Stella, Google and Centre for Sustainable Fashion Get a Jump on Copenhagen Summit 

LONDON — The Copenhagen Fashion Summit hasn’t officially started, but companies are already beginning to feel the heat.
Earlier this month, the latest report by Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group said sustainable progress in the fashion industry has slowed, and if the slowdown continues at the current rate, Paris Agreement climate goals can’t be met.
In his opening remarks ahead of the summit Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, vice president of the sustainable apparel coalition, stressed the importance of collaboration.
“Mid-size companies are actually the ones who are progressing with their sustainability efforts because they don’t have such large dedicated sustainability departments, they’ve found solutions through collaboration and more companies should be banding together,” he said.
Retailers including Stella McCartney are also in favor of collaboration. On Wednesday morning Google, innovation consultants Current Global and Stella McCartney announced they were teaming to provide fashion brands with a data analytics machine learning tool powered by Google Cloud technology.
The tool will provide visibility and measure the environmental impacts of different textiles so that brands can make more responsible sourcing decisions in their supply chain.
McCartney will take part in the first pilot project, which plans to deep dive into the environmental impacts of cotton and viscose.
“Stella McCartney has been a forerunner in the fashion industry

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Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund Expands Sustainable Fashion Program With Online Classes

The fashion industry is buzzing about sustainability and now there’s a crash course for those who want to do more than just talk about it.
The Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund has teamed with WeDesign Group Inc. to broaden the fund’s executive education in sustainable fashion program. While the program is geared for executives who work at Chinese companies that offer fashion, beauty and lifestyle products and services, it is free to anyone who is interested.
There will be an assortment of speakers tackling the enhanced curriculum. Naadam’s Matt Scanlan will address “Sustainable Business Models,” Timo Rissanen, associate dean of the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design, will explore “A Better Sustainable Future” and “The Caring Economy” author Toby Usnik will discuss “Corporate Social Responsibility.” Created in 2017, the CBCF Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion program is made possible through monies raised through the China Fashion Gala. This year’s edition will honor Jason Wu and will be held on May 1 at The Plaza hotel in New York.
The enhanced curriculum, developed by WeDesign, is designed to give participants the base knowledge and tools needed to adopt environmentally friendly business practices. Launched in 2017, the CBCF Executive Education in

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Nicole McLaughlin Talks Sustainable Design, Life on Adidas’ Farm and the Permanence of Books

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Three years into her consultancy with Reebok as a full-time graphic designer, Nicole McLaughlin personifies the Millennial spirit that sustainability doesn’t have to be boring.
Off the clock, the New Jersey creative repurposes vintage store and eBay finds into one-of-a-kind creations. The slides she made from a magenta JanSport backpack racked up nearly 22,000 likes a few weeks ago. And more recently a pair of pants salvaged from two Columbia Sportswear ski jackets were another winner with her followers. “I have two jobs and to be honest they influence each other,” McLaughlin said Tuesday.
Edging more toward concept designer status, she sees her role in both capacities as “how to reimagine something that exists.” The end result can be mules made from Wilson tennis balls, or an umbrella repurposed with The North Face puffer jackets. Nearing the end of a London-Paris-Amsterdam trip with Reebok, McLaughlin said she steers clear of reimagining products from Reebok competitors like Nike or Under Armour.
In New York at the end of last year for a three-month rotation at “The Farm,” the creative hub in Greenpoint run by Adidas, she worked with seven to 12 apparel, footwear, color and material designers from its Herzogenaurach, Germany, and

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Technical Style, Coated Canvas, and Sustainable Leather: The Fall Trends You Need to Know

There are more than a few ways to ease yourself into technical style. For fall 2018, we’re seeing duds with bulletproof durability and supercharged style trending that are perfect for the boardroom or the bouldering wall. Here are some of our favorite pieces to add to your wardrobe.

 

 

Belstaff’s Roxburgh denim jacket ($ 660; belstaff.com) and Ben Sherman’s Honeycomb-knit cardigan ($ 139; bensherman.com) both replace clumsy buttons with fast zippers.

Tommy Hilfiger’s workwear-inspired utility pant ($ 90; tommy.com) is extra durable; Hugo Boss’ Piñatex sneakers ($ 348; hugoboss.com) are cut from a sustainable leather alternative; and the coated canvas in Ermenegildo Zegna’s gray Chevron backpack ($ 1,295; zegna.us) might have a longer lifespan than you do.

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Meet the New Line of Sustainable Clothes From Frank And Oak

When it comes to staying ahead of the fashion curve, Frank And Oak never fails to disappoint. The Montreal-based brand’s newly-released “Minimal” line makes shopping for sustainable clothing way easier.

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Cannes 2018: Model Petra Nemcova Makes the Case for Sustainable Red-Carpet Dressing With Chopard, Livia Firth

NEW APPROACH: Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova has spent two weeks in Cannes attending red-carpet events and premieres in sustainably made gowns and accessories.
As the festival comes to a close, Nemcova said she has seen the message of sustainability grow stronger than ever on the Cannes red carpet and that a shift in mind-set has been brewing throughout the film festival, on the part of celebrities, designers and stylists alike.
“I’ve been seeing things change in the last two weeks, more than ever. Just before the festival, there was also the Met Gala, where models like Gisele Bündchen wore sustainable gowns, so everything is coming together,” said Nemcova, who teamed with Chopard and eco-campaigner Livia Firth on the project to encourage designers to rethink the ways they design for the red carpet, as part of Firth’s ongoing “Green Carpet Challenge” initiative.
“It might not be for everyone but the last weeks were so important for this movement and it’s inevitable that more and more stylists will now start looking for sustainable choices,” added Nemcova, who was joined by the likes of Cate Blanchett and Penélope Cruz in her mission to promote sustainable red-carpet dressing.

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Outerknown and Levi’s Just Launched a Truly Sustainable Denim Collection

It’s been a while now since the word “sustainability” left the phase of being a trendy buzzword and became something people live by. Which might be why the new partnership between Levi’s and Kelly Slater’s sustainable brand Outerknown feels so appealing right now.

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Outerknown and Levi’s Just Launched a Truly Sustainable Denim Collection

It’s been a while now since the word “sustainability” left the phase of being a trendy buzzword and became something people live by. Which might be why the new partnership between Levi’s and Kelly Slater’s sustainable brand Outerknown feels so appealing right

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Three Sustainable Clothing Companies That Are (Figuratively) Killing It

The clothing industry in general has, over the years, tended to kinda suck when it comes to its environmental footprint and other societal issues. Obviously working conditions are a biggie, particularly overseas. Thankfully that perception is starting to change in some respects, as brands try to catch up (and cash in) on the whole sustainability thing. 

There have always been

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Sustainable designer Laura Siegel shares her journey in becoming conscientious about clothing from backpacking all over the world and finding that the best talent and inspiration lies within each unique destination. Check out some of her personal photos of India.

When did you decide to become a sustainable clothing designer?
After I completed the BFA Fashion program at Parsons, I took some time and backpacked through India and Southeast Asia. It was through these travels that I encountered artisans who have been practicing ancient crafts that have been passed down through generations. With almost every artisan and all the locals I encountered, I did not speak their language, and they didn’t speak mine. So it was through the craft that we communicated.

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That’s so cool you backpacked and returned with a sustainable start up idea that’s sending a super powerful message. Where did you get the idea to work with two families on your collection?

I decided to start working with Namori’s family for several reasons. For one, he [ the leader of the household] is an extremely talented and skilled weaver. He was looking for work.. So far, by working with him, we have seen really great results and growth for his family and other weavers (ie. that he has began to employ due to the increased workload he has began to receive!)

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Where are your weavers located? Have you picked up any weaving techniques?
I work with weavers in Kutch and eastern India, as well as Bolivia. The more time I spend with each artisan, the more I’m able to immerse myself in their craft. Though I must admit, the craftsmanship and skill of the weavers are far beyond anything I could ever do myself. It’s something that they’ve inherited from their lineage, something they’ve grown up learning. It’s such an important part of their heritage.
Aside from weavers, I get to work with artisans from all around the world, ranging from Kenya, Laos, Bolivia, Peru and India.

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What’s the material process like, are they working with material they are already familiar with?
A lot of women throw out sarees (that they buy in the market for cheap). We then take these materials, which are often synthetic, and repurpose them by putting them through a labour-intensive process to turn them into something completely new. While the repurposed material we work with is inexpensive, the labour that goes into converting them into a new textile, into a well-crafted fabric, makes it worth something much more than when we found it.

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Interesting! What’s your design process like?

I tend to first look at the skills of the artisans I work with, combined with what fibres can be locally sourced (meaning, local in relation to the artisan). So it’s really the resources that are around that I try to work with.

I spend a lot of time with each community, and each individual artisan, developing the textiles and colours for the season, and learning new techniques. I then collect and look at all the fabrics from all the communities involved in the season, before engineering the design layouts and garment shapes.

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You mentioned that it’s difficult for you to follow a plant-based/sustainable lifestyle? For one, I’ll give you credit for the recycled paper used for your collection look book-very chic! Tell me about your plant-based ethos?
It’s difficult to fully realize how anyone’s lifestyle really affects our world. Or rather, when not all information is made 100 percent transparent to consumers, it’s tough to make informed decisions. It really requires a lot of research, time and dedication to source the products that do provide that information. The food we eat, the clothes we wear… everything has a story behind it. No matter what it is, everything we buy a journey it’s been through to the consumer. And to be a responsible consumer, you really need to think about that journey — the lives that have been affected in the making of this product, the environmental impact of it all. More products need to have this transparency. You want to feel like you are voting with every dollar, and it is hard to do that when the information isn’t there.

If you could wear a few pieces from the line like everyday, what would you choose? I really like the knitwear for festival season!
You’re right! I would probably chose a fringe sweater, harem pants and kaftan.

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Okay, last question (since I’m obsessed with adventurous traveling), what are your must-have items when backpacking through Europe?
Kaftan, Belt, Film camera ( with/ Film), Sketchbook/notebook (plus microns-my pen of choice), Flashlight, A map of beaches and fruit farms, Only 1 pair of shoes (most likely a form of sandal), My MEC Backpack (it’s the Canadian in me- I’ve had it for 8 years and it’s going no where).

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