Founded in 2021, the Zurich-based design collective PROTOTYPES was created with a philosophy that operates on a foundation of sustainability and upcycling. The collective’s output is centered around the Second Life Line in which decommissioned military wear, postal uniforms, and other deadstock materials are utilized in the construction of garments intended to emphasize individual expression. The brand also offers signature Proto Packs and Proto Prints. These kits include, respectively, patterns and instructions that replicate the Second Life Line and iron-on graphic prints that facilitate personalized customization of clothing. Encouragement of DIY experimentation is further apparent in the design of the collectives ready-to-wear, with neckties being constructed into shirts, military fabrics taking on the shape of skorts, and wide leg jeans pieced together with deadstock denim.