DIY Eco-Friendly Feather Bracelet
Feather jewelry is a huge trend for Spring/Summer 2012! Celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Blake Lively, Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha have all been seen sporting feathered styles. Fashion Footprint will show you how to make a beaded feather bracelet that is environmentally friendly—and it will cost you under $20!
Fast Fashion: The Fast Path of Corruption
In today’s world, we like everything fast—from our food to our cars to our fashion. Fast fashion is a new business model retailers have adopted in order to cash in on the consumer’s constant demand for new products at a low price, but this business model is as bad for the planet as fast food is for our health. Big retailers, such as Zara and H&M, are well-known for...
This video shows the Raleigh Denim chambray pants (which are sold in Barney’s) being hand-dipped in a 100% natural Indigo dye bath to achieve a distinct and beautiful dark blue color. It is so interesting to watch the process!
Designer of the Week: Raleigh Denim Workshop
Photo Credit: Raleigh Denim Workshop Trying to find a good pair of jeans and also a pair of jeans that do good for the world is almost impossible. In a small retail store in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina lies Raleigh Denim Workshop, where the impossible is made possible. Raleigh Denim Workshop is a denim company run by Sarah and Victor Lytivenko, a husband-and-wife team, that is known for...
Designer of the Week: Beulah London
Do you ever feel guilty after spending a lot of money on a shopping spree? With Beulah London, you will never have buyer’s remorse. Beulah London is a luxury brand started by Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan, whose inspiration for the label stemmed from their mutual love of fashion and desire to create social change. Beulah London is known for its beautiful, timeless pieces that...
India's Environmental Footprint: A Story of...
As a developing country, India is working towards a brighter future through sustainable development. In the past few years, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion worked on a project to introduce sustainable textiles in India. Partnering with the Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affiars (Defra), the project worked to introduce ecological textiles in India, position India into the...
It’s got to be fashion and not what people perceive as ‘organic...– Katharine Hamnett
Designer of the Week: Ambika Boutique
Those fur-loving fashionistas who were disappointed to hear about the harmful impact fur farming has on the environment can rest easy knowing that other options are available. Our designer of the week, Ambika Conroy, is an excellent example of how, with a little creativity and a working knowledge of sustainable agriculture, the fashion industry can evolve to become more environmentally friendly. ...
Pelt Propaganda: Why "Eco-Friendly Fur" is a...
The fashion industry’s use of fur has been a contentious topic for decades, but the introduction of fur as an eco-friendly material may be the biggest piece of fiction conjured up by the fur industry to date. Furriers are trying to “greenwash” the industry by using deceptive marketing to convince consumers that fur is natural, and therefore, environmentally friendly. While...
Designer of the Week: Vivienne Westwood
Fashion mogul Vivienne Westwood has launched an ethical fashion project in Africa called Ethical Fashion Africa. Westwood has partnered with the International Trade Centre in the Ethical Fashion Programme in order to improve the lives of people by working to produce retail items. ”It gives people control over their lives. Charity doesn’t give them control—it makes...
Reduce Your Carbon Hoofprint: Choose Alpaca Fiber
As a child, I visited an alpaca farm in upstate New York on a road trip with my family. It was one of those unplanned (and unwanted) adventures that gave my parents an opportunity to rest from the long drive and gave my brothers and I the chance to complain. In response to my whining—or perhaps as punishment for it—my parents convinced me to ride the alpaca. Cautiously, I approached the...
Designer of the Week: EDUN
Photo Courtesy of EDUN EDUN is a global fashion brand founded in 2005 by U2 singer, Bono, and his wife, Ali Hewson. EDUN is a socially-conscious contemporary clothing line, offering both men’s and women’s collections, that was born from a love of fashion and a desire to create change. EDUN founders, Bono and Ali Hewson Photo Courtesy of African Fashion Guide The brand works to...
Bamboo: Fashion Friend or Foe?
Photo Courtesy of David via Flickr Bamboo is is known as ―the friend of the people in China, “the wood of the poor” in India, “the brother” in Vietnam and, now, “the alternative to cotton” in the eco-friendly fashion industry (Farrelly 1984). But don’t be bamboozled by the bamboo hype: is it really a sustainable textile? The Pros Bamboo is a...
Designer of the Week: ORGANIC by John Patrick
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times “Certain things can make you really happy — a good vanilla cupcake is one. A fun pair of jeans rolled up to the knee is another,” John Patrick says. Here at Fashion Footprint, we agree. A great pair of jeans can instantly lift your mood (and your butt), especially when those jeans are made completely out of recycled or sustainable cotton. ...