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Day 1 of Eco Fashion Week Edition 8
Written by Jordan Krahn - Monday, 28 April 2014



And so it began: day one of Eco Fashion Week fired off with informative seminars at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Woodwards building in Gastown. The seminars were presented by Bullfrog Power and Ecowaste Ltd., in partnership with Projecting Change Film Festival.  


A Sustainable Epiphany
Written by Debora Pokallus - Monday, 28 April 2014



In the past decade, more and more designers are discovering that they can create a fashion collection with respect for the environment and workers, without sacrificing quality and design. The greatest encouragement for the movement is seeing designers who have tremendous mainstream opportunities, and choose to change their direction to sustainable fashion. So, what does a designer do after completing a demanding fashion design program in Bogotá, heading off to Milan, Italy to learn haute couture patternmaking and sewing techniques, and landing a prestigious internship at the atelier of Christian Lacroix?   


Edition 8 of Eco Fashion Week
Written by Jordan Krahn - Monday, 21 April 2014



The 8th edition of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver, taking place April 27-29, is trimming its final edges and shaping up to be one of the most unique seasons yet. Change is good, it is your ally and Eco Fashion Week is settling into a new way to showcase eco-fashion and the diversity of the garment industry. The event is focusing on exploring new opportunities, forming new partnerships, new venues and living off the motto “Fashion For Life, Not For Waste.” Eco Fashion Week once again will instill change and provoke a collective desire to thrive in an eco-friendly world.


Brand Profile: Chilpa
Written by Eco Fashion World - Saturday, 19 April 2014



The Essentials

Chilpa offers more than just (Mexican) scarves and shawls...Chilpa was born in 2013 in Nunhead, London with Mexican roots. At Chilpa they believe in quality design made by people who get a fair price for their work. The founders of Chilpa fell in love with rebozos (this type of scarves and shawls) because they combine centuries’ old techniques with contemporary design. Chilpa's rebozos are 100% cotton, handwoven with skill and love in Tenancingo, a town 90km outside of Mexico City and one of the last places where rebozos are still made by hand.


Meet Kathryn Hilderbrand
Written by Magaly Fuentes-Sagan - Friday, 18 April 2014



If you are up to speed with the slow fashion community, chances are you have heard of Kathryn Hilderbrand or at least one of the projects she is currently spearheading. Hilderbrand is a radiant soul who devotes an innate and positive intensity to everything she does. Her staunch dedication to the slow fashion movement is evident. Hilderbrand perfectly melds her passion for conscious fashion with her tremendous talents, while pursuing her childhood dream to create beautiful things.  


Texture Blends by Renli Su
Written by Lupe Castro - Monday, 14 April 2014



Renli Su may very well be one of the first Chinese designers (if not the first) on the international arena who is clearly committed to sustainable fashion. The Renli Su installation or tableau at Fashion Scout would probably be relevant as an image of peasant China, or a musing of a Pre-Raphaelite or John Millais painting. Pastoral completely. I think it's about time we have a pastoral comeback on the fashion front; the last really huge one must have been at the time of the 'Laura Ashley' era. Renli Su's inspiration for the collection, however, is derived from the textures of Brazilian artist Mira Schendal.

Brand Profile: dikokore designs
Written by Eco Fashion World - Thursday, 10 April 2014




The Essentials

dikokore designs brings colorful grass bracelets from Benin in West Africa to the US. They work with a cooperative of over 30 women who hand weave these bracelets in a tradition that is several centuries old. The bracelets are strong, light and unique, and the little quirks and intricacies of each bracelet are an important part of this hand-crafted work: they show the intimacy and uniqueness of each woman.


Themis and Thread Committed to Creating Change
Written by Eco Fashion World - Monday, 07 April 2014



Themis and Thread has joined many other ethical brands in maintaining attention on the Rana Plaza disaster and bringing awareness to the events that took place to cause it. Of the 1,129 dead as a result of the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, 2013, most were women; many were the only breadwinners of the household. The consequences of the Rana Plaza disaster are far reaching - hundreds of children orphaned and older family members who relied on this source of income are now struggling to survive with no time to grieve and their own lives on the line.


Factory45: A New Accelerator for Fashion Startups
Written by Oceana Lott - Wednesday, 02 April 2014



Sustainable fashion consultant and entrepreneur, Shannon Whitehead, is launching an exciting new program for fashion startups that want to accelerate their path to success.  This month Factory45 opens its virtual doors to a select group of people who will spend six months together in 2-month long modules from June 2 to December 2, 2014. The program is entirely online with weekly group calls and bi-monthly one-on-one consulting sessions. There will also be videos, worksheets, scripts, templates and recorded expert interviews available with each new module. I had a chance to speak with Shannon about the program. 


5 Lessons Learned Through The Journey of Ethical Entrepreneurship
Written by Katie Schmidt - Sunday, 30 March 2014



The journey from concept to creation is challenging, especially when coordinating with artisans from a different country. For example, during monsoon season and during cold damp days, we are forced to put our production process on hold, because our fabrics rely heavily on good weather. After many sleepless nights and feeling like I am literally putting my sweat and tears into my work, I have learned some valuable lessons.

Lastbutnotleast, An Eco-Manifesto on Your Big Day
Written by Ren Wan - Tuesday, 25 March 2014



It’s a question asked by many eco-conscious women, myself included… What would I wear? You want to look your best on your wedding day, but you just don’t feel right about buying a fancy Vera Wang gown and then letting it sink into your wardrobe. Mum’s or Gran’s vintage gown contains special meanings, but not contemporary aesthetic and perfect fit. Gown rentals don’t always promise individuality. The bold upcycled bridal collection by emerging Hong Kong-based upcycling design studio, Lastbutnotleast is a daring experiment with an environmental conscience and distinctive style.   


Celebrate World Water Day: Support the Liquid Courage Campaign
Written by Eco Fashion World - Saturday, 22 March 2014



Water has a lot more to do with fashion than just bikinis and doing laundry. It takes 2900 gallons of water to grow enough cotton for one pair of jeans! So, here’s a good question: water covers 70% of our planet but how much of that water is drinkable and accessible? 


The EcoChic Design Award - Activism for Sustainable Fashion
Written by Ren Wan - Saturday, 15 March 2014




Market environmentalism holds some truism. Because consumers respond more quickly, they are a more reliable force to initiate eco-conscious changes than institutions. The success of the most recent EcoChic Design Award was an encouraging example.

Online Store Profile: Enjoy Karma
Written by Eco Fashion World - Thursday, 13 March 2014



Enjoy Karma is an online Eco-friendly boutique that sells eco organic clothing, accessories, jewelry, and unique finds with ethical standards, purpose, and style.  To the Enjoy Karma team, a woman’s Karma is determined by her choices and actions.  Fashion and style is a big part of a woman’s personality, energy, and lifestyle.  Enjoy Karma offers women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, and more.   It’s a purchase with purpose! 


Gema Gómez of Slow Fashion Spain
Written by Sònia Flotats - Friday, 07 March 2014



Gema Gómez is a fashion designer and has a solid career working with textile brands, both in Madrid and institutes in Paris. But one day she decided to leave everything behind and founded Slow Fashion Spain, currently the most important Sustainable Fashion platform in Spain, with the idea of encouraging accountable production in the industry. 


Brand Profile: WabiSabi EcoFashionConcept
Written by Eco Fashion World - Monday, 17 February 2014



Wabi Sabi Ecofashionconcept is a green fashion brand working at the intersection of quality, design and sustainability. They are the brand of choice for professional women who are concerned about health and wellness, but still demand high quality, stylish fashion. Their designs are elegant and timeless yet contemporary.  Appropriate for both work and play, Wabi Sabi styles are versatile enough to meet the needs of your high paced lifestyle, taking you from the boardroom to the playroom.  Wabi Sabi makes it convenient for you to dress well, and feel great.  


Ivana Basilotta Launches Vegan Shoe Collection
Written by Lupe Castro - Tuesday, 04 February 2014



I have known Ivana Basilotta since the first days of ESTETHICA. Her mixture of spiritualism and fashion has always intrigued me and we totally connect on a visual level. It came as a bit of a surprise to find her in Berlin at the Show and Wear exhibition. Not only this, but also launching her high end eco range of footwear; and it's beautiful, hardly a surprise. She graciously made time for a few questions and a bit more than a sneak peek… 


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