PETA, Freedom of Animals Debut Luxury Vegan Backpack, Tote

by , 09/16/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Vegan Fashion

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Leather and exotic animal skins don’t have to be synonymous with luxury. Don’t believe us? Just take a gander at Freedom of Animals, whose elegant, cruelty-free bags have led many to dub it the “Céline of vegan fashion.” But the New York-based label, which is beloved by fashion plates such as Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Sarah Jessica Parker, has plenty of heart, too. Partnering with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Freedom of Animals has created two limited-edition carryalls in support of the animal-rights group’s lifesaving work.

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H&M Debuts Eco-Friendlier "Conscious Denim" Collection

by , 09/16/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Organic Denim

 

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This "Jetpack" Could Help You Run a Mile in 4 Minutes

by , 09/15/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The world record for running the mile is 3:43:13, but most people can’t even come close to running a mile under four minutes. DARPA, the US Military’s research arm, hopes to change that by super charging soldiers with jetpacks to help them run faster. Designed by Jason Kerestes at Arizona State University, the 4MM, which stands for 4 Minute Mile, is a wearable jetpack the propels a person forward with small turbines worn on their back. Tests show that despite the additional weight of the pack, runners’ times decrease with the additional propulsion.

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Stella McCartney, Livia Firth Launch Inaugural "Green Carpet Collection"

by , 09/15/14   filed under: London Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Chris Gelinas: Quality Clothes Can't Be "Refreshed Every 15 Seconds"

by , 09/15/14   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“I get that retailers always want new things on the floor, but I just think it’s a shame that people’s attention spans are so short these days. We’re just trained to refresh every 15 seconds, and well-made clothes can’t be refreshed like an Instagram feed. They take time to develop, and for me it’s a frustrating thing to feel the pressure to produce stuff for the sake of stuff, because that’s one thing we definitely don’t need.

“I had these existential crises recently where I asked, Am I just putting more stuff in the world? Does the world need another designer? Maybe not. But, I felt like I have a strong vision that was worth expressing. Is there a shortage of clothing options? Of course not. There’s never been more options, but I think there aren’t enough options with integrity and conviction and craft. My clothes aren’t just there for the sake of stuff.”

—New York City-based designer and 2014 LVMH Prize finalist Chris Gelinas, speaking to Refinery29 about why he’s taking it slow.

 

Loomstate Touts Most "Transparent" Cotton T-Shirt in America

by , 09/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

 

Take a Selfie, Buy Better-Fitting Clothes Online

by , 09/12/14   filed under: Online Tools, Wearable Technology

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Now there is actually a good reason to take a selfie – it might help someone else figure out if the same clothes will fit them. Fashion startup, Fitbay is preaching the selfie as a way to better online shopping and fewer returns. By signing up for the site and selecting your body type, Fitbay will pair you with similarly shaped people. Then you all start sharing photos of your clothes and soon you’ll know what will look good on you and what won’t. It’s like Facebook and StitchFix had a baby in your closet.

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London Fashion Week Activists Stage Protest on Waterloo Bridge

by , 09/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, London Fashion Week

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As London kicked off its biannual Fashion Week at Somerset House Friday morning, an entirely different scene unfolded on nearby Waterloo Bridge. Campaigners from anti-poverty group War on Want and other labor-rights organizations unfurled a 98-foot banner emblazoned with the words “Don’t Mention the Garment Workers,” a reminder of the millions who toil under grueling conditions for the fashion industry. “London Fashion Week is a glittering showcase for the fashion industry. But fashion’s dark side is kept in the shadows,” said War on Want senior campaigner Owen Espley. “The British Fashion Council would rather we all forget about those who often work long hours, on poverty pay, in unsafe conditions to produce the clothes we love.”

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Harare Brings Berber Chic to Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week

by , 09/11/14   filed under: New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015

 

VIDEO: CuteCircuit Lights Up Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week

VIDEO: CuteCircuit Lights Up Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week

MIGHTY MORPHING Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, whose “Q by CuteCircuit” smartphone app allowed its models to dictate their clothing’s appearance, demoed an updated…

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Draw Ire of Activists at New York Fashion Week

Horse-Drawn Carriages Draw Ire of Activists at New York Fashion Week

It just wouldn’t be New York Fashion Week without a demonstration or two. Filling the quota for the Spring/Summer 2015 season? Argentine designer Victor de Souza, who sent…

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Pharrell, G-Star Raw Get "Happy" for Oceans at New York Fashion Week

Pharrell, G-Star Raw Get "Happy" for Oceans at New York Fashion Week

HAPPY OCEANS Unlike most designers, who wait till after the models have made their rounds on the runway before revealing themselves, Williams stood front and center among the looks he…

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Meet the "Apple Watch," Apple's Highly Anticipated Smartwatch

Meet the "Apple Watch," Apple's Highly Anticipated Smartwatch

IWATCH Expected to retail for $349 early next year, the Apple Watch will be available in two sizes, three models (the Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition), and a variety of styles. A…

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Lucio Castro Channels Soviet Nostalgia at New York Fashion Week

Lucio Castro Channels Soviet Nostalgia at New York Fashion Week

IRON CURTAIN Other standouts include Cape Cod-ish shoestring belts, marled-knit grandpa cardigans, extra-cushy quilted bermuda shorts, and one particularly natty-looking gray summer…

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Intel, Opening Ceremony Unveil "Smart" Bracelets at New York Fashion Week

Intel, Opening Ceremony Unveil "Smart" Bracelets at New York Fashion Week

Intel and French fashion house, Opening Ceremony have partnered together to create the most luxurious piece or wearable technology we’ve seen yet. MICA (My Intelligent…

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London Artist Opens a "Cornershop" Made Entirely of Felt

London Artist Opens a "Cornershop" Made Entirely of Felt

FELT UP Sparrow, whose efforts began as a Kickstarter campaign, before culminating in a monthlong pop-up installation in London’s Bethnal Green, admits that she is “very…

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D&H Jewelers' Conflict-Free Wedding Rings Feature Reclaimed Metals

D&H Jewelers' Conflict-Free Wedding Rings Feature Reclaimed Metals

Tying the knot with a sparkling ring is many an environmentalist’s dream, but not its often-produced side effects of civil war, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation.…

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Freitag Launches 100 Percent Compostable Clothing Made From Plants

Freitag Launches 100 Percent Compostable Clothing Made From Plants

Freitag has made a name for themselves repurposing truck tarpaulins into stylish messenger bags and purses. Now, the Zurich-based company is coming out with a small apparel line, made…

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