Jellyfish Leather: A Cowhide Alternative From an Invasive Species

by , 09/21/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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JELLYFISH LEATHER \ˈje-lē-ˌfish ˈle-thər\

n. 1. A cow-free textile proposed by Yurii Kasao, a design-products graduate from London’s Royal College of Art. 2. Can be cut, sewn, and remolded just like cow leather, without the need for toxic and environmentally destructive tanning processes. 3. A potential way to control the numbers of a venomous invasive species that wreaks destruction on marine life and ecosystems. 4. One application for the jellyfish “mulch” that robotic shredders off the South Korea coastline leave behind.

 

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Join Ecouterre, Museum of the City of New York for a Discussion About Sustainable Fashion in NYC

by , 09/21/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Events

You Are What You Wear, Museum of the City of New York, Ecouterre, Yeohlee Teng, Timo Rissanen, Tara St. James. Study NY, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, New York City, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Join Ecouterre and the Museum of the City New York on Thursday evening, September 24, for a spirited discussion about sustainable and ethical fashion in New York City. Yours truly will be moderating a distinguished panel comprising Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design; Tara St. James of Study NY and Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator; and award-winning designer Yeohlee Teng. Tickets are free for museum members, $12 for students and seniors, and $16 for members of the general public. You can also get an early-bird rate of $10 if you reserve your seat online with the code FASHION15.

You Are What You Wear: New York’s Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Trade
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10029

Sept. 24, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Explore "From Farm to Fabric" With Manufacture New York

by , 09/18/15   filed under: Events

From Farm to Fabric, Manufacture NY, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Join the gang at Manufacture New York in Brooklyn next week for a two-day symposium on natural fibers, local textile production, and sustainability in fashion. The program is a whirlwind of activities, including fiber-processing, dyeing, and felting workshops and a panel discussion featuring some of the industry’s leading authorities: Author and educator Sass Brown, Parsons The New School for Design’s Timo Rissanen, designer Daniel Silverstein, and artist-designer Mimi Prober.

From Farm to Fabric
Manufacture New York
Liberty View Industrial Plaza
850 Third Avenue, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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"Aeros" Sports Bra Responds to Sweat by Increasing Air Flow

by , 09/18/15   filed under: New York Fashion Week

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Chromat had more than its shape-shifting “Adrenaline” dress up its sleeve at New York Fashion Week on Friday. The label also took to the runway to unveil the “Aeros,” a high-tech sports bra that responds to changes in respiration, body temperature, and sweat. Embedded with Intel’s “Curie” microchip, the undergarment features tiny air vents that open to cool the wearer down during vigorous exercise, preventing overheating.

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Why is "Vegan" Ellen Degeneres Selling Leather Shoes?

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Ellen Degeneres is facing a maelstrom of criticism after the talkshow host—and self-professed vegan—launched a fashion line that includes leather and suede shoes. Manufactured by in Brazil by the Camuto Group, the billion-dollar enterprise that sources footwear for Tory Burch and Nine West, among others, the ED by Ellen shoe collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, where they average at $200 per pair. “I am so excited for my brand to partner with the Camuto Group,” Degeneres, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ 2010 Woman of the Year, told WWD earlier this month. “They say you have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to really know how they feel. Well, now you can literally walk a mile in my shoes, or even further if you choose.”

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3D-Printed "Adrenaline" Dress Reacts When You're Stressed

by , 09/17/15   filed under: New York Fashion Week

Chromat, Adrenaline Dress, Intel, Intel Curie, wearable technology, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, New York Fashion Week, New York Eco-Fashion Week, New York Sustainable Fashion Week, Becca McCharen, biometrics, biomimicry, Ayse Ildeniz, Francis Bitonti, 3D-printed dresses, 3D-printed clothing, 3D-printed fashion, 3D-printed clothes, responsive clothing, responsive textiles

Anyone who has surprised a cat knows that raised hackles—a way of artificially inflating one’s size in the face of danger—are a classic “fight or flight” behavior. Somewhere in our evolutionary history, humans lost that ability. But Chromat, the so-called “architectural sportswear” designer beloved by the likes of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, has found a way for people—and women, in particular—to look physically imposing when threatened. The “Adrenaline” dress, which debuted at New York Fashion Week on Friday, uses biometric sensors to keep tabs on its wearer’s adrenaline levels. Powered by Intel’s button-sized “Curie” chip, the garment features hourglass-shaped “wings” that expand and retract in response to variations in breathing and heart rates.

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Love Goodly: An Eco-Chic, Cruelty-Free Subscription Box With a Cause

by , 09/16/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller may have sold off their “Gilt for eco-fashion” a year after its inception, but that hasn’t stemmed their desire to spread healthy and conscious living to the masses. The duo’s latest brainwave? Love Goodly, a subscription box that delivers natural, eco-friendly products and samples to your doorstep for $35—or less, depending on your plan—every other month. Each crate promises to be packed full of organic, vegan-friendly treats. The one we received included a Vaute racerback tank, a Christy Robinson recycled-aluminum pendant, Hurraw lip balm, LVX nail polish, and Pukka tea. You can also purchase the items à la carte through Love Goodly’s online storefront.

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Sergio Rossi, Green Carpet Challenge Collaborate on Eco-Silk Shoes

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Milanese cordwainer Sergio Rossi has joined forces with Livia Firth’s “Green Carpet Challenge” to create the sustainable-fashion initiatives inaugural line of shoes and purses. Crafted in Firth’s native Italy from locally spun, dyed, and woven organic silk, the collection is the first to receive the Green Carpet Challenge brand mark for “sustainable excellence,” according to Firth, whose eco-consultancy, Eco Age, visited and verified all the factories involved. Other “green” attributes include chrome-free, European-sourced leather; Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, and nickel- and brass-free galvanized hardware.

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Mulberry Slammed for Alleged Worker Abuse at Turkish Factory

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Turkish workers and their allies are launching a series of protests against Mulberry after the British bag-maker allegedly failed to protect the rights of the staff at SF Leather,a supplier factory in Izmir. Popular with celebrities such as Alexa Chung, who has a bag named after her, and Emma Watson, the luxury brand is taking flak for its apparent failure to intervene after factory management fired 14 workers who had joined a union, purportedly to ask for better pay. Ninety percent of SF Leather’s business comes from Mulberry, according to the Clean Clothes Campaign, an alliance of organizations in 15 European countries dedicated to improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries.

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New Pratt Institute Exhibit Explores Activism in the Garment Industry

New Pratt Institute Exhibit Explores Activism in the Garment Industry

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is launching an exhibition that explores the kinship between fashion and political,…

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JCPenney Takes on "Fast Fashion" With New "Belle + Sky" Apparel Label

JCPenney Takes on "Fast Fashion" With New "Belle + Sky" Apparel Label

Photo by dcwcreations/Shutterstock In today’s edition of Things You Neither Wanted Nor Asked For: JCPenney is launching a new apparel label designed to go head-to-head with the…

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"Abstract" is a Line of Bespoke Textiles Based on Your Emotional State

"Abstract" is a Line of Bespoke Textiles Based on Your Emotional State

If you’re looking for clothing that’s a bit more unique, considering bespoke clothes made by Abstract, which utilizes your webcam and your handwriting sample to generate…

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Born Free U.S.A. Seeks Used Fur to Comfort, Rehabilitate Young Wildlife

Born Free U.S.A. Seeks Used Fur to Comfort, Rehabilitate Young Wildlife

Born Free U.S.A. has started a clothing drive like no other- asking consumers to donate fur items to help comfort orphaned wild animals. The second annual “Fur for Animals” turns…

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Nau Debuts Recycled Down Insulation for Jackets, Coats

Nau Debuts Recycled Down Insulation for Jackets, Coats

DOWN BUT NOT OUT In January 2014, Nau was among the companies that rallied around the “Responsible Down Standard,” a chain-of-custody process established by The North Face…

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Pauline van Dongen's Solar Parka Thrives Among Nature's Elements

Pauline van Dongen's Solar Parka Thrives Among Nature's Elements

SOLAR PARKA The jacket incorporates a single thin, flexible, and waterproof solar panel on one of its front pockets. Manufactured by AltaDevices, the photovoltaic cells generate enough…

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Feel the Force With Pendleton's U.S.-Made "Star Wars" Woolen Blankets

Feel the Force With Pendleton's U.S.-Made "Star Wars" Woolen Blankets

Trust us, these are the blankets you’re looking for. Launched during last week’s nationwide “Force Friday” extravaganza, the hand-numbered Star Wars by Pendleton…

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Zandra Rhodes: "The Only Constant in Fashion is Change"

Zandra Rhodes: "The Only Constant in Fashion is Change"

Photo by Helga Esteb/Shutterstock “I don’t have the answer as to what needs to change in the industry for sustainable fashion to become the norm, but I do know that the only…

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Iggy Pop and H&M Want You to Recycle Your Clothes

Iggy Pop and H&M Want You to Recycle Your Clothes

Iggy Pop wants you to recycle your clothes. The American singer-songwriter has teamed up with H&M to highlight the retailer’s garment-collecting initiative. In a video…

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