Designer Natalie Chanin: DIY "Imparts Love" in a Way Buying Can't

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“To me, the beauty of a quilt or a dress lies within the stitches and the thought of the person who made them. When you spend time making something with your two hands, you impart love in a way that buying never can.”

Natalie Chanin, founder of fashion and lifestyle brand Alabama Chanin, speaking about the art of craft in the February 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

 

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Does Jaden Smith Really Own Just One Pair of Shoes?

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Wedding Dress Designer's Ebola Suit Makes NY Fashion Week Debut

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Actor Will Smith's Son Jaden Owns One Pair of Shoes, Five Shirts

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“It’s such a strange thing. Jaden, my 16-year-old, he has one pair of shoes. He has three pairs of pants and he has five shirts. Total.

“He has refused to be a slave to money. I so respect that. The younger generation is less of an ownership generation, anyway. And it’s such an interesting thing to watch, because I came from a middle-class background, but, you know, our lights and gas would be cut off from not paying the bill.

“I grew up in a house where you would need the kerosene heaters in the winter in case the bills didn’t get paid. And he’s from the complete other end of the spectrum.

“And it’s so interesting to me that from growing up in that space, he could see the need for things in a way that he’s rejecting. He’s like, ‘I’m not gonna let myself need things in that way’—but I would like him to get another pair of shoes.”

—Actor Will Smith, discussing son and After Earth co-star Jaden Smith’s sartorial frugality in the March 2015 issue of Esquire. Does a white Batman suit count as a shirt or pants?

 

P!nk Hopes Fur Lovers Get "Bitten in the Ass" by the Animals They Wear

by , 02/12/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, New York Fashion Week

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P!nk would rather appear naked on a 90-foot billboard in Times Square than wear fur. She’s not kidding, either. The singer-songwriter is currently baring her tattoos in a giant display on Manhattan’s famed 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Shot by photographer Ruven Afanador for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the ad made its debut on Wednesday, just in time for the start of New York Fashion Week. “Animals are the purest spirits in the world,” P!nk, whose real name is Alecia Moore, says in a statement. “They don’t fake their feelings, and they are the most loyal creatures on Earth.”

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Lars Hofsjö Recycles Swedish Rag Rugs Into Colorful Tables

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Lars Hofsjö is giving leftover textiles a third lease on life by transforming traditional Swedish rag rugs into colorful sideboards. The Rumbler designer, who grew up listening to the sound of his mother working on her loom, plunders secondhand and antique stores for the woven scraps, which he then sculpts into three-dimensional forms. Reinforced with aluminum, Hofsjö’s “Torp” and “Dunker” tables are a modern tribute to a time-honored craft. “Generations of women have in many Swedish homes [have] woven beautiful rag rugs,” Hofsjö writes on his website. “The art of weaving has been passed from generation to generation.”

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M&S Debuts Eco-Shoes Made With Coffee Grounds, Plastic Bottles

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Noctu: Fair-Trade, Organic-Cotton Nightwear for Men, Women

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Antiform's Upcycled Fashions Are 100 Percent Handmade in the U.K.

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Uruguay's Mamut Lets Customers Buy Shoes With Used Plastic Bottles

Uruguay's Mamut Lets Customers Buy Shoes With Used Plastic Bottles

Talk about an offer footwear fanatics can’t refuse. As part of a drive to clean up local beaches, Uruguay shoemaker Mamut is allowing plastic bottles as a form of currency. The…

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"Woolly Pedlar" Helps Grieving Families Create Quilts From Old Sweaters

"Woolly Pedlar" Helps Grieving Families Create Quilts From Old Sweaters

Photo by Simon Greener Old jumpers are being transformed into memory blankets for grieving families by a sensitive seamstress in the north of England. Sue Reed goes by the name of the…

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Gehrich's Aussie-Made Outerwear Flaunts Sustainability, Timeless Style

Gehrich's Aussie-Made Outerwear Flaunts Sustainability, Timeless Style

Engrained in Melbourne-based outerwear design house Gehrich’s ethos are two simple values: timeless style and quality over quantity. Focused on a “considered” design approach,…

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Pop-Up T-Shirt Factory Helps Consumers Reconnect With Their Clothes

Pop-Up T-Shirt Factory Helps Consumers Reconnect With Their Clothes

As one of the most basic items of clothing at our disposal, the T-shirt rarely generates attention. But what does it really take to make the humble garment? Central Leeds shoppers got a…

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Zara Permanently Bans Angora, Donates Leftover Stock to Refugees

Zara Permanently Bans Angora, Donates Leftover Stock to Refugees

Photo by 360b/Shutterstock To borrow from the words of Taylor Swift, the world’s largest clothing retailer and angora wool are never, ever getting back together. Like, ever.…

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EcoChic's Kévin Germanier: Sustainability, Fashion "Forever Linked"

EcoChic's Kévin Germanier: Sustainability, Fashion "Forever Linked"

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Awards. “[The biggest misconception about sustainable fashion is] that it is a trend. In my opinion, sustainability is…

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NSFW: "Niptons" Are Nipple Pasties Made From Recycled Records

NSFW: "Niptons" Are Nipple Pasties Made From Recycled Records

GREEN IS SEXY Two years of prototyping—and one marriage to said girlfriend—later, Tipton’s “Niptons” require just a little more work on the packaging front before…

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INTERVIEW: Norway's "Sweatshop Fashionistas," In Their Own Words

INTERVIEW: Norway's "Sweatshop Fashionistas," In Their Own Words

Picture this: Three young fashion enthusiasts from Norway, two of them still in their teens, travel to Cambodia, where they sample the life of a garment worker for a month. Not exactly…

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Everyday Chemical Exposures May Lead to Early Menopause, Says Study

Everyday Chemical Exposures May Lead to Early Menopause, Says Study

Photo by Shutterstock Concerned about early menopause? Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in everyday personal-care and household products, such as soap, nail polish, and perfume,…

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