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  • Kenya Joins Global Ban of Plastic Bags

    By Staff | News

    Kenya, the East African country with coastline on the Indian Ocean,  joined fellow African countries: Tunisia, Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Eritrea in banning plastic bags. The new regulations call...


  • The new, subtle ways the privileged signal their wealth

    By Staff | News

    Given that everyone can now buy designer handbags and new cars, the rich have taken to using much more tacit signifiers of their social position. In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite s...


  • Ask Kate: How Do I Avoid Working for 'The Devil'?

    By Kate | News

    Dear Kate - I'm about to graduate from fashion school and I can't find a job with an ethical fashion company. The only jobs I see are with bigger, unethical fashion brands. How do I avoid working for the devil? - LM, Los Angeles Dear LM, Congrat...


  • Five H&M Global Change Award Winners Poised to Make Impact

    By Staff | Material Matter

    STOCKHOLM - The fashion industry is currently producing 150 billion garments per year, most from virgin resources (cotton, flax, tree-based viscose fibers, etc.) Therefore, it is odd when businesses are not concerned about closing the loop and making...


  • 3 Reasons Why Craftsmanship in Fashion is a Good Thing for Women

    By Rebecca Van Bergen | News

    As we celebrate International Women's Day, it's the ideal time to reflect on the role of craft in the lives of woman around the world. Next time you contemplate a purchase from a artisan or creative community, consider: Craftsmanship connects us...


  • Material Matter: The Functionality of Cork

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    Cork is a natural material that gets most of its usage in wine bottles. A European company has found a way to integrate this material's functional properties into their high quality fabrics. Schoeller is a textile and technology company, based in...


  • Material Matter: Community Supported Cloth

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    Transparency is a hot topic within the fashion industry, consumers are understanding the importance of knowing where their clothes actually come from. Now there is a new option for artisans to get non-toxic, regionally grown and woven textiles thr...


  • Material Matter: Eco-Suede

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    Traditional suede fabric is a type of leather that comes from the underside of the animal skin. It is given a napped finish to provide a soft texture making it a desirable material in the fashion industry. An Italian manufacturing company has figured...