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Giovanni Scafuro’s ForkInProgress – accessories new life

Repurposing old, used objects and turning them into something new, it’s a consolidated practice in many aspects of fashion, home decore, design and even architecture. Not always this brings to something really new, with a new allure and appeal.

It is exactly this that gives to Giovanni Scafuro’s work that extra content that goes beyond the intrinsic sustainability of repurposing objects.

Forks and any kind of cutlery, keys and key holes, knitting needles, ceramic plates and tea cups and even money are some of the raw material Giovanni turns through his vision into fashion accessories, homeware and pieces of art.

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a colourful White Show @ Milan Fashion Week

This Fall/Winter 2012/13 Fashion Week in Milan arrived at its close just yesterday and it’s now time to try to evaluate how sustainability was felt and its promoters lived the show.

Many articles wrote about the lack of foreign visitors, about the absence of the Japanese and how the Chinese invasion they expected did not happen. Despite this dark perspectives, the presence of national and international buyers, top journalist and bloggers in town was clearly felt and the visit they all paid to White is a clear sign that this event remains the place where to find new tendencies and most creative design.

It was not a case that most, if not all, sustainable brands did choose this particular show to promote themselves and their collections. Beside the well established and strongly present C.L.A.S.S. section (with 13 exhibitors), the event could count on 11 brands for which design and product really merge with attention to people and environment, that counts for around 10% of all exhibitors.

Material research, traditional craftsmen skills and innovative design where the key aspects an which all brands developed their new collections. Claudio Cutuli scarves and their secular vegetable dyeing tradition, Silent People extracting all possible beauty from old leather garments turning them into bags and purses or Sennes giving new life to portuguese wool production creating elegant accessories, these just few examples of how sustainability can actually be conjugated to create beautiful fashion.

The outcomes of the meeting between design and artisanal work in two collaborations were very impressing: Dalaleo joined with Michela Bruni to create an incredible new line of fashion jewellery. km/a consolidate their partnership with Italian shoe artist/artisan Andrea Verdura in a collection where leather and reclaimed material really find new a connection.

Stay tuned for more news on selected brands.

Ethical Fashion in Paris

Paris, as in each season, confirms to be innovative and avantgarde and so sustainable fashion gains each season more and more a prominent position.

This year Ethical Fashion Show moved to renown Carrousel du Louvre and from this time onwards will be seasonal and not annual. More the 100 brands and designers from all over the exhibited in a nice and cosy atmosphere, from kids fashion to accessories, from bijoux to women ware. Beside the “usual suspects” who exhibit since years, like Jux, Trading For Development, Deux filles en fil, some new entries stood out for innovative design and materials.

Kondakis, young designer based in Kenya presenting a range of clothes realized with parachute fabric or non mulberry silk dyed with vegetable colours with a complementary collection of fashion jewellery in “dead wood” (not cut but picked in the forest).

Kondakis silk dresses

Kondakis wood bangles

Doreen Mashika, a fashion accessories brand from Zanzibar where the use of traditional african wax textiles merges with an innovative and modern design.

Doreen Mashika - Clutch bags

Smateria, if up-cycling is at its heights this Cambodian brand deserves a special place in it. The use of fishing and mosquitoes nets, crocheted plastic bags and recycled motorbike seats to make bags and travel accessories gives to their collection a peculiar and charming look.

Smateria - Recycled motorbike seats begs

Smateria - Fishing net bags

In Port de Versailles, the official location of Paris pret a porter fairs, the section named So Ethic gathered more then 50 brands including Green Orange Collective where 22 Dutch designers presented their consciously produced creative fashion (among them Elementum by Daniela Pais , and Rianne De Witte), and a few interesting designers part of Now Showcase, a US based collective, extremely appealing the shoe designer Olsen Haus and the New York produced collections of Kelly Lane.

Also the new trends pavilions of Who’s Next and Premiere Class were constellated of sustainable fashion brands, from the amazing Misericordia, to the very italian ones as Heidi Ritsch, Reale slow fashion and Dalaleo.

Dalaleo - Recycled can pullrings

The growing presence of sustainable fashion brands in traditional fairs in an undoubtedly a positive sign so we ask to ourselves when will the Italian market start joining this wave with a successful fair dedicated to ethical fashion?

Milan Design Week: econtamination

The Design Week – Fuorisalone – is clearly the biggest event in Milan. Hundreds of thousands of people arrive from all over the world to enjoy a very democratic series of events, taking place in many different corners and contests of the City. A visitor, expert or simply curious, can enter and have a look in any showroom, space, event or other setting realized in the most temporary way possible. Many are the year long activities – from car service to artisan laboratories to shops – that close down for the Fuorisalone to rent out their spaces to some design company, collective or super brands.

In this interesting, original and chaotic atmosphere many are the initiatives where sustainability is at the root of design. We have visited the ones where the connection with fashion is stronger and since in these last years many designers have approached fashion more and more, the events to be visited are quite a few.

Econtamination is a relatively small but interesting event organized by equology – marketing and communication. Few of the brands present are either well known or interesting new entries.

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  • Beyondskin: this is probably the first time we see this UK brand in Italy. They showcased some of their shoes from the 2011 P/E collection, of course made with their special 100% recycled PET microfiber. Fresh design and attractive colours and always a nice and simple feminine touch.
  • Campeche: not at all a new entry but more and more and established certainty (see Campeche: from the past to a sustainable future). Beside the usual range of pastel colored scarves – few new summery designs available – they showcased a new line in bourette silk (in collaboration with a swiss producer) and new jacquard patterns cloth dyed – a newly introduced technique in their plant.
  • Ecoist: Another new entry in the Italian scenario. This US based company produces stylish bags and fashion accessories exclusively made with recycled chocolate bar wrappings, magazines, and many other waste materials.
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Not at all new to Ethicalista (see Tire Tubes… the italian way) presented most of their collection from the helmets – the only certified made in recycled tyre rubber in the world – as well as their notebooks and agendas lines together with HK Teck for technology addicted people who always carry a computer. Very interesting their larger bags made with an external thin layer of micro punched rubber that shows the coloured surface underneath.
  • Mitzica: a rather new brand from designer Alice Salmeri. The brand started in Palermo in 2008 using recycled fabrics produced with local workforce.
  • UroboroDesign: The use of cardboard for making design furniture is not new but the innovative lines and forms implemented by this brand gives to the entire range a fresh and original look. Beside this elements Uroboro presents an interesting line of fashion accessories all made with recycled tyre tubes, always etnochic, alternative, elegant and eye-catching. This range should definitely be added to the Tire Tubes… the italian way post.

Tire Tubes… the italian way

Most of our cars use tubeless tires nevertheless are millions the inner tubes dumped in landfills or burnt often just on the road side.

Designers all around the world have explored the potential of this material, actually a very polluting and environmentally dangerous one. Starting from a dark and uneven surface like tire tubes to create fashion accessories has not be easy. The results are though extremely interesting and worth a look.

Heidi Ritsch

Well known for her bags from cars and trucks inner tubes, now she is presenting a new line of belts made out of recycled bicycle tires and tubes. She is one of the pioneers of Italian Ethical Fashion, always ahead in design and sustainability. Her products are made mainly in collaboration with Hands a social cooperative in Bolzano helping people with alcohol and drugs problems.

Hell’s Kitchen

Probably the most elegant and sophisticated recycled material collection of bags and accessories in the Italian scene. To find Hell’s Kitchen products in concept stores, like Merci in Paris, is a pleasure and is more then probable:

Materials such as heavy duty inner tubes, car seat-belts, t-shirts, shirts etc are strictly recycled and carefully elaborated and are brought back to life in a different form as bags and unique and charming accessories. Take a seat at my kitchen table and savour the dishes I’ve prepared, but be careful… that you don’t grow a tail as well!!
Hell’s Kitchen 100% Chic Recycle!

Marco Lai says

Mnmur

Two very young designers, a city like Turin and lot of hard work are the ingredients of Mnmur. Knitting and sewing bicycle inner tubes with recycled canvas and other car parts, they present an interesting and always growing collections of bags and accessories.

Lorena Giuffrida

Her ideas and creativity shows how this recycled material can be versatile. Fashion jewellery, mainly necklaces are hand made by Lorena Giuffrida. A new life for tubes with a glam touch. 

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