New York based label Revisited, presents for next SS14 its most conceptual collection. This multidisciplinary team, which came together as a response to the saturation of mass production, the fast-design and excess in general, was inspired this time by the Japanese tradition of Kintsukuroi, which consists of repairing ceramics with a lacquer containing gold or silver.
Coinciding perfectly with the philosophy of Revisited, they decided to translate this technique / philosophy ( if it was broken , it’s beautiful) to the garments. For example, one 40s foulard is ”repaired” or sack fabric pieces are embroidered with golden raffia thread. With unusual dyed and embroidered textures they study the crackle in ceramics. Jetske Visser collaborated creating hand-dyed foulards that seems that the ink has cracked and stopped when in contact with silk. As always they also added a series of robust and unique necklaces, in collaboration with the brand Choses .
I can not help but thinking that it’s an extremely inspiring philosophy carried on a daily basis. How often do we look in the mirror and wished to erase that scar in our body? Not to mention the scars of the soul…How poetic to wear garments that remind us to embrace does details that make everyone of us so unique.
I was recently in Helsinki visiting friends and it was right after the news of this year’s Hyères festival winner, Satu Maraanen, so I was looking forward to see the city’s fashion scene. After walking the streets of Helsinki I can understand so much more the amazing streetstyle blog Hel Looks. Colourful, daring and personal, the style of the Finnish is everything but boring. And how about eco design? The brand Nurmi Clothing is a good example of the Finnish commitment with the environment.
Redhead and beautiful Anniina Nurmi is the founder of this “slow” brand that has as main objective to be transparent in all of its production steps. “I wanted to escape from the rat race and do what I love: design beautiful clothes in a sustainable way” explains Anniina, who also writes a blog were she talks about all the things that are happening with her brand. She thinks that this is a perfect way to have the consumer informed of all what it’s behind the fashion industry and the production of the garments, and that its something that more designers should do too. I couldn’t agree more!
Materials like hemp, organic cotton, recycled textiles or eco lather are the core of Nurmi garments. They even have a line of jeans made of denim which is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Check out their website for more info.
Even though the trend in countries like China, South Corea or Russia is to use more and more fur (U.S. exports of mink pelts to China jumped to a record $215.5 million last year according to Reuters), I’m happy to see that there is a counter trend on this. In collaboration with WWF France, Boudicca (the London designer’s collective) designed a limited edition faux fur collection. The eco-new line of clothing and accessories made from the fur of imaginary animals (like the Bufaloon) is now available online and the proceeds will go towards financing the protection of endangered animal species. [...]
In a nutshell: Real fair trade and a transparent production chain for a luxury product. Piola is a luxury independent fashion label based in Paris and all of their shoes are manufactured in Perú in collaboration with 33 fair trade rubber producers and 55 organic cotton producers, an economic development project in partnership with a UN organization. The idea is to take special care collecting the raw materials from the trees in the Amazonas and have a great assembly in Portugal. After showing their collection at Tranoï and Pitti Uomo, they decided to launch a campaign to raise the funds necessary to finally launch the brand in Kickstarter. Here is the link, have your first pair with only 50$ (about 39euros) and help the project.
Decomposing 350 T-shirts, 60 Jeans and 4 leather sofas, the young German brand Benu Berlinhas created an interesting eco friendly collection, transforming old and ordinary materials “into expressive textures to demonstrate respect for their production and sources they are made of”. The most produced garments in the world such as t-shirts and jeans, are also the most thrown away. So the question is: is there a way to turn this cycle around? Anna Bach and Karen Jessen propose with their concept “street couture” to “upcycle” the garments and extend the lives of streetwear clothes by transforming them into couture garments with handcraft techniques such as macramé.
For the designers it’s very important to build a community around this idea “We do not create behind closed doors, we represent transparency and interactive design. As we just started two months ago we are now looking for a space for our “living showroom” where everybody is welcome to develop ideas with us, to see their old clothes transform or just have a nice talk.” commented to me Anna Bach. An inspiring concept and great starting point to make our wardrobe more sustainable.
Here is the video of their show at the Berlin Fashion Week last week.
After running a strong campaign the last nine days, Greenpeace has finally made Zaracommit to go toxic-free. The commitment to produce without hazardous waste includes Zara and the seven other brands in the Inditex group: Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe. H&M, Nike or Adidas had already commit to stop throwing toxic to the Asian rivers by 2020. Zara becomes the eighth brand to commit to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chains and products since Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign in 2011.
Zara’s revolutionary model of production has changed fashion for ever. But the model is becoming obsolete. We can’t continue to wear clothes that eventually can produce cancer. So its great news to hear this. Inditex have the money, the resources and the influence to drive others to go green. And to raise awareness about a subject that is matter of all of us. How nice to end the week on a high note…Have a great weekend!
(Psst, next week Greenpeace will present a Detox Fashion Show in Madrid with Bimba Bosé and other celebrities. To assist, click here)
Después de la fuerte campaña de nueve días de Greenpeace, finalmente Zarase ha comprometido a empezar a producir sin tóxicos. El compromiso de producir sin desechos peligrosos es para Zara y las otras siete marcas del grupo Inditex: Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home y Uterqüe. H&M, Nike o Adidas ya han dicho que dejarán tirar residuos tóxicos en Asia para 2020. Así Zara se convierte en la octava marca en comprometerse a eliminar residuos peligrosos a través de su cadena de proveedores y productos desde que Greenpeace lanzara su Detox Campaign en 2011.
El modelo revolucionario de producción de Zara ha cambiado el mundo de la moda para siempre. Pero este modelo se ha transformado en obsoleto. No podemos seguir llevando prendas que eventualmente pueden causar cáncer. Así que es fantástico escuchar esta noticia. Inditex tiene los recursos, el dinero y la influencia para llevar a otros a producir y consumir más verde. Y para crear conciencia en un tema que nos toca muy de cerca a todos. El martes 4 Greenpeace organiza un Detox Fashion Show con la participación de Bimba Bosé entre otros, y te puedes inscribir aquí
Hablando de acabar la semana bien arriba! Buen finde!.
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Inditex now makes 840 million garments a year and has around 5,900 stores in 85 countries, though that number is always changing because Inditex has in recent years opened more than a store a day, or about 500 stores a year. – The New York Times
Straight out of Brooklyn, Revisited gives us their latest update on their ongoing series of unique products, like this one-of-a-kind hand-dyed/painted fisherman cable cardigan or these necklaces made from quartz, fabric and rope necklaces. Check out the complete collection here!
Directo desde Brooklyn, Revisited nos presenta su última serie de productos únicos, como puede ser este cardigan pintado/teñido a mano o estos collares hechos de cuarzo, tela y cuerda. Puedes ver la colección completa en www.revisitedmatters.com.
Continuing with the ‘Olympic theme’, here are some nice designs inspired by the London games of 2012. The brand People Tree is promoting these new designs made by customers and friends from around the world. I personally love the Japanese version by artist Keeda Oikawa. People Tree is an eco-fashion and Fair Trade label that have already collaborated with Orla Kiely and Emma Watson, and was the winner of WGSN Global Fashion Awards – Most Sustainable Brand 2010. The T-Shirts are available at their shop.
Siguiendo con el tema olímpico, aquí algunos diseños inspirados en los juegos de Londres de este 2012. La marca People Tree está vendiendo estos nuevos diseños hechos por clientes y amigos de alrededor del mundo. Personalmente me gusta [...]
Issie is a new eco brand made in Spain using for their garments only organic fabrics with Gots certifications, which guarantee that the product satisfies all the requirements of fair and responsible trade. A brand with urban attitude, for those that doesn’t want to compromise their health and the environment, since organic textiles doesn’t have any artificial or chemical substances. They currently sell online at their shop.
Issie es una nueva marca ecológica hecha enteramente en España que usa para sus productos sólo telas orgánicas con certificaciones Gots, lo que garantiza que el producto sea orgánico y cumpla con todos los requisitos de comercio justo y responsable. Una marca urbana para aquellos que no quieren comprometer su salud y el medio ambiente (las telas orgánicas no tienen ninguna sustancia artificial o química). Actualmente venden en su tienda online www.issieshop.com/issie/tienda