American Apparel May Not Stay "American" Much Longer

by , 04/14/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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After a turbulent couple of years that saw the ouster of founder Dov Charney, bankruptcy filings, multiple store closures, and at least 500 layoffs, American Apparel may start outsourcing the production of some of its clothing to other parts of the United States, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. In a letter to employees last week, CEO Paula Schneider blamed workforce cuts on a “redesign of our production process” that will include making fewer garments throughout the year to reduce overstock. Although the embattled retailer currently operates the largest apparel-manufacturing facility in North America, Schneider also hinted that a third-party company could take on the production of “more complicated” garments, such as denim, but “if we do decide to produce some pieces out-of-house they will still be American-made.”

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Slow Factory's Key Necklace Supports Training for Refugees in Lebanon

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Viewed from space, the Earth is a glistening, opalescent marble flecked with highlights of white, ultramarine, emerald, and gold. Unmarked by visible borders or ideological boundaries, it’s the sole planet in the universe known to support life. To put it another way, it’s home, and the only one we’ve got. It’s in that spirit that Slow Factory, a New York City firm that turns public-domain NASA satellite and telescope images into statement-making scarves, created its “We Are Home” line. Inspired by the worst refugee crisis since World War II, Slow Factory founder Celine Semaan Vernon designed a necklace based on a mold of her family’s house key, one of many the itinerant clan would possess over the years. Each pendant is crafted from white gold in Vernon’s native Beirut in Lebanon, where millions of asylum seekers have arrived on the wings of war, poverty, and famine.

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The Fashion Revolution Will Be Hashtagged on Social Media

by , 04/12/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

 

Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

by , 04/12/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“I believe it’s time for the sustainable fashion movement to expand and move toward ‘responsibly made’ fashion.

“Sustainability has focused on the environmental issues and that definition must now include the social and human issue, as well. We need to start designing, sourcing, producing, and selling with more responsibility and accountability, both environmentally and socially.

“Consumers are certainly becoming more and more aware of the issues in how products are being produced and the effect this has on themselves, their families and their communities at large.

“They are becoming savvier about wearing clothes that might be unhealthy for them and their families. Sustainable and responsible fashion will become increasingly more desired by consumers—like the organic food industry.”

Amber Valletta, supermodel, actress, founder of Master & Muse, and co-host of the 2016 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, discussing why sustainability in fashion should take a more holistic view.

 

5 Myths About Sustainable Fashion Debunked

by , 04/11/16   filed under: Features

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One of the biggest misconceptions about living a greener life is that you need a lot of time and money—two luxuries not a lot of people have. Case in point: the clothes we wear. Like “fast food,” “fast fashion” provides a fix that’s at once cheap and quick. But like, say, the pink-slime that tries to pass itself off as a quarter-pounder, any initial thrill soon wears off. As deeply unsatisfying as disposable clothing is in the long run, however, a large swath of the population still believes it cannot afford the time, effort, and budget to shop more ethically. The good news is this is simply untrue. Here are five myths about sustainable fashion we’re going to bust.

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Learn to Knit with Quince & Co.'s Gorgeous Beginner's Kit

by , 04/08/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Want to learn how to knit but don’t know where to begin? Quince & Co.’s gorgeous starter kit will help you master everything from winding a skein to casting off. The wooden presentation box includes a 56-page book featuring an illustrated technical guide, along with two beginner’s scarf patterns by veteran knitwear designer Pam Allen. You’ll also get a pair of American-made wooden needles, a tapestry needle, and two skeins of Quince & Co.’s locally sourced and spun “Osprey” wool in your choice of five colors. (The sheep, we’re told, graze the ranges of Montana and Wyoming.) If you’d rather just purchase the how-to guide sans extras, you’re in luck: You can pick it up, à la carte, in both print and electronic versions.

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Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

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Fashion label Kirrin Finch responds to the demand for conscientious apparel designed to fit a range of bodies of all genders. Brooklyn, New York based founders and partners Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat design to fit their own style preference for button-up shirts and bow ties, but tailor the garments to fit better than traditional menswear. Their collections reject traditional stereotypes and give people the freedom to be their true selves. In addition, the garments are crafted from all-natural fabrics and are colored with low impact dyes. The Moffat’s were so passionate to start Kirrin Finch that they left their former teaching and neuroscience careers, and joined Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator in order to bring their vision to life. We chat with the Moffats to learn more.

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VIDEO: Five Children From Berlin Ask Fashion Companies for a Job

by , 04/06/16   filed under: Video, Worker Rights

The same folks who brought us the €2 T-shirt vending machine are back with a new hidden-camera project that exposes the double standards endemic to the fashion industry, specifically, the issue of children in the workforce. In The Child Labor Experiment, Fashion Revolution Germany asked five children, aged 10 to 12, to seek out employment at various fashion companies, both over the phone and in stores in and around Berlin. As the video reveals, the grownups immediately balk. “You’re way too young,” one representative replies. “That would be child labor,” remarks another. “Children should play, not work,” says a third. Even promises that the children would work for very little money do nothing to sway the adults.

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Actor Bill Nighy: Fashion Industry Needs to Treat Workers As Human Beings

by , 04/06/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes, Worker Rights

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“Take a look at how the fashion industry works. … It is a global industry that has pioneered driving down costs, putting huge pressure on suppliers and workers, whilst driving huge profits for those at the top.

“Many high-street brands won’t even reveal which factories in Myanmar produce their clothes. Why would a company want to keep its factories secret, unless it had something to hide?

“It is surely not beyond the realms of human wit to come up with a better system, one in which people could still get rich but we could wear our clothes with a clean conscience. One in which workers would be valued, paid enough to lead healthy lives and treated as human beings. …

“Today’s inequality can seem overwhelming but it simply isn’t. There is no need for such obscene levels of both poverty and wealth in the world. Indeed, in the long run, extreme inequality is counterproductive even for those on the wealthy side of the divide.

“Paying workers a decent wage is a huge part of tackling inequality. Poverty wages, coupled with huge rewards for those at the top, are one of the big causes of today’s inequality crisis. Poverty wages are not just unfair, they are economically self-defeating.”

—British actor Bill Nighy, writing in The Huffington Post about a recent trip with Oxfam to Myanmar, along with the inequities he witnessed there.

 

Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522…

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H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M H&M CONSCIOUS? Together with Hendrik Alpen, sustainability business expert, stakeholder engagement, at H&M, Gedda addressed some…

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MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

Photos by M. Scott Brauer for MIT The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to…

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Rallier: NYC-Made Dresses That Support Education for Girls in Need

Rallier: NYC-Made Dresses That Support Education for Girls in Need

RALLY TOGETHER For every garment sold, Rallier will source up to three uniforms from regions plagued by poverty and gender inequality and donate them to local girls in need. Fay…

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The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The “Lunar” watch by the Analog Watch Co. is one small step for a timepiece, one giant leap for time-keeping. Developed in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space…

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WWF, H&M Ink Five-Year Sustainability Partnership

WWF, H&M Ink Five-Year Sustainability Partnership

Photo by Olia Gozha/Unsplash H&M and the World Wildlife Fund are embarking on a five-year partnership to create a more responsible fashion industry. The new endeavor, which expands…

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Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Photos by EU2016NL The Dutch government, along with a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, and industry groups, has pledged to address the myriad social and…

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5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

READY TO WEAR Made in New York City’s historic Garment District from Tencel and deadstock fabric, Vetta offers a V-neck blouse that can be worn forward or backward, a short-sleeve…

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G-Star Raw, Ted Baker Make Sustainability Scores, Roadmaps Public

G-Star Raw, Ted Baker Make Sustainability Scores, Roadmaps Public

G-Star Raw, Ted Baker, Haikure, and Vivobarefoot are going public—with their sustainability scores, that is. The four brands are part of a pilot program with Made-By, a European…

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