the Netherlands

A Bangladeshi Sweatshop Emerges in the Heart of Amsterdam

At first blush, “The Mad Rush” doesn’t appear unlike many of the trendy concept stores that litter the busy shopping street of Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. Ask to try…

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Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

Photos by Johannes Schwartz A pair of Dutch designers are turning the tables on “fast fashion.” Tired of playing the role of “unpaid vendors of ideas” for…

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Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Photos by EU2016NL The Dutch government, along with a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, and industry groups, has pledged to address the myriad social and…

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Wintervacht Upcycles Discarded Blankets Into Cozy Jackets

COATS OF MANY COLORS Sourcing-wise, Wintervacht is spoiled for choice. “The Netherlands used to have a very big industry of blanket-making,” van Oorsouw said.…

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Pollution-Fighting "Plant Backpack" Provides Instant Fresh Air

Photo by Shutterstock Fresh air on demand? That’s the idea behind the “plant backpack,” an out-of-the-box concept that could replace flimsy paper masks in the fight…

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Dutch Designer Turns Festival Tents Into "Sheltersuits" for the Homeless

Abandoned tents, a post-revel scourge at music festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, could soon find new life as weather-resistant coats that convert into sleeping bags for the…

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Rotterdam Students Turn Fruit, Vegetable Waste Into Durable "Leather"

FRUITLEATHER The resulting textile, according to de Boon, isn’t unlike animal leather, with slight variances depending on the type of produce used. “Every centimeter is unique.…

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Smog-Containing Jewelry Support World's Largest Air Purifier

Studio Daan Roosegaarde wants you to help fight air pollution and smog– by wearing it on your finger. With his proposed air-purifier called the Smog Free Tower, Roosegaarde is…

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Neffa's "Chameleon" Scarf Changes Color With Mood, Light, Temperature

The chameleon reacts to its environment by changing the color of its skin to blend in and likewise, Neffa’s mood scarf reacts to light and temperature to change its appearance.…

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This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

LENA, the Amsterdam-based Fashion Library, was born out of a concern for excessive clothing consumption. LENA co-founder Suzanne Smulders notes that 240 million kilos of clothes are…

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The Hague's Humanity House Hosts "Fair Fashion Lab"

A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL To frame the show—as well as create six “pockets” for each of the individual artists—Space & Matter constructed a massive curtain made of 665…

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Future Travelers Will Be Emailing Their Luggage to 3D-Printers

FAREWELL TO CARRY-ONS With advances in three-dimensional printing, this future is already unfolding, says Kyttanen. Lost Luggage supplants the traditional “analog” suitcase…

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Colorful 3D-Printed "Sound Rings" Make Beautiful Music Together

Designer Michiel Cornelissen’s new 3D-printed KXX” rings double as hand-held Brazilian instruments. The colorful bulbous rings are the designer’s version of caxixi…

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Dick Moby's Eco-Sunglasses Help Rid the Oceans of Plastic Pollution

These sustainable sunglasses from Dick Moby were born from an urge to address the plastic pollution in a positive way. As avid surfers and sailors, the duo behind brand – Tim…

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BB.Suit: A 3D-Knitted "Onesie" That Doubles as Wi-Fi Hotspot

Everybody loves a onesie, but a onesie outfitted with a WiFi hotspot, GPS tracking and a music library becomes the life of the party. The BB.Suit is a 3D knitted, high tech outfit…

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Cecilia Valentine's Living Pet Jewelry Shows That Fur is Meant to be Alive

Student and designer Cecilia Valentine has an innovative way to wear fur- while it is still alive. Debuting at the Reitveld graduation show, the designer showcased her living…

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AGU's Ladies' Jacket Transforms Into a Rain Poncho Even While Cycling

The convertible SEQ Urban Coat by AGU fits both fashion and function, transforming into a rain poncho perfect for biking. With the belief that bicyclists should not have to buy a…

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Recycled from Conveyor Belts, Kazmok's Bags Will Schlep Your Stuff

You won’t have any trouble spotting Kazmok’s carryalls at the baggage carousel. The Dutch label crafts its award-winning suitcases and laptop bags from discarded conveyor…

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