Leyza Matthew

Materiality BFA


A portal to immortalize biodegradable textiles & hand-stitched works by Lē Matthew (fka Lēyza Matthew).
Personal Label: Instagram
Personal Label Contact: 00degrade00@gmail.com
Image: Vol. 1.006 & Vol. 1.007 - Biodegradable & Compostable Earrings & Necklaces

A Fruitful Renaissance with the Orange Slice Earrings and Necklace Set
Image: Degrade By Lē
Biodegradable & Compostable Accessories & Wearables
[Overview Shot]
Image: Cucumber Necklace <1.007NEC010VGCUC-BR>, Orange Necklace <1.007NEC002CO-BR> , Pressed Flowers & Leaves Earrings <1.006EAR001PFL-BR>
Image: Vol. 1.002 - The Biodegradable Guitar Bag with some items from the material collection <1.002GUI001PFL-BR>
Image: QR Code Infused Hanging Tag that scans to the designer's music on Spotify.
Image: Vol. 1.002 - The Biodegradable Guitar Bag

Degrade - Audio Lyrics

They've colonized your minds and time / Just to blind your eyes from all the global crimes / You're shut inside / The toxic chemicals evade your / Eyes– / Desensitized– / To the elites waiting for our worst demise / You realize / That our current world / Is just a maze of lies ... <listen here>
Music & Lyrics by Lē Matthew / Video Here

Your-Angel Under-Bustier

Stitched with waxed cotton thread, this under-bustier's textile was hand made by the designer using pressed flowers and orange slices. Hardware are gold grommets and chains. Consumers can take off hardware to be recycled and compost the bustier upon its end of life. This bustier shape is made for bodies that aim to accentuate their chest area (e.g. the appearrance of cleavage).
Image: Your-Angel Under Bustier <1.003BUS002COPFL-BR>

Lē in the Grapefruit Corset <1.004COR003CGPFL-BR>, holding the Guitar Bag <1.002GUI001PFL-BR>.
The Grapefruit Corset aims to flatten the chest area. This made-to-order custom item is intended for those who desire to have a flattened chest in a corset look or those who already have a flat chest area. This item was also stitched with waxed cotton thread and is biodegradable.


Degrade by Lē aims to highlight the importance in looking at the systems that are in place within the fashion world, and the negative impacts it has towards our global climate & environment.

Degrade is a slow-fashion, experimental & conceptual driven textile based label that delves in the realm of material explorations through accessories and wearables.

This label promotes textile experiments with organic and inorganic waste. The debut of Vol. 1, “Bio-Resin”, shows a merge between food waste & fashion.

The word “bio-resin” for Vol. 1 is used for catch name purposes only. No accessory or wearable in this collection contains any form of resin, plastic or acrylic material.

"As a multi-disciplinary artist, I created & curated this collection through themes and motifs that are drawn from my musical angle, my love for artistic performance, and my all around appreciation of nature & its beauty". - Lē Matthew

All items are hand stitched and created by the designer, along with all the textiles used in Vol. 1’s collection. This collection is aimed to challenge the fashion industry and its already decaying systems in relation to our decaying planet.

Collaborators on Visual Presentation

Lē Matthew - Designer / Art Director / Model / Co-Producer / Stylist / Musician

Aly Akers - Set Design / Co-Producer

Amal Flower Kay - Photography / Light Director

Silo Rivers - Videography

Ori Mallet - Set Design Assistant

Betty Harrison - Makeup & Accessories Model

Lauren Cather - Model

Lē Matthew (fka Lēyza Matthew) is a Queer & International Multi-disciplinary artist and designer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.

They are the founder and designer of their personal label Degrade, their personal label aimed at promoting biodegradable materials and textile explorations in the fashion world using a multi-disciplinary approach.

In the midst of a global pandemic, they obtained a BFA Fashion Design degree from Parsons School of Design (May 2021) specializing in sustainable fashion design and systems with the honor of being the inaugural recipient of the Julie Wainwright Endowed Scholarship for Sustainability Fund (2021).

Lē is also a cycle 1 awardee for the City Artists Corps Grant under the New York Foundation of the Arts and will be hosting a textile awareness exhibit on October 2nd, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York at Lagoon NY.

Their personal label, Degrade by Lē, is partnering up with a slow-fashion online digital marketplace called Mive Fashion and is debuting monthly limited orders of the <1.001UKU> Ukulele Bag. Please read the descriptions for updates about the made-to-order pieces.

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