Chip Bergh (best name), the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co, made major waves earlier this week when he implored people to stop washing their jeans. Bergh made the statements at a sustainability conference, and revealed that the jeans he was wearing at that moment were almost a year old — and had never seen the inside of a washing machine. The general reaction to Bergh’s words seemed to be a resounding “Eeeewwww!”, with a bit of “Huh?” mixed in. But pause your initial rush to judgment for one second, OK? Because the man has a damn good point. Keep reading »
Hipsters for Sisters is an accessories company founded by designer Debra Denniston and her two daughters. Their mission is to “liberate women from their baggage,” and they mean it, both literally — they specialize in hands-free belt bags — and figuratively — 10% of their profits are donated to organizations that aim to empower and liberate women. Hipsters for Sisters’ belt bags are not only cute, convenient, and fashion-forward, they’re also made in the USA of eco-friendly vegan leather, silk charmeuse, organic cotton, and other sustainable materials. How perfect would these be for concerts, festivals, or traveling, especially to areas where pick-pocketing is a major issue? I’m already fantasizing about wearing one for my trip to Lyon later this year — mostly because not lugging a purse around will give me an extra hand I can use to eat more cheese. Life dream status. After the jump, get the shopping details for the three fab bags shown above, and check out all the awesome, ethically made options on the Hipsters for Sisters website! Keep reading »
Today is the one year anniversary of the tragic collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh. Over 1,100 workers died in the collapse, and more than 2,500 were severely injured, making it the deadliest garment factory “accident” in history. I’m putting “accident” in quotes because the fact is this tragedy was completely preventable. The building, which was never zoned for factory use, was crammed with heavy machinery and crowded with workers, frantically trying to keep up with the impossibly rushed production cycle of fast fashion retailers in America and Europe. If we don’t want to see a repeat of Rana Plaza, something needs to change.
To mark this somber anniversary and kick off a call for change in the fashion industry, today has been branded Fashion Revolution Day. This year’s FRD theme is transparency. Here’s an excerpt from the official website: Keep reading »
FashionABLE is a company based in Nashville, Tennessee that seeks to create sustainable business opportunities for women in Ethiopia through stylish, handmade scarves and leather goods. FashionABLE is committed to creating long-term poverty solutions instead of a cycle of dependence, so they help women set up business collectives, assist with job training and education, and partner with local manufacturers to encourage hiring more women and paying fair wages. Then they step back and let the women take charge of their own destinies. As the company website states: “That means that your purchase of a scarf creates jobs so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.” Pretty awesome, right? Click through to check out some of the beautiful scarves (100% cotton and lightweight enough for spring and summer) and leather goods FashionABLE artisans are making right now!
Made is a UK brand offering affordable fashion forward jewelry crafted by skilled artisans using environmentally sound materials. Rest assured, no sweatshops were utilized to create these beauties. The company offers their Kenyan artisans training, job security, and safe work environments in an effort to empower developing communities. The results are lovely pieces that will enhance your jewelry collection and daily style. Click through to see eight of our favorite pieces.
It’s been about 6 months since I vowed to overhaul my shopping habits and become a more conscious consumer. One of my main goals was to cut back on fast fashion, AKA super cheap, trendy clothes from stores like Forever 21, Zara, H&M, and Topshop that refresh their inventory almost daily and rely heavily on sweat shop labor. Honestly, I didn’t realize how addicted I was to fast fashion until I tried to break my habit. It’s been a bumpy road (and I still haven’t phased it out completely), but the rewards are worth it: my closet is less crowded, my clothes are better quality, and I feel better about where my money’s going. If you’ve been thinking of cutting down on your fast fashion consumption (woohoo! you go girl!), here are 5 tips I learned the hard way:
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Tradlands is a new fashion company based in San Francisco with a simple mission: “Our intention is to make the best clothing for our customer, the woman who drifts towards the men’s section and thinks, ‘I wish they made this for me.’” Using fabrics and materials from the US, Tradlands designs and manufactures all of their timeless, tomboy-inspired shirts in downtown San Francisco.
I just got one of their henley shirts (pictured on the right), and I was completely blown away by the quality. After spending so many years filling my closet with flimsy Forever 21 blouses, it’s refreshing to feel fabric with a bit of weight to it, and strong seams that won’t disintegrate after two wearings. Tradlands makes the kind of shirts you’ll own and love for years, which, combined with the ethical sourcing and attention to detail, easily justifies the price.
The other thing I love about Tradlands is that even though the brand’s aesthetic is very tomboy-ish, these shirts would look just as good with a pencil skirt and high heels as they would with slouchy jeans and sneakers. So cute and versatile. Want to give Tradlands a try? Click through to check out some of their awesome options…
The collapse of Rana Plaza, a clothing factory in Bangladesh, has been a horrifying wake-up call about the consequences of “fast fashion.” Here at The Frisky, we’re dedicated to bringing you the styles you love at prices you can afford, but we’re also working hard to make sure to recommend companies we believe in and advocate for better working conditions for the people (mostly women) who make the clothes we buy. When it comes to ethical shopping, it can be hard to know where to start, so we’re going to be spotlighting some specific brands and general shopping tips in a new feature called Compassionate Fashion.
First up: Karen Kane. You’ve probably seen Karen Kane labels while browsing the racks at Macy’s or Nordstrom, but did you know that nearly all Karen Kane clothing is made in the USA? That’s a rare feat in the fashion world, and one worth applauding. Click on the gallery to check out 10 of our favorite pieces from her current collection (including plus sizes!), all proudly made in America.
For the past week or so, there’s been comments going back in forth in our “What Are We Wearing Today” posts about the shady nature of Forever 21. Not only has Forever 21 been cited for its poor ethics in terms of stealing independent designers’ work, but it’s also been called out for its conservative values as a corporation. Yesterday, Kate addressed her personal perspective on how she feels about wearing Forever 21. As she noted, she wasn’t aware of the company’s reputation, and now that she is, she says, “I’m less inclined to give them my business in the future. But you will still see lots of F21 items in this column because, even though I’ll shop there less from now on, I’m not about to get rid of the things that are already in my closet.”
The ethics of fashion are a murky business. And Forever 21 is hardly the only company that’s guilty. Now that we’ve opened the Pandora’s Box… Keep reading »
It’s not easy being green, especially when you want to be fashionable as well. But Kathleen, of the blog Ashtray/Rabbit, manages to make vegan and ethical fashion look positively radiant. Says Kathleen, “My blog is a mix of photos I style and model in against prose and poetry I write. Everything — unless otherwise noted — I wear is vegan and cruelty-free; I set out to produce a blog that displays how vegan fashion can be in vogue, considering the current negative connotations it holds.” Check out some of Kathleen’s favorite things, after the jump! Keep reading »