Samantha Leibowitz: Architecturally Inspired Fashion, Made in NYC

 

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Shanghai Tang Fetes Its First Upcycled Eco-Fashion Collection

 

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Patagonia Debuts Short Film About Fair-Trade Fashion, Expands Program to Improve Workers' Lives

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More than 40 million people work in the global garment industry, yet their stories rarely make the headlines. We’ll tut-tut about the factory fires, the building collapses, the fainting epidemics, and the deaths we hear about, of course. But the punishingly long days, the unrelenting labor, and the countless indignities workers endure? They’re a little easier to ignore. “It completely changes the way you think about clothing when you consider the people in the process,” Helena Barbour, senior director of global sportswear at Patagonia, says in Fair Trade: The First Step, a new 13-minute film by the outdoor-apparel brand. “But because there is no visibility when you buy garments, you are just oblivious to it.”

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H&M, Labor Unions Solidify Workers' Rights Framework

by , 10/07/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Worker Rights

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After a Global Framework Agreement signed a year ago was deemed a success, H&M, IndustriAll Global Union, and the Swedish trade union IF Metall have decided to permanently collaborate on efforts to improve worker-employer dialogue, including the establishment of fair “living wages”, at the Swedish retailer’s myriad suppliers. The new agreement, which was formalized last week, will continue to work toward improved industrial relations, complete with freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining by workers’ representatives, according to H&M. The system has already led to “several positive results,” the signing parties said. Chief among them is the enactment of national monitoring committees, comprising representatives from both H&M and IndustriAll’s affiliated trade unions, in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Turkey.

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"Sound Shirt" Helps Deaf People "Feel" Classical Music

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The hearing-impaired and even the deaf can now experience music, in a new collaboration between the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra in Germany and wearable tech company CuteCircuit. The pair have created the Sound Shirt, an incredible garment that translates sound into vibrations. When the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra plays classical music, the wearers can feel the various instruments, each sound interpreted by a software linked to the wireless shirts.

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Puma Offers Financial Rewards to Improve Suppliers' Social, Environmental Standards

by , 10/06/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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Puma knows that carrots often work better than sticks. The sportswear manufacturer has partnered with European bank BNP Paribas to create a “pioneering initiative” that offers financial incentives for Puma suppliers to improve their environmental, social, and health and safety standards. “The program launched with Puma highlights the growing importance of sustainability matters across industries and demonstrates BNP Paribas’s ability to implement such innovative financing solutions,” Jacques Levet, head of transaction banking in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said in a statement. “It is also a testimony of Puma’s strong innovation capacity as a leading mover in the industry.”

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H&M, London College of Fashion Upcycle Used Clothes Into Stunning New Looks

 

Stella McCartney Releases First Environmental Profit & Loss Account

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“No leathers, feathers, or fur.” That’s the Stella McCartney promise. It’s also an ethos that helped make 2015 its most profitable year to date, according to the British fashion label, which published its first global Environmental Profit & Loss Account this week. Despite laggardly growth in the United Kingdom, plus a 35 percent reduction in overall environmental impact of its materials over the past three years, Stella McCartney said it’s experiencing its best performance to date. The house credits its ecological strides, and the financial successes they have engendered, to its adoption of a process known as “natural capital accounting,” which places a monetary value on the impact of a company’s supply-chain operations. Developed by its owner, the luxury conglomerate Kering, the methodology has allowed Stella McCartney to “better manage the impact of [its] activities through product design, informed sourcing decisions, and manufacturing research and development,” it said in a statement.

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FIRST LOOK: Timberland's New Shoes, Bags Made With Recycled Plastic Bottles

 

Garment Workers Use Cellphones to Report Labor Abuses

Garment Workers Use Cellphones to Report Labor Abuses

Photo by Álvaro Serrano/Unsplash Cellphones are good for more than sending emoji-riddled missives. With penetration rates approaching 90 percent in most developing countries, apparel…

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Are We Overlooking Human Hair as a Raw Material?

Are We Overlooking Human Hair as a Raw Material?

Designer Sanne Visser’s new recycling project repurposes an important resource most of us walk around with daily- the hair on our heads. Her new line, called the New Age of…

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Labor Rights Group Slams H&M for WWF Children's Collection

Labor Rights Group Slams H&M for WWF Children's Collection

The Clean Clothes Campaign has taken H&M to task for launching a new capsule collection for children in support of the World Wildlife Fund. In a statement on Thursday, the…

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Join Life: Zara Debuts First Sustainable Fashion Collection

Join Life: Zara Debuts First Sustainable Fashion Collection

ZARA GOES GREEN Indeed Inditex frames the collection against a broader philosophy it calls “Right to Wear,” an “ambition and everyday reality” that is further…

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Sarah Jessica Parker Teases U.S.A.-Made Little Black Dress Line

Sarah Jessica Parker Teases U.S.A.-Made Little Black Dress Line

All those years playing Carrie Bradshaw on television’s Sex and the City have clearly rubbed off on Sarah Jessica Parker. After launching a fall collection of shoes, plus a…

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Sealtech: A Fabric That Repairs Itself With Just a Touch

Sealtech: A Fabric That Repairs Itself With Just a Touch

SEALTECH \sē(ə)lˈtek\ n. 1: A lightweight, water-resistant nylon ripstop that heals itself of minor punctures with the application of heat and friction. 2 a: Developed by…

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Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

FUTURE SHOE Adidas also harnessed a motion-capture technology called “Aramis” to map the natural movement of the foot and create a more supportive and flexible…

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Sweden Wants to Reduce Waste by Giving Tax Breaks for Repairs

Sweden Wants to Reduce Waste by Giving Tax Breaks for Repairs

Photo by Christopher Bulle Fix a faulty zipper? Or patch up a rip in a jacket? If you live in Sweden, these simple acts of repair could result in a lower tax bill. In a bid to reduce…

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Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Photo by Bob Donaldson for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A group of women in Tennessee have transformed more than 52,000 used plastic bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the local…

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