Fashion’s underbelly is decidedly not glamorous. Behind a pretty top or a handbag is a chain of environmental disasters and inhumane conditions for laborers. Fast fashion giants like Zara and H&M (which is trying to push a green image) are the obvious offenders, but luxury fashion houses are far from immune.
NOV 15, 2018
The 25-year Eileen Fisher veteran, in charge of increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, discussed why the company opens its production playbook to young designers, whether fast fashion and sustainability can coexist, and what drives women’s purchases today.
NOV 13, 2018
Few of the biggest names in streetwear have made any public commitments to sustainability. Supreme, one of the heaviest hitters in streetwear today, offers no information on where or how its materials are sourced, nor does it have any existing sustainable efforts like upcycling or waste reduction. The same goes for other major players in the streetwear world like Palace, Bathing Ape and Off-White (none of which responded to requests for comment for this story).
NOV 09, 2018
The fashion industry is the second largest contributor to global pollution behind the oil industry. This fact, something that fashion brands are only now beginning to reckon with.
OCT 30, 2018
ThredUp, the fashion resale platform, is launching its first clothing line, designed specifically for the resale market.
OCT 25, 2018
On Thursday, Public School and Eileen Fisher launched a four-style collaboration at Eileen Fisher’s Brooklyn-based Making Space concept store. The zero-waste four-piece collection, sold exclusively at the store, was made at Eileen Fisher’s Irvington, New York-based Tiny Factory, using pieces obtained through the company’s take-back program.
OCT 18, 2018
At an event on Tuesday evening hosted by Everlane founder Michael Preysman, along with investors Natalie Massenet and Nick Brown, the brand announced that by 2021, it plans to completely eliminate the use of non-recycled plastic in its products.
OCT 02, 2018
In a shift from even a few years ago, fashion brands have begun actively seeking ways to participate in the “circular economy,” a term that reflects the trading, re-selling and borrowing of apparel and accessories that have previously been worn by someone else. The latest such launch is cool eco-chic brand Reformation, which on Tuesday begins a partnership with resale site ThredUp.
SEP 25, 2018
While there is an undeniably ethical aspect to this business model, Donadi said the desire to challenge himself creatively was an equally motivating factor, calling ethics and creativity the “two pillars” of the company. People are at their most creative when they are under limitations, according to Donadi, and that desire to limit one’s self in order to discover new creative ground is just as important to the creation of Atelier & Repairs as the desire to curb the fashion industry’s excess.
AUG 14, 2018
Elevated Layers, set to emerge from beta mode late this month, plans to provide high-end fashion companies a means of unloading unsold clothing to emerging influencers eager to tag their labels. And ShopWorn, which compares itself to The RealReal, but for unworn, display-model accessories, is giving brands an alternative to buying back and discarding old styles.
AUG 03, 2018
Reformation formulates its email strategy by balancing brand-, mission- and commercial-driven messaging. It takes data into consideration, to an extent, but maintaining a healthy mix in messaging is more gut-driven, since relying on data alone would lead to every email promoting product. To align mission into its marketing messages, Reformation’s sustainability team works alongside the marketing team to figure out when it makes sense to collaborate.
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