Robotic Fabric Turns Any Surface—Even Clothing—Into an Automaton

by , 10/10/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Electronic fabrics are one thing, but robotic fabrics are a whole new field in wearable technology. New developments at Purdue University have led to a robotic fabric, an electronic skin if you will, that can bend, twist and contract that could soon lead to a whole array of applications. These robotic fabrics could be used as a skin over objects to set them in motion, or could be used to create active clothing that could aid in sports, spacesuits, military uniforms and much more.

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$3M Robotic "Trousers" Could Give You Superhuman Strength

by , 10/09/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Exoskeleton suits currently under development promise mobility for parapalegics, but are bulky, heavy, and overkill for those who just need a little extra help. Harvard has developed a ‘soft’ exoskeleton suit that works to assist people in walking rather than do the walking for them. The soft materials strap around the hips and legs and work in conjunction with a person’s normal walking gait. The DARPA-funded Soft Exosuit could be of major benefit to those who walk unsteadily, the elderly or even soldiers carrying heavy packs long distances as a way to increase endurance.

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Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

by , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Fair Trade, Interviews

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Having won this year’s International Woolmark Prize and launched a new line at Harvey Nichols earlier this month, designer Rahul Mishra is a force to be reckoned with. His mission is to encourage slow ethical fashion that celebrates imperfection, and to achieve a form of fashion democracy. The Mumbai-based designer is a stickler for hand-made fashion, and currently works with over 500 families who have participated in the creation of his award-winning sustainable collection. Ecouterre had the pleasure of asking Mishra about how he hopes this philosophy will change the fashion industry and how he hopes to see designers around him follow suit. Read on for the full interview and for a look at Mishra’s stunning new collection.

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Could This Jacket Keep You From Catching a Cold?

by , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Whether you are a germaphobe or not, taking crowded public transit can expose commuters to a bevy of germs each day. The new Germinator Transit Jacket by Betabrand is a wearable germ block that can effectively help commuters avoid their neighbor’s colds and other sicknesses. Designed by gravitytank, the hooded jacket is lined with antimicrobial fabric that traps germs before they can reach your skin.

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Fall Into Winter With Ecoalf's 100 Percent Upcycled Coats, Jackets

by , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Fall/Winter 2014, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Pants to Poverty "Goes Fallow," Will Relaunch in 2015

by , 10/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Underwear

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Pants to Poverty is doing some soul-searching. The London-based ethical underwear label say it’s moving to India, where it’ll embark upon a “fallow period” ahead of a relaunch in 2015. While operations will continue per usual, the brand will be running point from a farmer’s office in Odisha, so staff members can document—and, where appropriate, assist—with the organic-cotton harvest. “In advance of our exciting plans for 2015, it’s crucial for us to align the brand with the cycle of the farm, which means ensuring that our seasonality works with their farm cycle and not against it,” says Romain Renoux, head of marketing at Pants for Poverty, in a statement.

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Esprit Fetes Third Recycled Clothing Collection

by , 10/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Scottish Designer Launches World's First Hemp Sunglasses

by , 10/06/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Eyewear

 

Iris Van Herpen's 3D-Printed "Ice" Dress is a "Frozen" Fan's Dream

by , 10/06/14   filed under: Paris Fashion Week

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Iris van Herpen could teach Queen Elsa of Arendelle a thing or two about ice. The Dutch designer, who debuted her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, used three-dimensional printing to create a strapless, translucent dress any snow regent would be proud of. Van Herpen, who worked in collaboration with architect Niccolo Casas and Tennessee’s 3D Systems, designed the garment to fit model Iekeliene Stange’s precise specifications.

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Flint and Tinder's American-Made Jeans Are Changing the Denim Game

Flint and Tinder's American-Made Jeans Are Changing the Denim Game

Flint and Tinder are hoping to change the way clothes are manufactured, with affordable made to order jeans manufactured in the U.S.A.. By custom-making their classic jeans the company…

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Closet Cleanse: How to Unclutter Your Wardrobe With Panache

Closet Cleanse: How to Unclutter Your Wardrobe With Panache

The following is an excerpt from Wear No Evil: How to Change the World With Your Wardrobe (2014, Running Press) by Greta Eagan Cleaning out your closet is so wonderfully cathartic, and…

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Feelgoodz Introduces Hand-Loomed Slippers, Fairly Made in Guatemala

Feelgoodz Introduces Hand-Loomed Slippers, Fairly Made in Guatemala

Known for its eco-friendly flip-flops, Feelgoodz is expanding its business into indoor ballet-style slippers. Fairly handwoven and loomed in Guatemala from vegetable-dyed natural…

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Pure Waste Textiles: Why Fabric Waste Will Never Make Sense

Pure Waste Textiles: Why Fabric Waste Will Never Make Sense

Helsinki-based Pure Waste Textiles was born out of a desire to halt the huge amount of fabric wasted in the production of fashion accessories. After beginning to use leftover material…

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Botanica Workshop Makes Its Organic Cotton, Silk Lingerie in the U.S.A.

Botanica Workshop Makes Its Organic Cotton, Silk Lingerie in the U.S.A.

Photos by Ye Rin Mok Launched at the beginning of this month, New York-based Botanica Workshop is a new organic and sustainable underwear brand for women. The line is a beautiful…

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Reformation Debuts Sustainable Alpaca Knitwear Collection

Reformation Debuts Sustainable Alpaca Knitwear Collection

GET COZY Reformation sources its fiber from small family-owned ranches. Because each alpaca is given an acre of land to graze on, it says, the grassland has time to regenerate. It also…

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JetBlue Recycles Used Uniforms, Saves 18.5 Tons of Fabric From Landfills

JetBlue Recycles Used Uniforms, Saves 18.5 Tons of Fabric From Landfills

Photo by Chris Parypa Photography/Shutterstock JetBlue is going out with the old, in with the new. The airline, which overhauled its uniforms in June, announced Tuesday that it has…

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Alabama Chanin Starts Natural Dye Facility, Relaunches Indigo Line

Alabama Chanin Starts Natural Dye Facility, Relaunches Indigo Line

ALABAMA BLUES The do-it-yourself route was partly born out of necessity. Several of Alabama Chanin’s go-to dye houses have shuttered over the years, making it increasingly…

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

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

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…

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