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A GREEN Stock Exchange or GREENSX

10 Jun

As we watch our own economy fluctuate with the global markets I wondered if there was a dedicated market to just green businesses that would be invested in and traded.  It does exist and it is the Green Stock Exchange where companies who pass the green/sustainable standards can then start accruing investor’s capital for building a company to invest in and eventually offer an IPO                                             Image

(Initial Public Offering).  If you are green company that is looking to find investors this could be a savvy way to attract the needed capital.  It is due to open in the Fall of 2012 as the site GREENSX.com explains.  I actually am thinking about investing in it.

What is a Direct Public Offering (DPO) on the Green Stock Exchange (GREENSX)?

On the Green Stock Exchange (GREENSX), a Direct Public Offering is designed to allow small eco-friendly, socially responsible and sustainable businesses to raise equity capital in a relatively easy and low cost fashion, while at the same time offering investors the opportunity to invest at early stages. DPO’s can sell it’s stock directly to the public over the Internet on the Green Stock Exchange (GREENSX), without the filing registration and reporting requirements of IPO’s. DPO offerings range from up to $1 million, to $25 million. Each offering has different requirements, restrictions and limitations.

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H&M Goes Glamour Conscious With New Fashion Line

26 Mar
Glamour has a new name and IT’s called Sustainable!  With H&M making lines that are Moving in celebrity circles there is bound to be lots of publicity to herald ecologically conscientious clothing that is unashamed to be worn at very public events. Designers are well aware of the movement towards using more sustainable and ethical means of producing garments.  Now more than ever has technology provided the best advances in using alternative methods of manufacturing fabrics and recycling old ones.  It would be criminal not to utilize the now refined  methods of reconstituting what was typically discarded and buried into land fills.  What has stopped the most successful designer houses from going completely ecological is somewhat baffling.  Since many suppliers now are moving into using the recycled materials, it is more plentiful than ever and cost effective.  However as designers are being urged to use the sustainable, organic, and eco platforms there will be a more political agenda to face when it becomes blatantly clear that no manufacturer will be allowed to produce without a  sustainable business plan.  That may be serveral years away, but it has to be planned out as the advance of  the sustainable movement plays a key role in how a person is viewed in the commercial world.  The U.S. and Europe are rather big players in pushing the movement as a main stream theme among consumers who are being taught the consequences of not being eco conscious with their purchases and living habits. IT will become a status symbol as well. 
valentino dress made of recycled plastic bottles

Olivia Firth in Valentino recycled plastic bottle gown at the 84th Academy Awards

Michelle Williams for blog The Stella Terra
Michelle Williams wears H&M

H & M will launch their Eco Fashion Line which includes organic hemp, cotton, and recycled polyester on April 12th, 2012 at 100 global stores and online.

 

COS

17 Mar

COS.

White Platforms Sandals are a rarity and great to find them on this blog!

Olsen Twins and The Row get the CFDA Nomination….and We Like It!

17 Mar

I’ve already lauded The Olsen Twins for their incredible endeavors for bringing manufacturing back to the U.S as they work with NYC’s garment district and have gone to Washington D.C. to lobby.  Now they are being nominated for the most prestigious award in the Fashion Industry and that is the coveted CFDA Award.  They are deserving of it as they are their own entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with whose aesthetics and business ethics remain  unchallenged by others.  Though they are not complete saints, but are no Alexander Wang or Nike in the sense of where they make their garments and how they treat their employees.  Their attention to quality is sterling with The Row’s collections.  The Row made almost entirely in the U.S.A. has minimal detailing that is specific to the body and emphasizing the luxury of fabrics and lines.  They have brought back an almost 90’s minimalism that designed by Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Jil Sander and the radical Helmut Lang where the quality of fabric, construction and laser like attention to line as a detail made these garments so amazing.  This will certainly push them into a bigger arena of fashion attention as I’ve watched them evolve over the last 4 years.  Hopefully I will make that huge plunge and invest in their incredible cashmere coats!

Mayor Bloomberg’s Made in New York Label

17 Feb

The New York City Garment District is nothing to ignore in these times of out sourcing mayhem as major players such as Mayor Bloomberg and Diane Von Furstenberg, president of CFDA,  draw up plans to make it a label.  Yes, Made in New York no less a grand gesture for being made in America in it’s epicenter and cultural haven.  When New Yorker’s get an idea they plan to make good on it’s success and that is what this venture will be.  Mayor Bloomberg understands the times in this country is about bringing back industry to what was a thriving and essential industry.  Bringing back the industry not only provides jobs, but keeps designers thriving by allowing them to utilize the tools domestically to manufacture and market their product.  With all of this competitive advantage, it could also allow the cost for the clothing manufactured in the U.S. to be as less expensive to their Asian counterparts.  It is being called ambitious, but what isn’t ambitious in New York City.  Their vision will become a reality even though Rome wasn’t built in a day and good things come with time. I’m just excited to see the label Made in New York on my next purchase!

Sustainable Chic Designer On The Move: Carrie Perry wins prize at Amsterdam Fashion Week

16 Feb

Carrie Perry is someone to watch in the newest echelon of the fashion world that is cultivating a following for sustainability.  I’ve profiled her before  now doing it again because she keeps making headlines in the fashion press and she is an indie fashion designer.  She recently took home a prize of 15,000 at Amsterdam Fashion Week for her innovative designs that project confident, feminine tailoring and sustainable practice in their materials and manufacturing.  Perry’s idea of making clothes more convertible from season to season extending the garments wearability is a generous thought in the obsessive ideology  of over consumption of fashion for profit that takes an inevitable toll on the environment.  Perry has worked for Marc Jacobs and Norma Kamali before going independently to come up and above with a cause that transcends the fashion world in so many ways without sacrificing beauty or the planet.

http://fashion.elle.com/fashion/insider/2011/05/24/new-designer-alert-carrie-parry/

 

Sri Lankan Competitive Advantage: “Garments without Guilt” !?

16 Jan

Who knew that Sri Lanka was in the business of ethical apparel manufacturing?  In fact their government backed initiative call “Garments Without Guilt” is their native trade association Sri Lankan Apparel’s biggest endeavor for garment manufacturers.  It seems that they have been working with the International Labor Organization in signing the 31 Conventions of the ILO and being the only country to do so.  These conventions list some of worst offenses to workers that would be denounced by factories who sign it.   This is a huge step by an Asian garment manufacturer where bottom line is more precedent than human rights.  Sri Lankan companies like Brandix are in the forefront with this movement to be leaders as powerful and honorable employers. Brandix currently exports 60% of it’s contracted apparel to the U.S.   Though, it is outsourced it has better credibility in product ethics than  other counterparts in the outsourced market.  They seek a competitive advantage over other manufacturers by a running efficient, resourceful, sustainable businesses who do not exploit it’s labor for profit.  Sri Lankan’s model is supplier driven as many apparel manufacturers are following the buyers trend for more companies that are ethical in their business practices.

This shows that there will be more of this model of ethical sustainable practice as more buyers who seek to outsource their private label merchandise to companies who are part of the new competitive advantage of the most honorable in their business practices.

Fashion: Made in the U.S.A

1 Jan

As America’s economy slowly crawls it’s way back out of the recession we are forced to look to the future of manufacturing in this country.  Look at New York and it’s eager facilities in the garment district and the  garment district of Los Angeles where there is a plethora of talent waiting to be sub-contracted.  With the imminent changes happening in the U.S. government and our private sector business growth sputtering at 1% growth there is only one way and that is UP!   Over 30 years ago 95% of America’s retail clothing was manufactured in the U.S.  Can we ever get that back?

Several high end market fashion labels ARE GOING UP in America as they seek to use Made in the U.S.A as a marketing tool and economic boost for the interior of this country.  They are profiled here in this article.

The Row by The Olsen Twins    www.TheRow.com

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have committed to using American Made talent for manufacturing their clothing line entitled The Row, after Saville Row in London.  These self proclaimed independent business moguls have consistently pushed the idea of manufacturing in the United States with enough fervor to go to Washington D.C. as part of the garment district’s initiative. Michele Obama wears The Row apparel.  These business savvy women understand the importance of employing domestic talent within the the U.S. to encourage growth for the garment industry that has been  out sourced to China which is now becoming a foreign policy problem.  With the future relying heavily on the next administration that will subsidize companies to manufacture domestically and employ the talent in America, will we see other companies contribute to the next generation of Made in the U.S.A.

These particular business ethics will save this country as business leaders implement them for others to follow.  The Olsen Twins are those types of leaders for the fashion industry!http://savethegarmentcenter.org/

Beautiful Reclaimed wood sculpture

31 Oct

This is a monolithic sculpture of cottonwood reclaimed from the Nambe Ranch by artist Munson Hunt, in Santa Fe, NM.   It is charred and covered in graphite.  It is part of a 10 piece installation.  Please read about it at http://www.spreadsantafe.com

This project address the concerns about the size of the trees and their disappearance from the high desert landscape as drought and fire remain a threat to this environment.

Slow Design Concept

31 Oct

  This is a concept that is showing growth among the sustainable designers, retailers, and business people in the world.  This is a branch of the Slow Food Movement.

Innovative concept stores are starting to crop up in cities that promote the idea of :

Holistic approach to design that takes into consideration the social and material factors, as well as long term impact it has on the earth.

introduced with a paper in 2002 to coin Slow Design

“Slow Design- A Paradigm of living sustainably?”

“dematerialization required for long term sustainability as it takes into account the the non-material nature of human well being and happiness.”

This makes sense and I found another wordpress site that features the retailers involved with this movement.

 www.slowretailen.wordpress.com