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Encircled: The Chrysalis Cardi

When Canadian business woman, Kristi Soomer travelled professionally and personally, she grew tired of packing and unpacking multiple items to meet all her travel needs. Scarves, cardigans, and sweaters piled up in her carry on suitcase, to give her layers and options to make sure she was warm and comfortable on planes and throughout her trips. […]

Chopard joins the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth

Sustainable fashion favourite, re-launched their website this week and Firth announced her new Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) partnership with luxury jeweller Chopard, in Cannes. Chopard has worked with the Cannes International Film Festival for 15 years. Partnering with the Alliance for Responsible Mining, Chopard and Eco-Age have produced an exquisite set of jewellery called “The […]

An Inside Look at Kenya’s Fashion Industry

In 1992, Ann McCreath tired of the fashion industry in Barcelona. That year, she was asked to cancel an order of 20,000 dresses on any technical grounds, and not pay for them or the 10,000 which were in the stores and not selling. She found it unethical, resigned and left for Africa.

May 2nd

Orsola de Castro on Estethica, and From Somewhere’s New Launch

There is perhaps no one as influential in the current sustainable fashion movement than Orsola de Castro, creative director at From Somewhere and Reclaim to Wear, and the co founder and co curator of Estethica, a showcase promoting sustainable fashion at The Exhibition at London Fashion Week.

I was able to catch up with Castro this past week in regards to her plans for From Somewhere’s expansion this year, what we can expect from Estethica in 2013 and who she projects will be the sustainable brands and trends to watch in the coming year.

February 17th

African Fashion: How to Buy Directly from the Source

I started a Uganda-based accessories company in 2010, and had the privilege, this summer, of watching the work of the artisans we partner with on the runway at Africa Fashion Week New York – a week-long expose of African design in the heart of New York City. And, it was that week in particular, that showed me what “Africa rising” means for us in the world of design.

November 13th

Fall Style: Cozy Handmade Finds for Fall

The leaves around here are starting to change, and it’s time to pull out those boots and tights and get bundled up for FALL! You don’t have to hit the big box store to stock up on scarves and sweaters. Instead, you add some handmade love to your fall style this year and do something good for the planet while you support some handmade artists at the same time!

October 19th