sustainable designers

Vivienne Westwood Doesn't Read Fashion Magazines

Photo by catwalker / Shutterstock “I never read fashion magazines — I don’t know what they have to say, honestly. I just tell them what I have to say when I get the…

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Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort: Today's Fashion Designers Ignorant About Textiles

“Fashion schools and colleges continue to teach young students to become catwalk designers, divas. They keep on being led to believe that what awaits them is a life of fame…

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Designer Natalie Chanin: DIY "Imparts Love" in a Way Buying Can't

Photo by Olivia Rae James “To me, the beauty of a quilt or a dress lies within the stitches and the thought of the person who made them. When you spend time making something with…

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Brave GentleMan's Joshua Katcher: "First Produce Good Design"

“If you want to be a designer or artisan working in fashion, first and foremost you should produce good design. “Nothing will make a better argument for ethical fashion than…

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

“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…

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Michael Kors: "We're Moving Away From a Time of Fast Fashion"

Photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock “I love fashion because it’s plugged into the zeitgeist, so it’s always changing. Thirty years ago, I could never have predicted…

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15 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at the Los Angeles D&A Green Room

MOR & DOTTER Hand-crafted in the City of Angels, Mor & Dotter’s “designs for the sweet rebel” balances the wholesome charm of knitwear with edgy…

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Dame Vivienne Westwood Says That "Fashion is a Terrible Thing"

“There are signs in my shops that say ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.’ I agree, fashion is a terrible thing, it’s all about tempting to buy. But [consumers] should buy…

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11 Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch For at Designers & Agents' Green Room

SUZANNE RAE A sustainably notioned women’s ready-to-wear label from Brooklyn, Suzanne Rae is both inspired by and made for the progressive, modern gentlewoman. As feminine as they…

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Vivienne Westwood Wants to Make Environmental Destruction a Crime

Longtime environmentalist Vivienne Westwood is using her pull in fashion to rally her fans to back the End Ecocide in Europe initiative.  The proposal aims to hold big businesses…

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Fashion "World Changer" Orsola De Castro Speaks Out On Textile Waste

In a perfect world, designers would have the ability to address all the environmental and social challenges fashion faces them with. For From Somewhere designer Orsola de Castro,…

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Go on a "Sourcing Safari" With Fashion Designers Without Borders

WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS What was your inspiration for launching Fashion Designers without Borders? Last year, I launched The Supply Change, which connects big brands with…

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Vivienne Westwood's Tips for Living Sustainably in Style

Don’t call Dame Vivienne Westwood an environmental activist. The legendary British designer prefers the term “freedom fighter,” according to an interview with Metro on…

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How Can Green Designers Thrive in a Down Economy?

Allison Teich McGowan, designer behind TEICH and proprietor of the NYC store of the same name. No doubt times are hard right now for an emerging fashion designer. An economic slowdown,…

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Top 7 Up-And-Coming Green Designers of 2009 (Vote for Your Fave!)

Stewart + Brown, Loyale, John Patrick Organic, and Loomstate are household names—well, if you live in our kind of household, that is, where we eat eco-fashion for breakfast, lunch,…

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IN PICTURES: Copenhagen Fashion Summit's Sustainable Runway Show

Photo by Nordic Fashion Association From polyester made from recycled plastic bottles to fabrics derived from byproducts of the crab industry, the catwalk at Wednesday’s Fashion…

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Portland Fashion Week Showcases Green, Sustainable Designers

Dubbed by its organizers as the world’s only “comprehensively eco-sustainable” fashion week, Portland Fashion Week 2009 stands out among the slew of runway events for…

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