Green Designers

Katharine Hamnett Feels Like an "Old Testament Prophet" Preaching to the Wilderness About Eco-Fashion

British designer Katharine Hamnett has made a career out of power political statements. (She famously greeted Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a T-shirt that said “58%…

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Vivienne Westwood Believes in Quality Over Quantity, Also Art Galleries

“What I’m really saying is, buy less and choose well. I would like quality rather than quantity. I don’t believe growth is okay if it means one man’s advantage is another…

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Stella McCartney Has "Always Felt Strongly" About Eco-Fashion

“Eco-friendly fashion is something I’ve always felt strongly about. You have to create demand so the customer base will grow. We’ve been doing organic for years in my…

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Titania Inglis Achieves "Almost Zero" Waste With Iceberg-Inspired Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Photos by Evan Browning Titania Inglis didn’t call her Spring/Summer 2011 collection “Almost Zero” for nothing. Waste reduction was an important consideration for the…

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Vivienne Westwood Teams Up With Marie Claire, People Tree on Dress That Benefits Rainforests

Dame Vivienne Westwood said it best: “buy less, choose well.” The legendary British designer has partnered with Marie Claire on a limited-edition T-shirt dress to draw…

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Sourcemap Traces John Patrick Organic's Supply Chain From Sheep to Sweater

Jennifer Sharpe wants to know where your clothes have been, even before they become “your clothes.” For her master’s thesis, the Parsons The New School for Design…

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Designer Maria Cornejo Loves Recycled Cassette-Tape Fabric, Doesn't Think Fast Fashion is Very "Eco"

Maria Cornejo bristles at the idea that sustainability is an all-or-nothing proposition. “I think to be totally ‘eco’ is practically impossible,” says the…

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How Can Fashion Designers Make Clothes Less Disposable?

Photo by Howard Lake The following is an excerpt from Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes (2011, Earthscan), edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo…

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Titania Inglis Designs Organic Cotton Top for Japan Disaster Relief

The Japanese have handled the unrelenting slew of disasters with dignity and grace. Following suit, philanthropic fashion designers are summoning hope and goodwill out of the chaos,…

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What's the Easiest Way to Reduce the Environmental Impact of My Clothes?

Garment care is an enormous environmental issue, but it’s also a personal one. We each use incredible amounts of water, cleaning products and energy on our clothes. Reducing that…

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California College of Arts Launches Fashion Sustainability Workshop Series, Certificate Program for Professional Designers

The California College of Arts is now accepting applications for its latest offering in professional development: the Fashion Sustainability Workshop Series and Certificate Program.…

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Ada Zanditon, Ingle & Rhode Collaborate on Fair-Trade Gold Necklace

Award-winning designer Ada Zanditon has teamed up with British ethical jeweler Ingle & Rhode to create a one-of-a-kind pendant to celebrate the world’s first fair-trade and…

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Designer Vivienne Westwood: Global Warming Will Make L.A. Uninhabitable in 20 Years

“I try to use my voice to tell people of the danger of climate change, we are an endangered species. Within one generation, Los Angeles will be uninhabitable if people don’t do…

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Carrie Parry’s Modular Eco-Fashion Line Lets You Mix, Match Components at Will

Carrie Parry’s debut collection, “Mrs Montague,” tells a story about sustaining style through detachment. The Los Angeles designer’s primary inspiration was one…

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Katharine Hamnett Designs Exclusive T-Shirts, Accessories for Selfridges' "Project Ocean"

When it comes to conveying a message, the best approach is often the most direct one. Which is why Selfridges is kicking off its “Project Ocean” campaign this summer with a…

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Vivienne Westwood May Stop Designing to Focus on Climate Change

“I don’t know. It’s very time-consuming, and I really am trying to do something about climate change. It’s the most vital thing we can be thinking about. My husband and I go…

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Samantha Pleet Channels Norse Mythology, Astronomy for Fall/Winter 2011

STARRY NIGHTS To bring the rich imagery she witnessed to life, Pleet worked with an embroiderer in New York City, where her garments are made. The result? A constellation of stars winks…

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Kelly Lane Seeks Out Halley's Comet With Eco-Chic Fall/Winter 2011 Line

SEEING STARS Designer Kelly Lane isn’t one to shy away from color. For her eponymous label’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection, “Cosmos,” Lane imbues her pieces with…

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