Week In Fabric :: 4 October 2017

What's Inspiring Us From The Global Material Landscape


The Pinnacle of #MaterialInspiration - Loro Piana

Pier Luigi Loro Piana - in a delightfully inspirational conversation with The Telegraph - speaks of Loro Piana’s age-old commitment to material innovation and quality. From their discovery of lotus flower fabric in Japan to Loro Piana’s investment in the breeding of Peruvian vicuñas, Loro Piana represents the pinnacle of true #MaterialInspiration.  Check out the exquisite wools and wool blends of Loro Piana’s Biella neighbors - Lanificio Zignone, Tollegno 1900 and Subalpino.   

Pier Luigi Loro Piana - in a delightfully inspirational conversation with The Telegraph - speaks of Loro Piana’s age-old commitment to material innovation and quality. From their discovery of lotus flower fabric in Japan to Loro Piana’s investment in the breeding of Peruvian vicuñas, Loro Piana represents the pinnacle of true #MaterialInspiration. 

Check out the exquisite wools and wool blends of Loro Piana’s Biella neighbors - Lanificio Zignone, Tollegno 1900 and Subalpino

 

 

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The Biotechnology Company That’s Making Faux Leather - For Real

 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes view into the technology company that is re-creating leather - except without any animal products. How is it different from current faux leather on the market? Well, this actually uses skin cells to create leather by brewing collagen which, interestingly enough, is the most essential ingredient in leather - not the animal skin. The result is “biologically - and perceptibly almost indistinguishable from animal leather."

Modern Meadow has at least another two years in development. In the meantime, check out the faux leather and suede available from Tali & Toray Ultrasuede

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A Visual Journey Into Naturally-Dyed Textiles

The New York Times takes us on a beautiful and in-depth journey to one of the homes of natural-dyed textiles - Teotitlán del Valle. The runoff liquid waste from textile factories ends up, inevitably, in water streams and is often full of toxins - from sulfur and formaldehyde to lead and mercury. Most residents in the village are in the weaving trade, and today they’re leading the charge in commercializing the process of natural dyes. 

While we plan our next sourcing trip to Teotitlán, take a look at the latest collections from our herbal-dyed textile mill Herbalfab and message Subalpino regarding their latest eco collection.  

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Sustainable Fashion Front & Center at MFW

Our perennial style crush Livia Firth brought sustainable practices in fashion into the spotlight with the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, which capped off Milan Fashion Week at the Teatro alla Scala. In addition to shining a spotlight on best practices in sustainable supply chains, the awards also payed homage to fashion “Made In Italy” - home to the some of the finest craftspeople in the world. 

While we are always looking to add more organic textiles to Le Souk, we’re also proud to showcase artisan textiles, and will be growing this category significantly in the coming months. Stay tuned…

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In Spite Of The Naysayers, Athleisure Holds Its Coveted Place at Fashion Weeks

While we’ve been reading about the rise (or fall?) of the once ubiquitous athleisure trend, it seemed to be alive and well based on Vogue’s coverage of the latest fashion weeks. We saw Gigi Hadid’s continued embrace of stylish athletic wear, Kendall Jenner’s off-duty casual look in Milan and the announcement that Jessica Biel is launching a new collection. 

For all our designers also continuing to embrace the trend, we couldn’t recommend the latest fabrics from Oratex more highly. 

 

Week In FabricBenita Singh