Women’s Eco-Fashion

Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

RAGS TO RICHES Japanese peasants employed sakiori from the mid-18th to 20th centuries at a time when resources were scarce and the cultivation of cotton difficult. Like the…

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Could This Jacket Keep You From Catching a Cold?

Whether you are a germaphobe or not, taking crowded public transit can expose commuters to a bevy of germs each day. The new Germinator Transit Jacket by Betabrand is a wearable germ…

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Fall Into Winter With Ecoalf's 100 Percent Upcycled Coats, Jackets

THE NEW NEW For Fall/Winter 2014, Ecoalf didn’t hold back. The firm has produced a line of 100 percent recycled coats and jackets for city slickers to navigate both uptown and…

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Esprit Fetes Third Recycled Clothing Collection

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM Esprit expects the pieces to become wardrobe mainstays. Denim items, which include a jumpsuit, a dress, a jacket and coat, a fitted shirt, skinny pants, and…

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Feelgoodz Introduces Hand-Loomed Slippers, Fairly Made in Guatemala

Known for its eco-friendly flip-flops, Feelgoodz is expanding its business into indoor ballet-style slippers. Fairly handwoven and loomed in Guatemala from vegetable-dyed natural…

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Alabama Chanin Starts Natural Dye Facility, Relaunches Indigo Line

ALABAMA BLUES The do-it-yourself route was partly born out of necessity. Several of Alabama Chanin’s go-to dye houses have shuttered over the years, making it increasingly…

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Gamine's "Honest" Denim Workwear for Women is Made in America

For Taylor Johnston, a quote by Chuck Close sums up the inspiration behind Boston-based women’s workwear Gamine.: “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get…

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Bombsheller's Customizable Leggings Are Printed on Demand in Seattle

Bombsheller is a Seattle-based clothing company that produces eye-catching, graphic leggings on-demand with designs created by anyone who has an artistic eye or knack for design.…

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Patagonia Debuts Upcycled "Truth to Materials" Capsule Line

TRUTH TELLING “Truth to Materials is about discovering the origin of a material and staying as true to that as possible during every step of design and manufacturing,” he…

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Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

EXCHANGE PROGRAM Both Portland-based Nau and Japan-founded Snow Peak are driven by a spirit of adventure. Nate Borne, general manager at Snow Peak, describes his average customer as…

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Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

KICK OFF For one thing, you won’t find a four-tailed dragon on any of the heels. Because the motif is reserved for high-ranking pagodas, Saigon Socialite’s carvers…

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Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

Upcycling must be paying off for Topshop. The British high-street retailer is launching its third “Reclaim to Wear” capsule collection, derived from production offcuts and…

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"Myth" is the World's First 3D-Printed Ready-to-Wear Shoe Collection

SHOES TO PRINT Made locally in New York City, each shoe comprises at least 90 percent components manufactured on a small desktop printer. To maintain the premise—and promise—of…

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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

WEARABLE ART Peterson and Russell say that their primary goal is to restore confidence in the women they hire. Many of them left their jobs when they entered the shelter seeking refuge…

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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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Pharrell, G-Star Raw Unveil Recycled-Plastic "Raw for the Oceans" Line

GET RAW Bionic Yarn estimates that the full collection employs an estimated 10 tons of recycled marine debris. The line, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, boilersuits, trench coats,…

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Future Travelers Will Be Emailing Their Luggage to 3D-Printers

FAREWELL TO CARRY-ONS With advances in three-dimensional printing, this future is already unfolding, says Kyttanen. Lost Luggage supplants the traditional “analog” suitcase…

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Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Social enterprise meets delicate lingerie with Naja, an underwear brand who train and employ Colombian women to sew under their non-profit Underwear for Hope. These women then receive a…

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