In 2011, when I met weavers in the villages of Cambodia who could no longer make a living, and mothers whose children were "adopted" by traffickers posing as good Samaritans, I began to think about how local people in rural communities could potentially expand their opportunities.
There is increased awareness in the fashion industry when it comes to the need for transparency, Gunn says, but he isn't confident that this has translated into action.
To buy: Brown Turquoise Beads with Antique Tuareg Key necklace, $1,295; Black Stingray with Jasper cuff, $1,595; Carved Bone
If you're going to shop on Friday, why not choose quality, craftsmanship and durability over cheap, imported and disposable. It's clear by now that our relationship to fashion has some dangerous implications, but we can all start creating a solution in the way that we shop this holiday season.
The Hawaiian island of Ni'ihau is often called "The Forbidden Island." It sounds like something straight out of "Pirates
Quoddy, a made-to-order shoe company based in Maine, is one of many brands solely dedicated to creating a business around
A cylindrical piece of fabric converts between a dress and a top with a morphing neckline. A little red dress can be worn backward or forward, with caped sleeves or a bunched neck. A cone-shaped fabric flip-flops between a skirt and a shirt.
Magic of Permacouture: DIY Dyes From Your Kitchen/Garden Create Living Color Richer Than Synthetics (VIDEO)
Artist, educator and fashion designer Sasha Duerr uses just about anything to dye clothing: from kitchen waste to invasive "weeds" to the leaves, fruit or petals of nearly any tree or plant.
I've seen the topic of sustainability, appear with increasing frequency. And while the fashion industry and the media agree on its importance, no one seems able to land on a definition.