Stutterheim’s unisex raincoat isn’t just a classic Swedish design, it’s also handmade in one of the nation’s few remaining textile factories. Coupled with meticulously sealed seams to prevent any leaks, the rubberized fabric is your best defense against the stormiest weather.
WAX ON, WAX OFF
Clad in waxed polyester and lined with cotton flannel, American Apparel’s domestically constructed rain parka offers thigh-length coverage, a matching nylon zipper, eight button closures, and six cord locks for extra security.
Terra New York’s designer raincoats aren’t just PVC-free, they’re also made from solvent-free and biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane, which breaks down in a landfill after 15 years of nonuse. The midnight-blue Tribeca trench includes a storm flap, mesh vents for breathability, and heat-sealed seams to keep you bone dry.
Cleanse your aura with Karma’s recycled-polyester anorak, which features a ruched pillow collar, a contrasting two-way zipper, and ruffles on each cuff. Made in Canada, the jacket also includes bungee drawcords at the waist and near the hem for adjusting your fit and silhouette on the fly.
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN
Triple your protection with Norwegian Rain’s foul-weather garments. Each single-breasted topper consists of an agua-resistant outer and inner shell made of 100 percent recycled fibers, along with a breathable, heat-sealed membrane that keeps droplets from seeping through the seams.
Pockets abound in Christopher Raeburn’s mid-length parka, which the British designer cobbled together from deadstock polyethylene—the same material Tyvek is made of.
Let the heavens do their worst: The Arborist trench coat by Patagonia holds its own with a recycled polyester soft-shell exterior, a lined hood with a double-snap closure, a two-way front zipper, a detachable storm flap, welted hand-warmer pockets, and side-seam ties for wrapping around the front or back.
Nau’s recycled-polyester Chrysalis dress handles the fickle elements with aplomb: The sleeves can be unzipped to transform the coverall into a vest, while collar-cinching drawstrings provide adjustable shielding for your neck and decolletage.
TYVEK ONE ON
Made in NYC’s Garment District from surplus and post-industrial Tyvek, Mau’s unisex anorak combines the lightweight crispness of paper with the near-indestructibility of high-density polyethylene. The drawstring-waisted hoodie is even recyclable. Return your unwanted Tyvek garb, along with your stash of Tyvek envelopes, to designer Marian Schoettle and she’ll either reuse your largesse or forward it to DuPont for recycling.+ Mau
A dramatic ruffled collar, a double-breasted closure, and waist-cinching belt define Green With Envy’s chartreuse trench coat, which uawa a blend of cotton and recycled polyester to deflect downpours.
Made in the United States, the all-season raincoat by Filson is lightweight enough for a mid-summer sprinkle yet roomy enough to pad with one of the brand’s zip-in vest liners. Finished with oil for water resistance, the jacket also includes a snap-closure storm flap, built-in hand-warmers, and expandable cargo pockets.
A modern take on ye olde anorak, Organic by John Patrick’s recycled-nylon jacket offers military-inspired details like button cuffs and epaulettes, plus a drawstring hood to keep your noggin dry.
Designed by the Providence-based company that bears the same name, Cleverhood is a high-performance rain cape manufactured in the Northeast from waterproof yet breathable seam-sealed microfiber. Urban cyclists will appreciate the details, from the 3M reflective stripes to the interior finger loops for rainy-day peddling.
Birkins of the world, eat your heart out. Richard Nicoll’s phone-charging tote is about to become the new “It” accessory. A collaboration between the British designer and telecommunications giant Vodafone, the battery-powered carryall is capable of juicing a smartphone or tablet on the go—no muss, no fuss, and no frantic searches for a power outlet. The bag itself charges magnetically through induction, storing enough electricity for a couple of day’s worth of use, according to Nicoll, who debuted it with his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection in February. “We wanted to create a collaborative product that fused fashion and technology,” he says in a press release. “Vodafone helped bring this idea alive in a way that we never could have done ourselves.”
You don’t need an Allen wrench to bring these plywood earrings to life. Made by OOO My Design in Spain, the space-saving ear hooks ship flat like a postcard, ready to be assembled into a wearable menagerie of horses, flamingos, rhinos, poodles, cows, turkeys, and kangaroos. Use the remaining “stencil” to clone your critters from corrugated cardboard and stage a diorama—or several.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council has gained two formidable allies in its quest to clean up the fashion industry: the Council of Fashion Designers of America and fashion bible Vogue, which feted their support for the nonprofit’s “Clean by Design” initiative at a breakfast in New York City on Monday, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Hosted by NRDC trustee Anna Carter, the event drew the likes of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), an early supporter of the program, along with industry heavyweights such as Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, Diane von Furstenberg, David Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Tory Burch, Derek Lam, Behnaz Sarafpour, Nanette Lepore, Zac Posen, and Joseph Altuzara.
The Santa Monica-based architects at Minarc put the “fun” in “fundraising” when they whipped up an extraordinary ball gown made from recycled fishermen’s jackets and repurposed rubber. Juxtaposed with waves of satin and tulle, the “Atmospheric” gown depicts the interplay of fire and water in Erla Dögg and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson’s native Iceland. After collaborating with graphic designer Billi Rakov, fashion designer Helga Solrun, and photographer Brandon Klein on the project, the dress was auctioned off in March at A+D Museum’s annual gala, which featured wearable creations by the likes of Karim Rashid, Richard Meier, Trina Turk, Wolfgang Puck, Jonathan Adler, and Diana Eng.
Photos by Lisa Beggs
Nearly Newlywed is putting a green spin on landing the perfect wedding dress. The online boutique, which launched on Wednesday, supplies brides-to-be with a selection of “nearly new,” fashion-forward gowns from sought-after designers—Oscar de la Renta, Monique Huillier, Vera Wang, and Alberta Ferretti, among them—at a fraction of their retail price. Even better, once you’ve tossed the bouquet, you can either keep your dress for posterity or reconsign it for up to 70 percent of what you paid.
Want to score a gorgeous piece of sustainable jewelry by Hovey Lee? You gotta pin it to win it. All you have to do is follow Ecouterre and Hovey Lee on Pinterest—you know, that social bookmarking site all the cool kids are gabbing about like it’s the second coming of Napster?—create a board called “Earth Day 2012,” then pin five of your favorite Hovey Lee pieces and five Ecouterre images that represent what Earth Day means to you.
TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY
2. CREATE A BOARD titled “Earth Day 2012″ and show us what Earth Day means to you. Include five of your favorite Hovey Lee pieces (labeled with the hashtag #hoveylee) and five Ecouterre images (hashtag #ecouterre).
3. EMAIL THE LINK of your board to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: This contest is only open only to residents of the United States.
Marks & Spencer and the London College of Fashion are going halfsies on Britain’s first Sustainable Fashion Lab, to be located at the Old Truman Brewery in the heart of East London. From April 26 to May 9, the pop-up space will bring together a raft of designers, stylists, and thought leaders who will be “exploring and debating the future of a more sustainable fashion industry,” says the department store. Visitors will even get the opportunity to design and create their own pieces through expert-led master classes. Entrance to the lab is free—the only “ticket” you’ll need is an unwanted item of clothing that will either be repurposed on premises or donated to Oxfam to resell or recycle.
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