Michael Swaine’s Free “Mending Library” Repairs Clothes, Community

Photos by Gil Regio Jr. On the 15th of every month, Michael Swaine trundles into San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with a cart-mounted sewing machine—the old-fashioned kind, which you can only operate by means of a treadle. Setting up shop in a reclaimed alley known as the “Tenderloin National Forest,” as he has for the past…

Fashion Consumption

  Use & End of Life A fashion artefact comes to life when worn. It is the interaction between body and piece that creates the stories that take place and remain as imprints on shape, texture, colour and patina on a collar, elbow, waist or cuff. As a fashion designer, I am intrigued by the…

Clean by Design by Emma Rigby, MA Fashion & the Environment 2010

  Clean by Design by Emma Rigby, MA Fashion & the Environment 2010 In her MA thesis, Emma investigates the relationship between design, consumer behaviour and laundry, looking at both social and practical impacts. During the course of a garment’s life, the recurrent use and maintenance of the garment emerges as the most resource demanding…

ECO FASHION-history

    ECO FASHION Photograph by Hilary Walsh. Published in Vogue, May 2009. A New York Times headline in March read “The Green Movement in the Fashion World”[1] and, that same month, the first article about the new environmental trend ran inVogue. Norma Kamali’s recent shows featured models in T-shirts bearing slogans like “Acid Rain…

SUSTAINABLE FASHION

It’s a buzzword of the moment, but is it also a contradiction in terms? Our undercover reporter goes in search of true sustainability … From INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine, Winter 2010 Buying truly sustainable fashion is a huge challenge. Sustainability means using resources in a way that does not impoverish the planet for the next generation….

Is Fake Leather Really More Eco-Friendly Than Real?

    I caught an NPR segment a few weeks ago that raised the question of whether it’s possible to have “eco-conscious fur.” The story centers on a project down in Louisiana where they’re turning the pelts of nutria—an invasive, semiaquatic mammal that looks rather rat-like—into high-end fashion pieces. (It’s a subject we’ve covered in…

Humans-“Don’t try to be someone else’s beautiful.”

@Stella Flygare commented- It really bugs me that this person has to be labelled as either gay or referred to as a she or he/she (I hate that English doesn’t have a proper pronoun for this, but in Sweden it’s called hen). Don’t get me wrong, if they are that’s absolutely great. And if they’re…