Take sustainable fashion in your hands! Literally, by picking up a Shana Luther handbag. Brooklyn-based Shana Luther creates beautiful and handbags for the independent and confident woman.
Fascinated by fashion and modern design Shana has created a refined line of leather handbags that are designed and manufactured in Brooklyn. Through design Shana explores new ways to create the perfect handbags for women who know how to rule the world. She loves the idea of dressing around a bag. Making the bag the focal point and creating outfits around it.
A favorite bag from the collection is the Charlie Tote in royal blue. It can hold all of the daily essentials- Ipad, water bottle, books, magazines, and all the other things we can’t live without. This bag makes life easier and keeps everything organized with one exterior zipper pocket as well as one interior zipper and cell pocket. Perfect for a city girl who is efficient, organized and of course chic.
The William bag is great for any woman: a student, a mother, a working professional. It can hold your daily essentials plus much more. It’s what we women love! A big elegant, convenient and fashion forward bag, that goes with any outfit.
As somebody who loves sustainable fashion I’ve become a fan of Shana Luther’s bags. One of my personal favorites is the Charlie Tote. For more on how I style this and the William bag click here.
To learn more about Shana Luther and her bags click here.
I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.Blog /Facebook /Instagram
By Kate Glider
The first official day of summer is quickly approaching and soon we’ll be sporting full on summer looks. It’s time to take out your old shorts and update your wardrobe with some new ones. With all the different varieties of shorts that are trending this summer season, one can’t go wrong with any shorts look! Whether they are denim or fabric, solid or print, there is no better way to dress up or dress down an outfit than with a pair of amazing shorts!
by Dominique Drakeford
What is RepurposingNOLA?
-noun;-verb ~ a New Orleans-based, female-owned triple bottom line company utilizing excess fabrics of our community to create sustainable designer goods
REpurposingNOLA Piece by Peace is a New Orleans based and produced fashion brand utilizing fabrics from the community to create sustainable beautifully crafted designer goods. Founder and indie fashionista Traci Claussen prides herself on being a triple bottom line company. Sourcing locally in both materials and labor are the foundation of their policies in supporting local people and the planet as they design and produce every collection. In their products they utilize materials such as burlap coffee sacks from the local roasting plant PJs Coffee while salvaging belts from thrift stores who help the community.
She makes stylish one of a kind bags that are all sourced locally. Utilizing coffee sacks from PJ’s, repurposing leather belts from area thrift stores, and incorporating upholstery and vinyl remnants into the mix makes for some of New Orleans finest ethical accessories!
About Dominique Drakeford
My name is Dominique Drakeford. As an ethical fashion mogul and community activist, I am an “Ambassador for Sustainable Style”. Upon completing my Masters Degree from NYU in Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Fashion, I have ventured into spearheading my own Sustainable Fashion PR Company called Drake Natural. Through my work I express how fashion is a meaningful medium of awareness that has potential to create “upstream” opportunities for intervention and prevention. I am engrossed in life’s journey and I’m infatuated with learning, growing, and having fun!Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr
Now that summer is here, (finally!!!) it’s time to put on some fun summer clothing, and why not make that some fun sustainable summer clothing? Summer brings a good opportunity to re-evaluate your wardrobe and look for new environment friendly options.
Let me introduce you to our friends from the West Coast- Myrrhia Fine Knitwear who take sustainable fashion seriously. MFK has been on the market for five seasons. They offer functional yet sophisticated fashion. The collection is refreshing and feels like the summer wind bringing fresh new ideas and inspirations.
MFK clothing is made entirely in the U.S.A and fabrics are made from locally sourced yarns. All fabrics are carefully chosen and the colors complement the colors of nature. Each piece is made to order and created one at a time, with love and passion. The Spring/Summer collection explores such fibers as un-dyed organic California cotton, as well as tencel that was harvested sustainably from Eucalyptus trees.
Designer Myrrhia Resneck, a resident of Oakland even rides her bike to her rather than driving, minimizing her carbon footprint. Cheers to that!
Check out MFK here.
I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. My recent move to New York opens lots of opportunities and inspires me in ways I had never been inspired before. I started out as a model and that gave me an idea of what fashion is. That turned into another adventure- styling and blogging. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.Blog /Facebook /Instagram
We love this abstract bike print top from Auralis Studio. Perfect for celebrating Bike to Work week, and the loose silhouette is great for the coming hot summer days. The print is inspired by Puerto Rico’s pop culture character Toño Bicicleta and Puerto Rico in the 1970′s. Made in NYC from 100% silk. Get it here.
Roberto Cavalli is currently offending half a million people.
I received an interesting tweet last week from a man named Jamak Golshani. He asked if I would help raise awareness for a #TakeOfJustLogo campaign regarding the logo for Just Cavalli, an extension brand of the Italian designer Roberto Cavalli. Our several twitter interactions have been re-tweeted over 150 times and still counting, which made me take notice.
Jamak Golshani and everyone else involved in the #TakeOfJustLogo campaign are followers of the Islamic Sufism faith. They are accusing Roberto Cavalli of creating a replica of the sacred Sufi emblem and using it to sell products such as clothing, a perfume, accessories and jewelry under the Just Cavalli brand.
The MTO Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism, which owns the rights to the symbol Roberto Cavalli is accused of copying “is an international non-profit organization with centers spanning five continents, including more than 500,000 students worldwide” according to their site, and dates back 1400 years. They’ve had a federally registered trademark of the emblem since 1987 in classes that extend to jewelry, religious publications, tablecloths, and other goods.
The #TakeOfJustLogo campaign started about three weeks ago in the UK, after members of the Sufi faith noticed their symbol on the Just Cavalli perfume in department stores, airports and television advertisements. Getting no response from Cavalli they began a twitter campaign. “More than anything we want Roberto Cavalli to withdraw the Just Cavalli line or to change the logo” says Mr. Golshani. The campaign is not carried out by MTO Shahmaghsoudi school itself, but by it’s followers who are outraged at seeing their sacred symbol misrepresented.
So far the only response they have been getting from the Roberto Cavalli PR team is that the logo is not similar. However Mr. Golshani says “There has been no sincere response other than a copy and paste of incorrect responses with wrong names from the PR team. This is of course even more insincere as his PR team is not taking the time to address the issue which they have received hundreds of complaints about.”
“It is extremely upsetting to have the logo used on such products” says Mr. Golshani. Friends and co-workers who are familiar with his religion have noticed the logo as well. “More than anything having to hear people ask about when we started collaborating with Cavalli or launching a perfume line is very demoralizing. Having to see the perfume ad with the use of the sacred symbol as a tattoo is extremely upsetting, to see it used in such a cheap and provocative way is even more hurtful as it is something that has a deep, spiritual meaning for us” explains Mr. Golshami.
And that anger, hurt and outrage is loud and clear on Twitter.
Followers of the faith are tweeting to the official Roberto Cavalli handle, things like “Coincidence? NOT…will not stop till you respect our faith and our sacred emblem!” and “Have you noticed we’ve gotten louder we won’t stop until you #TakeOfJustLogo and apologize.” They are reaching out to celebrities like Katie Perry and designers like Alexander Wang, they’ve created memes like this and this, and they’re reaching out to stores to stop carrying merchandise with the logo.
I’ve reached out to members of the Roberto Cavalli team, but have gotten no response. They’ll have to respond or take action soon, because the Sufi followers’ campaign is getting stronger and louder.
Stay tuned, there’s more to come of this situation.
photos: Donald Linderyd
Featured designers included People Tree, Komodo, Arthur & Henry, Ruby Rocks, Liora Lassalle, Choolips, Fair & True, Nancy Dee, Mia by Mia Nisbet, Jaded LDN, Monkee Genes, Cock and Bull, Riz Boardshorts, Brothers We Stand
The Rehema project works with women who are living in extremely difficult situations in Africa, teaching them textiles skills that give them an opportunity to provide for their families.
On Sunday May 4th, Passport 2 Freedom, an organization that strives to help those who have been denied their basic human rights, and Fashion Hope, an organization that uses the entertainment and fashion platform to spread education and awareness of the plight of human trafficking are teaming up for the Hope To Thailand benefit event, which has the mission to empower women who have been victims of sex-trafficking.
Come support Hope to Thailand and enjoy a fun afternoon of shopping, drinks, prize giveaways and more. Here’s what you can expect.
- Shop some great fashion and accessories
- Get your eye makeup done for free by professional makeup artist Mishel Brown
- Enjoy drinks and bites
- Win some amazing raffle prizes
- Get a FREE GIFT just for coming!
So come have some fun for a good cause and make sure to support Hope To Thailand.
WHEN: Sunday May 4, 2014
WHERE: The Lounge at LaBelle 6138 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
On May 1st a small group of students from the London college of Fashion known as the Ethical Fashion Collective, are organizing an ethical fashion show to raise money for the Rehema project and awareness around the issues of ethical fashion.
The Rehema project works with women who are living in extremely difficult situations in Africa, teaching them textiles skills that give them an opportunity to provide for their families. The money raised from the Rehema outreach supports the local community, ensuring basic food is provided to the schools, feeding over 500 orphans daily. Without this support a lot of the women would be forced into compromising situations, selling their bodies, stealing or sending their children to be raised by other family members. Rehema gives women back hope and dignity.
The evening will start with a panel discussion followed by a fashion show featuring People Tree, Komodo, Arthur & Henry, Ruby Rocks, Liora Lassalle, Choolips, Fair & True, Nancy Dee, Mia by Mia Nisbet, Jaded LDN, Monkee Genes, Cock and Bull, Riz Boardshorts, Brothers We Stand and more.
This year’s panelist are:
- Safia Minney Founder of People Tree
- Lucy Siegle BBC One Show presenter, Ethical columnist for The Guardian and The Observer
- Ben Ramsden Founder of Pants to Poverty
- Tamsin Lejeune Managing Director of Ethical Fashion Forum
- Sam Maher Director of Policy and International Solidarity at Labour behind the Label
- Kate Dangerfield Global Campaigns and Communications coordinator at Stop the Traffick
Join this wonderful event to support a great initiative, mingle, shop, network and meet new people. Hope to see you there!
WHEN: May 1st 7pm
WHERE: St Paul’s Hammersmith, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ London, United Kingdom
TICKETS: Tickets are available on the door and include a free drink, with all the proceeds going to Rehema. Tickets are £10 or £7 for students
FB EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/749977665020659/?fref=ts
by Claudia Camille Khoury
Each spring, college students nationwide eagerly await music headliners that have been invited to their campuses. But creating the perfect outdoor concert ensemble is not an easy endeavor (I speak from personal experience!). You want to look fashion savvy for the several photos that definitely will be taken, but you also know that comfort is key if you’re going to make it through the entire day. Hot on the heels of Bacchanal, Columbia’s annual concert, I’ve compiled a list of concert attire essentials to have you prepared for your next outdoor festival!
Flower crowns were all the rage at Bacchanal. Not only do they add a flirtatious, boho chic vibe to your outfit, they’re also such an easy accessory to add on last minute – you don’t even have to worry about whether the colors of the flowers clash with your outfit. They’re also the ideal accessory because, once fastened in your hair with clips, you can rest assured that it won’t be lost in the frenzy of the crowd! Find some here.
Cascarones, the Spanish word for “egg shell”, are eggs that have been hollowed out and then filled with multicolored confetti. It’s considered good luck to crush these cascarones on a person’s head and have confetti shower down on them. Cascarones are the perfect way to make new friends – be generous and hand them out! – and if you’re on the receiving end of the confetti, the little pieces of paper mixed in your locks exudes a fun, carefree feel. (you can make them yourself!)
Fanny packs are the final essential! Not only do they provide necessary storage of the items you’ll be bringing – your phone, your ticket, your sunglasses – but they also come in so many different colors and patterns that they are an optimal way of making a fashion statement. The look of plain jean cutoff shorts with fanny packs is also a prime combo of simplicity and style (Check out American Apparel’s fanny packs!).
About Claudia Camille Khoury
I currently attend Columbia University in NYC and am double majoring in Political Science and Latin American and Iberian Cultures. I am an active member of “Hoot”, my schools’ fashion magazine/blog, and have particularly loved interviewing teachers about their style for it. My father is from Beirut and my mother is from Paris, so I have grown up in a culturally diverse environment that influences my fashion – I like to juxtapose the sparkle that characterizes Lebanese attire with the simple vibe that distinguishes French wear. I have previously worked at Capelli New York, currently intern at Modabound and will be a wholesale intern at Max Mara this summer. I love being involved in fashion in any and every possible way –whether I am writing about current trends, organizing showrooms, styling others or simply dressing myself, I get a thrill from every single moment of it!
There is something exciting about going to a casino. Cocktail dresses, tuxedos, red lips and high heels add glamour to a night of fun. Casino glamour was at the peak in the 1940s and movies like Casino, James Bond and Ocean’s 13 recreate that era over and over. Dressing up adds to the thrill of going out to a casino. Of course not everyone wants to get dressed to have the casino experience and not everyone is able to travel to a casino. For these people there are online gaming sites like Gaming Club that allow you to have the same fun without getting dressed. But if you are going out, here are some style ideas.
If you want to get dressed up without fuss, the little black dress is a nice way to go. It adds sophistications without being complicated. If you prefer to wear color choose a simple dress in a vibrant color. For a real glamorous look you can opt for a sequin dress either short or long, ala Sharon Stone in Casino. Top off the look with red lips and simple pumps.
Skinny jeans and a pretty top is a great option for a more casual approach. You can wear a button down blouse for a classic look or add sexiness with a silk top. If you opt for a simple top you can add spice with fun heels, a bright clutch and jewelry.
If want to go even more casual you can. Jeans, a simple t-shirt, and flats can also work. In this case adding accessories can dress up your outfit. Bold earrings or a bracelet can liven up a simple look as can adding colorful lipstick or eye shadow. If you want to add something extra to the casual look you can add a blazer. It’s a no fuss way to create a more polished look.
Who made your clothes? Yes they may come form H&M, Forever 21, or a score of other brands, but WHO really made your clothes? Was it a woman in China working in a sweatshop free factory or a child in Bangladesh working in unsafe conditions similar to Rana Plaza. Do you really know?
Today, Fashion Revolution Day marks the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy.
On April 24th last year, 1133 people were killed, over 2500 injured, and at least 800 children orphaned when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. To remember this tragedy, turn your clothes #InsideOut and ask your favorite brands “Who made your clothes?” This is a way of telling brands you want to know where your clothes came from and for you to be curious about the origins of the clothing you are purchasing.
“Find out who made your clothes – from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place,” Fashion Revolution Day’s website says. “Your clothes already tell a story about who you are. Now they can tell a better one.”
For more information on the campaign, visit fashionrevolution.org.
by Nevena Rousseva
Have you ever wondered what bold, elegant and exquisite jewelry looks like? It looks like Heart + Noble, the London and New York based jewelry brand founded by Cristina Gabriele. Her jewelry explores the beauty of the everyday and brings life to ordinary materials, like cable ties, which she used to create the stunning pieces of her AW2014 collection. Don’t be fooled thought, her pieces are anything but ordinary, using sterling silver and 9ct yellow gold for the fine collection pieces, like the ring above, which will be available at the upcoming Heart + Noble trunk show (details below).
I first met Cristina through Launch NYC Fashion Week where she presented her 2014 collection. I couldn’t get the pieces out of my head! Lucky for all of us Cristina is currently designing a ready to wear version of the runway pieces that will be available for purchase in late May/early June of this year. How fantastic is that! I had to ask her a few questions…
1. In February you participated in the Launch NYC fashion week event. Can you tell me about the experience?
Showcasing my first New York Fashion Week Collection was sincerely remarkable; not only was I fortunate enough to share the experience with a truly spectacular community, I had the enormous luxury of witnessing my creations live! There’s nothing quite like seeing your designs breathe on the runway.
2. Your collection was so interesting, almost like creating beautiful body armor. Can you tell me about the concept?
Thank you, I too like to think of it as a sort of lace like armor, it’s certainly quite architectural and form fitting. The concept has been expanded from that of my fine Cable Tie Collection; it’s a conversation into exploring and appreciating functionality, and finding true beauty in function. It’s a celebration of the overlooked, the ordinary, the undiscovered; it’s an admiration for the everyday object that makes our world work just a little bit better.
3. Did you construct the pieces?
I did yes, as I mentioned the acrylic AW14 runway collection is a manifestation of the original, fine Cable Tie Collection. I took my three-dimensional object, which I refer to as my “unit,” extruded a 2D plane and laser cut multiples before designing the various arrangements / constellations. Each piece was assembled and sewn together by hand.
4. You consistently use the teardrop like shape in your pieces, can you tell me about that?
I’m fascinated by the teardrop for a number of reasons: its a very harmonious and gratifying shape. Voluptuous yet acerbic, tranquil yet abundant, it’s very balanced.
5. You are originally from England. What made you decide to move to New York?
I was raised in London, yes, but was actually born in Manhattan, although I only spent my first 6 or so months of life here. London is a gem, certainly one of the most culturally electric cities in the world, but it doesn’t possess quite the same hustle / can do attitude that New York City is loved and renowned for. I moved to New York for this dynamism, for the energy, I can’t imagine living my life any other way.
6. What were you doing before you started Heart + Noble?
I was fortunate enough to design and produce jewellery as Head of Production for a fine contemporary jewellery in London for three years after graduating from university, it was a remarkably enlightening experience, not to mention a superb introduction into the industry.
7. What inspired you to start Heart + Noble?
An overwhelming desire to create objects that would engage! I’ve always been incredibly passionate about creating dialogue through tactile exploration. Jewellery is an astonishingly intimate medium, and somewhat underexplored, at least in a truly modern sense. Heart & Noble was born from this passion, this curiosity.
8. What’s next for Heart + Noble?
A thousand and one things, as the label grows, so does my spirit of inquiry! New York has embraced us so tenderly; there are no limits!♥
TRUNK SHOW DETAILS:
WHERE: FLAT 128, 15 Christopher Street, New York NY
WHEN: Thursday, April 24th at 6pm
Meet Cristina and snag one of her beautiful pieces!
Yesterday morning the CFDA hosted William McDonough, designer, advisor, and co-author of the manifesto Cradle to Cradle, for a “Beyond Sustainability: Designing for Abundance” talk.
Here are a few takeaways:
- Changing the way we see design is the first signal of human intension. First as the question: ‘Am I doing the right thing.’
- Start with your values not goals.
- Instead of focusing on creating ‘less bad’ focus on creating ‘more good’. Being ‘less bad’ is not being good.
- Ask- ‘How can you consider something to be beautiful if it’s poisoning us?’
- Design as if there is going to be a tomorrow
- Designers are the demand side, so demand something good from your suppliers. “You are the demand side. Demand something for a change!”
- Clothing is not a living organism “Don’t talk to me about the end of life of a dress. It’s not alive.”
- Regulation is a signal of design failure.
- When a supplier tell you ‘It can’t be done’ don’t take their word for it, say ‘Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Tell me you can’t do it, so I can go find someone who can.’
The fashion process can be transformed to do ‘more good’. With that in mind the The Cradle to Cradle program launched the Fashion Positive initiative in 2013, which applies Cradle to Cradle certification to transform the way fashion, textile materials, and products are made. The purpose of Fashion Positive is to support the fashion industry in an effort towards addressing the key challenges of toxicity, waste, energy, water and social fairness that are currently facing the fashion industry.
So when a supplier tells you “It can’t be done” you can turn to Fashion Positive and they will advise you on how you can create what you want as well as connect you with suppliers that can get it done for you.
For more on Fashion Positive click here.