6 Summer Sandals: Flats & Mini Wedges to Boot

June 1, 2013

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Hunting for new warm weather gear? Here’s a sandal six-pack to help get you prepped for summer fun times. Whether vegan leather or fair working conditions, the ingredients that make up these strappy little finds are both worthwhile and aesthetically on the money. I’m pleased to say that I would wear each and every one […]

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Shopping Without the Slave Labor

May 20, 2013

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Stephanie Carnes Dress for Change 2014

Update Time! The past couple months have been spent finishing my last semester studying fashion design at UW-Madison. I’ve been working away on some of my own projects, which included a design competition I helped start with local Madison retailer, Change Boutique. The dress I designed and made will be part of an exclusive collection produced […]

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Thread Documentary Pulls Back the Fashion Curtain to Reveal the Facts

February 17, 2013

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The future of fashion demands sustainability Environmental impact of the clothing we wear beckons our attention. With the textile industry being one of the two largest polluters in the world and the biggest polluter of water, the need for brands to take responsibility cannot be denied. In Thread Documentary, a film set to release in 2014, producer […]

New Initiative: Forgotten Socks

February 16, 2013

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The new Forgotten Socks initiative teaches Congo widows how to knit, an action that remembers those in need of opportunity. I shared about some mean custom tees when I first profiled Forgotten Shirts over here. Since then, their work creating jobs in Uganda and Minneapolis for farmers and textile workers has expanded. They’ve now taken on another knit essential: […]

Posted in: International, Textiles

Modavanti: Social, Conscious Shopping

February 14, 2013

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Modavanti

I finally got a chance to login and check out Modavanti over the weekend, an online hub for sustainable fashion that just launched last month. Yep, it’s killer. Modavanti has a super simple interface, which makes it easy to shop for stylish pieces. When you create an account you can even add to your own online closet […]

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Jewelry that Makes Love, Redeems War

February 8, 2013

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Shopanthropic represents a network of artisans world-wide and helps people in underprivileged communities gain new opportunities for employment. Consequently, home-based artisans in Cambodia have been gaining professional training and skills to create a small collection of fashion accessories. What’s interesting about this group of artisans in Cambodia is not just what they are gaining from a […]

Clean by Design

December 29, 2012

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red river in China

Photo Of Jian River in Luoyang, China taken December, 2011 via Forbes The industrial giant known to man as China produces a staggering 65% of the world’s clothing. But what gets discarded and washed away is even more jaw dropping. According to Linda Greer, Program Director of Clean by Design, there is a phrase that goes: […]

All About Denim: Nicholas Schmidt USA

September 23, 2012

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Nicholas Schmidt USA denim and leather goods

Without the presence of a cotton twill, fondly coined “blue jean” in 1873, American sportswear as we know it today might well have developed into something quite the contrary. For the sake of this post (and as a little mental exercise on my part), I’ve tried to envision a denim-less scenario that doesn’t leave me […]

Leather for the Ladies (and Gents) by Noah Marion

September 22, 2012

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The Everyday Tote

Noah Marion Quality Goods started small in a south Austin, Texas garage in 2006 utilizing all recycled and repurposed materials to create one of a kind bags and accessories. With a focus on quality over quantity and a brand idiom “buy once, buy for life,” Marion’s business and design work has now