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Prince George Baptized in Replica of 172-Year-Old Christening Gown

by , 10/23/13   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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Even the future King of England can’t avoid hand-me-downs. Per royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn was baptized Wednesday afternoon in a replica of a white Spitalfields silk-satin gown commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 for her eldest daughter’s christening. Its creator? Janet Sutherland, the daughter of a Scottish coal miner from Falkirk, who received the title of Embroiderer to the Queen for her efforts. Now safely tucked away in storage, the original garment, which was crafted to resemble the dress that Queen Victoria wore for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, is the family heirloom to end all family heirlooms. Until 2004, when it became too fragile to use, the gown clad more than 30 blue-blooded babies, including Prince George’s forebears: Prince William, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen’s father—the Prince George’s namesake—King George VI.

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John Bartlett, Ruthie Davis Collaborate on Cruelty-Free Shoes

by , 10/22/13   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fashion Philanthropy, Vegan Fashion

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Designer John Bartlett is no stranger to gorgeous cruelty-free fashion. His latest collaboration with Ruthie Davis brings his love of animals to design. The pair have designed a line of cruelty-free footwear adorably called Ruthie Davis (HEART) john Bartlett, clad in a vibrant camouflage style print of Bartlett’s late pup, a three legged pit bull named Tiny Tim.

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Patagonia to Offer Fair-Trade-Certified Apparel Starting Fall 2014

by , 10/22/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade

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Outdoor apparel giant Patagonia is going to boost their arm in sustainable fashion, offering Fair Trade Certified apparel in their Fall 2014 collection. Customers can choose from nine different styles of Fair Trade outdoor clothing and active wear, that will directly benefit workers who have made the clothing. Each piece of Fair Trade clothing sold will deposit money into a special workers’ fund, that will benefit the communities where the items are made.

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

by , 10/22/13   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

H&M Asks Customers, Employees to Help It "Make a Difference"

by , 10/21/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Fashion Philanthropy, Site Seeing

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The H&M Conscious Foundation wants to put power into the hands of their employees and customers. Thanks to an over $78 million donation from the Stefan Persson family, the company will ask the public which three issues the fund should support. Issues such as clean water, strengthening women, education, safeguarding natural resources and reduction of poverty through self-empowerment will be voted on by you, starting October 22nd by voting at makeadifference.hm.com.

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Wristify: A Thermoelectric Bracelet That Keeps Your Body Warm or Cool

by , 10/21/13   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The concept is simple – when you’re hot a cold cloth applied to your skin helps you feel cooler and the same is true when you’re cold. A change in temperature on your skin makes you perceive an a different overall thermal comfort. So using that concept, students at MIT developed Wristify, a thermoelectric bracelet that changes temperature to help you be more comfortable. The concept goes further than just helping you feel cooler on a hot day, imagine that if everyone wore this little device how much we could reduce air conditioning or heating inside a building and save a load of energy and money.

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TOMS Will Manufacture New Pairs of Shoes in Haiti Starting January 2014

by , 10/18/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Sales, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fashion Philanthropy

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As one of the best-known buy-one-give-one social enterprises, TOMS’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Its premise was disarmingly simple: for every pair of shoes someone buys, a second is donated to a child in need. And it’s made good on its promise. Since Blake Mycoskie founded the firm in 2006, TOMS has delivered more than 2 million pairs of shoes to children in impoverished communities in over 51 countries. Despite its largesse, TOMS hasn’t been without its detractors. Critics have censured the brand for slapping on bandaid solutions that create unsustainable aid-based economies and displace local shoemakers. And TOMS, it would appear, has been listening. At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City late last month, Mycoskie announced that the company will manufacture new pairs of shoes in Haiti beginning January 2014.

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Over 29 Million People Enslaved, Says World's First Global Slavery Index

by , 10/18/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Site Seeing, Worker Rights

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More than 29 million people across the globe live in conditions of modern-day slavery, according to the first index to quantify the scale of forced labor on a country-by-country basis. Published Thursday by Australia’s Walk Free Foundation, the Global Slavery Index reveals that roughly 10 countries, many of them in Asia, hold nearly 70 percent of the world’s slaves. India topped the list with the highest number of enslaved people—approximately 14 million, or nearly half the total worldwide. China came in second with 2.9 million enslaved while Pakistan, arrived in third place with an estimated 2 million. “The India country study suggests that while this involves the exploitation of some foreign nationals, by far the largest proportion of this problem is the exploitation of Indians citizens within India itself, particularly through debt bondage and bonded labor,” reads the report.

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Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

by , 10/17/13   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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COOL WOOL /’ko͞ol wul’/

n 1 a: A natural, lightweight fabric created from Australian merino sheep wool using advanced processing techniques. b. A fine-gauge wool that has been lauded by designers for its ability to drape to the human figure. c. Wool that is perfect for springtime fashion, because of its ability to manage body temperature and humidity much better than cotton, nylon, or polyester2a: The primary fabric of choice for the collaborators designing the Woolmark Company Spring/sSummer 2014 couture fashion line. b. Used in collections by Christopher Raeburn and Richard Nicoll and Jonathan Saunders at London Fashion week, thereby raising awareness around this biodegradable and renewable material in the luxury fashion world.

 

What's Life in a Bangladesh Sweatshop Like? Ask This 9-Year-Old Worker

What's Life in a Bangladesh Sweatshop Like? Ask This 9-Year-Old Worker

Journalist Raveena Aulakh got a first hand look at life in a Bangladeshi sweatshop, going undercover as an employee for four days. Aulakh’s story revolves around her young boss Meem,…

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Sylvia Heisel Turns Eco-Technical Fabrics Into Street-Chic Clothing

Sylvia Heisel Turns Eco-Technical Fabrics Into Street-Chic Clothing

Does recycling plastic sometimes feel like a chore? Heisel’s Tyvek mini-dress makes plastic’s life cycle fun. With its short hemline and geometric print, the dress is a stretch from…

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From Somewhere Unveils New Look, Collaborators for Autumn 2013

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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Industrial Revolution II Offers Socially Responsible Manufacturing in Haiti

Industrial Revolution II Offers Socially Responsible Manufacturing in Haiti

Post garment factory disasters, supply chain checks, fashion manufacturing smack-downs and more of the mainstream public asking where their clothes are coming from are creating…

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Jessica Biel's Brother Launches U.S.-Made Recycled Burlap Bag Collection

Jessica Biel's Brother Launches U.S.-Made Recycled Burlap Bag Collection

Bare is an eco-accessories brand with more than one celebrity connection. Its co-founder, Justin Biel, is the brother of actress Jessica Biel and, through her, brother-in-law of…

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Raven + Lily's Debut Apparel Line Supports At-Risk Women in Cambodia

Raven + Lily's Debut Apparel Line Supports At-Risk Women in Cambodia

CLOTHING WITH A CONSCIENCE Raven + Lily’s social consciousness has been at the core of the brand since its inception in 2011. Kirsten Dickerson, a 15-year-old veteran of…

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The Up-Shirt: A Tee With the World's Smallest Environmental Footprint

The Up-Shirt: A Tee With the World's Smallest Environmental Footprint

GOING UP Together with Markus Vihma and Ann Runnel, Aus has devised a shirt made entirely from manufacturing leftovers. Because Aus and company use waste material that would otherwise…

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Brave GentleMan Debuts Vegan-Friendly Men's Suits for Spring 2014

Brave GentleMan Debuts Vegan-Friendly Men's Suits for Spring 2014

ETHICAL DANDY “When I decided to stop supporting the wool industry, it became incredibly difficult to find quality men’s suits,” Katcher tells Ecouterre. Most people…

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Demystify Cosmetics Labels With "Think Dirty" Smartphone App

Demystify Cosmetics Labels With "Think Dirty" Smartphone App

Buying safe cosmetics has never been easier, with the help of your smartphone. The new Think Dirty app by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics takes the guess work out of buying safer health…

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