New "Smart" Fabrics Can Be Washed, Stretched...Even Shot With Bullets

by , 09/30/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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As wearables become more integrated into our lives they will also get woven into our fabrics. But for electronic textiles to be realistic, they need to be really durable and most importantly washable. Researchers at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have come one step closer to making that a reality with their fabric circuit boards. Copper wire was woven along with yarn to create a highly stretchable fabric that when tested could withstand millions of stretches along with multiple washes and even bullet impacts without losing its electrical properties. This type of advancement could have major implications for not only wearable technology, but also huge life-saving advantages for those in the military and police.

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Gamine's "Honest" Denim Workwear for Women is Made in America

by , 09/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Organic Denim, Women's Eco-Fashion

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For Taylor Johnston, a quote by Chuck Close sums up the inspiration behind Boston-based women’s workwear Gamine.: “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” As horticulturist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Johnston has never been afraid of getting down in the dirt. But when it came to finding jeans that were up for the challenge, she reached a crossroads. “Before I started Gamine, I saw there being two broad categories of women’s workwear: the high-end knockoffs that look like workwear but don’t stand up to the abuse and the industrial workwear options that fit terribly and are made of brown cotton duck.”

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BB.Suit 0.2 is a 3D-Knitted "Onesie" That Purifies the Air Around It

by , 09/29/14   filed under: Toxic Pollution, Wearable Technology

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The same three-dimensionally knitted “onesie” that doubles as a wireless hotspot, Global Positioning System tracker, and MP3 library can add another capability to its litany of features: air purifier. Currently on show at Beijing Design Week, the BB.Suit 2.0 uses Squair3′s high-voltage “Cold Plasma” technology to split oxygen and water molecules into pollution-scrubbing free radicals. “Since our clothing is constantly in contact with the air surrounding us it creates an opportunity to clean the polluted air,” writes Want, a Dutch online magazine that worked with designers Borre Akkersdijk and Eva de Laat, Eindhoven University of Technology’s Martijn ten Bhomer, Daan Spangenberg Graphics, and StudioFriso to bring the one-piece garment to fruition.

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Bombsheller's Customizable Leggings Are Printed on Demand in Seattle

by , 09/26/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Pants, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Bombsheller is a Seattle-based clothing company that produces eye-catching, graphic leggings on-demand with designs created by anyone who has an artistic eye or knack for design. Artists and regular joes alike can create Bombsheller legging designs using the company’s free, online design template. Designers then set their own royalty rate and gain profits from every sale made. The artist’s name and the design name are also printed in every pair of leggings.

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Melissa Joy Manning's Handmade Jewelry Fuses Luxury, Sustainability

by , 09/26/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Features, Green Designers, Interviews

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Jewelry should be about self-expression, embellishment, and adornment that lets the individual shine as brightly as the pieces they are wearing . The last thing anyone should worry about when clasping a necklace or donning a ring is whether or not another human being or the environment had to suffer for fashion. Sustainable designer Melissa Joy Manning stands as a shining example of eco-conscious artistry in an industry dominated by fleeting fads and questionable supply chains. As a member of the invitation-only Council of Fashion Designers of America, she has been recognized as an outstanding contributor to her craft. The fact that she employs a host of environmentally and socially responsible practices throughout a successful company is as an important reminder that luxury and beauty can exist alongside an ethic of respect and responsibility.

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Seattle Bride Crochets Her Wedding Dress on Her Daily Commute

by , 09/26/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Weddings

 

Yesler Makes High-Quality, Affordable Athletic Wear in the U.S.A.

by , 09/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

Yesler, eco-friendly sportswear, sustainable sportswear, eco-friendly athletic wear, sustainable athletic wear, athletics, eco-friendly sports, sustainable sports, green sports, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Seattle, Vincent Chu, made in the U.S.A., Kickstarter

Athletic wear brand Yesler is encouraging social support with their Made in the USA stance to add jobs in North America back to the supply chain with every 500 units sold. The brand prides themselves on using locally produced North Carolinian yarn to create their products, and state that this is of much importance as while 70% of US citizens have some participation in athletics, less than 2% of the items worn in this arena are made on home turf. As a result they have stepped in in order to create durable, eco-conscious athletic wear designed to last and last.

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Lumo Lift: A Wearable "Posture Coach" That Vibrates When You Slouch

by , 09/25/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Stand up straight! Years of admonishment from our mothers still can’t get us to have stand tall even though we know we should. It’s not that we don’t want good posture, it’s just so much easier to slouch and we often forget. If you suffer from the slouching affliction though, you may need a posture coach and with new wearable technology, it’s now possible with the Lumo Lift. The wearable clasp magnetically hooks on to your shirt and gives you a little vibration when you’re slouching. On top of that, the Lumo Lift also acts as an activity tracker and helps you meet your fitness goals.

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Patagonia Debuts Upcycled "Truth to Materials" Capsule Line

by , 09/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Eco-Textiles, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

EXCHANGE PROGRAM Both Portland-based Nau and Japan-founded Snow Peak are driven by a spirit of adventure. Nate Borne, general manager at Snow Peak, describes his average customer as…

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H&M, Primark, Zara Agree to Raise Minimum Wage in Cambodia

H&M, Primark, Zara Agree to Raise Minimum Wage in Cambodia

After thousands of garment workers rallied across Phnom Penh last week to renew demands for higher wages, eight of the world’s leading fashion retailers said they are willing to…

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Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money

Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money

Photo by Shutterstock Once on the hook for fostering sweatshop-like conditions, Los Angeles’s Fashion District has become an “epicenter of narco-dollar money,”…

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Kohl’s is Caught Selling Real Fur as Faux...Again

Kohl’s is Caught Selling Real Fur as Faux...Again

Discount superstore retailer Kohl’s has once again been peddling real fur as “faux.” Investigators from The Humane Society of the United States has uncovered the retailer to be…

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Italy's Largest Textile Suppliers Pledge to Detox Their Supply Chains

Italy's Largest Textile Suppliers Pledge to Detox Their Supply Chains

Photo by Shutterstock Attilio Imperiali, Berbrand, Besani, Italdenim, Miroglio, and Zip may not have the same name recognition as Dolce & Gabana, Prada, and Versace, but their…

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Livia Firth: Fashion Should Be on the Climate-Change Agenda

Livia Firth: Fashion Should Be on the Climate-Change Agenda

Photo by s_bukley/Shutterstock “Why do I feel so strongly that fashion is a pivotal industry to get right? Firstly because it is a full spectrum industry. It extends from the…

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Organic by John Patrick Returns to the '90s at New York Fashion Week

Organic by John Patrick Returns to the '90s at New York Fashion Week

TEN SHADES OF GRAY The cool, sporty palette (canary yellow, terracotta, and fluorescent white, juxtaposed with modern neutrals like navy and putty), plus the adroit Matryoshka-like…

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Christopher Raeburn Soars at Spring 2014 London Fashion Week

Christopher Raeburn Soars at Spring 2014 London Fashion Week

TAKING FLIGHT Raeburn deployed an array of technical fabrics, including decommissioned parachute silk—preserved in its original candy-pink hue—originally used in humanitarian aid…

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First U.S. Global Fashion Exchange Wants You to Swap Till You Drop

First U.S. Global Fashion Exchange Wants You to Swap Till You Drop

Get ready to swap till you drop, America, because the Global Fashion Exchange is in town. Founded in 2013 by the Danish Fashion Institute, whose inaugural event at Copenhagen Fashion…

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