NY Department of Sanitation makes Fashion Week debut: Photos


The fashion elite may snarkily lament the proliferation of “Eurotrash” at New York Fashion Week, but a new collaboration being shown this go-around may be using the term “trash” quite literally. To wit: On September 7th, designer Heron Preston — who has worked with both Kanye West and Nike in the past — debuted “UNIFORM, a line of Department of Sanitation merchandise and workwear essentials adapted from up-cycled clothing and archived uniforms.

The show marked the first event held at The Salt Shed, a DSNY facility designed by Dattner Architects and used to store salt — which is ordinarily closed to the public.


The idea for the rather unlikely collaboration was sparked by Heron’s own brush with garbage — while swimming in Ibiza the designer came across an errant plastic bag.

The goal of “UNIFORM” is to raise awareness for 0X30, the DSNY’s Zero waste initiative, which hopes to contribute zero waste to landfills by 2030. Part of the proceeds from the collection will go to the Foundation for New York’s Strongest, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service of NYC sanitation workers.

“UNIFORM honors the men and women who proudly protect New Yorkers’ health and safety,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in a recent press release. “Too often, our heroes are unsung – and the Foundation’s partnership with Heron is a powerful celebration of our dedicated Sanitation Workers who serve New York City every day.”

Elizabeth Balkan, the Policy Director and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner and Executive Director of the Foundation for New York’s Strongest adds, “This Fashion Week event proves it’s fashionable to protect our planet.”

The urban designs largely made in khaki, camo and neon,  and emblazoned with the DSNY logo are sure to please streetwear aficionados.  One man’s trash is another man’s rather pricey treasure; pieces range in price from $60 DSNY logo tees and $150 upcycled donated hoodies to $600 DSNY rain jackets and $1,250 DSNY bags. The collection may be purchased at HPCxDSNY.nyc and HPCxDSNY.com.