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Our favorite part of our work at RESTORE™CLOTHING is the extent of what we are learning and the connection to our community. Thank you you Jillian Blume and the New York Observer for highlighting Lifelong Learning and for shining the light on us and the Sustainable Designer Entrepreneur Certificate Program at FIT coming in March 2010!
Céleste and Anthony Lilore
Over the summer, Anthony and Céleste Lilore attended a series of classes on Sustainability in order to stay current for their brand of eco-friendly apparel, RESTORE™CLOTHING. The “Tools of the Trade-Go Green” series was held at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
We took the classes to make sure we’re in compliance with what’s happening from a labor standpoint and from materials,” says Céleste. “But in addition to the educational benefits, we also made wonderful connections that have evolved into both personal and business connections with like-minded individuals.”
When they decided to launch RESTORE™CLOTHIN, they were already living a green lifestyle. They had a company that makes uniforms for luxury cosmetic and fragrance companies, and when sourcing textiles for these private label clients, they kept stumbling on eco-friendly fabrics, but they couldn’t sell them. “Five years ago, I don’t think people were as aware as they are today.”
So we had this vision, Céleste says. “We wanted to take what we know how to do professionally and marry it to our driving interests, which are wellness and the environment. We did a boatload of research on the internet, but we couldn’t find any sustainability courses that were offered locally and were economical until the series at F.I.T. came up.”
Céleste describes the classes as very open, with fruitful exchanges between the people who led the classes ad the people who were attending. The majority of people that attended the class were either starting green businesses or already had them, and they were looking for some kind of support network. There were students in the classes that I already knew, and we connected even more with the community.”
It helped the couple gain a greater understanding of sustainability across a multitude of disciplines. “It also taught us about fair trade practices and what can actually happen in communities offshore. One of the seminar leaders owns a handbag company, and he employs women in three Mexican villages. He is the largest employer of people in those villages. It was very inspirational.”
They are now excited to learn that F.I.T. is launching a new Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs Certificate program this March. “It should be of great value to many entrepreneurs trying to learn how to go green or to help their clients go green.”
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.