Jellyfish Leather

jellyfish-leather-1JELLYFISH LEATHER \ˈje-lē-ˌfish ˈle-thər\

n. 1. A cow-free textile proposed by Yurii Kasao, a design-products graduate from London’s Royal College of Art.
2. Can be cut, sewn, and remolded just like cow leather, without the need for toxic and environmentally destructive tanning processes.
3. A potential way to control the numbers of a venomous invasive species that wreaks destruction on marine life and ecosystems.
4. One application for the jellyfish “mulch” that robotic shredders off the South Korea coastline leave behind.

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Vegan Leather Boomin’

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$305.00 USD – Clutch – VivaCreatures

It was called “pleather” when Michael Jackson donned plasticky, synthetic leather in his early moonwalking days. It became famous for clothing rock stars and club kids in the 1980s.

Now it’s back with a new target audience and a new, appropriately hip name: vegan leather. And it’s a hit.

Demand for guilt-free faux animal hides is especially strong among millennial shoppers. They are more eco-conscious but also have been raised on fast fashion in which style trumps durability, analysts said.

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$450.00 USD – Jumpsuit – KAHRI

Luxe brands such as Stella McCartney and Joseph Altuzarra have sent vegan leather jackets and bags with sky-high prices down the runway. Major department stores are increasing their offerings.

“Vegan is a new phrase that has now become a catchword for entrepreneurs to start new businesses,” said Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association. “It’s so acceptable even in fashion magazines.”

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$149.99 USD – Jacket – TUCKBrand

The science of fake leather has evolved, too. It is still usually made by coating plastic on fabric. But as textile technology has evolved, mills can churn out materials that look and feel like close kin of the real thing but with a greater array of colors and patterns.

At the same time, more Americans are turning to veganism or vegetarianism — about 30 million adults, or one-eighth of the population over age 18, according to the Humane Research Council. Two-thirds of vegans or vegetarians say protecting animals is a big motivator for their diets, a stance that is seeping beyond the supermarket.

“People are seeing themselves more as conscientious,” said Leanne Hilgart, founder of Vaute Couture. “After food is fashion.”

Hilgart made headlines in 2013 as the first all-vegan fashion designer to show at New York Fashion Week. Vaute (a mash-up of “vegan” and “haute”) specializes in stylish outerwear free of leather, wool and all other animal products.

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$110.00 USD – Coat – Preppytrendy

The target customer is any trendy woman who would drop serious cash — $500 or more — on a coat, Hilgart said. Sales grew 60 percent last year compared with 2013.

The wealth of new options is a relief to Sarah Robles, 23, a “pescetarian” who eats seafood but not meat. Robles said she tries to avoid leather out of concern for animal welfare. Plus, faux leather options tend to be cheaper and require less maintenance, the actress said.

$229.00 USD - Nite Rider Bag - JungleTribe

$229.00 USD – Nite Rider Bag – JungleTribe

“Fake leather stuff is getting better and better,” she said. “It used to be just ugly knockoffs, but now I have so many cute shoes and bags, and they last longer than my real leather stuff.”

Retailers say they are still battling the stereotypes of shoppers who associate faux leather with the poor quality and pleather eyesores of decades past.

“We have all had the mind-set that it looks fake and shiny and doesn’t feel good,” said Ana Hartl, managing director of creative at Free People, part of Urban Outfitters Inc. A few years ago, Hartl said, she began noticing that some faux fabrics were virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. “People are genuinely shocked that it’s vegan,” she said.

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$125.00 USD – Shoes – RoniKantorShoes

Free People has more than doubled its vegan offerings since debuting its first collection in 2011. In the past two years it has launched vegan shoes and handbags. Vegan sales have surpassed leather in some categories, including jackets and vests.

Vegan leather also has been a hit for Los Angeles retailer Sole Society. It introduced vegan leather handbags a year ago, Chief Executive Andy Solomon said. They proved so popular with shoppers that now about half of its handbags are made of vegan leather. Sole Society hopes to increase that to 65 percent this year and is looking into vegan shoes.

“It’s a nice selling feature,” he said. “It gets folks over the hump to press the buy button.”

For more information check out our source, Star Tribune / LA Times / Free People

Lure Of Luxe

What with all the buzz around fast fashion and the evils of consumerism, becoming sustainable-chic seems to be, according to numerous recent eco-friendly fashion guides, on the top of shoppers’ New Year’s resolutions list.

Skeins dyed naturally with madder root, hanging to dry, at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Recycled skeins dyed naturally with madder root, hanging to dry, at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Aiming to raise consumer awareness about environmental concerns linked to the fashion and textile industries, various publications promote the use of healthier natural products like eco-friendly dyed fabrics, while addressing issues such as recycling, fair trade, water wastage resulting from cotton cultivation and deforestation due to excessive cattle ranching and leather production.

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In her book, Sustainable Luxe: A Guide to Feel Good Fashion, Jordan Phillips, rebels against ‘McFashion’, or “…a mass delusion that is a democratic right for everyone to purchase cheap clothing that looks luxe”, while recommending women to buy less but of higher quality and use their spending power to support labels or retailers engaged in protecting workers in developing countries and preserving traditional crafts, thus encouraging creativity.

Phillips also makes an interesting analogy between food and fashion consumption. If consumers now increasingly avoid processed foods and scrutinize labels to ensure that the contents are free of additives, choose quality over quantity when buying meat, and willingly go to several markets or specialised stores for vegetables and bio products, for instance, they should soon enough become just as conscious for their clothes and check tags for ‘hand-made’, ‘fair trade’ and ‘eco-friendly’, while accepting to pay a reasonable price.
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Furthermore, as Elizabeth L. Cline writes in Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion: “Clothes could have more meaning and longevity if we think less about owning the latest or cheapest thing and develop more of a relationship with the things we wear. Building a wardrobe over time, saving up and investing in well-made pieces, obsessing over the perfect hem, luxuriating in fabrics, and patching and altering our clothes are old-fashioned habits. But they’re also deeply satisfying antidotes to the empty uniformity of cheapness.”

However, regular fast fashion shoppers would argue that ‘need’ was hardly part of the equation in the first place and that young consumers can’t afford to spend more on clothes anyway. Actually, budget fashion probably owes its success to the fact that for a long time mid-range, affordable clothes weren’t even close to being trendy enough and there seemed to be a gap in the market for teen fashion.
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Moreover, global brands have taken an eco-friendly stance since Greenpeace’s Fashion Detox campaign, launched in 2011, which resulted in investigations in manufacturing countries and the testing of garments by known brands to find traces of hazardous chemicals. Numerous famous labels including PUMA, H&M, Zara, M&S, Benetton, Valentino, Uniqlo, Mango and Levi’s, among many others, have committed to eliminating the use of chemicals released during their manufacturing process, while informing consumers and improving their business practices by 2020.

All in all, like many modern, recession-stricken fashion consumers, we are most likely to mix and match well-made items with more affordable ones, and reasonably invest in good wardrobe basics, vintage fashion and costume jewellery, which can be worn with more than one outfit, in an attempt to become wiser, more responsible shoppers.

Source: New Europe

8 Style Rules

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Kate Moss has revealed her eight style rules

She barely gives interviews and has shunned social media but as she prepares to celebrate her 41st birthday on January 16th, Kate Moss has decided to divulge her wardrobe secrets.

The blonde-haired supermodel spoke to Look magazine about her top eight style rules.

1. Vamp up your look with lipstick

Kate wears a natural beige lip colour day-to-day but for a more dramatic evening look opts for a pillar box red.

“I just slick it on, I don’t bother with lipliner,” she says.

2. Don’t be afraid of high heels

Even when she’s papped popping to Tesco for a pint of milk, Kate is hardly out of her trusty sky-high boots.

She tells the magazine that “great shoes” can transform a look: “They will make an outfit feel polished, cool and put together.”

3. Sort out your clobber

Kate has not one, not two but THREE wardrobes – “one big one and two everyday ones”.

In order to keep your clothes in check she recommends organising things into boxes and labelling them with Polaroids.

“I organise my denim, leather and dresses by colour, although my jeans are usually black and grey,” she adds.

4. Summer style should be effortless

Make sure your beach bag is full of “floaty chiffons and soft suede”, says Kate.

The supermodel is a fan of maxi dresses but leaves her heels at home because “wearing them on a beach is ridiculous”. Agreed.

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The supermodel vamps up her night time look with the help of red lipstick

5. Shop vintage 

Don’t be afraid to rifle through charity shops and flea markets to find hidden gems.

“Look for quality pieces that can be repaired if needed,” says Kate.

Leather jackets are a Kate Moss wardrobe staple

Leather jackets are a Kate Moss wardrobe staple

6. Pick a capsule wardrobe 

Kate says her staple items are “jeans, a tank top, a jacket and boots”.

She thinks every woman should find key pieces that work for her, including a must-have “little black dress”.

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Kate says you should ‘only dress for attention if you want it’

7. Ward off the paps

Kate tries to keep the cameras off her by wearing similar things every day.

She says, “If you wear the same thing, they get bored and leave you alone.”

8. Find a beauty regime – and stick to it  

Mossy swears by Creme de la Mer to keep her skin moisturised and Lucas Papaw balm for chap-free lips.

She also treats herself to Nichola Joss facials when she’s looking for a pick-me-up.

Source: Express