In only a year, fashion industry veterans Celeste and Anthony Lilore have seemingly met all their lofty aspirations with their development of the Restore Clothing line; an eco-friendly, socially responsible brand that was launched in May 2008. The Restore acronym symbolizes the stringent standards that the Lilore husband-andwife team adhere to; it stands for “Responsible, Earth Friendly, Sustainable, Technological, Organic, Recycled and Ergonomic.”
Restore Clothing aims to bridge the gap between fashion, performance and environmental friendliness, as it produces transitional apparel designed for activities such as yoga and Pilates (versatile enough to go from “work out to out after work” the company proclaims.)
All those ambitions notwithstanding, the clothing created by the Lilores (Anthony previously worked in the design area for brands including Club Monaco and Perry Ellis) is manufactured exclusively in New York City – with the couple being just as adamant in their passion for saving Manhattan’s garment district as they are about the environment. They assert that the elimination of excessive fuel by manufacturing so close to home benefits the environment
and local community. As it built its brand, the Lilores’ grandiose vision has become a
Restore Clothing sought out Unifi, the prominent producer of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, as Celeste sought an ecofriendly replacement for fabrics containing polyester.
Restore Clothing began to use Unifi’s Repreve environmentally friendly polyester yarns, made from 100 percent recycled materials. Thereafter, the Restore brand was instrumental in persuading Unifi and Repreve to take the Repreve line further and develop an unprecedented nylon 6, 6 yarn that is similarly made from 100 percent recycled
materials. Restore Clothing was the first to adopt the Repreve nylon in a pilot program and the Repreve product is scheduled to be commercially launched this summer.
The Repreve yarns are used in several of Restore Clothing’s styles including the crossover tank, crossover bra, drape front top, active short, active capri and active pant and hoodie. According to Unifi, the production of Repreve offsets the need to produce virgin polyester and nylon, conserving petroleum-based resources. On average, current annual production of Repreve is estimated to conserve the equivalent of six million gallons of gasoline.
The distribution channel strategy by Restore Clothing is focused, with the line being offered at spas, specialty sports and fitness stores and facilities.
The Lilores describe their line as “slow fashion,” characterizing it as timeless with “nothing in excess and everything in balance.”
Through Restore Clothing, they are restoring faith that apparel can be functional, fashionable and also socially conscious- on many different levels.
Apparel Magazine - 2009 Top Innovators Report
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Bisphenol A is one of the most ubiquitous chemicals in modern life.
It’s used in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics and as an epoxy resin
in the lining of food and infant formula cans, among other everyday
applications. Leached BPA from food and beverage containers
is one of the most common routes of exposure, but also one that
we can exercise some control over—until federal law shifts the
burden of safety to regulators (see cover story).
Tips for reducing your family’s BPA exposure
• Check kids’ plastics first: Developing children are particularly
sensitive to the hormone-disrupting effects of BPA. Though
many major manufacturers have stopped making baby bottles
with BPA—and retailers have stopped selling them—you may
still have old plastic baby bottles at home. Check the code on the
bottom of these products and replace #7 plastics with glass or
BPA-free plastic versions. Also replace sippy cups and children’s
dishes and utensils with BPA-free alternatives.
• Choose fresh or frozen over canned: Soups, beans, infant formula
and other food packaged in cans may leach BPA from the can
lining. Alternatives are available but not widely labeled. Some
infant formula manufacturers have developed or are working
on BPA-free products. Check with the manufacturers for more
information about individual products.
• Don’t heat plastic: Heat and wear increase leaching of chemicals
from plastic. Don’t microwave or otherwise heat food or drink in
plastic dishes, cups, sports bottles or baby bottles.
• Replace old or worn plastic dishes and bottles: Upgrade your
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-Strong Voices Spring 2009, Vol. 13