The Cotton Tote Crisis

You can get cotton bags pretty much everywhere. How did an environmental solution become part of the problem?

#bedat-maxine, #cotton, #fashion-and-apparel, #handbags-and-purses, #hindmarch-anya, #plastic-bags, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #reformation-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #your-feed-fashion

Inside Betsey Johnson’s Malibu Dream House

The designer gives T a tour of her pretty but punk home in one of California’s most scenic trailer parks.

#design, #fashion-and-apparel, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #johnson-betsey, #malibu-calif, #textiles, #wallpaper

Why Is Fashion Talking About Regenerative Farming?

Brands like North Face, Allbirds and Patagonia, as well as the Kering luxury group, are all about agriculture these days. Here’s the dirt.

#agriculture-and-farming, #allbirds-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #global-warming, #kering-sa, #luxury-goods-and-services, #north-face-the, #patagonia-inc, #regenerative-farming, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #your-feed-fashion

Global Brands Find It Hard to Untangle Themselves From Xinjiang Cotton

Under pressure to renounce cotton harvested in a Chinese region marked by gruesome repression, they face a backlash from nationalist Chinese consumers.

#better-cotton-initiative, #boycotts, #china, #cotton, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #inditex-group, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #nike-inc, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

What is Going on with China, Cotton and All of These Clothing Brands?

A user’s guide to the latest cross-border social media fashion crisis.

#burberry, #china, #consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #hugo-boss-ag, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #luxury-goods-and-services, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #your-feed-fashion

16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

Woven Into History

The textiles women produced made our civilization what it is.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #fashion-and-apparel, #textiles, #the-fabric-of-civilization-how-textiles-made-the-world-book, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #wonder-woman-fictional-character, #wool-and-woolen-goods

The Making of an Especially Intricate Fendi Baguette Bag

A new limited edition of the iconic style was hand-embroidered with a centuries-old technique.

#fashion-and-apparel, #fendi-spa, #fendi-silvia, #textiles, #turin-italy

A Swedish Design Duo’s Eclectic 18th-Century Apartment

In a country house on the Baltic coast, Nina Norgren and Bengt Thornefors, the founders of the textile and furniture brand Magniberg, have made a home entirely their own.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #magniberg-textile-co, #norgren-nina, #sweden, #textiles, #thornefors-bengt

Allbirds is investing in plant-based leather substitute as it looks to further green its supply chain

The sustainability focused shoe maker Allbirds has taken another step to green its supply chain with a small $2 million investment in a new company called Natural Fiber Welding.

Announced this morning, the investment in Natural Fiber Welding will see Allbirds bring a vegan leather replacement option to customers by December 2021. It’s a natural addition for a company that has always billed itself as focused on environmental impact in other aspects of its apparel manufacturing.

Allbirds these days is far more than a shoe company and Natural Fiber Weldings suite of products that include both a purportedly tougher cotton fiber made using the company’s proprietary processing technology and a plant-based leather substitute.

Those materials could find their way into Allbirds array of socks, shoes, tshirts, underwear, sweaters, jackets, and face masks. Natural Fiber Welding already touts a relationship with Porsche on its website, so Allbirds isn’t the only company that’s warmed to the Peoria, Ill.-based startup’s new materials.

With the addition of Allbirds Natural Fiber Welding has raised roughly $15 million, according to data from Pitchbook. Other investors in the company include Central Illinois Angels, Prairie Crest Capital, Ralph Lauren Corp. and Capital V, an investment firm focused on backing vegan products.

Allbirds is far from the only clothier to make the jump to plant-based materials in the past year. The buzzy clothing company Pangaia invested $2 million into a company called Kintra which is making a bio-based polyester substitute in December.

By the far the biggest startup name in the sustainable fashion space is a company like Bolt Threads, which has inked deals with companies including Stella McCartney, Adidas, and the owner of the Balenciaga fashion house (among others).

Other startups that have raised significant capital for plant-based fabrics and materials are companies like Mycoworks, which raised $45 million last year from backers include John Legend, Natalie Portman along with more traditional investors like WTT Investment Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan), DCVC Bio, Valor Equity Partners, Humboldt Fund, Gruss & Co., Novo Holdings, 8VC, SOSV, AgFunder, Wireframe Ventures and Tony Fadell.

With Natural Fiber Welding’s products Allbirds is boasting about a significantly reduced environmental footprint for its leather-like material. Natural Fiber Welding claims its material reduce the associated carbon footprint by 40 times and uses 17 times less carbon in its manufacturing than synthetic leather made from plastic.

The company does say that the plant leather will use natural rubber, an industry with its own history of human rights abuses, that’s also trying to clean up its act.

“For too long, fashion companies have relied on dirty synthetics and unsustainable leather, prioritizing speed and cost over the environment,” says Joey Zwillinger, co-founder and co-CEO of Allbirds, in a statement. “Natural Fiber Welding is creating scalable, sustainable antidotes to leather, and doing so with the potential for a game-changing 98% reduction in carbon emissions. Our partnership with NFW and planned introduction of Plant Leather based on their technology is an exciting step on our journey to eradicate petroleum from the fashion industry.”

TechCrunch has reached out to Allbirds for additional comment, but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

#adidas, #allbirds, #articles, #bolt-threads, #culture, #illinois, #john-legend, #leather, #manufacturing, #novo-holdings, #porsche, #shoe, #supply-chain, #sustainability, #taipei, #taiwan, #tc, #textiles, #tony-fadell, #valor-equity-partners, #welding

Could Brexit Destroy British Fashion?

Already pushed to the breaking point by the pandemic, designers, manufacturers and retailers claim the newly-negotiated Brexit deal is a disaster.

#british-fashion-council, #burberry, #cameron-david, #cameron-samantha-1971, #christian-dior-sa, #europe, #european-union, #fedex-corporation, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #ilincic-roksanda, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #london-fashion-week, #politics-and-government, #shopping-and-retail, #textiles, #value-added-tax, #your-feed-fashion

Ella Emhoff Makes a Small Collection of Knitwear

The second daughter turned model released a five-piece collection. Only one of each item was made.

#design, #e-commerce, #emhoff-ella, #fashion-and-apparel, #knitting-and-knit-goods, #parsons-the-new-school-for-design, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #textiles

The Makers Keeping the Ancient Art of Weaving Alive

Through thoughtful collaborations with Mexican artisans in Oaxaca and elsewhere, contemporary designers are helping to evolve — and protect — one of the world’s most enduring handicrafts.

#art, #coahuila-mexico, #design, #handicrafts, #mexico-city-mexico, #oaxaca-mexico, #textiles

Fashion Trends Are Often Recycled. Now More Clothing Can Be, Too.

Designers and tech start-ups are working to improve sustainability and interrupt the path to the landfill.

#fashion-and-apparel, #leather-and-leather-goods, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #shopping-and-retail, #start-ups, #textiles

Preserving Brutal Histories, One Garment at a Time

An expert in conserving garments for museums and collectors finds a new calling in saving the clothes worn by victims of atrocities.

#brennan-julia-1958, #cambodia, #content-type-personal-profile, #fashion-and-apparel, #khmer-rouge, #museums, #rwanda, #textiles, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #washington-dc

Design Works Prints From Tillett Textiles are Back

In the late 1960s, Tillett Textiles teamed up with designers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for a historically significant collaboration. Now the prints are being reissued.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #berkshires-mass, #design, #mcbride-patrick-1972, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #onassis-jacqueline-kennedy, #textiles, #tillett-textiles

Guido Goldman, a U.S. Bridge to Germany, Dies at 83

A Kissinger protégé (and a pre-eminent textile art collector), his fingerprints can be found on many of the leading postwar institutions linking the two allies.

#ailey-alvin-american-dance-theater, #art, #collectors-and-collections, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #germany, #goldman-guido, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #textiles, #united-states-international-relations

From 2 Artists, 2 Ways to Tell Stories of Black America

Works by Bisa Butler and Barbara Earl Thomas are featured in major museum shows in Chicago and Seattle. It’s a star turn that many feel is long overdue.

#art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #black-people, #butler-bisa, #claire-oliver-gallery-manhattan-ny, #seattle-art-museum, #textiles, #thomas-barbara-earl-1948

Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Incredible Whiteness of the Museum Fashion Collection

In the small group of high-culture institutions that venerate the art of fashion, Black designers have been largely overlooked.

#art, #black-people, #discrimination, #fashion-and-apparel, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #musee-des-arts-decoratifs, #musee-galliera, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #textiles, #victoria-and-albert-museum, #your-feed-fashion

In Connecticut, a House That Blurs the Boundaries of Time and Place

At her family home, the textile designer Nathalie Farman-Farma has drawn from ancient Eastern and Western influences with scholarly respect and stylish abandon.

#2020-t-design, #connecticut, #france, #greenwich-conn, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #iran, #nathalie-farman-farma, #paris-france, #russia, #textiles, #wharton-edith

Shopping for Blankets

Because it may not be cold yet, but it will be soon.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #textiles

In Italy, a Fabric Designer’s Wildly Colorful Home

Perched above the shores of Lake Como, the vibrant weekend house of Caterina Fabrizio is a shrine to pattern and texture.

#dedar-spa, #fabrizio-caterina, #fabrizio-raffaele, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #italy, #lake-como-italy, #textiles

That Mushroom Motorcycle Jacket Will Never Go Out of Style

Leather goods made of fungi are versatile and sustainable, a new study finds.

#fashion-and-apparel, #fungi, #leather-and-leather-goods, #nature-sustainability-journal, #plastics, #research, #textiles, #your-feed-innovation, #your-feed-science

U.S. May Ban Cotton From Xinjiang Region of China Over Rights Concerns

The potential move, which could come as soon as Tuesday, comes amid reports of the use of forced labor in Xinjiang, where China has carried out a crackdown against mostly Muslim minorities.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #textiles, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

Fabrics With Powerful Stories to Tell

The Afro-Brazilian sculptor Sonia Gomes, in a debut U.S. show, gives materials new life — as they have given her life new balance.

#art, #black-people, #east-hampton-ny, #gomes-sonia-1948, #pace-gallery, #sao-paulo-brazil, #sculpture, #textiles, #women-and-girls

Save the Gaiters!

A small study prompted fears that neck gaiters could spread more virus droplets than they stop. But new research shows that those face coverings can protect just as well as other cloth masks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #face, #masks, #neck, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #textiles

Don’t Wait to Deck Out Your Back Porch

The pandemic has many people thinking about how they’ll spend time outside as the weather cools, meaning favorites items may soon be in short supply.

#e-commerce, #heating, #porches-patios-and-decks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #textiles

The Artist Unraveling American History

Best known for her series of deconstructed flags, Sonya Clark offers poignant, clearsighted reminders of this country’s legacy of racial violence.

#15-creative-women, #amherst-college, #art, #clark-sonya-1967, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #race-and-ethnicity, #textiles

White Customers, Black Fabrics

Black-owned businesses make amazing clothing inspired by African patterns. What happens when, inevitably, everyone else starts buying them?

#africa, #african-prints, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #fashion-and-apparel, #shopping-and-retail, #textiles

Coalition Brings Pressure to End Forced Uighur Labor

More than 190 organizations have come together to demand an end to garments made by forced labor in China.

#abercrombiefitch-co, #adidas-ag, #calvin-klein-inc, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #hugo-boss-ag, #labor-and-jobs, #lacoste, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china, #your-feed-fashion

Banned Chinese Companies Deny Allegations They Abused Uighurs

Several firms that were blacklisted by the U.S. Commerce Department said they had found no evidence of forced labor or other abuses.

#apple-inc, #beijing-liuhe-bgi, #changji-esquel-textile-co, #china, #commerce-department, #forced-labor, #google-inc, #nanchang-o-film-tech, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china, #xinjiang-silk-road-bgi

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights

The move, which affects suppliers to major international brands including Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, could force companies to sever some ties to China.

#apple-inc, #china, #commerce-department, #communist-party-of-china, #cook-timothy-d, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #google-inc, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #hugo-boss-ag, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #minorities, #muji-retailer, #political-prisoners, #polo-ralph-lauren-corp, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #textiles, #tommy-hilfiger-corp, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Glimpse Inside the Workshops of the World’s Finest Panama Hat Makers

Creamy as silk and costlier than gold, a Montecristi superfino Panama hat is as much a work of art as it is of fashion.

#hats-and-caps, #montecristi-ecuador, #panama, #photography, #textiles, #travel-and-vacations

A Portuguese Artist’s Chilled Tomato Soup

For a simple lunch or dinner, Vanessa Barragão often makes arjamolho, which is healthy, flavorful and perfect for summer.

#art, #barragao-vanessa, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #recipes, #soups, #textiles

A Swiss Dada Pioneer Finally Gets Her Spotlight

Sophie Taeuber-Arp did it all: Installations, textiles, costumes, abstract art. Nearly 80 years after her death, an online gallery show commemorates her talent (and a major museum exhibition is coming).

#arp-jean, #art, #hauserwirth, #kunstmuseum-basel, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #sculpture, #switzerland, #taeuber-arp-sophie-1889-1943, #tate-modern, #textiles

Used Clothes Ban May Crimp Kenyan Style. It May Also Lift Local Design.

Kenya has halted imports of secondhand clothes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The move limits fashion selection, but opens doors for the country’s designers and manufacturers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #textiles, #thrift-shops

A Designer Who Makes Rugs Based on Screenshots

Tom Atton Moore’s vibrant floor coverings are indebted to centuries-old craft techniques — and to the more contemporary art of trawling through one’s phone.

#art, #atton-moore-tom, #carpets-and-rugs, #kent-england, #textiles

The Artisans Behind Italian Fashion Tremble at Their Future

The industry has returned to work, but it’s far from business as usual for small suppliers to luxury brands and retailers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #etro-spa, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #ferragamo-salvatore-italia-spa, #italy, #luxury-goods-and-services, #milan-italy, #prada-spa, #sewing, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #sozzani-carla, #textiles

How Silk-Making Represents a More Hidden Side of Georgia’s Past

The sumptuous craft was introduced along the country’s trade routes centuries ago. Even now, links to this delicate tradition still remain.

#agriculture-and-farming, #art, #georgia-georgian-republic, #silk-road-ancient-trade-route, #tbilisi-georgian-republic, #textiles

9 Top (and Stubborn) Design Trends

And how they came to be staples on Instagram and in our homes.

#carpets-and-rugs, #design, #flowers-and-plants, #furniture, #instagram-inc, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #inventions-and-patents, #kitchens, #pinterest, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #social-media, #tables, #textiles

Knitting for the Apocalypse

Why settle for a tea cozy when you can make knitwear fit for a nuclear winter?

#computers-and-the-internet, #doomsday, #knitting-and-knit-goods, #ravelry-llc, #textiles, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-selfcare

Should I Make My Own Mask?

The advice from public health officials has been confusing, leaving us to decide whether a D.I.Y. mask is better than nothing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ears-and-hearing, #fashion-and-apparel, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #shortages, #stockpiling, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #textiles, #ventilators-medical

A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

With overrun hospitals facing an acute shortage of masks, people are pulling out their sewing machines to fill the void.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #handicrafts, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #sewing, #shortages, #social-media, #textiles, #volunteers-and-community-service