Posts Tagged ‘ GOTS ’

Filo – a fair of threads

Fashion Weeks are still on, but the textile industry cannot wait, another circle of production has to start.
Trends have been already set, ideas have been already developed, so it is time for the yarn industry to meet their costumares, the textile producers, with their new yarns for Spring Summet 2014.
FILO – International Yarn Exhibition is a fixed appointment since many years now. It gathers in Milan more then 80 yarn producers from Italy and abroad with an increasing number of foreign exhibitors and visitors.


As usually also this 38th edition saw the presence of many sustainable products presented by almost a quarter of the companies, with an increased visibility. Many the posters and banners stating the sustainability either of the processes or of the raw materials with special attention to both the environment and the society.
This is indeed a positive sign hoping that this newly acquired input in communication will pass on to the next fase in the textile chain to reach all levels in it.
Interesting the increased use of Tencel and Modal Edelweiss in different productions and mixes. Many the companies that focused on Organic Cotton and Fair Trade Cotton giving to the buyers a large choice for both knitting and weaving. Also other natural fibres were strongly present, above all Ramiè and Hemp. Recycling is a theme touched only by a few of the exhibitors but with an interesting range of products from R-PET from plastic bottles to Recycled Cotton.
Many the international certifications presented by the producers, worth to be mentioned the “Made in Green” one.

Made in Green is a triple certificate that is unique in Europe and has been created and applied by the Textile Technology Centre, AITEX. The label certifies all manufacturing processes in three aspects: health, environmental protection and the universal human rights of workers and which, in addition, decrees that any company or product bearing the “made in Green” certificate is free of harmful substances and that the goods have been manufactured respecting the environment and the workers human rights. (from www.madeingreen.com)

Pitti Uomo & sustainable brands

Time passes really quick and also the gap between posts grows…

And the season for fashion show is back, as usual everything starts from the man collections and of course Pitti Uomo in Florence leads the way in time, style and business!

Browsing the exhibitors list we find many different sustainable brands, few new ones and others usual suspects…

Edun will present their entire collection where the “Made in Africa” line is the most attractive.

Already met in White and other shows, Claudio Cutuli with their vegetable dyed scarfs and the recycling mastes of Silent People and Saisei.

Also focusing on recycled materials Momaboma and Fondo 9 will present their accessories collections.

Different styles and looks, from basics to casual to formal for Alternative Apparel, Haikure and Uniforms for the Dedicated 

Numbers of sustainable exhibiters are growing as well as the undiscussed importance of this event in the fashion calendar.

But let’s not forget shoes and is nice to see Veja with their fair trade sneakers and accessories in an Italian show.

QuitAndMove … towards sustainable fashion!

Compromises are often given as an excuse for not taking into consideration sustainable practices in fashion industry. Of course style must come at first while materials and people must follow.

This is proved wrong once for all by QuitAndMove in their choices and collection. Their “Organic Style” merges at its best a fresh, unique and cosmopolitan design with all principles of Sustainable Fashion. Everything is certified, transparent and beautiful, the cotton they use is organic as well as threads and embroidery, the dyes are eco-frindly and the manufacture is local.

All this results in a growing collection of basic t-shirts, tank tops and underwear for a young “guys ready to open their minds to new territories, places, cultures and fun”.

Pictures taken in the backstage of the Mercedes Benz DFashion Mexico PE 2011, where QuitAndMove was present in collaboration with Love is Back. Pictures by Gerardo Maldonado, styling by Luis Chaylian, (QuitAndMove fashion designer). Here the runway video: http://youtu.be/VKWfAwbyT_s?t=2m24s

Campeche: Natural dyes in industry – Back to the roots (from shirahime.com)

Ethicalista has been a guest blogger for Shirahime.

We really enjoyed talking about our discoveries after visiting Campeche’s “backstage”.
Here is the post:

CampecheLooking at Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Practices in the Textile World, dyes are definitely one of the most controversial and problematic fields. Everyone knows about vegetable dyes and their use through history till the late 19th century. They are indeed a possible choice for designers and brands to reduce the ecological footprint of their products.
The clichés make us believe however, that vegetable dyes are associated with the image of small-scale production, or even only home-made products, using with large pots and wooden spoons. Fortunately we had the chance to meet someone who is trying to bring the reality and history of vegetable dyes into industrial production.

Thanks to their family tradition and a strong push towards sustainability, Marco and Andrea Clerici created Campeche, a brand of accessories all realized exclusively with natural textiles and vegetable colours, in the facilities of their own industrial mainstream dye plant…

continue reading on Shirahime

From People Tree to Alberta Ferretti: a new journey for Emma Watson in Sustainable Fashion

Soon after the presentation of People Tree SS11 collection -third collaboration between the Fair Trade brand and Emma Watson- rumors started about a possible new capsule by the Harry Potter heroine and Italian designer Alberta Ferretti.

Of course Emma Watson objective was to continue the teenage sustainable fashion propaganda she started with People Tree. Doing this with a designer like Alberta Ferretti gave a new and fresh look to the entire collection keeping the style sophisticated, young and sustainable.

Below, Mrs. Ferretti spoke with Style.com on Watson’s style, their collaboration, and her own long-standing environmentalism.

How did you come to work with Emma Watson?
Emma and I have a long relationship that dates back to when I dressed her for the promotion of her first Harry Potter film. Since then, we have been in touch and I was very struck by her collaboration with People Tree. I think she is very serious, intelligent, and extremely talented. She was an obvious choice for me on this project as we share a deep sensibility for the green cause.

How would you describe her style? How did it gel with your own aesthetic?
Emma is a fresh, serene, and intelligent young woman who has a very sophisticated style. She is a young woman who lives life to the full: She is dedicated professionally, involved socially, and is intriguing and cool. We both wanted the collection to be easy to wear and accessible to a wide range of the public. The main inspiration that came directly from Emma was the Jane Birkin mood, typical of London in the late 1970’s, which came when she saw [my] Spring ‘11 collection. However, the collection shows the unmistakable feminine and romantic style of Alberta Ferretti. The two came together in the shared concept of feminine style.

Has ecological fashion been a long-term goal of yours?
Concerns with the environment have always been important to me, and over the years I have been involved in a number of projects. I was born near the sea, I live surrounded by nature, and I am particularly close to the environment and sensitive to ecological problems. The event that made me really think was the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster off the American coast last year. As a designer I felt it was important for me to create a line of clothing that would demonstrate my commitment to eco-friendly principles. The materials used for this collection are entirely organic, and every process is environmentally friendly, from the growing of the cotton down to the dyeing of the fabrics.

Pure Threads collection is available online at store.albertoferretti.com, a portion of profits will be used to support the work of people tree foundation.

This 5 pieces capsule collection is a very significant for Ethical Fashion in Italy. It is the first effort of a major italian designer in this direction, now that Sustainability is becoming more and more relevant in people’s everyday life. Hopefully this is just beginning of a series of steps in tuning-up Italian Fashion and Sustainability.

Banuq, Sass Brown and Italy

What do a Berlin label and a british Designer/Academic have to do with each other?

The simple connection is Italy and of course Ethical Fashion.

Banuq is a Berlin based, sustainable menswear brand, founded in 2007 by two Italians Davide Grazioli and Mauro Pavesi.banuq

Sass Brown, autor of Eco Fashion – probably the most interesting book on the subject of the last years, is the Resident Director for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s study abroad program in Florence.

To better understand both this is what Sass Brown writes about Banuq in her blog.

Banuq on Ecofashiontalk

Banuq is a sustainable menswear fashion label founded in Berlin in 2007 by two Italians, Davide Grazioli and Mauro Pavesi. The collection is based on the concept of classic and timeless garments, inspired by contemporary cultural explorers, a trait the partners both embody… (continue on ecofashiontalk)

Campeche: from the past to a sustainable future

It was the end of the XIX century when the Dye Workshop Tintoria Clerici was born. The experience generated in over 120 years brought the fourth generation of the Clerici family to take up a new challenge, recovering ancient vegetable dyeing techniques and reinterpreting them in a modern perspective. Campeche was born in 2009 to gather all these ideas and show how sustainable fashion is really possible.

Campeche

The result are 100% eco-friedly polo shirts, scarves and other accessories. All materials are natural – flax, wool, silk – and the cotton is organic. All dyes are GOTS certified.

Uneven colours that change over time and usage do the rest turning each product into unique pieces.

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