Sustainable

Here’s What It Takes For Fashion Brands To Be Sustainable. Can The Industry Be Saved?

This story was originally published on September 25, 2020.

By now, the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment are well-known. With natural resources being used faster than they can be renewed, and more clothing produced by brands (and thrown out by consumers) than ever before, the environmental impact of the industry, as it currently operates, is catastrophic. “In the U.S., 11 million tons of textiles go into landfills every year,” says Kristy Caylor, CEO and co-founder of For Days, a zero-waste, organic line of basics. “When these clothes decompose, they release methane which is more harmful than CO2.”

With this in mind, many fashion brands have been reconsidering their practices over the last few years. In 2015, Mara Hoffman, the founder of the eponymous fashion brand, made a turn for the sustainable. “The switch was prompted by discomfort. When I started to learn about the fashion industry’s

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Free sustainable fashion classes from the Slow Factory Foundation

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Fashion And Colonialism:

This class examines the current practices like sourcing, manufacturing, and exporting waste that replicate colonialism and exploitation in fashion — and explores potential solutions. 

Start date: February 12

Instructor: Céline Semaan, a Lebanese-Canadian researcher, designer, public speaker, entrepreneur, and the co-founder and executive director of Slow Factory Foundation.

Fashion And Waste:

The Kantamanto Market in Accra, Ghana case study is the foundation of this class which takes a granular look at fashion’s waste crisis. 

Start date: February 19 

Instructor: Liz Ricketts, a designer, educator and co-founder of The OR Foundation, a USA and Ghana based non-profit working at the intersection of environmental justice, education and fashion development. 

Fashion And Culture:

Fashion is a critical part of culture. Learn the best practices for impacting culture through fashion and how culture moves the needle. 

Start date: February 26

Instructor: Tracy

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Pattaraphan Is the Sustainable Jewelry Brand Loved by Bella and Gigi Hadid

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From Harper’s BAZAAR

Jewelry brand Pattaraphan is known for being beloved by the Hadid sisters, which is always a good starting point for a new venture. But more than that, the brand represents designer Nok Pattaraphan and her Thai heritage. After launching in 2018 with a vision of articulating her experiences through jewelry and employing local artisans, Pattaraphan never expected to have a cult fan base only two years in.

The Bangkok-based designer finds inspiration in the exploration of the “overlooked.” Her debut collection, worn by Gigi Hadid in her Establishment NY Polaroids, was born out of the anxiety of living in an overcrowded city, perceived from an esoteric standpoint, as well as the abundance of consumption in the form of literal discarded soda tabs littering cities. In other words, Pattaraphan seeks to explore the beauty in ordinary objects.

Launching only one full collection a year

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