Posts Tagged: restore clothing


17
May 11

Inspired Musings: Emily Zuzik (Zuzik Muse-ic)

Emily Zuzik in the Lacer Racer by RESTORE

A prolific singer/songwriter, rocker and sought-after collaborator, Emily Zuzik’s wide-ranging career has allowed her to shift fluidly from acoustic folk to alternative rock and everything in between. A fixture in the New York City music scene for nearly a decade, Zuzik is also a featured vocalist and co-writer of “The Low Hum,” off of Moby’s upcoming album Destroyed, out May 17th, 2011.

In honor of Emily’s feature on Moby’s upcoming album Destroyed, we decided to sit down for a quick chat with her about music and what she does to RESTORE. Read on for the Q&A.

RESTORE: What do you to do RESTORE?
Emily: If by RESTORE, you mean live more sustainably, then here’s what I do:
I compost.
I recycle.
I shop locally at the green market.
I buy and recycle clothing.
I bring a canvas bag to the grocery store and try to keep my coffee in a travel mug to eliminate paper waste. I wear my RESTORE clothing when I run, when I hit the gym, when I want to feel comfortable around the house, when I want to feel comfortable running errands and when I do yoga!

RESTORE: What are your Top 3 Eco Friendly Habits?
Emily:
1) I turn off lights when I leave the room and unplug adapters from the wall when not in use.
2) I carry a canvas bag to the grocery store and try to eat local and organic only.
3) I compost my food scraps and donate them to the GrowNYC Compost collection (http://www.grownyc.org/compost).

 

…for more information about Emily Zuzik, her collaboration with Moby and her upcoming album, please visit: www.emilyzuzik.com
http://www.myspace.com/emilyzuzik
http://www.twitter.com/ezuzikmusic

 

Album cover for Moby's Destroyed due out May 17th


5
May 11

How to Keep Up With Kick Ass Environmental Trends?

 

Last week our friends at Fashion Cloture interviewed us to be featured on their blog.  We really appreciated the outreach and wanted to highlight one of our favorite parts of the article.

Fashion Cloture asked us:

How can fashion designers stay updated on the latest environmental trends /sustainable manufacturing impacting the fashion industry? How can fashion designers get information about sustainable manufacturing practices?

We answered:

The approach needs to be more systemic.

Our top SIX resources include:

 

1. For Framework: Eco Working Index – Outdoor Industry Association

2. Must Read: ECO TEXTILE Magazine http://www.ecotextile.com/

3. Must Read: TEXTILE INSIGHT Magazine http://www.textileinsight.com/

4.  Education: Continuing FIT  Edu  SUSTAINABLE DESIGN CLASSES http://www.fitnyc.edu/7390.asp

5.  For Community: ETHICAL FASHION FORUM http://www.ethicalfashionforum.com/ SUSTAINABLE DESIGNERS http://www.sustainabledesigners.org/

6. For Fabric Sourcing: SOURCE4STYLE http://source4style.com/

Fashion Center BID kiosk on 7th Ave and 39th Street or http://www.fashioncenter.com/

To read the whole blog please visit: http://fashioncloture.blogspot.com/

Also be sure to follow Fashion Cloture on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FashionCloture

And Like the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fashion-Cloture/189310417755832


13
Dec 10

Alive and Well in the Garment Center, a mini-tour: Part III: Fashion Design Concepts

Part 1: Design Trust for Public Space: HERE

Part 2: R& C Apparel: HERE

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The third stop on our tour of the Garment Center is Fashion Design Concepts.  While Samanta Cortes, designer and president was not available on our surprise visit, her sister Aimee was kind enough to show us around the studio.  If you are looking for amazing, couture-level details for your designs and/or things you have never even imagined, Fashion Design Concepts is certainly the place to go.  On their website they say they are oftened referred to as “the Lesage of America” and we completely agree.  Amazing talent, fast turn around time and unbelievable artisanship.  When given unimaginable deadlines they can work around the clock with their talented artisans coming in to work “night shifts” to complete the project.  While we were there we got to see a design-in-progress from start to finish:

The top image is the machine stitching the cording (which will become the edges) to the material but what you will see in the video below is that every single stitch is controlled by a man or woman working the machine.  Then the spirals are cut in to strips and that is what you can see hanging in the two middle photos.  And lastly (bottom), they are stitched in to a fabric likely to create voluminous 3-D spiral/ flowers on evening gowns.

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And in action:

(If the video isn’t showing, please click HERE to view on YouTube!)

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View more of their techniques HERE.

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Alive and Well in the Garment Center could not be more appropriate.  In the city that never sleeps it’s comforting to know that some of the people staying up all night are creating Fashion Art that we may be lucky enough to wear some day.

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Here’s to Fashion Design Concepts and a Happy Holiday Season.

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Fashion Design Concepts is also on

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2
Dec 10

Who is garmAnto?

Our very own Designer; Anthony Lilore is currently outfitted with a Google Latitude enabled smart-phone.  Why?  Because his every move is being mapped out to visualize the functionality of the Garment Center.   Enter garmAnto.

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Garment + Anthony =

His character is tweeting HERE and on Facebook through HERE.

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The project, entitled “Does proximity matter” to the fashion design process in New York’s Garment Center, will show just how vital this area is to fashion design and how unique it is in the world.  Anthony started carrying the GPS on November 29 and will have it through Saturday before students in Columbia University’s Crowd Sourced City Workshop (part of their Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation curriculum) will process the data and do a final presentation on December 16th.

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Don’t forget to check in with garmAnto on Twitter and Facebook and let us know if you see him in the Garment Center!

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.

RESTORE™Clothing


26
Nov 10

Alive and Well in the Garment Center, a mini-tour: Part II: R & C Apparel

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Read about Part I of our mini tour – Design Trust for Public Space: HERE

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The second stop on our tour of the Garment Center was R & C Apparel.  Ramdat Harihar, President and CEO, was kind enough to show us around his factory.

Image from Huffington Post March, 2010 Article (Link in Post)

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On the 8th floor of 340 W 39th Street, Ramdat and his team of 20 full-time employees (some of whom he has worked with for over 20 years!) are quietly creating beautiful designs for major TV network fashion shows, big-name designers, local companies, and young Parsons and FIT students.  As a strong supporter of Made in Midtown (just look at his website – here – or watch the video below) Mr. Harihar believes that being local and in close proximity to the designers and product development teams is essential to his company’s success now and in the future.  It’s certainly beneficial that he has a background as an electrical engineer that allows him to re-design sewing machines that are 40-90 years old in to machines that produce new stitches or designs that no one has ever seen before.  And the fact that designers can walk from their studios or classrooms to visit him and have samples made right before their eyes is an unfathomable luxury.  How’s that for Made in Midtown?  Ahora mismo.  RIght now, right now in real time.  Tweet that!

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This video from the Design Trust for Public Space tells a bit more about Mr. Harihar’s history and the amazing work his team is producing:

If the video does not show in your browser, please click here: Made in Midtown: Ramdat Harihar from Design Trust for Public Space on Vimeo.

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And an article from the Huffington Post supporting Made in Midtown is here.

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Lastly, Mr. Harihar’s website: R & C Apparel, is truly worth a visit if just to see the beautiful imagery and videos as his designs come to life.

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PLEASE “like” R & C Apparel on Facebook and join them on Twitter!

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Posts on both Samantha Cortes from Fashion Design Concepts and the amazing and unparalleled Yeohlee Teng are coming soon!

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PS: Keep your eyes pealed for garmAnto! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.

RESTORE™Clothing


18
Nov 10

Alive and Well in the Garment Center, a mini-tour: Part 1: Design Trust for Public Space

Last week, Jordan Speer; Editor-in-Chief at Apparel Magazine was in the city for the Apparel Tech Conference at FIT and Anthony offered to take her around the Garment Center on a mini-tour to help raise awareness of the efforts of both Save the Garment Center and  The Design Trust for Public Space Project: Made in Midtown.

Image from Made in Midtown webpage

Here’s a great, quick explanation from the Made in Midtown website (“2-Minute Summary”):

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Project Runway portrays designers working in isolation, but in the real world, fashion is a team effort. Producing a garment from idea to completion requires many highly skilled specialists – all present in the Garment Center.  These specialists form a dense, interdependent network that enables entrepreneurs to start fashion companies without the enormous investment required to hire staff, buy specialized equipment, or rent space – making New York a fashion start-up capital. According to preliminary results of a recent survey conducted by the City, nearly 80% of emerging designers said the Garment Center is “very” or “extremely” important to their production.”

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Deborah Marton, Jerome Chou and Kristin LaBuz sat down with us to discuss the project in depth at the Design Trust for Public Space office at 338 West 39th Street, conveniently positioned in the Garment Center.  Jerome mentioned something that I thought was interesting: the “cluster [of creatives, factories, sourcing, etc…] is vital to design – it spurs innovation.”  But at the same time, they both agreed that there is a lack of transparency and that consumers don’t really know what happens here.  But this is just Phase I of the project – documenting it all.  Phase II is about to begin and is about a recommendation to the city for future planning.  We’re excited about some of their ideas in this phase and can’t wait to tell you more about it in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, you can read more about the project on the following two websites:

-   Design Trust for Public Space

-   Made in Midtown

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As Yeohlee Teng pointed out in a September 2009 WWD “People need to be educated about how things arrive on their plates, and now they need to learn how things wind up on their backs.”  It’s clear that this isn’t just about the Midtown ecosystem – it’s much bigger than that.  (And don’t worry, we’ll post about Ms.Teng soon.  This is just the beginning of the conversation.)

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Please let us know if you want to know about something specific in the Garment Center.  We will be visiting and discussing R&C Apparel, Samantha Cortes at Fashion Design Concepts, and Yeohlee Teng.  Tweet us at RESTORE_NYC and use #madeinmidtown to continue the conversation.

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.

RESTORE™Clothing


6
Nov 10

Our 1% Goes to Riverkeeper, Here’s Why.

“20% of industrial fresh water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing.” – World Bank

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That fact is enough to make anyone understand why Anthony & Céleste Lilore chose to donate their 1% for the Planet dollars to Riverkeeper.  However, there was so much more behind their decision.

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How did you choose which organization to give your 1% to?

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RESTORE™Clothing: We live along the Hudson River.  We see it everyday, we exercise by it, it is both our source of sanity in New York City and our connection to nature.  We were looking for a way to get engaged with the community, keeping in mind that we’re an indie start-up – we’re small.  Since we are part of an industry that adds to pollution, we wanted to do something to counteract that.  We identified an important cause (water pollution) and organization that was making a difference and began to volunteer for them – Riverkeeper.  Once we really got to know them and their initiatives, we knew we had the right fit.

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Riverkeeper’s Mission Statement: “to protect the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water supply of 9 million New Yorkers.  Riverkeeper is an independent, member-supported environmental organization founded on the premise that citizens themselves must roll up their sleeves to defend our waterways.”  The team and their volunteers work to stop polluters, protect river ecology, and safeguard drinking water.  They run a “Drink Tap Water” campaign and support policy solutions such as Clean Energy, Clean Water Protection and Flood Prevention Act, and the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007.

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- Read more about their campaigns here: http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/

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Help protect New York City’s drinking water today: DONATE

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More about the Hudson River: http://www.riverkeeper.org/hudson-river/basics/

Check your Water Quality: http://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/locations/

Riverkeeper on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HudsonRiverkeeper/

Riverkeeper on Twitter: http://twitter.com/riverkeeper_ny

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More about 1% For The Planet here: http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1percentfortheplanet

Twitter: http://twitter.com/1PercentFTP

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.

RESTORE™Clothing.


4
Nov 10

Message from Earth

In case the video doesn’t show-up for any reason, here’s a direct link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCqvl8xykO0


21
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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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.


24
Sep 10

Yesterday’s News Green Catwalk Event

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Q: WHAT’S BLACK & WHITE & RED ALL OVER?

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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.]

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A: THE NEW YORK TIMES & YESTERDAY’S NEWS

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Look Great. Feel Great. Do Great.