The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is dedicating its current show to GREEN.
"...Going Green, is an exhibition exploring the evolution of the
fashion industry's multifaceted and complex relationship with the
environment. By examining the past two centuries of fashion’s good—and
bad—environmental and ethical practices, Eco-Fashion: Going Green provides historical context for today’s eco-fashion movement.
Presented chronologically and featuring more than 100
garments, accessories, and textiles, the exhibition uses contemporary
methods for "going green" as a framework to study the past. The objects
displayed touch upon at least one of six major themes: the re-purposing
and recycling of materials, fiber origins, textile dyeing and
production, quality of craftsmanship, labor practices, and the treatment
of animals. Curated by Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill, the
exhibition features some of the finest examples of 21st-century
sustainable fashions by current, cutting-edge labels, including Alabama
Chanin, Ciel, Edun, FIN, and NOIR..."
Nicole Deponte is a multi-talented artist and designer, creating
one-of-a-kind accessories. In 2008, Deponte launched the lilian
asterfield collection, redefining the tie with her flare for the
vintage. You can find Deponte most days surrounded by buttons and ties,
always accompanied by her beloved mutt, mon chere (a.k.a. monkey). The
lilian asterfield collection will be on display. Deponte will host a
Lucky Sunday event August 2nd, which include a trunk show.
Deponte's collection Lilian Asterfield takes a new attitude towards old
ties - hand-sewn, refashioned neckties are masterful neck pieces that
are unique and eco-fabulous - Don't miss her trunk show on August 2nd 4 - 6 pm at
Worried about chemicals used to dryclean your garments? Well who isn't? Thanks to David Kistnerand Stavros Michailidis we can now call upon GreenAppleCleaners. The two brought a new technology to NYC: liquid CO2.
WHILE PROVIDING UNDERPRIVLEDGED WOMEN A FRESH NEW START Local Chicago mom follows dreams to produce environmentally friendly product while giving women a second chance at life
At 37 years old, Jennifer Murphy has started a new chapter in her life and in the lives of woman who are getting a second chance. It was Murphy’s mission, when starting Chapter One Organics, a 100% organic line of baby clothes manufactured in the US by women who have had significant barriers to employment and authoring The Green Eaters – A Dream Come True, to create a positive impact on the lives of our children, our environment, our workers, and our future.
Murphy had a vision at a young age. With a love of fashion, a family history of selflessness and philanthropy, and a growing interest in the environment, she decided to combine all of her passions to create her company: Chapter One Organics. With the birth of her second child and the death of her grandparents, Murphy turned her childhood vision into that of reality in March 2007.
“I was working at a big clothing company when I developed a terrible rash on my hands and eventually came to realize it came from the fabrics,” states Murphy. “That is when I knew, that one day, I wanted to take my experience and develop a line of clothes that would be free of chemicals and give babies the freshest most natural clothes as they start their new lives.”
Chapter One Organics produces fun, modern and organic baby and toddler clothes from sustainable materials. The clothes are manufactured of 100% organic cotton fabrics that are grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Using organically grown cotton reduces the amount of toxic pesticides and fertilizers that are put into our earth.
Chapter One Organics is an approved member of Co-op America and their clothing is made in the US by women who have had significant barriers to employment. Through an established training program, these women develop skills to offer opportunities otherwise impossible. They are earning fair wages and establishing careers, learning work habits, and able to care for their families.
All of Chapter One Organics vendors follow GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards). All screen-printed clothing is made with water-based inks, without plastisol, and all dyed clothes are made with low-impact dyes. Whenever possible, Chapter One also provides hang-tags that are printed on seeded paper that can be planted after they are read. Some of the packaging is reusable and made by the same women who are making the organic baby clothes.
“I molded my life experiences and talents together along with my passion to develop a brand I really believe in,” says Murphy. “I wanted to find a way to positively impact the earth and people in need while providing a fun product. I have that opportunity with Chapter One Organics.”
Chapter One Organics’ line includes onesies, tops, bottoms, rompers, dresses, bibs and blankets in a variety of styles including: Groovy, Alphabet Soup, Earthluxe and The Green Eaters collection.
Additionally, Murphy wrote a book, The Green Eaters - A Dream Comes True, under the Chapter One Organics umbrella. When researching materials to develop her clothing line, she found a problem with harmful pesticides in cotton crops and the effects of those pesticides on society as a whole. This sparked an interest in learning more about organic farming and the devastation factory farming brought to our ecosystem. After noticing there were not many books addressing these issues for children, she started writing based on her own childhood surrounded by family farms as well as a family trip she had taken with her husband and children. The animals she created for her book were happy, natural and free, the way nature intended. "The Green Eaters" promotes this message as well as an awareness for children to understand the value of positive choices from farm to plate.
Melissa strives to maintain the highest standards in compliance with green manufacturing and sourcing, while also creating handmade, unique designer jewelry. The collection features 14 & 18 karat gold, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious stones, found objects and amazing, handpicked unique diamonds and organic stones, which make many of the pieces one of a kind or limited edition.
"...We draw upon nature for design inspiration and for the materials that are used to create our jewelry; therefore it is not only our responsibility and desire to be sensitive to our environmental impact, it is also good business practice. Melissa Joy Manning is committed to operating in a manner that promotes socially responsible sourcing and manufacturing and minimizes environmental impact. We purchase 100% recycled metals and work exclusively with US-based vendors. We actively seek documentation from our vendors to certify that diamonds are conflict-free according to the Kimberley Process industry standards. Our collection is hand-fabricated in our Oakland, California studio by a team of skilled artisans earning a living, working wage and full benefits. We believe that challenging retailers and producers to be more aware of the impact that their products have on the environment and communities is ultimately what will drive real industry change."
Pamoyo is a new green fashion label and the first open source fashion label under a creative commons license. Pamoyo is also a growing collective of green fashionistas. And a blog on green fashion and sustainable lifestyle. A very cool initiative - you should join now if you are up-and-coming designer - a really great plattform.
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