1.35 million tonnes of old clothes – a horrific number, and one that we can scarcely visualise as a mountain of rubbish. If the fashion industry wants to do something to help the environment, a major change needs to take place. Only a few fashion labels and design studios have dared to take a first step in the right direction with bags made of bananas, shoe soles made of chewing gum and fur coats of hemp. Although all that might sound like arts and crafts for kids, such innovations are set to revolutionise the fashion industry in the coming years. Let’s take a look at a few innovative textiles inspiring us to be more sustainable…
At a time when clothing functions as a disposable product in a vertical supply chain and fit determines a person’s social status, fashion can also seem more like a form of bondage than the expression of individual personality. Now, with her ‘Pedestrian’ project, Nadine Göpfert is creating a new design ethic that questions the current state of industrial production. Here’s the lowdown on a Berlin-based artist whose work pushes the limits of her own aesthetic horizon.
Led by Central Saint Martins graduate and head designer Manuel Facchini, Italian fashion house Byblos is being given a complete overhaul and rebranding.
We love shopping! Presuming, of course, that the whole retail experience isn’t marred by aimless wandering around uninspired shops selling the same old mass-produced goods – only to return home empty-handed. For several years now, the term “experience shopping” has been bandied around the crisis-stricken retail sector as a beacon of hope and an effective opponent to the ever-increasing allure of online shopping. Customers should be inspired to make a purchase and appealed to on an emotional level, but also develop a personal connection to the location. And we know they do exist, those special stores that are uniquely different and out-of-the-ordinary. Here’s our pick of three curated shopping temples that all opened recently but are already proving that offline shopping can be an enjoyable experience.
“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” If you ask us, creepy little Gollum probably wouldn’t have been a very good jewellery seller. After all, the foreboding words of the “Lord of the Rings” character still convey the bitter truth about gold mining: most pieces of jewellery have mineworkers and the environment on their conscience. High time for a rethink. High time for Fairtrade gold.
Boom! She did it again. In mid-April, Beyoncé surprised us all with a Netflix documentary entitled “Homecoming”, which was accompanied by the release of a corresponding live album. But while some critics celebrated it in all its glory, others are picking it apart and accusing the singer of being a bad role model.
Fortunately, beauty is a whole lot more than lip fillers, extensions and blindingly white veneers – as shown by Alessandro Michele, who is celebrating the comeback of the Gucci cosmetic line with the perfect antidote to airbrushed perfection.
30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – 30 years of East vs. West. Anyone looking for a flat in Berlin will know how difficult it is. Living space is scarce and the high prices and tough competition make finding a roof over your head no easy feat. The once affordable rents in the German capital have long since caught up to those of metropolises like Paris or London – or are well on the way to doing so. But if you’re not under time pressure and can allow yourself the luxury of searching for a place to live in any of Berlin’s many neighbourhoods, you’ll have the choice: East or West? Two parts of the city that couldn’t be any more different, even after 30 years. So today we’re settling the matter for you: where’s the best place to live? Charlottenburg or Neukölln? Schöneberg or Friedrichshain? Disclaimer: pardon the clichés!
Wonderful things come out of Denmark. Hygge, Lego and The Little Mermaid, to name just a few. But also sustainable womenswear label Blanche, which was established in 2018 by Mette Fredin (Creative Director) and Melissa Bech (Commercial Director). Both experienced profashionals with different skills, who met by chance and shared the same opinion; that womenswear simply deserves more transparency and better-quality fabrics. The label therefore produces mainly in Europe, primarily in Portugal or Italy. We caught up with Blanche’s two founders for a chat.