New Pratt Institute Exhibit Explores Activism in the Garment Industry

by , 09/14/15   filed under: Eco-Art, New York Fashion Week

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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, social, and environmental activism. The aptly named Fashion=Activism: Rethink, Reuse, Respect, which runs from now through September 20, offers a dose of reality amid the runway season hoopla. Sponsored by Eileen Fisher and The North Face, the program includes interactions with textile activist and Pratt Institute faculty member Liz Collins, who will be transforming repurposed materials from Eileen Fisher’s “Green Eileen” take-back program into a large-scale sculpture.

Fashion=Activism: Rethink, Reuse, Respect
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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

by , 09/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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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 H&Ms and Zaras of the world. The department store has begun piloting the line of trendy womenswear, christened “Belle + Sky,” at 50 of its 1,000-plus stores across the country, according to Fortune. A number of items, including fringed jackets, faux-fur vests, peasant dresses, and ruched miniskirts, can also be accessed online, where they range in price from $14.99 to $59.99.

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

by , 09/10/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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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 bespoke textiles. The Abstract group, made up of fashion designer Julie Helles Eriksen, interaction designer Bjørn Karmann, and textile designer Kristine Boesen, has come up with a line of clothes all based on your own unique personality. Abstract’s goal was to involve the consumer more intimately into the design process while offering a product that tells a personal story.

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

by , 09/10/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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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 the fur industry on its nose, by asking consumers to return to animals what was once theirs. Last year’s 100 donated fur coats and hats helped to comfort injured young wildlife around the United States.

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Nau Debuts Recycled Down Insulation for Jackets, Coats

 

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

by , 09/08/15   filed under: Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

 

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

by , 09/07/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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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 blankets let you get cozy with the Dark and Light Sides of the Force. Each 82 percent virgin-wool blanket features scenes from a different Star Wars movie, from 1977’s A New Hope to the upcoming The Force Awakens. All 1,977 pieces of each design were woven on state-of-the-art looms in some the few woolen mills in operation in the United States today.

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

by , 09/04/15   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“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 constant in fashion is change.

“Change is what’s going to happen and it sometimes gallops ahead far quicker than any of us can manage. You just have to hope that the change is for the best. I don’t think it always is, but you have to hope.

“Never put anything past the determination of people to affect change.”

—British designer—and frequent People Tree collaborator Zandra Rhodes, speaking to Huffington Post U.K. about whether sustainability can be fashionable.

 

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

by , 09/03/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands

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 “public service announcement,” the “Lust for Life” hitmaker extolls the value of breaking all the rules of fashion save one: “Recycle your clothes,” he intones. H&M has been championing the “circular economy” of late. Besides launching new styles in its “Conscious Denim,” line, which is derived, in part, from some of the 14,000 tons of textiles it’s collected over the years, the company recently kicked off a $1 million annual prize to find the next big closed-loop innovation.

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Norway's Armed Forces Get Organic-Cotton Undies

Norway's Armed Forces Get Organic-Cotton Undies

Norway’s soldiers are getting some brand new undies—and they’re eco-friendly, to boot. The Norwegian Armed Forces has placed a massive order of some 50,000 organic-cotton…

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Taiwan's Youth Are Wearing Plastic Bags as Clothing

Taiwan's Youth Are Wearing Plastic Bags as Clothing

Taiwan’s millennials might be taking the idea of “recycled fashion” a bit too literally. The Asian country’s latest trend? Wearing plastic bags—and only…

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Former MAC Model Pamela Anderson Blasts Firm for Animal Testing

Former MAC Model Pamela Anderson Blasts Firm for Animal Testing

Photo by Tinseltown/Shutterstock Actress and model Pamela Anderson wants MAC Cosmetics to get their act together. The former Viva Glam spokesmodel is calling out the beauty retailer in…

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Vibram's Furoshiki-Inspired Shoe Wraps Around Your Foot Like Fabric

Vibram's Furoshiki-Inspired Shoe Wraps Around Your Foot Like Fabric

Vibram—it of “FiveFinger” shoe infamy—is hawking a new offbeat concept in footwear: the “Furoshiki” sneaker. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of bundling objects…

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Vans, Charlotte Stone Create Eco-Friendly Recycled Sneakers

Vans, Charlotte Stone Create Eco-Friendly Recycled Sneakers

ECO KICKS Although Stone usually works with leather, she decided on a different tack. “With the Vans project, I had to think about how to make them special without using leather,…

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Emma Watson Takes on "Green Carpet Challenge" for "Regression" Press Tour

Emma Watson Takes on "Green Carpet Challenge" for "Regression" Press Tour

Photo by Fotonoticias/Getty Images Emma Watson is borrowing a page from Livia Firth and embarking on a “Green Carpet Challenge” of her own. After taking to Instagram to post…

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H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

H&M is looking to close the loop on textiles, and it’s willing to pay $1 million to anyone who can achieve it. Announced by the H&M Conscious Foundation, the Swedish…

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Bangladesh Court Delays Release of Rana Plaza Film for "Negative Portrayal" of Garment Industry

Bangladesh Court Delays Release of Rana Plaza Film for "Negative Portrayal" of Garment Industry

Photos by A.M. Ahad for Associated Press A new movie about Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy of 2013 is banned in the country for at least six months. Aptly entitled “Rana Plaza,”…

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Ralph Lauren's Biometric-Sensing "PoloTech" Shirt Now on Sale

Ralph Lauren's Biometric-Sensing "PoloTech" Shirt Now on Sale

Ralph Lauren tested out its new smart workout shirt at the 2014 U.S. Open on ball boys and now they are releasing the PoloTech shirt to the public. Combining smart electronic textiles,…

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