Brazil

Philippe Starck Designs Recycled—And Recyclable—Flip-Flops for Ipanema

Philippe Starck’s line of flip-flops for Ipanema may not make you taller, tanner, younger, or lovelier, but they’re bound to leave an “ahh” or two in their wake.…

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Insecta Turns Vintage Clothes, Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Vegan Shoes

KIND KICKS Despite Brazil’s worst recession in more than two decades, Insecta made its first million reais ($300,000) just this past year, according to BBC News. Owner and…

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Greenpeace "Red Cards" Adidas, Nike for Toxic World Cup Merchandise

Greenpeace is calling foul on Adidas, Nike, and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the first study to hone in on football kits, the environmental nonprofit uncovered high levels…

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Gucci Debuts World's First "Zero-Deforestation" Leather Handbags

GUCCI’S BETTER LEATHER Thanks to the involvement of the National Wildlife Federation, which verified the collection’s extensive chain of custody, the bags are the…

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Osklen Captures the Perfect Summer's Day at Spring 2013 NY Fashion Week

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Whatever you do, don’t call Osklen an eco-fashion brand, Oskar Metsavaht, the Brazilian label’s founder, tells Ecouterre backstage at…

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How the Rio+20 Summit Proposes Changing the World Through Fashion

Though the role of the apparel industry in sustainable development has not made it into the final Rio+20 text, it was the topic of conversation among the fashion industry…

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Adidas, IKEA Sever Ties With World's Largest Beef Producer Over Amazon Deforestation

Adidas, IKEA, Clarks, and Sainsbury’s are among the big-name brands that have suspended ties with JBS, the world’s largest beef and leather producer, following a detailed…

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C&A's Digital Clothes Hangers Update With Facebook "Likes" in Real Time

Can’t decide which shirt to get? Let Facebook be the judge. Earlier this month, C&A introduced a high-tech hanger that tallies the number of Facebook “likes” an…

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Osklen Recycles Discarded Fish Skins Into Luxurious Shoes, Bags

OSKLEN REBORN Osklen has never strayed far from its roots, but a devastating fire in February 2010 resulted in a rebirth of sorts. “Fenix,” Osklen’s aptly named…

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Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather, Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Photos by Tommaso Galli for Greenpeace Witnessing a fashion show in Italy, one of the meccas of the industry, isn’t a privilege many of us will experience. We can only imagine…

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RoboCop-Like Glasses Will Scan, Identify 400 Faces Per Second at Brazilian World Cup

Brazilian police are taking law-enforcement cues from an unlikely source: ’80s sci-fi action movies. For the 2014 World Cup, authorities will be wearing RoboCop-like glasses…

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Imitation and Disguise Dresses You in Eco-Luxe Fashion From Head to Toe

If you stitch it, they will come—or at least, that’s what Jean-Philippe Gawronski hoped when he launched Imitation and Disguise three years ago. The 30-year-old Franco-Brazilian…

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