Behind the Seams

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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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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Vegan "It" Designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart Goes Beyond Faux Fur, Leather

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart debuted the first all-eco, all-vegan collection at New York Fashion Week to critical acclaim. We caught up with the…

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Meemoza Takes Us "Behind the Seams" at Montreal's Garment District

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Meemoza is a Montreal-based ethical fashion brand that insists on keeping production local. Designer Emilie Rioux does everything to keep the…

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Eko-Lab Fuses Art, Fashion, Sustainability in Brooklyn's Backyard

Photos by Amanda Coen Located in New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard, Eko-Lab is equal parts ethical apparel company and experimental art house. Combining the talents of Melissa…

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Elsa and Me's Maja Svensson Engineers the Perfect Little Black Eco-Dress

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Elsa and Me’s perfect little black dress just got even more perfect. The one-size-flatters-all sheath, made in New York City’s Garment…

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The Williamsburg Seamster Does Custom Alterations, Makes House Calls

DOOR TO DOOR What inspired you to start a custom design and tailoring service? I had been working full-time for BurdaStyle.com, where sewing enthusiasts can customize and make their own…

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Award-Winning Designer Titania Inglis Makes the Case for Thoughtful Fashion

HER SO-CALLED LIFE What do you look for in a garment? I look for designs that are streamlined with a subtle tweak to the proportion, fabric, or construction; the classics can be amazing…

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Marcia Patmos Takes Us “Behind the Seams” With Her Eco-Friendly Knits

KNIT WIT M. Patmos, like its sister label, Leroy & Perry, has honed a reputation for its luxurious yet utilitarian designs. Built to last, Patmos’s garments transcend seasons…

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Carrie Parry Heads to Amsterdam for Green Fashion Competition Finals

PARRY ON Parry didn’t just graduate from one of the world’s most prestigious fashion schools. Besides the usual pantheon of designers she shadowed, her resume also includes…

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Brooklyn Sewn: An In-House Fashion Atelier Redefining "Made in NYC"

MADE IN BROOKLYN Six months into Brooklyn Sewn’s launch, Gensler already has plans to more than triple the existing 12,000-square-foot-space and expand its menu of services.…

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Mikuti: A Socially Active Jewelry Label That Supports Tanzanian Artisans

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE Freund’s background isn’t in fashion design but rather social work, which helps because she understands the complexity of running a business that…

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Faune Yerby Spins Local Wool into Sophisticated, Eco-Conscious Designs

TRIAL AND ERROR After receiving an master’s of fine arts from Rutgers, Yerby drifted from photography into the world of textiles. With the exception of a spinning class at…

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Get a "Behind the Seams" Look at Billykirk's American-Made Leather Goods

A FINE BROMANCE It was in Los Angeles, however, that Billykirk found its footing, beginning as a small outfit that tinkered in handmade leather watch straps. Kirk, the younger Bray, has…

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Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

HOME ON THE RANGE Despite its clean, modern lines, Laura Sansone’s upstate New York studio coexists with its agrarian setting in perfect harmony. The designer’s two Nigerian…

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INTERVIEW: Bahar Shahpar and Tara St. James Talk Sustainable Design Education at Guilded

GET GUILDED Creating a new model for sustainable-design education doesn’t come cheap. Shahpar and St. James need to invest in furniture, videography, lighting, statistical…

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Portland Garment Factory Breathes Vitality to "Made in U.S.A." Label

MADE IN AMERICA It’s no coincidence that a plethora of independent designers, including three Project Runway winners, hail from the Portland area. The Oregon city crackles with…

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House of Tammam Debuts U.K.’s Only Ethical Ready-to-Wear Bridal Gowns

House of Tammam has launched the first, and so far only, ethical ready-to-wear bridal collection in the United Kingdom. Founded by Lucy Tammam, who also serves as the label’s…

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