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Eco-fashion is more than a passing trend

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    Anything you can do, Ma Nature can do better. That’s not to say you can’t crib from the best, of course: adapting biological principles to solve design problems is as old as civilization, whether it’s studying birds to enable human flight, modeling skyscrapers after termite mounds, or creating leaf-like solar cells to boost the output [...]

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    Photo by Howard Lake The following is an excerpt from Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (2012, Portfolio/Penguin) by Elizabeth L. Cline Since the end of the 19th century in both Europe and the United States, philanthropic groups have been involved in the collection and distribution of clothes to the poor. The Salvation [...]

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    Read the rest of 5 Ways to Recycle an Old Necktie Into a Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    Read the rest of 14 Eco-Friendly Bikinis, Swimsuits to Dive Into for Summer Read the rest of 14 Eco-Friendly Bikinis, Swimsuits to Dive Into for Summer © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    Elizabeth L. Cline spent more than three years probing the underbelly of the American fast-fashion industry. Her discoveries, prompted by an epiphany over the absurdity of $7 shoes from Kmart, led her to write Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. More than an exposé, it’s also the story of how we went from [...]

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    Photos by Amanda Coen Located in New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard, Eko-Lab is equal parts ethical apparel company and experimental art house. Combining the talents of Melissa Kirgan, Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard, and Jennifer Wen Ma, the label transforms organic fabrics and vegetable-based dyes into wearable conversation pieces. Eko-Lab was once a cornerstone of Ekovaruhuset, a [...]

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    Read the rest of 14 American Designers Tell Us What “Made in the U.S.A.” Means to Them © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    Read the rest of 14 Eco-Fashion Essentials for Your Summer Festival Getup © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    We saw it all over the runways at last season’s Fashion Week: neon colors and prints; but what if you dared to pair these two trends together? Have no fear, it can totally be done. Remember fashion has no rules! We’ve put together a couple of on-trend neon & print-mixing looks from our favorite eco [...]

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    U.S. athletes won’t be the only ones brandishing the “Made in the U.S.A” label at the 2014 Winter Olympics. An unlikely champion has emerged in the form of another competitor: Team Russia. Although the U.S. Olympic Committee, together with Ralph Lauren, have pledged to produce their opening- and closing-ceremony uniforms domestically, the Russians have been [...]

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    Fashioning Change has come a long way. Since it launched last fall, the online marketplace has conducted nearly 60,000 “green shopping interventions” by helping consumers recreate name-brand looks using sustainable and ethical brands. Its flagship product is “Wear This, Not That,” a web-based app that compares two similar styles—the status-quo option versus an ethically made [...]

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    Food and fashion may seem like unlikely bedfellows but a new generation of designers are trading in their cutting tables for stovetops. Welcome to the intersection of haute couture and haute cuisine, part of a brave new world where clothing can be made without cloth and textiles are, quite literally, good enough to eat. This [...]

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    Read the rest of 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Beat Common Summer Skin, Hair Complaints © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    At this very moment, thousands of people in Midtown Manhattan are designing and manufacturing apparel all within a 10-block radius in New York City’s Garment Center. The innovation, opportunity, and jobs that the Garment Center provides is essential not only to the New York City economy but also to the American fashion industry as a [...]

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    Read the rest of 14 Eco-Friendly Backpacks That Deserve an A+ in Style Read the rest of 14 Eco-Friendly Backpacks That Deserve an A+ in Style © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    Read the rest of 14 Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Fashions That Make the Grade Read the rest of 14 Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Fashions That Make the Grade © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | One comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    Fashion and architecture are more than casual acquaintances. Both disciplines entail filling voids with contours, swoops, and planes, albeit on markedly different scales. Sometimes, however, the cross-pollination of concepts is intentional. As fashion terms like “draping,” “weaving,” and “pleating” propagate throughout the architectural world, and methods of building construction incorporate themselves into garment-making, the relationship [...]

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    Welcome to “Local Color,” a new column by author and textile artist Rebecca Burgess. The dry summer afternoons of Northern California have inspired the spray of the hose, colanders full of freshly harvested blackberries, and post-lunch respites under the shade of fully laden walnut trees. These are the days we spend together as families and [...]

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    Read the rest of 7 Eco-Friendly Accessory Designers at the New York International Gift Fair Read the rest of 7 Eco-Friendly Accessory Designers at the New York International Gift Fair © Ecouterre, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us

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    Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Crisp but never starched: John Patrick brought Organic’s signature toss-on-and-go aesthetic to New York Fashion Week on Wednesday morning with a parade of linen trouser suits, translucent drop-waist shirtdresses, puff-sleeve bonded-cotton sweaters, floral lace shorts, and giant flatform rope sandals in a freshly laundered palette of oyster, navy, and [...]

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