Tag Archives: Ethical fashion

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.

 

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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.

Model of Environmentally Conscietious Fashion

2 Sep

   Laura Bailey, who has been around for a good 15 years or so is making the move of going green in the Fashion world.  Though she is not as famous as the super models we all know, she has made campaigns with GUESS Jeans and dated Richard Gere! (You may remember him in Runaway Bride?)  Well, she is working with the likes of UK company Tesco to help judge sustainable fashion design from around the globe. Entry into the competition is closed, but the winners will show up with a fashion show in London and NYC.

NYC will host NOLCHA that caters to Independent Designers and works mostly in social media and E-Commerce.

If you are a fashion designer – anywhere in the world, you have great designs and you are considering the environment and the people behind your product, Ethical Fashion Forum wants to put you in the spotlight! This season The Fairtrade Foundation has teamed up with the Ethical Fashion Forum. For the first time the competition will run a Fairtrade cotton category sponsored by Tesco, which will be judged by fashion model Laura Bailey. The winning entrant will be invited to work with the F&F brand at Tesco.

Here is one of the American winners http://www.carrieparry.com

Carrie Parry achieves a timeless style rooted in sustainability and wearability. It’s a concept, an aesthetic, a philosophy, and a lifestyle, designing clothes of the finest quality rendered from responsible sources that transition effortlessly from day to night, season to season. Sophisticated, tailored and with an appreciation for luxury and simplicity, CARRIE PARRY is in the details, from intricately textured fabrics to whimsical touches and fastidious workmanship.

http://www.carrieparry.com

Jeans to die for? Sandblasting?

28 Jun

In case you did not know that Turkey manufactures many designer jeans. Of course there are questionable labor practices, but recently it has come to major health risk to many of it’s workers. Silicosis is contracted among all of the garment workers who participate in Sandblasting of denim for such labels as Armani and Dolce Gabbana. By the way, they refuse to place a ban on it since 2005 46 workers have died of this disease in Turkey and suspected 1000 more cases to occur. This is serious and really questionable on these companies part. Besides, I hate the sandblasted look.
Find out about this at http://www.killerjeans.org