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H&M Plans to Open New, Higher-End Retail Chain

H&M adds to the fast fashion (slightly higher priced) craze. Recently we learned that fast fashion giant H&M plans to open yet another retail chain. The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that H&M submitted a copyright protection application for the name “& other stories” to the Swedish patent and trademark […]

The UNVÄR LABUR System at IKEA

Attention IKEA shoppers: yes, the EXPEDIT bookshelf might be the solution you’ve been looking for to sort out your life, but at what cost? Welcome to Sweden: population 9 million and change; number 6 on the Happiness Index. Here in America (where we rank number 10 on the same scale), […]

Evolving Eco Fashion: Piece x Piece

Much of sustainable design is focused on producing new products in line with the cradle-to-cradle concept but, with so much clothing in landfills, the most compelling applications are those that reclaim and reexamine found materials. San Francisco’s latest eco-fashion launch, Piece x Piece, illustrates how a new response to climate change can […]

Love you. Love you Knot. Royal Blush’s Weber Bracelet

Fall/Winter fashions are finally here. But before you splurge, orientate yourself to the essence of the season with Royal Blush’s Weber bracelet. Made from recycled leather that softens and deepens in tone with time, this knotted cuff perfectly captures Fall’s minimalist zeitgeist with its snug fit and the satisfying clunk […]

Project Runway’s Lone Sustainable Designer Gretchen Jones

With the eighth season of Project Runway debuting this Thursday (for the first time on Lifetime Television), a new crop of designers will once again have to woo host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges (designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia). As this season’s 17 […]

You Nguyen Leads a Benetton Renaissance

Benetton gets a new creative director who hopes to strike a balance between fast fashion and luxury. In the mid-’60s, when the Benetton family introduced the idea of saturated color to the masses, it was that color that would become their trademark. At the time, 30 year-old Luciano Benetton – […]

OpenKnit: DIY Digital Clothing Loom Disrupting Fast Fashion

Got an hour to kill? Knit yourself a jumper with the open-source digital loom called OpenKnit. OpenKnit is the open-source digital fabrication tool that will knit you a jumper in under an hour. The brainchild of Gerard Rubio, a designer based in Barcelona, OpenKnit uses Knitic software designed by Mar […]

Natalie Chanin: Board by Board

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. This is a conversation that played out in my head countless times this last week: “I need to sit down and write the EcoSalon […]

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H&M Conscious Beauty Line Fast Cosmetics?

H&M could definitely be called the mover and shaker of fast fashion. These guys must offer energy drink mainlining in the breakroom. And with H&M Conscious Beauty soon to launch, they do not appear to be slowing down any time soon. What began is a little Swedish women’s clothing shop […]

Watch John Oliver Stick It to Fast Fashion [Video]

If you were beginning to feel swayed by all those trendy frocks and jumpers you’ve seen at H&M lately, DON’T BUY THEM. John Oliver recently reminded us all why it’s a terrible idea to give into fast fashion. His argument against fast fashion is hilarious, and so spot on. Related […]

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