Posts tagged fashion
3:18 pm - Fri, Mar 15, 2013
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societycottontail:

newspaper dress = amazing.

Today’s trashion inspiration. 

societycottontail:

newspaper dress = amazing.

Today’s trashion inspiration. 

(via fuckyeahbookarts)

8:34 am - Mon, Mar 11, 2013
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Amy Twigger Holroyd approaches fashion with sharing in mind. In one project, she created garments that could be shared by friends with different body types. By making clothes that don’t constrict in places where people vary the most, a size six could potentially share her sweater with a size 16. 

But Holroyd’s projects go beyond one-size-fits-all couture. Her PhD research on “fashion as a commons” is an exploration of how to democratize and disrupt the clothing industry. “If you’re not able to make, you’re dependent on buying,” she says. “And if you’re dependent on buying, you’re dependent on what those people [in the fashion industry] have chosen — the quality of it, the design of it, the aesthetic of it.”

And so, under the umbrella label Keep & Share, she teaches folks how to fix and knit their own clothing, creates and sells long-lasting, sharable clothing, and hacks into cheap knitwear to send a message about the industry.

An interesting, slow-fashion, collaborative consumption-type of idea, for sure.

9:22 am - Wed, Feb 27, 2013
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Don’t Buy Those Expensive Jeans — Lease Them Instead

A new program in the Netherlands helps you eliminate wasteful spending on clothes. Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, you can now just keep them for a year before you send them back to be recycled so you can try something new. 
Companies normally use a leasing model for durable goods, such as cars or heavy machinery. But Dutch entrepreneur Bert van Son thinks it could have a role for other products, too—like jeans. 
A few weeks ago, Van Son, who owns a small line called Mud Jeans, launched a new service allowing people to rent, rather than buy, his products. He figured that he might not make much money up-front. But it might allow him to gather valuable fabric after use, and perhaps cement loyalty with his customers.

More: Fast Company Co.Exist

Don’t Buy Those Expensive Jeans — Lease Them Instead

A new program in the Netherlands helps you eliminate wasteful spending on clothes. Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, you can now just keep them for a year before you send them back to be recycled so you can try something new. 

Companies normally use a leasing model for durable goods, such as cars or heavy machinery. But Dutch entrepreneur Bert van Son thinks it could have a role for other products, too—like jeans.

A few weeks ago, Van Son, who owns a small line called Mud Jeans, launched a new service allowing people to rent, rather than buy, his products. He figured that he might not make much money up-front. But it might allow him to gather valuable fabric after use, and perhaps cement loyalty with his customers.

More: Fast Company Co.Exist

10:03 pm - Mon, Feb 25, 2013
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Repurposed cardboard, y’all.
See also: The prom dress a high school student made from cardboard and paper bags and her previous year’s prom dress made from soda pop tabs. 
Additional proof that you can make clothes from, well, just about anything? Check out these items made from Golden books, book pages, computer wires, shirt collars, t-shirts, dry cleaner bags, a parachute, bicycle tire inner tubes, Starburst candy wrappers, plastic shower curtains, and a FEMA tarp. Whew!
(Cardboard dress photo via Strode College. I doubt that a wearer could sit down in this dress, but still, cool repurposing!)

Repurposed cardboard, y’all.

See also: The prom dress a high school student made from cardboard and paper bags and her previous year’s prom dress made from soda pop tabs

Additional proof that you can make clothes from, well, just about anything? Check out these items made from Golden books, book pages, computer wiresshirt collarst-shirtsdry cleaner bags, a parachute, bicycle tire inner tubesStarburst candy wrappers, plastic shower curtains, and a FEMA tarp. Whew!

(Cardboard dress photo via Strode College. I doubt that a wearer could sit down in this dress, but still, cool repurposing!)

8:07 am - Tue, Feb 12, 2013
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Latex (kitchen/cleaning) gloves turned into jewelry, by Min-Ji Cho.

(spotted on comeunagazzaladra)

Another example — a glove-necklace made by Margherita Marchioni — can be found here

9:43 am - Wed, Feb 6, 2013
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Momo Wang’s Third-Hand UpCycle Collection is a brilliantly colorful example of what can be achieved with reusing found materials in fashion. Inspired by the “third hand” idea of French philosopher Derrida, Wang told Texprint of the 12-piece collection, “They were all made in my hometown Jinzhou in China. I bought all the clothes and materials from local second-hand markets there. The market is very cool.”
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Wang finds upcycling to be a creative challenge: “The basic idea is to do what I can to refresh, renew, re-animate precious second-hand materials, and eventually deliver the beauty in them by my realization, and eventually have more and more people doing the same, or at least thinking similarly,” she says.

(via Momo Wang’s Third Hand Upcycled Collection: Inspired by Derrida · Eco-Chick)

Momo Wang’s Third-Hand UpCycle Collection is a brilliantly colorful example of what can be achieved with reusing found materials in fashion. Inspired by the “third hand” idea of French philosopher Derrida, Wang told Texprint of the 12-piece collection, “They were all made in my hometown Jinzhou in China. I bought all the clothes and materials from local second-hand markets there. The market is very cool.”

Wang finds upcycling to be a creative challenge: “The basic idea is to do what I can to refresh, renew, re-animate precious second-hand materials, and eventually deliver the beauty in them by my realization, and eventually have more and more people doing the same, or at least thinking similarly,” she says.

(via Momo Wang’s Third Hand Upcycled Collection: Inspired by Derrida · Eco-Chick)

6:22 pm - Sat, Dec 8, 2012
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H&M to encourage shoppers to recycle unwanted clothes … while rewarding them with discounts on purchases of new clothing?
From the Los Angeles Times: 








Fast fashion retailer H&M wants your old clothes. 
The Swedish clothier is rolling out a global initiative to encourage its shoppers to recycle unwanted outfits instead of throwing them in the trash, H&M said in a statement Thursday. 
"Every year, tons of textiles are thrown out with domestic waste and end up in landfill. As much as 95% of these clothes could be used again; re-worn, reused or recycled — depending on the state of the garment," H&M said. 
H&M will accept clothing from any brand in any condition (now might be a good time to bring out the stained sweatshirts and dozens of cotton T-shirts). In return, the retailer will give shoppers vouchers for future H&M purchases (thereby providing fodder for future recycling trips). All H&M stores will start accepting used clothing in February. 
This may help the retail giant to counter criticism that the rise of H&M and other fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21 has fueled shoppers, especially young ones, to treat clothing as disposable goods that can be chucked after wearing an outfit two or three times. 
H&M is partnering with recycling company I:Collect, which will take the clothes to a sorting facility in Germany. There, the clothes will either be separated for re-use as apparel or sent on its way for a second life as rags, stuffing, padding and other purposes. 
The retailer said its long-term goal is to “reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle.”









More in H&M’s press release here. 
[Side note: Many of you might recall that H&M came under fire a couple of years ago for destroying and discarding unworn/unsold clothing.]
Related: Earlier this year, UK retailer Marks & Spencer launched a recycled clothing initiative, a.k.a. “shwopping,” meant to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill. Items — any brands’ merchandise — dropped in M&S in-store drop boxes either get resold through Oxfam, or are repurposed or recycled. M&S recently announced the program will expand beyond its stores: clothing collection boxes will be available at some workplaces. M&S gives customers vouchers redeemable for discounts on future purchases.   
Also: Clothing manufacturer Patagonia also accepts worn clothing — its own products — and provides drop boxes in stores. Through the company’s “Common Threads” program, some used Patagonia merchandise can be resold via eBay; items that are no longer wearable are recycled or repurposed.
What do you think about such clothing-collection initiatives? As a part of these programs, should customers be offered incentives, e.g., vouchers, to buy new clothes, or should they even be offered anything in return for their participation?  

H&M to encourage shoppers to recycle unwanted clothes … while rewarding them with discounts on purchases of new clothing?

From the Los Angeles Times

Fast fashion retailer H&M wants your old clothes. 

The Swedish clothier is rolling out a global initiative to encourage its shoppers to recycle unwanted outfits instead of throwing them in the trash, H&M said in a statement Thursday. 

"Every year, tons of textiles are thrown out with domestic waste and end up in landfill. As much as 95% of these clothes could be used again; re-worn, reused or recycled — depending on the state of the garment," H&M said. 

H&M will accept clothing from any brand in any condition (now might be a good time to bring out the stained sweatshirts and dozens of cotton T-shirts). In return, the retailer will give shoppers vouchers for future H&M purchases (thereby providing fodder for future recycling trips). All H&M stores will start accepting used clothing in February. 

This may help the retail giant to counter criticism that the rise of H&M and other fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21 has fueled shoppers, especially young ones, to treat clothing as disposable goods that can be chucked after wearing an outfit two or three times. 

H&M is partnering with recycling company I:Collect, which will take the clothes to a sorting facility in Germany. There, the clothes will either be separated for re-use as apparel or sent on its way for a second life as rags, stuffing, padding and other purposes. 

The retailer said its long-term goal is to “reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle.”

More in H&M’s press release here

[Side note: Many of you might recall that H&M came under fire a couple of years ago for destroying and discarding unworn/unsold clothing.]

Related: Earlier this year, UK retailer Marks & Spencer launched a recycled clothing initiative, a.k.a. “shwopping,” meant to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill. Items — any brands’ merchandise — dropped in M&S in-store drop boxes either get resold through Oxfam, or are repurposed or recycled. M&S recently announced the program will expand beyond its stores: clothing collection boxes will be available at some workplaces. M&S gives customers vouchers redeemable for discounts on future purchases.   

Also: Clothing manufacturer Patagonia also accepts worn clothing — its own products — and provides drop boxes in stores. Through the company’s “Common Threads” program, some used Patagonia merchandise can be resold via eBay; items that are no longer wearable are recycled or repurposed.

What do you think about such clothing-collection initiatives? As a part of these programs, should customers be offered incentives, e.g., vouchers, to buy new clothes, or should they even be offered anything in return for their participation?  

10:43 am - Sat, Nov 17, 2012
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A while back, we tapped into discussion about “derelict chic” in this post. The underlying issue — precisely how do ideas around reuse relate to ideas around uniqueness or even “luxury” — comes up again via this recent article:

How much would you pay for a handbag made from truck tarpaulins and bottle caps?

Ilaria Venturini Fendi’s “dragon” bags, stitched together from reclaimed wood, PVC, vintage drawer pulls and fabric and leather remnants, sell for as much as $2,200. Her bracelets made from rubber toy tires—inscribed “Before Toy Tyre Now Bracelet”—sell for $320.

What do you think?

More: Carmina Campus: A Fendi Scion Makes Trash Into Handbags - WSJ.com

Earlier Unconsumption mention of Fendi’s work here

9:26 am - Sun, Nov 4, 2012
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Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend? Did you remember to turn back all clocks?!
Pictured: Vintage watches upcycled into a bracelet. Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: mLindvall on Etsy here.

Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend? Did you remember to turn back all clocks?!

Pictured: Vintage watches upcycled into a bracelet. Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: mLindvall on Etsy here.

3:34 pm - Wed, Oct 17, 2012
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We champion both the idea of mending or repairing what you already own and initiatives that help to connect people and build communities.
So, naturally, we love this story from Grist on the Free Mending Library: a man mends clothes — for free — on San Francisco streets, while cultivating community:

Once a month for the past 11 years, Michael Swaine has mended clothing for free on the San Francisco streets.
At first, he did a five-mile route through the city, from dusk to dawn, with a sewing machine covered by an umbrella on wheelbarrow wheels. He loved the route, but it was exhausting and often folks didn’t have their torn clothes with them when he rolled by. He eventually settled at the Luggage Store, a nonprofit artist collective in the Tenderloin District, a tougher part of town. He’s so committed to the project, the Free Mending Library, that he’s only missed three months out of more than 130.
Swaine is an artist, an active member of Futurefarmers (a loose collective of artists, designers, farmers, and computer programmers), and a ceramics instructor. “Most people think of me as a fibers artist. Or a social artist,” he says in a video. “There’s all sorts of strange words [that] people say to me. I try to ignore them.”
I first came across Swaine in Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change, a wonderful little book about the folks who are rethinking fashion and trying to create a more sustainable clothing industry. Swaine took the time to chat with me about the beautiful things that happen on streets, our throwaway culture, and the strangest thing he’s ever fixed.
Q. What exactly is the Free Mending Library?
A. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is welcome to bring something to be mended — and equally people are welcome to come and help mend. Those are the days that I love the most, when there’s a really wonderful balance — people coming to help mend, people sitting and telling stories, people bringing things to be mended. It’s nice when all of those things are happening at once.

Read the rest: San Francisco artist mends clothes and builds community — just by giving a darn | Grist

We champion both the idea of mending or repairing what you already own and initiatives that help to connect people and build communities.

So, naturally, we love this story from Grist on the Free Mending Library: a man mends clothes — for free — on San Francisco streets, while cultivating community:

Once a month for the past 11 years, Michael Swaine has mended clothing for free on the San Francisco streets.

At first, he did a five-mile route through the city, from dusk to dawn, with a sewing machine covered by an umbrella on wheelbarrow wheels. He loved the route, but it was exhausting and often folks didn’t have their torn clothes with them when he rolled by. He eventually settled at the Luggage Store, a nonprofit artist collective in the Tenderloin District, a tougher part of town. He’s so committed to the project, the Free Mending Library, that he’s only missed three months out of more than 130.

Swaine is an artist, an active member of Futurefarmers (a loose collective of artists, designers, farmers, and computer programmers), and a ceramics instructor. “Most people think of me as a fibers artist. Or a social artist,” he says in a video. “There’s all sorts of strange words [that] people say to me. I try to ignore them.”

I first came across Swaine in Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change, a wonderful little book about the folks who are rethinking fashion and trying to create a more sustainable clothing industry. Swaine took the time to chat with me about the beautiful things that happen on streets, our throwaway culture, and the strangest thing he’s ever fixed.

Q. What exactly is the Free Mending Library?

A. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is welcome to bring something to be mended — and equally people are welcome to come and help mend. Those are the days that I love the most, when there’s a really wonderful balance — people coming to help mend, people sitting and telling stories, people bringing things to be mended. It’s nice when all of those things are happening at once.

Read the rest: San Francisco artist mends clothes and builds community — just by giving a darn | Grist

1:34 pm - Sat, Oct 13, 2012
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"Would you wear clothing partly made of wasted food?" Interesting question! 

London-based designer Hoyan Ip reuses leftovers to create fashionable trimmings, such as buttons, belt buckles, sequins and embellishments in various shapes, sizes and colors. Called ‘Bio-trimmings’, the wasted food—that was previously-destined to be disposed of—was, instead, dried, cooked, blended and transformed into sustainable products.

More: Designer Turns Wasted Food Into Clothes Buttons, Belt Buckles - DesignTAXI.com

"Would you wear clothing partly made of wasted food?" Interesting question! 

London-based designer Hoyan Ip reuses leftovers to create fashionable trimmings, such as buttons, belt buckles, sequins and embellishments in various shapes, sizes and colors.

Called ‘Bio-trimmings’, the wasted food—that was previously-destined to be disposed of—was, instead, dried, cooked, blended and transformed into sustainable products.

More: Designer Turns Wasted Food Into Clothes Buttons, Belt Buckles - DesignTAXI.com

2:03 pm - Mon, Oct 8, 2012
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These ceramic badges and pendants are made out of old, neglected porcelain plates (mainly single pieces) found [at] flea markets.  Selected areas are carefully cut out, sanded and glued to a pin. This way old ceramic plates are turned into fashion accessories.

(via mischer’traxler ceramic badges)

These ceramic badges and pendants are made out of old, neglected porcelain plates (mainly single pieces) found [at] flea markets.

Selected areas are carefully cut out, sanded and glued to a pin. This way old ceramic plates are turned into fashion accessories.

(via mischer’traxler ceramic badges)

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