DOCUMENTING CHANGES IN THE FASHION REVOLUTION #2

Our James Szumowski gets down and dirty with latest developments in the happy fashion revolution #fashrev - documenting changes in the streetwear industry. 

Rosario Dawson has teamed up with Abrima Erwiah to premiere their creative collaboration at New York Fashion Week, Studio 189. The project was first created in 2013, with a view to preserve African inspired culture and creativity through projects including art and fashion design. Unlike most designers showing at NYFW, and similar to our concept here at CAFIN, Studio 189 is a collaborative creative project pooling various creatives in order to display their own individual creative processes and give the gift of individual creativity to the world through their ‘label’.

This not only provides Studio 189 with interesting and varied things to sell, but also means these creatives get their work seen and loved by a larger audience than they may achieve alone. As well as this, all of their clothing is organic, fair trade and hand made in Africa using traditional methods handed down through generations.

While everyone knows **** might not be the most ethically minded company when it comes to their workers, they are currently marching closer to their goals of sustainability in terms of environmental efforts. Aiming to use 100% renewable energy company-wide within a decade, though clever wording in their press release has revealed that this only applies to **** owned factories and facilities. Their 679 contract facilities (mostly located in Southeast Asia) are not included in this pledge. Although they haven’t got the best track record, **** do at least appear to be trying to improve on all fronts, and hopefully this will result in positive change.

Continuing the theme of all female fashion collaboration (you go, girls!), academic turned designer Peta Stinson has teamed up with model and actress Jaime King to create an organic clothing line. Sapling was started by Stinson following her 6 day old son’s contraction of meningitis, resulting in months in hospital and a touch and go period when his survival was not guarenteed.

Realising how delicate and fragile her son’s lungs were caused Stinson to realise there were no organic baby clothing labels, so she decided to make one herself. Sapling uses 100% organic materials and vegetable based dyes in order to clothe new born babies in safe, soft and delicate clothing.

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