Designer Daniel Silverstein Creates Magic Using Fabric Scraps


Get to know the Brooklyn-based designer

The following feature appears in the April 2017 issue of NYLON.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” perfectly describes Daniel Silverstein’s artistic process. The 28-year-old designer behind the line Zero Waste Daniel doesn’t sacrifice sustainability for design, but instead finds a way to make both work together harmoniously. 

“My line evolves weekly, not seasonally,” Silverstein explains. “We do weekly limited-edition styles in addition to our core basics. So the collection evolves with pop culture, holidays, politics, and my mood.” 

Everything is handmade at the designer’s Brooklyn studio and each piece saves about a pound of fabric scraps from going to landfills. Get to know all about Silverstein, from his clever material sourcing to his favorite movie.

Astrological sign

Design philosophy
Designers are problem solvers. Use your skills and eye to make change and make it look good. Waste nothing, don’t pollute. Be the change you want to see. 

Halston and Liza [Minnelli]. I think I was born with disco fever. 

Material of choice
Trash. I make everything from cutting-room scraps from local factories. I use what designers deem “too small” or “worthless.” Small pieces and weird shapes don’t scare me—it’s not waste unless we waste it.

Fun fact
I do celebrity impersonations and have a sick memory. Get a couple cocktails in me and it’s an amateur stand-up gigCher, Chris Rock, or whatever movie I just watched.

Dream travel destination
I have got to get to the pyramids.

Musical metaphor
Radiohead’s “Creep.” I slay that shit at karaoke. 

Current design inspiration
Right now we are deep into unisex basics. American Apparel is closed, Marc by Marc Jacobs is goneI’m just trying to feed the children, you know?

Personal wardrobe staple
Obviously I wear ZWD on the daily, and I can’t live without my Brave Gentlemen vegan boots.

Favorite spots in New York
Freemans and Joe’s Pub 

Last novel you loved
Gone Girl—it’s a page-turner for sure!

Favorite film of all time
Don’t do this to me. Just one? Okay, fine...Xanadu. 

Daily soundtrack
Ariana and the Rose, Of Montreal, and my seven-hour disco playlist 

Drink order
Before 5pm: black Americano. After 5pm: Maker’s Manhattan on the rocks (in my reusable mason jar, no straw please!).

Standby snack
Avocado toast and sour candy (not together)

See some of our favorite pieces by the designer below:

Image via Zero Waste Daniel
Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.