Q&A

Maven Women: Ethical, Empowering Clothing for Conscious Professionals

How did you decide to found Maven Women? The idea for Maven Women came to me about a decade ago. At that time, I was a frustrated lawyer seeking elegant workwear created in a socially…

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Panâh: An Ethical Fashion Production House That Empowers Kenyan Women, Youth

Photo by Lemlem How did you and Morteza Saifi decide to found Panah? My husband has spent over 20 years in fashion industry in New York City. After Parsons School of Design, he…

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Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is something of a Rorschach test for our relationship…

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Patrycja Guzik's "Heavenly" Upcycled Garments Are Shelters You Can Wear

HEAVEN-SENT Texture and color played key roles in Guzik’s pieces, which she assembled from secondhand wool sweaters, damaged garments, and other unwanted textiles from fabric…

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Olderbrother's L.A.-Made Clothing is Eco-Friendly, Gender-Neutral

How did the two of you meet? Was it kismet at first sight? For a moment, close your eyes and envision a pleasant summer afternoon. A playful breeze tickles your neck and murmurs sweet…

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Freitag is a Feat of Brotherly Love That Flaunts Its European Roots

F-abric was developed because you couldn’t find sustainable workwear for your employees that was also biodegradable. What came first, the designs or the material? It was…

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New York City's Jussara Lee Turns "Zero Waste" Into an Art Form

Life doesn’t always go the way you expected. Born to Korean parents and raised in Brazil, Jussara Lee embraced her love of tailored clothing from a young age. After a transitory…

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Inspired by Mulan, Esther Lui's Upcycled Garments Embody Gentle Strength

HONOR TO US ALL One of the excursions Redress organized led to a garment factory in China that specializes in “zero waste,” a design technique that espouses creative methods…

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Amy Ward's Upcycled Knitwear is Big on Drama, Small on Footprint

CUTTING THE WASTE Ward, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion and textile design from the University of the West of England in Bristol, says she has always sought to keep…

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Skunkfunk Gives "Zero Waste" Fashion a Youthful, Hip Twist

What inspired Skunkfunk to create a zero-waste collection? We believe that fashion can and must be sustainable. We are constantly looking for innovative production methods that can…

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Can the "World's Best" Hoodie Revitalize American Manufacturing?

American Giant sells direct to consumer using an online-only model, which cuts out the middle person. How did the brand take off with little to no marketing? Our initial product, the…

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Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in…

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Demestiks New York is Sticking to Manhattan's Garment District

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 13, 2014 at 4:50pm PDT How did you become interesting in creating clothes for women? I just love the diverse range of styles and beauty in…

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Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

Fashion label Kirrin Finch responds to the demand for conscientious apparel designed to fit a range of bodies of all genders. Brooklyn, New York based founders and partners Laura Moffat…

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H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M H&M CONSCIOUS? Together with Hendrik Alpen, sustainability business expert, stakeholder engagement, at H&M, Gedda addressed some…

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Levi's is Open-Sourcing Its Water-Saving "Water<Less" Process

On World Water Day, Levi’s made a bold move. Borrowing a page from the tech industry, the denim giant went public with its “Water<Less” process—the same…

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The Craftivist Collective Wants to Change the World, One Stitch at a Time

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Corbett has been fighting for social justice. Growing up in an activist family, she experienced firsthand how energy-intensive, frustrating, and…

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Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

For stylist-turned-designer Mai-Lei Pecorari, “make do and mend” isn’t just an exhortation, it’s a way of life. Her clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, revels in…

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