Vetements' Demna Gvasalia: Current Fashion Calendar "Doesn't Work Anymore"

by , 02/09/16   filed under: Quotes

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“You have no choice—whether you are the creative director or a designer on the team. You also don’t have time to really analyze and think about what you’re doing. You have to be a machine of ideas that produces new things every three months. The whole industry runs so fast because we need to deliver something new to the store every two weeks so the client isn’t bored. They don’t want to wait for six months, so we have the pre-collection, the pre-pre-collection, and the main collection, which nobody is buying, so it all just ends up on a sales rack.

“The creative part needs to be much more in advance of the market, and to offer something that is not out there, to challenge it and to make the market want it.

“The whole system just doesn’t work anymore. This whole vicious circle turns and turns at a very fast speed and kills both the creativity and the business. Most of them survive on making bags and perfume at the end of the day. Ready-to-wear, which is the platform and the base of fashion, is really in the shadow today, with a few exceptions.”

—Demna Gvasalia, head of Vetements and newly appointed artistic director of Balenciaga, speaking to Business of Fashion on why he, like Burberry and Tom Ford, is abandoning the current fashion calendar.

 

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Wintervacht Upcycles Discarded Blankets Into Cozy Jackets

by , 02/08/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Eileen Fisher is Largest Women's Fashion Certified B Corp Company

by , 02/05/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Congratulations are in order for Eileen Fisher, now the latest—and largest—women’s apparel company to be certified as a B Corp, or benefit corporation. Bonus: It can also claim the title of the largest B Corp company in the state of New York. “Eileen Fisher is proud and honored to become a part of the B Corporation community,” Eileen Fisher, the firm’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Being acknowledged for our work over three decades is a testament to our passionate commitment to social and environmental responsibility. This recognition allows us to take a bold step in sharing who we are and what we believe in, and to make greater impact in the world as a fashion industry leader.”

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Thousands of Women in India Create World's Largest Crochet Blanket

by , 02/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Thousands of women made history in Chennai, India on Sunday by breaking the Guinness World Record for largest crochet blanket. The all-female endeavor, organized by a private Facebook group known as Mother India’s Crochet Queens, surpassed South Africa’s record with a bedspread that spanned 120,000 square feet, or roughly the size of two football fields. The blanket was later disassembled and donated to local charities.

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You Might Reconsider Your Canada Goose Jacket After Watching This

by , 02/04/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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The footage may just be 15 seconds long, but already it’s been viewed more than 17 million times. Its subject? A coyote struggling in a steel trap, a shotgun trained toward its head. For People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which posted the video on Facebook last week, a contrasting photo of Canada Goose jackets, neatly arranged on a rack, is comment enough. Although the outerwear manufacturer doesn’t hide the fact that it trims its hoods with coyote fur, PETA insists that its method of obtaining the pelts is “inherently cruel.” According to Canada Goose’s own online fur policy, the company calls fur not just the best choice, but the “only choice” for defending against sub-zero temperatures. The jackets are designed for arctic climes, yet most of Canada Goose’s customers are unlikely to require that level of protection.

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Daniel Silverstein's David Bowie Sweatshirt is a "Zero Waste" Oddity

by , 02/03/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Get your Rebel Rebel on with Daniel Silverstein’s “zero waste” David Bowie sweatshirt—a tribute to our favorite Space Oddity. Part of Silverstein’s “ZWD” line of 100 percent upcycled staples, each topper comprises high-quality cutting-room fabric scraps, pieced together by hand in Brooklyn. Fun fact: The sweatshirt ships in mason jars to “complete the zero-waste experience,” according to Silverstein. Another plus? No two garments are alike, which means your sweatshirt will be as unique as the Thin White Duke himself.

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Fire at H&M Factory in Bangladesh Reveals Industry Failings

by , 02/03/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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At least four people were injured on Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at one of H&M’s supplier factories in the Gazipur district of Bangladesh—its second in four days. The conflagration would have exacted a bigger toll if it wasn’t for the fact that it took place before the facility’s opening shift. “Had the fire started even one hour later, the factory would have been filled with more than 6,000 workers, and the risk of death would have been extreme,” according to the Clean Clothes Campaign, one of four labor-rights groups that only recently renewed concerns about delays in safety renovations at H&M’s so-called “strategic suppliers.”

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Make a Tassel Necklace for Valentine's Day (DIY Tutorial)

by , 02/02/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

 

ThermalTech Launches Line of Solar-Powered "Smart" Jackets

by , 02/02/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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ThermalTech’s cozy jackets suck up power from the sun to keep you toasty this winter. Sleek and comfortable, the innovative jacket uses smart fabric technology, rather than bulky layers of insulation to keep bodies warm. The solar powered coats transform solar power into heat, keeping you warm on cold winter days.

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