up production for its eagerly anticipated commercial launch in 2024. TômTex is firmly on our radar, and it should be on yours too.