Hemp Blue for Sustainable Denim

Hemp Blue for Sustainable Denim

Image: Hemp Blue

Hemp Blue for Sustainable Denim

I just can’t say it enough, I am SO excited to see all the efforts made by the denim/general apparel industries lately for sustainability! Some might say it’s a little too late, but it’s better late than never…and hopefully the good old USA will finally see the light when it comes to hemp as a very, very sustainable fabric. Many of the artists I highlighted in my post about alternative designers for festival style awhile back already use organic or sustainable fabrics, but it’s just not quite widespread enough, as it should be. There are so many designers I love in the apparel industry, but the older I get, the more I tend to gravitate towards supporting these independent designers if that’s what it takes! So, it touches my heart when I see brands come out via Kickstarter or whatever vehicle is necessary to get the cause out and get more designers and manufacturers on board. It just makes sense. So without much more ado, here’s a press release from Hemp Blue, a denim brand working hard towards the cause of the use of hemp for sustainable fashion. They are currently running through a Kickstarter campaign, and have pretty decent support. But lets go full on and show them even more love for a purpose that is totally worth it! The brand will present styles for both men and women, in a variety of denim pieces from jeans (including selvedge!) to shirts to jackets. So hurry on down before the funding period ends and help these guys out.

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Ethical Apparel by the Granddaughter of Roald Dahl

Ethical Apparel by the Granddaughter of Roald Dahl

Image: Faircloth & Supply

Ethical Apparel by the Granddaughter of Roald Dahl

Most children of the ’90s remember the beloved author Roald Dahl…how could I forget? The name brings back sweet memories of staying up late on school nights ducked under my covers reading his work with a flashlight, while trying not to wake up my sister who shared the room with me. His creative legacy continues with his granddaughter Phoebe Dahl, who’s taken on a different route in the apparel market. However, Phoebe isn’t just creating another clothing line, and this is one of the reasons I’m excited to share this. Her brand, Faircloth & Supply, was launched in 2013 and focuses on “seasonless,” sustainable, handmade women’s and kid’s apparel that benefits girls in Nepal, giving them a chance at a good education with school uniforms, supplies and a scholarship for one year. The brand is based on one textile, linen (“a fabric that can lead many lives and tell many stories”), and every garment “will retain their elegant beauty and undeniable charm over time.”

One other notable fact is that Phoebe’s cousin, Sophie Dahl, has modeled in campaigns for for Versace and Alexander McQueen. Phoebe’s mother is her biggest fan, promoting her new business wherever she goes, as much as she can (source). How couldn’t you, with such an amazing cause?

Our inspiration has always been found fabric, heritage textiles, and antique treasures, such as French linens and old Japanese Indigo dyed utilitarian wear. Through this inspiration we concoct a creation that embodies grace, elegance and comfort. All of our pieces feel soft and worn. To be thrown together with anything in your closet to create a beautiful yet functional effortlessly styled ensemble. We pride ourselves on producing quintessential pieces that we hope will live, love, and travel with you.”

Ethical Apparel by the Granddaughter of Roald Dahl

Faircloth & Supply Bags (with back view on bottom right)

Dahl introduced dead-stock cotton, which basically just means it’s recycled, into her new Winter collection, and uses this along with the linen. She focuses on designs that are a bit unconventional…loose-fitting with drop crotches, oversized tunics and dresses and even bomber jackets. Dahl says, “I wanted to play with shapes that wouldn’t normally be made out of linen” (source). Faircloth & Supply also includes a kid’s line, with clothing hand-picked straight from Nepali markets.

For those who aren’t interested in expanding their closets, Faircloth amp; Supply offers straight donation amounts of $12, $25, $50 or $100 for anything from buying school uniforms for a Nepali girl to providing micro business loan to help girls start businesses making uniforms. Good deeds making a full circle. Phoebe was originally inspired after a trip to Nepal and witnessing the horrible conditions there, and realized it would take more than just trying to help from the outside. She says, “their motto is the locals know more about the social issues than we do, so instead of going in and trying to fix all of their problems, they find the people who can tell us how we help” (source).

Ethical Apparel by the Granddaughter of Roald Dahl - Donations

Faircloth & Supply Donations

Faircloth & Supply has already made a huge difference in donating uniforms and supplies for Nepali girls to attend school. Phoebe states, “We’ve donated upward of 900, almost 1,000 so far. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think to send a girl to school. It’s as much as if someone were to forfeit going out to lunch one day a week.” (source). I am thrilled to hear about Dahl’s legacy to impacting the lives of kids around the world being passed on like this, and I for one feel inspired to go pick up one of his books and read it from cover to cover, just one more time.

Shop Faircloth & Supply’s entire collection of collections here, and read more about the brand and it’s inspiration at The Cut (awesome article), and at Yahoo!.

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs

All image credits to Nudie Jeans

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs

I love posting about the big brands, and the small brands, and everything in between…but one thing I always am attracted to is sustainable fashion. As popular as the style industry is, it’s refreshing to see the occasional earth-friendly initiative pop up, and it’s becoming not so “occasional” as time goes on. Nudie jeans, best known as one of the top brands for incredible raw denim, also has their own program to reduce their footprint: the Recycle Denim Maniacs Project, which collects and recycled old worn out Nudie jeans. This time around, they are recycling approximately 2,700 pairs of jeans into their popular Rag Rug from a past recycling project and the In-and-Out Seam Camper Seat, in two colors. Due to the complexity of a pair of jeans, not all are entirely recyclable. According to Nudie, “back pockets, rivets and buttons, waistband, were components that we couldn’t use for these two projects. But they’ll be used somewhere else, for another project.” This time around for their initiative, 90% of the pairs of denim they received were able to be recycled.

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs

WE BELIEVE that the right way to go is to reduce, reuse and recycle. We wanted to visualise our passion for the Nudie Jeans denim and to make a statement for a sustainable future. That’s why we lead a creative project to recycle old denim samples into new creations made by young designers.”

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs - Lill Matt

Each In-and-Out Seam Camper Seat camper seat is made from the inner and outer seams from nine pairs of jeans, one belt and a leather patch. They are inspired by the popularity of camping in Sweden! The Rag Rugs are constructed with all the remaining parts. Each seat is braided by hand, and only 250 are available for purchase. They come in either dark blue or light blue, and measure 45 cm high, 40cm wide, and have a 39.5cm depth. Each of the Rag Rugs are made from shredded leg pieces of all the recycled Nudie jeans, in two sizes. The Lill-Mats are 140 x 70 centimeters, with a limited quantity of 275. The Stor-Mats are 240 x 170 centimeters and there’s only 75 of them made!

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs - Stor-Mats

I love repurposed stuff, and I wish I had a little more time to do this kind of stuff on my own! I have a few denim scraps lying around, but I like to keep them for any possible repair needs. These pieces are so artistic I’d be afraid to use them! I wonder how fast these are going to sell out, seeing as how they are highly limited, but it will be exciting to see what Nudie’s Recycle Denim Maniacs Project comes up with next. For now, I’d love one of those rugs and the light blue camping chair! Out of the hundreds of jeans I’ve been able to own or try out, Nudie is one of the brands I haven’t had a chance to yet. I’ve heard nothing but great things about them though, and this only makes them stand out even more in my eyes!

Nudie Jeans turns Recycled Jeans Into Furniture and Rugs - Camper Seat Light Blue

Camper Seat Light Blue

Read more about this recycled collection by Nudie and shop it here.

The prAna Lucia Sweater

The prAna Lucia Sweater

The prAna Lucia Sweater

prAna is one of those brands I am always eyeing but never seem to make a purchase yet. I love SO MANY of their items, it’s ridiculous. Just two years or so ago for winter the brand released several sweaters and jackets adorned with stripes, buttons, horizontal cuts and other various details that I simply adored. I hadn’t seen them release many like that since then, until now! Meet the prAna Lucia sweater. How adorable is this?

prAna is a 22 year old company based in Carlsbad and is known as a provider of sustainable outdoor and activewear (primarily yoga). The brand states “Our customers are fun-loving, soulful people who travel well, play hard and care about the impact they have on the world around them.” They pride themselves on using the smallest amount of toxins or chemicals as possible in their manufacturing process, and work hard for sustainability in terms of their energy and water use. prAna is partnered with Bluesign in an effort to remain within the textile industry’s top standards in avoiding processes that can cause harm to people or the environment, whenever possible. They also use organic cotton, natural fibers and recycled materials, and helped found Fair Trade Certified apparel as one of the first big company in North America to produce Fair Trade Certified apparel and accessories. Can’t get much better than that!

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Fall Denim from prAna

Fall Denim from prAna

prAna Kara jean in Deep Teal and Raisin

Fall Denim from prAna

During the summer months and festival season all the brights and neons emerge from closets everywhere and paint the streets in a rainbow of hues. As the colder temperatures arrive and the Fall hits, autumn brings on toned down, more earthy shades of green, blue, burgundy, brown and black as our tables are decorated with half-dead maple leaves to remember what we are thankful for…and the denim world blooms again with an array of colors to strut our stuff in. prAna, the 22-year old yoga/outdoor/lifestyle brand reflects the changing seasons with their Kara jean, available in burgundy, teal, black, herringbone and washed-denim versions. I actually didn’t know prAna had denim, even though I’ve admired their yogawear for awhile now…and I’m kind of really looking forward to checking these out!

Speaking of sustainability and eco-friendly clothing companies (in reference to a few of my previous posts), prAna is a great example of one. prAna was born in 1992 in Carlsbad, California, and is one of the biggest clothing companies who stand by staying as earth-friendly and fair trade as possible. In addition to using organic cotton and recycled materials, they are in partnership with bluesign, which provides sustainable and chemical free textiles. prAna also helped found Fair Trade Certified and was the first major company in the United States to produce and sell Fair Trade Certified products. They also have switched to more sustainable energy usage which “has cut greenhouse gas emissions to the tune of 71,961 metric tons – the same as taking 13,180 cars off the road or protecting 16,355 acres of forest.”

The Kara jean is a low rise, stretch 5-pocket jean with a 79% Cotton, 19% Polyester, 2% Spandex fabric blend. Apparently these are a best selling item, and I think I can see why…they sure look comfy, and coming from a yoga apparel brand? Psshh. Yeah I definitely need these in my life. I’m craving that herringbone print!

Fall Denim from prAna

prAna Kara Jean in Black, Herringbone, and Denim

Read more about prAna here.

Shop the prAna Kara jean here!

G-Star RAW For The Oceans Launch

G-Star RAW For The Oceans Launch

RAW For The Oceans Denim Bomber Jacket and Bomber Jacket

G-Star RAW For The Oceans Launch

Not long ago I posted about a much-anticipated collaboration that one of my favorite denim brands, G-Star RAW, had up its sleeves, called RAW For The Oceans. As a quick refresher, singer Pharrell Williams is the brand ambassador for Bionic Yarn, which specializes in creating a Bionic® eco-thread made out of recycled plastics that were previously floating around our world’s oceans. In collaboration with The Vortex Project, which was founded to “clean up shorelines and oceans, boost new technologies and turn ocean plastic into smart consumer products to create funding and awareness,” Bionic Yarn and G-Star RAW teamed up to create RAW For The Oceans, a collection made from these recycled plastics! I am excited that this collection is now available, and I’m liking what I see! After doing two reviews for G-Star RAW denim, I already know about their amazing attention to innovation and quality.

At first I thought this collection was going to feature only denim, but denim only makes up a small part of it! RAW For The Oceans features a wide range of tee shirts, hats, hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, and of course denim. There is a cool balance between men’s and women’s items, and I love the variety! I’m already craving the Cropped Boyfriend Sweater with “Otto” mascot print, shown above, and the Bomber Jacket. I think I’m liking the apparel more than the jeans themselves, although they look pretty awesome too!

G-Star RAW For The Oceans Launch

G-Star RAW For The Oceans women’s Arc 3D Tapered Jean and Printed Arc 3D Tapered Jean

I don’t write a lot about men’s items, but they make up this collection just as much as the women’s items do, so here’s my favorite items out of the men’s line:

G-Star RAW For The Oceans Launch

G-Star RAW For The Oceans men’s Arc 3D Slim Tapered Jean and Printed Art 3D Slim Tapered Jean

The cool thing with the men’s jeans is that when they are cuffed they feature a pattern on the inside, and of course, all denim is raw and untreated, leaving all the fading and worn-in detailing up to your individual lifestyle, to create a custom piece that is all your own.

Check out the entire collection right here, and explore more about the collaboration and the concept in general right here on a beautifully crafted custom Tumblr page!

Ethnic Handbags by Gypsy05

Ethnic Handbags by Gypsy05 - Pushkar Cosmetic Bag

Pushkar Cosmetic Bag

Ethnic Handbags by Gypsy05

Gypsy05…this brand sprung up on the scene almost as hard as the Juicy Couture tracksuits. Although Gypsy05 also had its own trendy sweatpants and hoodies that became a quick Hollywood favorite (I admit I have some), I had a much stronger preference for Gypsy05’s organic, flowy, colorful and totally everyday bohemian maxi dresses (totally coveted, and of which I have two) and tops. In fact, I had my bridesmaids each wear one of the brand’s $99 organic maxi dresses, in light blue! I’ve always admired how everything from Gypsy05 looks so casually dressy without making its fans appear like they are trying too hard..and some of those silk dresses are just so damn beautiful, whether you are attending a wedding or hitting the boardwalk! I still get newsletters in from this brand even though I’ve been focused on others lately, because it’s fun for me to stay up to date on what they are up to. Lately, I discovered these pretty new bags the brand just released!

Ranging from cosmetic bags to crossbody bags to large or small totes and hobos, Gypsy05’s bags look like they came right out of Morocco. All of these pretty pieces of arm candy actually were made in Hollywood like the rest of the brand’s numerous collections, but everything is made out of eco-friendly dying processes and/or recycled materials. Even though this is a bigtime brand with celebrities, they sure don’t skimp on making sure everything is Earth-friendly…and that’s another reason why I love them!

I actually have a hippie-looking bag from Rising International and one from American Eagle I got awhile ago, which I love to use for days at the beach, pool or any kind of outdoor gathering with friends. I love my more pricy, quality leather bags and purses but I really have two sides to myself: I’m a city girl, but don’t ever take me too far from the outdoors! I love hitting up the nightclubs with a nice leather bag, but I also love a more toned-down, ethnic cloth bag for more natural settings when it’s time to toss aside the superficial side of the style world and return to my earthy roots.

What do you think of these? You can browse Gypsy05’s handbag collection here!

Authentic Artisan Footwear by Inkkas

Authentic Artisan Footwear by Inkkas

Authentic Artisan Footwear by Inkkas

I love stories of hard-working artisans being discovered by impressed travelers that happen to be entrepreneurs, and catching their big break. There’s something so genuine about an artisan craft—you can see the love put into an artisan’s work, through the blatant creativity, attention to detail and the use of quality materials sourced locally. In the end, we’re all just trying to make it in this world, and I love to support the little guys who pour their blood, sweat and tears into their projects. Lately, with the rise of eco-conscious fashion and awareness of our individual yet global fashion footprint, more of these humanitarian, fair trade brands are popping up everywhere. The now-familiar Pura Vida Bracelets shares a similar story to new footwear and accessories brand Inkkas, in terms of fashion entrepreneurs discovering artisans on a to a remote location.

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Charge Your Device with a Hot or Cold Drink using onE Puck by Epiphany Labs

Epiphany Labs onE Puck

Photo: Epiphany Labs

Charge Your Device with a Hot or Cold Drink using onE Puck by Epiphany Labs

I just love all of these new emerging technologies that allow the cause for renewable energy to spread across our commercial world…although most of them are for large-scale use. What about channeling energy generated by our everyday activities or the world around us into personal use? After all, it all adds up to large-scale terms, right? I remember not long ago reading about nightclubs powered by the dancing feet of patrons using technology like this one which fascinated the crap out of me, being as drawn to the lights of nightlife like a moth to the lamp on your porch…I mean, total duh factor, right? Then, on a smaller scale, I discovered a neat way to charge your mobile devices using solar power. But it doesn’t end there…now, there’s a Kickstarter campaign by a company called Epiphany Labs to help promote and develop a product that will charge your mobile device with any hot or cold drink you may currently be enjoying. The onE Puck looks as it sounds…like a hockey puck, and sits under your hot or cold beverage like a coffee mug warmer. Except, it’s transferring the energy from your cup to your phone/tablet/etc. Fascinating.

Epiphany Labs is a sister company to Epiphany Solar Water Systems, which created the world’s first concentrated solar powered water purification system in an effort to provide clean drinking water to those who lack access around the world.

I’ve tried so many accessories to conveniently power my mobile devices while on the go, only to find they are pretty cheap when they break or randomly stop working after just a few uses. This one, however, appears to be created with a wide-spread need in mind by an individual company focused on quality and meeting the real needs of consumers instead of simply focusing on mass-producing a product. I’ll have my eyes on this one for sure…maybe I’ll snag one. Greatest has some good words on it too!

Get your onE Puck for $99 here as an Early Bird special (comes with a sticker and tee shirt) to support the Kickstarter campaign before it hits the market and retails well over $150!

Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW Present RAW For the Oceans

RAW For The Oceans

Photo: Edited from G-Star RAW

Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW Present RAW For the Oceans

I’ve got “Happy” stuck in my head as I type…little did I know that singer Pharrell Williams is the creative director for a company called Bionic Yarn, which produces fabrics out of recycled plastics. This would have made a great addition to my post awhile back about sustainability in the fashion world. But I digress…we’ve all seen the media surrounding our increasingly polluted oceans and the swirling loads of floating garbage, otherwise known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch“, that nobody seems to be doing anything about even though we all know about its unnerving ramifications to wildlife as well as the planet as a whole. This is where The Vortex Project comes into play, constantly looking for innovative ways to bring that garbage back where it belongs: recycled back into things we can actually use. G-Star RAW and Bionic Yarn are working with The Vortex Project to use some of that plastic to create a special new denim line called RAW For the Oceans.

I am not a fanatic or a hard-core activist. I’m not the guy with the picket sign or the guy who lays down on tracks, but I commend them for their conviction. I have a lot to be thankful for, all of the cool things that have happened in my life. We have to give back in some shape and form and that’s giving back to the Earth. I’ve been lucky enough to be given this collaboration and my message to people is you don’t have to do anything. But if you don’t want to let it go, then what Bionic is doing with the oceans is right for you. – Pharrell in National Geographic

How will the garbage be collected? In an interview with National Geographic, Pharrell explains “The PET bottles are collected from the coastlines after washing in from the ocean. We’re also in the early stages of developing technology to recover plastic in the open ocean.” I for one am glad to see someone doing something about this, in one of my favorite industries…denim! I hope to do a review of these when they are released in mid-August