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FASHION, INTERVIEWS / August 6 2012 1:30 PM

M.I.A. FOUND: Portland’s Printed, Post-Consumer Polyester

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For Make It Good’s co-founders Leah Stovel and Avery Bloom, fashion is love. In its honeymoon days, it was nothing more than a couple of clotheshorses who shared a desire to create. The company grew organically from Avery’s insatiable need to print and Leah’s eye for garment construction. When the time was right, they fell in fashion and made sweet, sweet clothing together.

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FASHION / May 30 2012 9:45 AM

Designer Daily: Ayten Gasson

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When designer Ayten Gasson graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004, she was disappointed to find most of the local companies in her native UK were closing their factories and looking for alternative production methods overseas. But when she launched her luxury lingerie label in 2005, she committed to do the exact opposite by utilizing and supporting the UK fashion industry by producing every item, from garters to teddies, in small production units in London, Nottingham and Wales.

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FASHION / April 29 2012 2:15 PM

Talking Green with Eco Blog Cielbleu

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Started in 2011 by four friends who had no experience in fashion or production, Cielbleu was created by a desire to prove quality merchandise can be produced at fair prices and conditions. They found Switzerland was the perfect place to produce excellent product with a “soul” rather than mass-producing goods that have no story behind them. Check out what one of the creators Francois Heitz has to say about the green lifestyle and how to incorporate it into your every day in this exclusive interview.

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CULTURE, FASHION / April 10 2012 1:13 PM

How International Artisans Make 6 Designers Better

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It’s becoming an increasingly popular fashion designer fairytale: Designer goes off to exotic locale (i.e. Bali) on vacation, meets a village of artisans, and produces clothing with them happily ever after. This turns global outsourcing into local crafting; it supports communities, especially women, that might not have the chance for dignified employment otherwise. And it ensures that their traditional techniques will be passed on for future generations. See six brands that support the world through beautiful clothing

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CULTURE, FASHION / April 9 2012 10:29 AM

Frock of Ages: A History of Eco-Fashion

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Eco-fashion as we know it developed in the 1960s thanks to those damned dirty hippies and the burgeoning environmentalist movement. However, the history of sustainable style can be traced back to the 18th century when hand-crafted silk garments were “meticulously cared-for and altered for continued wear,” according to the Museum at FIT‘s Eco-Fashion: Going Green exhibit from two years ago. That exhibit explored the often contentious relationship between fashion and the environment and how it has developed over the past few centuries.

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FASHION, MEN'S / April 5 2012 11:25 AM

H&M’s Conscious Collection: Sustainability and Style on a Budget

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Sustainability is a key component in H&M‘s business model, right along with high-profile designer collaborations and co-signing really bad reality television. The company has several initiatives to support its motto of a “more sustainable fashion future,” most visibly its Conscious Collection, which boasts eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled plastic, organic linen , Tencel® — a renewable silk-like material made out of cellulose — and its latest addition, organic hemp.  With chic staples for him and her starting at $9.99, the Conscious Collection offers a fashionable and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint and look adorable while doing it. And with Exclusive Conscious, the Collection’s dressier counterpart worn recently by Michelle Williams and Amanda Seyfried, there’s an always-welcome added dose of glamour. H&M’s new spring 2012 Conscious Collection launches April 12 but until then check out the sustainable styles after the jump!

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FASHION / April 3 2012 9:30 AM

Honest by: Going Great Lengths to Green

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Belgian designer Bruno Pieters founded Honest by in January of 2012 after a two-year sabbatical from fashion in Southern India where he was inspired by the clothes native people wore that “were grown, woven and sewn from sources they could identify around them.” He brought this philosophy back with him to his home in Antwerp to launch, what he claims, is the first 100% transparent company —  everything down to a button or a string of yarn can be traced back to its origins.

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CULTURE, FASHION, INTERVIEWS / November 23 2011 10:30 AM

INTERVIEW: Kiboots Gives Unique Vintage Rugs a Major Makeover

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In a world of mass-produced fast fashion and wasteful production methods, it can be difficult to find unique clothing created in a sustainable manner. Feeling the same way after traveling the world and experiencing the beautiful crafting of local artisans, Jovanna Kruitbosch and Martijn Lugtigheid founded Kiboots in the summer of 2010. Inspired by the original road tripping footwear of 1960s hippies, Kiboots are constructed of leather and one-of-a-kind vintage kilim rugs, handpicked by the designers themselves. I recently met the Amsterdam-dwelling duo to talk about what inspires them, the importance of an eco-friendly business and why they chose to craft with carpet.

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