Posts Tagged: 2010

Oct 10

Our BioBags are Biodegrading!

Well, we knew the time would come…but not this soon!  Our first bio bags deteriorated faster than expected as well, but our second batch (12-18 months old) has just started to degrade.  (They are supposed to last 24-36 months or 18 when exposed to outside elements, but these were used and reused indoors in storage!)  Check it out:

We now have little pieces of bio-plastic sticking to our shoes.  The things we do to be RESTOREClothing.


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Oct 10

Afingo Sustainability Panel at FIT

Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design moderated a sustainability panel at Afingo‘s”Behind the Seams” Event this afternoon at FIT that included (from left):

- 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, RESTOREClothing


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.

- – Sustainable sourcing: Source 4 StyleOrganic Exchange

- – Information & Education: – 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.”

Sep 10

Yesterday’s News Green Catwalk Event




In keeping with the theme of the challenge we presented a black look, a white look, and a red look from our current collection.

[BLACK: Gathered Shoulder Sleeveless T and the 5 Pocket Pull-on Jeans on Jacquie. WHITE: Fitted Long Sleeve Wrap Hoodie, Tank (with built-in body fabric bra), and Meditation/Lounge Full Pant with earrings and a necklace by Kenny Hwang on Toni B. RED: Draped-back Hooded Zip Front Gown in red, recycled polyester on Sarah Anne.  All photos by Alex Whatton.]



Giedre is wearing Yesterday’s News – Newspaper Coat by Anthony Lilore of RESTORE ™ Clothing and newspaper & resin jewelry by Kenny Hwang.


The Hell’s Kitchen Plaid (named for our NYC neighborhood) is formed ALMOST entirely from the section headings of months of Saturday and Sunday copies of Yesterday’s New(s) York Times laminated to pages from the Arts & Leisure, Financial, Business, Wedding, Obituary, and Real Estate sections of the New York Times (the Hometown paper of the RESTORE ™ Clothing Team). The coat is double-breasted and has two full circle swings as the bottom section. The hand-painted one-of-a-kind lining is the artistic work of Frank Lilore and is meant to call attention to the vibrant colors of today’s multimedia news which, while Read All Over is anything but Black and White.


We were honored to be in the company of these eco-fashion pioneers’ designs:

From the left, Newspaper designs by: Samantha Pleet, Bahar Shahpar, Lara Miller, Anthony Lilore of RESTORE ™ Clothing and below, handbag designer Elias Abadi of Nahui Ollin:

We’d like to send a Big Thank You to Renee Loux, Cone Inc.Purina, Yesterday’s News, Frank Lilore, Brigitte Schwenner, and Alex Whatton for their hard work and dedication to this project.


And one last thing; all items are being auctioned off with all proceeds going to the charities of each designer’s choice. For RESTORE ™ Clothing, that’s Riverkeeper.  Click HERE for the link to ebay!  (This coat stands on it’s own in any wardrobe!)

Thanks again and if you want to see some behind-the-seams photos, click HERE to go to our Facebook Account and visit HERE for more photos and even videos from the event.
Our answers to the Sunday NY Times (Will Shortz) crossword puzzle as they appear on the sleeve of the coat.


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