Katharine Hamnett: "I Want to Sell as Much Organic Cotton as Possible"

by , 03/03/15   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“One thousand cotton farmers die everyday from pesticide poisoning or suicide debt; that is more deaths per day than in all the wars going on across the world put together, and it doesn’t even show up as a blip on the media anywhere. I thought everybody would think the same as me and fix it. Have they no pity? Have they no shame?

“I want to get the message out to as many people as possible…I want to sell as much organic cotton as possible because this helps the farmers. If they can sell organic cotton rather than conventional, it improves their lives immeasurably as they don’t have to spend all their money on chemical pesticides and fertilizers and can finally afford to feed, clothe, house their families, educate their children and afford healthcare, which is not the case if they farm conventionally.”

—British designer-activist Katharine Hamnett, speaking to Clash about why she’s reviving her line of slogan T-shirts (“Hamnett”) for a new generation.

 

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87-Year-Old Woman Finishes Knitting 1,000th Sweater For Kids in Need

by , 03/03/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Anna Taylor, a knitter with a heart of gold, has spent the better part of the last nine years knitting sweaters for the needy. Since February of 2006, The Cullen, Virginia native has worked tirelessly, knitting warm sweaters in her spare time for needy children across the world. The toil of Taylor’s work has reached a new milestone, as she boxes up her 1000th sweater for those in need!

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Meet Emily Spivack, Author of "Worn Stories," a Collection of Memories About Clothing

by , 03/02/15   filed under: Features, Interviews

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Sentiment is a funny thing. What is it about the human condition that makes us attach such fervent significance to even the most mundane of objects? To coin a phrase, when do our possessions begin to possess us? New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack has a fair idea. In Worn Stories, Spivack collects more than 60 clothing-inspired narratives—or “memoirs in miniature”—from cultural figures such as Rosanne Cash, John Hodgeman, Simon Doonan, Greta Gerwig, Marcus Samuelsson, Cynthia Rowley, Piper Kerman, and Maira Kalman. Join Spivack at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator on Wednesday for a visual tour of the garments that not only adorn and protect us but also serve as touchstones for the narratives we carry inside us. Ecouterre caught up with Spivack, who’s currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s fashion department, to learn more about the “porosity” of clothing, why people hold onto things that have long served their purpose, and the way “fast fashion” is changing the way we consume.

Worn Stories
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

March 4, 2015
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET

$10 suggested donation; includes a book signing, an invitation to record your own sartorial story, and a post-talk clothing swap.

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Put That Hoodie in Your Pipe and Smoke It—Literally!

by , 03/02/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Smokeable clothes could be the latest innovation in wearable technology to take the world by storm, according to The Daily Dot. Ahead of the game are two names: Hood Horkerz and Vaprwear, the rival brands competing for primary position. In the dispute over which budding entrepreneur came up with the idea first, the two have launched separate companies with undeniably similar designs. First and foremost, this is a hoodie. But this, VaprWear claims, is “the world’s greatest hoodie” as the drawstrings double as a vaporisor, meaning that people can smoke via the garment.

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These Sensory-Friendly Clothes Make It Easier to Keep Autistic Kids Safe

by , 02/27/15   filed under: Kids' Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology

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Some autistic children wander, unbeknownst to their parents or even themselves, but new GPS wearables can help ease the worries of lost kiddos. Independence Day Clothing is a new line of kids clothes that accommodate a small GPS device to track the wearer’s location. The little device slides into a small, discrete pocket in the shirt or pants so the wearer doesn’t notice it and no one else does either. Classic styles and colors along with reversible designs that can be worn to the front or back to make it easy for kids to dress themselves.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Co-Develop Organic Makeup With Juice Beauty

by , 02/27/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Gwyneth Paltrow…organic cosmetics mogul? After endorsing a gamut of beauty brands for companies such as Estée Lauder, Hugo Boss, Max Factor, and Restorsea, the actress-turned-lifestyle-guru announced Friday that she’s throwing in her lot with Juice Beauty, a California purveyor of certified-organic makeup and skincare products. This won’t be a capsule collection à la Alicia Silverstone in 2012. Paltrow has signed on as the firm’s creative director of makeup for the next five years, and possibly beyond.

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Project Solaire's Solar-Powered Backpacks Charge Gadgets on the Go

by , 02/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

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Most smartphone users have probably experienced the frustration of a dead battery. Now Project Solaire have designed a backpack that incorporates a solar panel into the fabric to keep devices charged wherever you go. This is a pretty neat way of capturing solar energy in a way that is easy, accessible and highly useful. Embedded within a simple backpack the rugged designs are ideal for festival goers or hikers to use when they are far from a power point. In fact the brains behind the concept are big festival goers and were frustrated with their devices dying in the midst of a concert. “We figured there has to be a solution,” says the brand’s Deme MaRie.

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Tilda Swinton Caresses Strangers' Clothing to Protest Fast Fashion

by , 02/26/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Celebrities

 

Actor Joaquin Phoenix Speaks Out Against Dog Leather in PETA Video

by , 02/25/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Joaquin Phoenix has a bone to pick with the Chinese dog-leather industry. The actor-activist, who appears in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ latest public service announcement, calls the group’s undercover footage “one of the worst things [he's] ever seen.” As images of dogs being brutalized play across the screen, Phoenix’s voiceover provides some sobering context. “Terrified dogs watch as those ahead of them are kicked, beaten over the head, and then have their throats slit and the skin peeled right off their bodies,” he says. “Their skins are turned into leather gloves, belts, and other accessories.”

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At Sweden's Filippa K, Sustainability is the Guide to Fashion Growth

At Sweden's Filippa K, Sustainability is the Guide to Fashion Growth

Swedish design brand Filippa K launched three new inspiring sustainability concepts last week that truly consider the environmental implications of their designs. These new concepts…

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4 Celebrities Who Wore Eco-Fashion to the 2015 Oscars

4 Celebrities Who Wore Eco-Fashion to the 2015 Oscars

Photo by Mark Suban/A.M.P.A.S. GINA RODRIGUEZ Gina Rodriguez, breakout star of the CW hit show Jane the Virgin wore a cobalt-gblue gown designed by Red Carpet Green Dress womenswear…

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RPMWEST's "Quarter Century" Pant Has a 25-Year Guarantee

RPMWEST's "Quarter Century" Pant Has a 25-Year Guarantee

Another year, another pair of new pants to buy or so it usually goes if you’re like any average individual. Durable, quality-made pants are hard to come by these days, and ones that…

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Grow Your Own Microbial "Leather" in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

Grow Your Own Microbial "Leather" in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

Photos from The Next Black Growing your own clothing is easier than you think. BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee has been spinning whole garments with little more than bacteria, yeast, and…

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Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort: Today's Fashion Designers Ignorant About Textiles

Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort: Today's Fashion Designers Ignorant About Textiles

“Fashion schools and colleges continue to teach young students to become catwalk designers, divas. They keep on being led to believe that what awaits them is a life of fame…

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PETA's Bunny Logo for Cruelty-Free Products Gets a Sleek Update

PETA's Bunny Logo for Cruelty-Free Products Gets a Sleek Update

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ has unveiled a new take on its “cruelty-free bunny” logo. The new “Beauty Without Bunnies” mark, which existing…

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Benetton—Finally!—Agrees to Contribute to Rana Plaza Victims' Fund

Benetton—Finally!—Agrees to Contribute to Rana Plaza Victims' Fund

Photo by 360b/Shutterstock Benetton is finally putting its money where its mouth is. Nearly two years after thousands of garment workers lost life and limb in the collapse of the Rana…

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IStyleMyself: Smartphone App Helps You Create Outfits à la "Clueless"

IStyleMyself: Smartphone App Helps You Create Outfits à la "Clueless"

A closet full of clothes, and yet nothing to wear – a first world problem for sure, but one that could make you late for work. Now a new app called IStyleMyself will make up…

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H&M CEO: Buying Less to Save the Planet Would Create "Social Catastrophe"

H&M CEO: Buying Less to Save the Planet Would Create "Social Catastrophe"

Karl-Johan Persson isn’t a fan of the “buy less” movement that’s beginning to take root. In fact, the H&M CEO warns that reducing consumer spending in the…

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