I’m still like a humming bird on crack. The conference was monumental. The transition of OE to TE broadens the mission to include all Sustainable Materials. TE’s Multi Stake holder platform facilitates relationships which build transparency, connectivity and community. I am still digesting much of what I learned and planning my follow up for keeping both dialog and collaboration moving forward. Time on my bike & my mat this weekend will slow me down so I/we can pull the pieces together.
A special seminar was added on the EWG of the OIA http://www.ecoindexbeta.org/. Cooperative Brands and other partners http://www.ecoindexbeta.org/content/partners have come together over the past 4 years to create a product driven tool based on 5 key principles: Collaboration, Open Source, Transparency , Scalability, Global Reach. Chris Turner said “The flights of the Human mind are not from Pleasure to Pleasure but from Hope to Hope”. EWG and TE incite this in us. The SHIFT has happened and it is fuel for the work that Anthony and I do with our brand.
- Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion Design, Parsons The New School for Design
- Paul Raybin, Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Colorep, representing AirDye
- John Patrick, Designer, Organic by John Patrick
- Caroline Priebe, Product Development Manager, Rogan/Loomstate
- Natalia Allen, Creative Director, Design Futurist
- Anthony Lilore, Designer, RESTORE™Clothing
The common threads in the panel were transparency, local sourcing, and the sustainability community. Having both creatives and those that are business-minded speaking today was extremely valuable to the conversation and will only aid in the spread of sustainable design information. Here’s a tidbit:
Anthony Lilore said that sustainable designers are transparent because they don’t expect someone to outright copy their designs, but hope they will use the resources for their own great designs. There needs to be a “fundamental shift…if I told you all to draw an elephant, they would all look different.” When he was at Parsons he said it (the fashion world) was all a “secretive veil,” but that sustainable design can’t be that way if we want to see a change. Anthony also feels very strongly about trying to source all materials and jobs within the Garment Center in NYC and is hoping that by doing so we can help Save the Garment Center.
“John Patrick added “we need open source, more dialogue – we’re all in this together – nothing is proprietary, what you do with [the information] is proprietary.” The panel also thought this was part of the problem. John said “the consumer is confused.” But wondered what is “standardization” here? Paul Raybin agreed that there is a “problem at the consumer level” and said that there was new information that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may be revising the green guides (read more here) which may help with the standardization in sustainable design.
It’s exactly this sharing of information that is creating a strong community in both sustainable design and NYC. Caroline Priebe told the crowd that NYC sustainable designers make up “an actual community…it’s a lot easier to be innovative, it ‘s a lot more fun.” Anthony also feels very strongly about trying to source all materials and jobs within the Garment Center in NYC and is hoping that by doing so we can help Save the Garment Center.
A few things the panelists mentioned for you to look at and ponder:
- – Slow Fashion? The Tom Ford SS 2011 - Read here and decide for yourself.
- – Information & Education: Sourcemap.org – Their motto? ”We believe that people have the right to know where things come from and what they are made of.” And Earth Pledge – “partners with businesses, communities and government to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices.”
- – And of course, Afingo – “an online community of designers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers connecting and interacting in real-time.” Thank you for “Behind the Seams” and for putting the information out there with such a strong panel of informed, eco-evolutionaries. We were honored to be involved.
Natalia Allen was both an energetic and eloquent panelist and I specifically enjoyed this quote on the business of fashion: “there will be a lot of failures before we have success…we are trying to solve something. The moral imperative usually wins, but it takes time.”
Here is what Neil Chambers and Lucy Jones said about RESTORE™CLOTHING on treehugger.com – Thanks for shining the light at us!
RESTORE Clothing Review – Wearing is Believing
by Neil Chambers, New York City on 10.20.09
Photos from RESTORE Clothing
Anthony and Celeste Lilore, creators of RESTORE Clothing, are an eco-force to sit-up and play attention to. While other clothing brands merely skirt under the minimum requirements to be called green – the Lilore team put their brand where their mouth is. RESTORE (an acronym for Responsible, Earth Friendly, Sustainable, Technological, Organic, Recycled and Ergonomic) is urban-centric active wear that caters to the needs of both sexes without losing style, functionality or environmental-friendliness. The timeless cuts are modern making the garments easy to wear to a yoga class or out after work. Embedded in each piece of the collection is a commitment for well-crafted details and a taste for excellence.
RESTORE provided Lucy Jones and myself with free samples to try-out to see if the clothes could stand-up to city-life New York style. For two months, Jones and I wore the products to work-out sessions, half-marathons, yoga, pole dancing (Jones, not me), restaurants, events, museums and the park all the while throwing them in the laundry over and over and over to see how durable and true-to-form the clothing real was.
Photo from RESTORE Clothing
The fabric stays stretchy and soft to keep the support you need for a yoga class and felt comfortable walking around in the spandex pants in public. When I first was introduced to the pieces, I thought it would feel plastic since they’re made from recycled plastic bottles. I found the clothes are just the opposite – very cottony and comfortable, even when working up a sweat. The design really understands what someone needs to realistically work out. Plus, I like the way the garments look walking around the streets of New York City. I use the pants and the top in my S-Factor classes and they are perfect. The tops have a built-in demi bra so, unless you are busty, it is great for yoga, Pilates, walking or cycling.
I didn’t think the clothing was going to make the grade for me. When I first got the pants, they kinda looked like cotton jogging pants I was issued in jr. high gym…which, I wasn’t a fan of. But you really have to wear them to experience just how amazing they are. Sense I started testing them – I’ve started to wear them more and more. Anthony Lilore told me I’d love them – but I thought he was just trying to be a good salesman. I discovered he wasn’t blowing smoke – they are super comfortable, quite stylish and great for an early morning run. The only drawback is that I found myself fishing out the drawstring of the pant waist. Of course, I keep fishing it out because I like wearing the pants so much.
Video from Eco-Chick
The fabrics used range from organic cotton and Repreve® nylon made from100% recycled fabrics to lining made of Cocona®, an activated carbon from the shells of coconuts. Their zippers come strictly from eco-conscious manufacturers, their hangtags are printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper with soy ink and their garments are shipped in biodegradable bags and recycled cardboard boxes. Plus the Lilores are actively involved in Made in NYC which supports over 7,000 manufacturing companies in NYC employing nearly 100,000 New Yorkers.
Thank you Mom Buzz for letting us all know that if you look better you feel better! To anything that makes working out as constructive as it can be! In this case we are honored that it is RESTORE™CLOTHING.
I’ve been thinking for a long time that I need to post about going to the gym as a woman and your individual style. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect anyone to get dolled up for going to the gym and reshaping your physique. But I noticed on a personal level that there is a difference in how I feel when I go to the gym in baggy shorts (that I stole from my husband) and a t-shirt (that I also stole from my husband) versus a stylish work-out outfit that complements my physique.
You see, I walk to the gym so I have time to think about this topic during the walk there and back. As much as I tell everyone no one is paying attention to what you wear or do at the gym, you personally can’t shake the feeling. You may want to hide your figure, so you wear baggy clothes. Or maybe you think it doesn’t matter, so you wore the same workout outfit you’ve owned (and barely used) for the past 10 years. It’s a little tight, the material is a little itchy. Oh well, who cares.
YOU DO! Do you know you will probably have a better work out if YOU feel good about yourself. It’s like a job interview – DRESS FOR THE PART! You are working out because you want to look and feel fabulous. Show it from day 1 at the gym! When I am wearing clothes that make me comfortable and make me feel cute, I seem to have boundless energy and can push out that one extra rep that just might make the difference and really tone my muscles!
Where can you find these cute clothes? Well, the eco-friendly mom behind the muscle (that’s me) says you have to check out Restore Clothing. Restore Clothing is responsible, earth-friendly, sustainable, organic, recycled and STYLISH. They are committed to environmentally and socially responsible practices. They source and manufacture domestically in New York City from North American Textiles and use low impact dyes. They also support and contribute to the environment by committing 1% of their revenues to 1% For the Planet. Plus, Restore Clothing is Third Party Certified Organic.
Restore Clothing is transitioning to Dream Repreve Recycled Nylon. They are the first to adopt Repreve® Nylon in a commercial application to reduce new material consumption and keep their impact on the resource supply chain to a minimum. Additionally they use Post Industrial Coconut Carbon (Cocona®) as a moisture and odor managing fabric.
Did you ever imagine that the clothes you work out in could be so environmentally conscientious? Now, Restore Clothing has both men and women’s apparel, but I am going to assume that 99% of you reading this want to know about chic styles for women that you can wear to the gym, out shopping, picking up kids – and feeling good with every step.
Me personally, I was attracted to the crossover bra and active shorts. Especially in Florida, where it can get quite steamy, I like to workout either in shorts and sports bra with a tank over it – or sometimes just the sports bra with shorts. Both the crossover bra and active shorts from Restore Clothing are available in expresso or black. I loved the expresso for a change of pace! A find it to be a nice, natural color that would work well with most skin tones.
The crossover sports bra is available in sizes XS to XL. It is a medium-impact racerback bra, so it would be good for the elliptical, power walking, hiking, walking, yoga, pilates and weight training. I love the stylish crossover front, which would work well for women with petite busts, as well as larger sizes. It is soft, stretchy and comfortable. Plus the Cocona® Knit Lining is awesome for odor and moisture management! (Yes, I sweat when I work-out … and sweat can be stinky if not controlled!). Better yet, the Cocona® Knit Lining technology lasts for the lifespan of the bra! I requested a medium, because I feel like I have a wide back at 36 inches, even though my bust itself is small. I find the fit to be perfect for me – exactly what I expected. The crossover bra is $50 from RestoreClothing.com.
If you like the crossover sports bra, but want more coverage, check out the crossover tank. You could easily wear this to the gym or even out for a Moms Night Out (MNO) with some jeans!
I wear the crossover bra with the active shorts. The shorts are form-fitting, but that helps show and slim your shape instead of making your hips look larger in baggy shorts. There is a contoured waistband that sits comfortably below your natural waistline. I like that better, so I don’t feel restricted when lifting weights. Plus, it’s cut lower in front and higher in the back to keep you covered whether you are doing a yoga pose like halasana or working abs with leg lifts.
The active shorts and crossover bra were my top picks from eco-friendly Restore Clothing’s selection of active wear. But you have to check out the complete selection of stylish clothing designed for fitness and fashion!
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We are getting excited for NOW SHOWCASE and loved finding this write up! Please to see the SUST Van and Sustainability Across America Tour!
I love thatdesigners are creating new road rules.
WWD recently printed a study saying a Mintel survey of 2,500 adults found that 54 percent said they would buy more . The report concluded that even in a period of reduced consumer spending, competitively priced green merchandise may do well because it stands out. Still, sustainably-focused realize they’re not exempt from the recession. And in an eco-pool so full of talent and expertise, is there really room for everyone to survive?
A handful ofdesigners have some amazing takes on making their lines not only stand out but thrive.
We’ve written recently about Sustainability Across America and their cross-country drive to inspire and be inspired by the green community. Other new collaborations in the sustainable design world keep popping up, as well, like the NOW Showcase this September 20-21 in as well as Content 09 October 18th in Portland, Oregon.
The NOW Showcase will feature 20 eco-designers in thelab, an integrated production studio and sustainable space powered by wind energy from . The Now venue will feature a well-appointed collective of womens’ and menswear, accessories, organic body care and lingerie for wholesale viewings.
These men and women are opting for more transparent marketing targeting loyal buyers and lovers of their lines, reacquainting them on a more personal level.
For its inaugural CONTENT 09 event, 31 of Portland’s finest independent clothing and accessorydesigners will inhabit 28 rooms in the city’s Ace Hotel. Attendees will explore at their leisure while enjoying live music, libations, art installations and more. Founding group How We Develop intends on expanding CONTENT annually, with hopes to include the best national independents under one roof. Both venues will provide to buyers the ability for more personalized, one-on-one time with the designers and their Spring/Summer 2010 lines.
The natives are getting restless with the same old, same old. They have aggressive ideas that go beyond finding safety in three-season color palettes and cuts.
And we can be inspired to see egos put aside asdesigners embrace the reality that a powerful sustainable design market requires more than an organic cotton or bamboo tag.
We recently had the good fortune of meeting Maureen of Alternative Consumer at the inaugural Eco Forum. Maureen, thanks for shining the light on RESTORE CLOTHING and the Eco-Forum.
We recently had the good fortune of meeting Maureen of Alternative Consumer at the inaugural Eco Forum. Maureen, thanks for shining the light on RESTORE CLOTHING and the Eco-Forum.
by Maureen @ 2:17 pm
Celeste and Anthony Lilore, founders of NYC-based, RESTORE Clothing are on our eco radar. Having recently met them at a green gathering, they do walk the talk.
Their active wear, RESTORE, spells out all that a conscious fashionista could want: Responsible, Earth friendly, Sustainable, Technological, Organic, Recycled and Ergonomic, (meaning not unisex).
In addition to aspiring to these planet-friendly attributes, their threads are also versatile — allowing you to transition from yoga or Pilates to street wear, seamlessly.
by Maureen @ 10:54 am
This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever, eco-forum, an invitation-only networking event for environmentally focused executives and business leaders. With a sold-out attendance of 100 guests, opening remarks by Rohit Aggarwala, Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, and an organic cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at Rouge Tomate, it was a lovely environment to meet and mingle with eco-preneurs and leaders in the green space.
Eco-forum founding members such as Bradford Rand and Seth Berk of Go Green Expo, Roo Rogers of OZOcar, Alex Matthiesse, president of Riverkeeper and Mara Engel, founder of Organicworks Marketing were in the networking mix. There was a positive buzz – people were all business and excited to participate. This wasn’t just a free booze event, everyone was really interested in learning and sharing info, insights and contacts. It was a fun vibe, I’m glad I attended. Shouts out to new pals Susan, Smita, Celeste, Anthony, Evan, Brad, Amy, Krissie, Allison, Steven, Alan, Krista, Joshua, Dan, Hugh, Seth and Bradford – looking forward to seeing you again, soon.
Great historically informative article called Nylon Run by Robert E. Bryan, in the REMIX section of the T-magazine (SundayNYTimesMen’s Fashion issue-03-08-09) about Nylon in Fashion.
I would like to just add that there has been a more recent development, RECYCLED Nylon as a Knit, and RESTORE CLOTHING, according to the yarn company UNIFI, is commercially the first to market with the new fiber, knit by our friends at United Knitting.