The Japanese have handled the unrelenting slew of disasters with dignity and grace. Following suit, philanthropic fashion designers are summoning hope and goodwill out of the chaos, with limited-edition designs that benefit the crippled country. Upon viewing the heart-wrenching images of a devastated Japan, designer Titania Inglis began work on her “Save Japan” tee. Made in New York City from 100 percent Japanese organic-cotton herringbone, the top features a bias cut to give it the stretch and drape of a chic T-shirt. The entire price of the top, minus production costs, will go toward the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
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Inglis’ regard for Japanese culture is sewn into her shirt—literally. The woven label boasts a circle of red stitches to denote the Japanese flag, while the fabric itself originates from a small Japanese mill to benefit the country’s textile industry.
“I’ve been working almost exclusively with Japanese fabrics, because the textile mills there, with generations of experience in weaving cotton, offer unparalleled quality,” Inglis explains. “While adhering to the world’s highest standards for organic certification, the Japanese mills are able to create gorgeous fabrics from organic cotton, ranging from stiff, heavy denim to suiting-weight plaids to feather-light shirting—all while mills I’ve spoken to in other countries have shrugged off organic as impossible to work with because of its short fibers.”
Japan’s centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship is irreplaceable, Inglis says.
Japan’s centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship is irreplaceable, Inglis says, adding that the “whole country’s future is at stake” because of the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear meltdowns.