Interviews

"RiverBlue" is an Upcoming Film That Explores the Dark Side of Denim

Blue jeans are arguably the most iconic and versatile garment human beings have ever created. Both fashionable and functional, these simple denim pants have graduated from miners’…

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Carte Blanche: Crowdsourced Womenswear, Affordably Made in NYC

What inspired you to move from a corporate career to designing your own line? Working for larger fashion brands taught me how the industry goes about the design and production process.…

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Popinjay's Hand-Embroidered Bags Lift Pakistani Women From Poverty

How did the idea behind Popinjay come about? The road to Popinjay’s creation as a luxury handbag company started when I was in graduate school. I heard the story of a young Afghan…

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This Interview Will Change the Way You Think of "Fast Fashion"

Khanam (left), protesting outside The Children’s Place in April. Aklima Khanam may have survived the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013,…

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Factory45: An Online Accelerator for Sustainable Fashion Businesses

In 2010, Shannon Whitehead and her partner Kristin Glenn co-founded (R)evolution apparel, a sustainable clothing company for female travelers and lovers of multifunctional dressing.…

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Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

How did you form Umasan? Where did the concept come from? Our demand, and at the same time our motivation, was to create a line that transcends the production of clothing and…

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Convert Style Features U.S.-Made Brands With New E-Commerce Platform

Convert knows a good thing when it sees it. The Berkeley, Calif.-based boutique is following the likes of Everlane and Zady with an ethical online marketplace of its own. Launched late…

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For Daniel Silverstein, "Zero Waste," U.S-Made Fashion Makes 100% Sense

Whether you’re an avid reality television viewer or a follower of eco-fashion, the name Daniel Silverstein is probably on your radar. The charismatic, near-prodigy level graduate…

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"Project Runway" Winner Gretchen Jones Joins Pendleton's Design Team

What happens when you fuse the talent of a hip up-and-coming designer with a brand that’s been in business for 150 years? How about “heritage chic”? Well, that’s…

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From Somewhere Unveils New Look, Collaborators for Autumn 2013

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN Accompanying the label’s revival is From Somewhere’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, imbued with “new energy” from designer Brandy…

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INTERVIEW: Will.i.am Tells Ecouterre Why Green Fashion is the Future

With his ultra-modern aesthetic and song lyrics that reference the next millennium, it’s no secret that Will.i.am is looking to the future. In addition to creating music, the…

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"The True Cost": A Documentary About the Clothing Industry's Impact

“Growing up I was told this very simple story about where our clothes come from,” Andrew Morgan, director of a new documentary, The True Cost, tells viewers in the opening…

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La Poubelle Offers Vintage Clothing From a Refurbished Trailer in Brooklyn

STANDING OUT What first attracted you to vintage and secondhand fashion? I loved the thrill of the hunt, and also finding things that no one else had. I was very into fashion growing up…

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Fast Fashion is Here to Stay (So How Do We Work With It?)

ANTHONY LILORE (DESIGNER, RESTORE CLOTHING; BOARD MEMBER, SAVE THE GARMENT CENTER) Don’t be a hater. We, as a community, cannot knock people and/or companies for not doing…

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State Takes the "Farm to Hanger" Approach to American-Made Fashion

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Adrienne Antonson of State designs clothing according to her own calendar. Turned off by the fast fashion cycle, Antonson takes a thoughtful and…

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Kate Fletcher's "Local Wisdom" Promotes Clothing as Personal Narrative

What is Local Wisdom trying to accomplish? We’re trying to find ways to increase the uptake of some of the things that we’re seeing, some of the knowledge and wisdom that we…

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Thread & Loom's Fairly Hand-Loomed Bags Fund Girls' Education in India

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Socially-driven accessories company, Thread & Loom introduces itself to the world with a line of handbags that make for the perfect spring and…

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Fashion "World Changer" Orsola De Castro Speaks Out On Textile Waste

In a perfect world, designers would have the ability to address all the environmental and social challenges fashion faces them with. For From Somewhere designer Orsola de Castro,…

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