R.I.P Franca Sozzani, Ethical Fashion Powerhouse

by , 12/22/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Today the world has lost Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue’s risk-taking editor-in-chief and one of ethical fashion’s staunchest advocates. She was 66. “The respect and care for the environment, sustainability, and fair trade nowadays are features that cannot be separated from the fashion world,” Sozzani, who was a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations–affiliated Fashion 4 Development initiative, once said. “Or at least, from those who wish to preserve also the ethic, and not just aesthetic, side of fashion.” For Sozzani, fashion was always more than “a piece of fabric.” She used fashion as a vehicle to champion causes such as poverty and gender equality, traveling through Africa and Asia to broker connections between the first world and the third. She believed in doling out work, not charity.

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Carcel: A Danish Clothing Label Made by Women in Prison

 

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One by One Takes on "Slow Fashion," One Garment at a Time

by , 12/20/16   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

TagPop is Revolutionizing the Way We Thrift-Shop for Clothes

 

Report: Prada, Gucci Fail to Address Sweatshop Labor in Their Supply Chains

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The Guccis and Pradas of the world could stand to learn a thing or two from their “fast fashion” imitators, at least when it comes to addressing labor issues in their supply chains, according to KnowTheChain, a corporate accountability initiative led by Humanity United, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, and Verité. In a study of 20 of the world’s largest, publicly traded apparel and footwear companies, the San Francisco–based group found scant progress toward the elimination of forced labor and human trafficking. By and large, high-street brands performed better than their better-appointed brethren, with Adidas, Gap, H&M and Lululemon among the top ranked. Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and Kering, which owns Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Stella McCartney, received significantly lower scores, while Prada joined China’s Belle International Holdings and Shenzhou International Group Holdings at the very bottom.

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Pittsburgh Boutique Has All Your American-Made, Vintage Lingerie Needs Covered

by , 12/15/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Intimates retailer Calligramme was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania with two big missions: offer classy, sensual lingerie that let women feel wonderful in their own skin, and be the first in the industry to offer 100 percent American-made products that infuse the local economy. Founder Marissa Vogel felt that realizing her vision of growing meaningful, domestic employment opportunities, especially to women, would be a perfect fit for the fashion items that are closest to the female body. Calligramme is celebrating two years open for business this December, with new items perfect for curling up or for adding some seduction to your evening.

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Ravelin's Reflective Shirt Keeps Cyclists Stylish by Day, Safe by Night

by , 12/13/16   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion

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The RS01 wants to be the best shirt in your closet- one that can protect you as much as it looks good. Designed with the bicycle commuter in mind, the RS01 by Ravelin is a reflective safety garment – that doubles as your favorite shirt to wear to work. Its sleek design looks great in the office without showing the integrated reflective pattern than illuminates during your commute home, making for a valuable transitional garment that takes the urban dweller from day to night.

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Wooln: Ethically Sourced Knitwear Handmade by NYC Grandmas

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Winter may officially begin on December 21, but nobody stays warm on a technicality. Here to help you fend off frostbite is Wooln, a nascent knitwear label that charmingly employs New York City grandmothers to create its wares. Founded by two French moms, Margaux Rousseau and Faustine Bardrichani, Wooln seeks to “act for the benefit of society at large” by inviting retirees to share the skills they’ve honed over the years. “We felt seniors could play a bigger role in the community and be more valued than they were in New York City,” Rousseau and Bardrichani told Ecouterre. “And as Europeans, honoring elders is a big part of our way of living, so we wanted to incorporate that same feeling into our project.”

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How Beyond Retro Became Britain's Hottest Vintage Clothier

 

Bangladesh's Children Are Working 60 Hours a Week to Make Our "Fast Fashion"

Bangladesh's Children Are Working 60 Hours a Week to Make Our "Fast Fashion"

It’s time to face the awful truth: Those cheap clothes we can’t get enough are probably the handiwork of impoverished children from Bangladesh, some as young as 6. About a…

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Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines wants to turn used clothing into jet fuel. Japan’s flag carrier—and the nation’s second-largest airplane company after All Nippon Airways—is working with…

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Li Edelkoort: Clothes Today Are Made to be Thrown Away "Like a Condom"

Li Edelkoort: Clothes Today Are Made to be Thrown Away "Like a Condom"

“The manufacturing of clothes has gone through a rapid and sordid restructuring process, which has seen production leave the Western world to profit from and exploit low-income…

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Veerah's Multifunctional Vegan Shoes Are "Inspired by Women, Made for Warriors"

Veerah's Multifunctional Vegan Shoes Are "Inspired by Women, Made for Warriors"

COMFY LUXE With a name that means “warrior” in Sanskrit, Veerah’s mission is to offer luxury shoes that women can not only feel good about buying but wearing, as…

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Maven Women: Ethical, Empowering Clothing for Conscious Professionals

Maven Women: Ethical, Empowering Clothing for Conscious Professionals

How did you decide to found Maven Women? The idea for Maven Women came to me about a decade ago. At that time, I was a frustrated lawyer seeking elegant workwear created in a socially…

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Macklemore, Columbia Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Toxic PFCs

Macklemore, Columbia Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Toxic PFCs

Columbia has found an unlikely ally in its quest to stem the use of perfluorinated compounds in outerwear: hip-hop artist Macklemore. The Portland, Ore.–based sportswear company,…

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Pussyhat Project Aims to Make 1 Million Cat-Ear Hats for D.C. Women's March

Pussyhat Project Aims to Make 1 Million Cat-Ear Hats for D.C. Women's March

The Pussyhat Project is looking to put a pink cat-ear hat on the head of every woman, feminist, and ally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. Founded by a band of…

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This Graphic Sums Up How Complex the Fashion Supply Chain is

This Graphic Sums Up How Complex the Fashion Supply Chain is

It’s easy to forget how much work goes into creating a piece of clothing. Even the most basic of T-shirts requires supply-chain calisthenics to get from “fiber to fabric,…

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Panâh: An Ethical Fashion Production House That Empowers Kenyan Women, Youth

Panâh: An Ethical Fashion Production House That Empowers Kenyan Women, Youth

Photo by Lemlem How did you and Morteza Saifi decide to found Panah? My husband has spent over 20 years in fashion industry in New York City. After Parsons School of Design, he…

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