ARTISANAL HANDICRAFT. RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION. CONSCIOUS THINKING.
It's when the best of the past and the visionary new approach the future together, extraordinary ideas arise. Meet the people and projects that inspire us.
THE WAY TO GO— FROM LEG TO SOIL
VISION // Is there anything more sexy than back-seamed tights? Probably only this: Back-seamed tights that can be thrown onto the biowaste compost after they fulfilled their purpose!
MADE BEHIND BARS
INSIDE // Carcel. Spanish for jail. The name says it all when it comes to the philosophy of the Copenhagen-based fashion label which has its clothes manufactured by women in prisons. The reason: Often the best and most sustainable materials in the world grow where the highest rate of poverty-related crime can be found. Their mission: Transform lost time into fair wages, skills, and hopes of a better future.
THESE SneakerS MAKE YOUR FEET SMELL!
VISION // No, no, not what you think. The world’s first 100% vegan wooden sneakers come with a rather pleasurable side-effect: A subtle scent of trees! For sneaker specialist Sebastian Thies it’s all about exploring and discovering unexpected materials for our feet. We talked with him about the newest nature tec.
THE BEST WOULD BE IF WE WERE ALL NOT THERE!
VISION // Friederike von Wedel-Parlow talks Closed Loop. Spoiler alert: plastic recycling isn't as great as some companies would have you believe.
HOW TO BE A TRUE VEGAN—FROM HEAD TO SHOE: ROMBAUT
EDITOR´S PICK // With his all natural footwear, Belgian Mats Rombaut masters a crossover between high fashion & ecological awareness and satisfies the fashion hunger of vegans. It's not only an alternative for animal lovers though, but a save style bet for all meat eaters, too...
A NEW WAY TO OFF-GRID LIVING
VISION // Since this Dutch project caught on over social media and we haven’t been able to get it out of our heads—that's why we needed to add the visionaries behind this socially advanced 'integrated neighborhood' community that is being implemented in the Netherlands. The first of a series of high-tech farm villages set to be completed this year, the project (being built just outside of Amsterdam) is the brainchild of California-based developer ReGen Villages. After its pilot community is finished this year the company plans to bring the concept to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany.
ALAMA: TANZANIA's wearable art
INSIDE // The women who create ALAMA's one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are members of a traditional pastoral African Maasai tribe. Each jewelry piece is a handmade celebration of their ancestral traditions, their semi-nomadic lifestyle and their distinctive dress and jewelry customs... We met the woman who brings the beautiful creations from the upland steppes of Tanzania into our life to help empower their makers.
THE DARK SIDE OF UPCYCLING—BLACKYOTO
EDITOR´S PICK // Let's call it 'upcycling with a twist': ecological black oxide from Kyoto is used to dye rare vintage finds ranging from delicate Biedermeier undergarments for women to iconic military surplus for men in, you might have guessed it by the name: the 'blackest black'.
KOHZO, CONSCIOUS DENIM PIONEERS
EDITOR´S PICK // Eco-conscious since the very beginning, this high-end denim guru Shauket Iman combines rockstar appeal with natural essence, environmental awareness and well-researched technology to produce truly unique products. And he's a true original!
FROM BERLIN TO MAIAMI
INSIDE // Berlin-based knitwear brand Maiami translates traditional craftsmanship into modern designs with a playful ease. We met the creative mind behind these imaginative chunky creations to talk about the return to traditional techniques, being part of the slow fashion movement as a natural consequence of running a hand-knitting brand, and the importance of keeping up private spaces.
VISION // What will the future wardrobe look like? Elin Larsson, Sustainability Manager at Filippa K has a very interesting approach to find it out: In self-experiments she plays with new ways of consuming fashion while keeping the importance to express individuality in mind. We were curious to hear how she does it and of course what drives her.
DENIM REINVENTED: FAUSTINE STEINMETZ
EDITOR´S PICK // Recycled denim is what the London-based French designer founded her label on. Each season sees a new sustainable design idea. From incorporating handwoven and felted materials to working with hand-dyed fabrics from the women of Burkina Faso, these are just two of the designers many conscious innovations.
René. Talmon. L'Armée.
INSIDE // Recalling strangely beautiful finds from nature, using abstract forms and captivating raw stones the German fine jeweller with Hugenot roots (hence the name) is a master of his craft. He invited us emerge into his fascinating world of traditional making.
VISION // How cool is that!? The guys at ECOVATIVE (ee•koh•vay•tiv) from Green Island, New York are biomaterial specialists who have gathered the tools to grow their own surfboards, handplanes, furniture and more—out of mushrooms! The results are stunning: high performance, premium, award-winning products that are safe, healthy, and certified sustainable. There's even a "DIY" set for home growing available. Time to play Dr. Greenthumb!
OVER, UNDER'N' EASY: BASERANGE
EDITOR´S PICK // Look no further for modern basics in easy soft silhouettes! Made to emphasize natural beauty and be forever wearable Baserange offers affordable sustainable under and easy wear made of high quality, organic fabrics in innovative ways that benefit both producer and consumer while minimizing environmental impact. You may also want to take a closer look at their beautifully different campaigns...