Week in Fabric: May 21st
San Fran Bans Fur
San Francisco becomes the third and largest US city to ban the retail sale of fur, joining the company of West Hollywood and Berkeley, California. The legislation goes into effect January 1, 2019 but retailers that are currently offering fur have until January 2020 to sell off existing inventory. The new law permits “the resale of vintage and used fur, but only by outlets not usually in the business of trading fur, such as secondhand stores, pawn shops and nonprofits.”The San Francisco Office of Economic Analysis predicts total fur sales for 2018 to total $40 million dollars.
"Fairy Feather" Threads Revitalize Traditional Industry
Saiei-Silk’s “fairy feather” filaments are the thinnest yard-dyed silk threads in the world. Their ultra-fine silk threads measure 8 denier in diameter, equaling to 1/6 of the diameter of a hair. Based in the town of Kawamata located in the Fukushima prefecture, the founder Saiei-Oromino has been recognized with prestigious awards including the Prime Ministers’ Monozukuri Nippon Grand Award and the Good Design Award.
Revolutionizing Khadi - An Ancient Craft
Raymond Ltd. is rejuvenating the traditional Indian craft of Khadi with their latest collection, “The Story Re-Spun”. Accompanying the release of their latest collections is a “visual narrative portraying the transformation of Khadi from being the ‘Fabric of the Nation’ to becoming a part of a new-age fashion ensemble that combines deep-rooted Indianness with the craftsmanship of Khadi.” The collection offers contemporary pieces for both menswear and womenswear—ranging from casual to workwear and occasion wear.
Fashion Revolution: The Go-To Industry Resource for Sustainability
Fashion Revolution is celebrating their fifth anniversary by shifting their focusing on social media content. They want to forge partnerships with prominent designers and roll out educational tools to galvanize the retail community around ethical fashion. One way they plan to increase information programming is hosting more panel discussions and Q&A’s with designers. This year also marks the first time that Fashion Revolution will be recognized as an official education non-governmental organization in the United States, with hopes to become more of a catalyst for sustainable change.
Looking for a Sustainable Denim? Here are 12 Brands You Need
The denim industry is negatively impact climate due to the carbon emissions produced during the life-time of one pair of jeans. Processes including disposal, cotton production, transportation, finishing, dyeing and washing use 7,000 liters of water to produce one pair of jeans. Sustainable brands including Levis, Everlane, and Citizens of Humanity are restructuring their production practices to reduce waste and pollution.