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Behind the Label: H&M’s Conscious Collection

ColumnIs fast fashion giant H&M really making moves to become more sustainable, or is it all just greenwashing? Editor’s Note: This is Jessica Marati’s first column for Behind The Label, which will explore whether brands claiming sustainable initiatives are going green – or just plain greenwashing. It’s so easy to […]

Natalie Chanin: Punks & Pirates

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. I never really thought much about what punks, pirates, and the Spanish Armada had to do with farmers markets or sustainable life until I […]

Tokyo On My Mind

Whether it’s the Maid Cafes in the nerds’ electronic hive of Akihabara, the Hysteric Glamour fashions around Harajuku, the leather jacketed Shibuya Gals, or the more couture looks coming from the likes of Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto,  Japanese fashion is pretty intense and diverse. By adopting a mixture of […]

7 Affordable Eco Fashion Brands That Won’t Break the Bank

Does it seems like sustainable fashion options are so much more expensive than their fast fashion alternatives? FACT: There are many new and older brands out there that offer environmentally and ethically produced fashion at totally affordable prices. We’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite eco fashion brands that will […]

‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ Photography Exhibition

Anagha, 20 years old, makes clothes for Marks & Spencer, Tesco, and Mothercare. Environmental campaigner and sustainable fashion blogger Esther Freeman wants you to know the faces behind the world’s cheapest and most available fashions. A new east London photography exhibition, launched by Freeman’s Fashion Mob campaigning organization, features photos […]

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 – […]

The Hypocrisy of Fashion ‘Innovation’

“The more ephemeral fashion is, the more perfect it is. You can’t protect what is already dead.” – Morand In a recent blog post, Consumerist fashion: Innovation Repressor, author and fashion pioneer Kate Fletcher wrote that “consumerist fashion not only damages the resource base, workers, consumers, etc., but also – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can Another T-shirt Stop Fast Fashion?

A sustainable fashion reporter looks for new ways to keep readers abreast of fast fashion issues like the recent Bangladesh garment factory disasters.  The media moves stunningly fast these days, and the consequence is that stories like the recent Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh and the impact of […]

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 […]

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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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