Posts Tagged: Video


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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RESTORE™Clothing

Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.


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


16
Feb 10

Repreve® Recycled Polyester


To see how Repreve® Recycled Polyester is made visit us at Coterie booth #8650 February 21,22 & 23rd


20
Oct 09

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
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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.

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Photo from RESTORE Clothing

Jones says:

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.


19
Aug 09

Love the teaser, can’t wait for the film!

This is a teaser for the documentary “1% of The Story” for One Percent For The Planet. The film will be a collection of short profiles of One Percent member companies.


17
Oct 08

GREEN FASHION / Berlin Interview

A very insightful video filmed at the Berlin Fashion Show 2008.

View it here: