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Fashion Week Insiders Call For Sustainability Clarity, Citing Confusing Brand Marketing and “Green-Washing”

Fashion month has come to a close and this season, more than ever, the industry has been under pressure to address its environmental responsibility. There are some steps being taken, whether it is the launch of the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion Initiative in London or Dior’s zero-waste, plastic-free, fully recyclable set and tree replanting scheme at their Paris show, but what does that mean on the ground?

Bangladesh ‘Fashionology’ Summit Report Reveals Fast Fashion, Sustainability and Technology Challenges

In my capacity as founder of Techstyler I am focused firmly on the need to share meaningful sustainability and fashion-tech information to both fashion businesses and consumers. In addition, I have founded a materials innovation agency, so I understand the challenges faced by both creators/business owners and consumers. In the following report I summarised a … Continue reading Bangladesh ‘Fashionology’ Summit Report Reveals Fast Fashion, Sustainability and Technology Challenges

Techstyler X LDC – “Why The Future Of Fashion Will Be Grown, Not Sewn”

Climate change is at the forefront of our minds given the critical warnings about our dwindling resources and rising global temperatures. Halting ‘consumption’ of goods is impossible, so the focus, regardless of which part your play (creator and consumer, or just the latter) should be reducing carbon emissions. It may sound complex, but essentially it … Continue reading Techstyler X LDC – “Why The Future Of Fashion Will Be Grown, Not Sewn”

The Country With The Most Certified Sustainable Garment Factories Is…

I began a 24 hour Instagram poll with a hypothesis about general perceptions of sustainable garment manufacturing. It was: ‘Fast fashion manufacturing hubs are seen as having less sustainable factories, while premium and luxury manufacturing hub factories are seen as inherently more sustainable.’ I received over 80 responses spanning Vogue editors, fashion designers (from LVMH … Continue reading The Country With The Most Certified Sustainable Garment Factories Is…

Techstyler X Avant Habit: Sustainable Business Models Versus ‘Greenwashing’

Sustainability is an inescapable topic of discussion in the fashion industry, but what does it involve? Is it materials? Is it manufacturing processes? Is it recycling? Is it all of these things and more? The Techstyler X Avat Habit panel discussion on 12th April sought to answer these questions by bringing together sustainable brand founders … Continue reading Techstyler X Avant Habit: Sustainable Business Models Versus ‘Greenwashing’

Techstyler X BOTTLETOP: Designers Reshaping ‘Luxury’ Driven by Sustainability and Ethics

Rounding off our speaker series for 2018 was our panel discussion on the role of designers in shaping and influencing sustainable brands and changing definitions of ‘luxury’.  Much of what is discussed in the realm of sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands is in the context of materials, supply chain and waste management, but what of … Continue reading Techstyler X BOTTLETOP: Designers Reshaping ‘Luxury’ Driven by Sustainability and Ethics

Techstyler x BOTTLETOP: 3D Digital Design Is Critical For A Sustainable Fashion Future

When discussing the future with pioneers on the edge of current industry practice an impassioned debate is inevitable.  The latest Techstyler X BOTTLETOP panel discussion ‘Sustainability Driven by New Technologies: 3D Digital Design and Virtual Reality ’ hosted three such pioneers who are reshaping the fashion landscape and meeting ethical, logistical and philosophical challenges along the … Continue reading Techstyler x BOTTLETOP: 3D Digital Design Is Critical For A Sustainable Fashion Future

Techstyler X BOTTLETOP: Grown Materials for Fashion – Past, Present and Future

Growing materials to use in fashion products may be new to most, but the panellists of the Techstyler X Bottletop Speaker Series discussion on ‘Biomaterials and Biodesign: The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials’ have been working in this sector for several years and it is bearing interesting fruit. Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable … Continue reading Techstyler X BOTTLETOP: Grown Materials for Fashion – Past, Present and Future

Techstyler X BOTTLETOP: Sustainable Materials for Design

Much is said about ‘sustainable materials’ in apparel and product design, but what makes a material sustainable? How can brands adopt sustainable materials without compromising on aesthetics and function? Why is adopting sustainable materials crucial to both the future of the design industries and commercial success of brands?  These questions formed the basis of the … Continue reading Techstyler X BOTTLETOP: Sustainable Materials for Design

Burberry’s Definition of Luxury in Flames in the Face of Millenial Discord

With Sustainability at the top of the fashion agenda in an increasingly discerning and judgemental public domain, the news that Hermes and Burberry are burning their bags (and all manner of other products) to protect brand image and keep their products out of the hands of ‘undesirables’, smacks of luxury fashion trying desperately to maintain … Continue reading Burberry’s Definition of Luxury in Flames in the Face of Millenial Discord