by Kirsten Dirksen 21,404 views
Juliano Lima believed in the skills of his countrymen, but he knew that few Brazilian crafters had the resources to bring their work to a larger market. He wanted to create a global brand of leather shoes that were not only handmade, but made without chemicals- for dyes or tanning (i.e. chrome).
He traveled over 8,000 kilometers through Brazil looking for artisans who knew how to craft and dye leather the old way. In the state of Ceará he found leather-workers whose hand-made process dated from the sixteenth century. Here they were still tanning leather without using chrome.
"Our main desire as a brand is to rescue manufacturing cultures & ancient clothing products that are being lost through times and insert them back into the market."
To move beyond the colors of brown and black, he pushed to find a way to color his shoes with natural dyes. To create a more sustainable sole, Lima's team began experimenting with using old tires, eventually creating a tool to craft the tires and separate the rubber from the steel wires.
Today Caboclo is made up of Juba and his brother Leonardo. The Brazilian "social-environmental designer" Paula Dib heads up material, product and design development, but Juba is quick to point out that all 60 artisans in the cooperative are also "designers" and are encouraged- through educational benefits- to become entrepreneurs themselves.
The Caboclo team now produces shoes tailored to trends in New York, Paris, Barcelona and London. Today, there are two stores in Barcelona (one crafted from recycled shipping pallets that Lima scavenged from the nearby port) and the shoes are sold in the United States, Canada, Japan, Finland, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
More info on original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/brazilian-slow-shoes-ha
by Kirsten Dirksen 14,497 views
When they were teenagers in the late nineties, Kerry Seager and Annika Sanders wanted clothes that would make them look unique, but they didn't have any money so they started remaking old clothes into new styles.
Today, their Junky Stylings line has been labeled "high fashion street couture" by Vogue and has been worn by celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller.
Partly responsible for bringing attention to the current movement for upcyling, or refashioning, clothing, Seager and Sanders also perform wardrobe surgery for clients who bring in old clothing they want to make new again. They upcycled one of Colin Firth's moth-eaten suits for his wife Livia to wear at the "King's Speech" premiere in Paris.
Wanting to help others re-make old clothes new again, Sanders and Seager are eager to give away their secrets. In their book Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery, they not only document their personal journey, but they offer a how to section full of details so readers can make some of their trademark designs, like a suit-sleeve scarf or a "shirt wrap halter top".
In a very open-source spirit, they have published patterns in The Guardian. With the step-by-step instructions for their popular "fly top", they show you in six steps- with just trousers, T-shirt, scissors, pins and needle and thread- how to "turn any pair of trousers into a fitted top with a wide structured neckline and a zip detail".
We visited their shop in London's Hackney district to see an operation in process.
Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/operation-wardrobe-upcy
by Kirsten Dirksen 36,179 views
Valentina Thörner da Cruz limits her wardrobe to 33 pieces of clothing for 3 months. People have dressed with less (other wardrobe diets include: 6 items or less challenge, 10-item capsule wardrobe, 1 little brown dress for 1 year), but Project 333 (started by Valentina's friend Courtney Carver) counts shoes, jewelry, outerwear and accessories and they're not targeting minimalists.
Given studies that show that women use only about 20% of their wardrobe, shrinking your wardrobe is just a way to remove unnecessary clutter and eliminate stress.
More info on original video: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/simple-wardrobe-33-thin
by Kirsten Dirksen 28,985 views
Except for notions (buttons, zippers, etc), everything in Rebecca Burgess' wardrobe has been grown and designed within 150 miles of her home. But until putting her closet on a diet one year ago, nearly all her clothing was produced far from home, and that made her a very typical American.
Over the past half century the U.S. textile industry has been decimated. "In 1965, 95% of the clothing in a typical American's closet was made in America," Burgess writes on her blog, "today less than 5% of our clothes are made here."
Upset by the outsourcing of the American wardrobe, as well as the disconnect this by the waste produced by the textile industry worldwide (it's the #1 polluter of fresh water on the planet and America's 5th largest polluting industry), Burgess decided she needed to focus public attention on local fabric, in the same way the food movement had done with local food.
Inspired by the success of challenges like the 100 Mile Diet, Burgess decided to put her closet on a diet. For six weeks she wore one outfit (created from local rancher Sally Fox's color-grown cotton that Fox had milled back in 1983 before the area lost all of its mills), but then local designers, in collaboration with local farmers, began creating more hand spun/knitted/dyed pieces until her wardrobe had become so complete she even had a naturally-wicking alpaca raincoat.
Rebecca calls her experiment the Fibershed Project, because like a foodshed or watershed, her fibershed- the 150 mile radius of her home- is big enough to provide for all the fibers and dyes necessary to create a diverse wardrobe. She admits she's lucky to be in Northern California where there are plenty of ranchers raising even alpacas, angoras and mohair goats and where there's an ideal climate for growing a variety of color-grown cottons.
In this video, we visit Burgess at her dye farm in Lagunitas, California and her home nearby where she shows us her 150-mile wardrobe, including a bicycle-felted vest and a sweater made from the wool of the oldest rancher in the fibershed (a 96-year-old sheep rancher) and the youngest designer (an 18-year-old knitter).
Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/150-mile-wardrobe-local
by Kirsten Dirksen 19,713 views
Sasha Duerr uses just about anything to dye clothing: from kitchen waste (coffee grounds, avocado pits and onion skins) to invasive "weeds" (wild fennel, oxalis) to the leaves, fruit or petals of nearly any tree or plant (maple, pear, cherry, fig, acorn, fern, dahlia, poppy, lavender, etc).
Inspired by permaculture, Duerr believes in a slower approach to textile dying- she founded the Permacouture Institute to help advance Slow Textiles- both as a way to respect the environment, but also because she believes that plant-based color is more beautiful, and truly alive.
Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/diy-dyes-from-your-kitc
Sasha's book: http://www.timberpress.com/books/handbook_natural_plant_dyes
by faircompanies 17,455 views
Mireia Solsona studied architecture in Barcelona and pursued fashion as a hobby. Then the housing market crashed and with little work for architects, she decided to fall back on her hobby. But she didn't want to just create one more clothing brand.
Inspired by the Ancient Greeks and their brand of Slow Fashion, she began to work on an idea for a multi-functional clothing line. Fascinated by the Greeks' ability to turn a simple piece of cloth into dozens of outfits, Solsona began creating geometric-shaped pieces of clothing that could be twisted, turned, flipped and folded to create entirely new looks.
Today, her Mimètik clothing line is in constant motion. A cylindrincal piece of fabric converts between a dress and a top with a morphing neckline. A little red dress can be worn backward or forward, with caped sleeves or a bunched neck. A cone-shaped fabric flip-flops between a skirt a shirt (both are reservable). The most impressively morphing piece is a particularly Grecian shape that can be tied, twisted and wrapped to create ten different looks.
More info & original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/slow-fashion-entreprene
by Kirsten Dirksen 31,433 views
Vancouver re-designer Katherine Soucie reworks old pantyhose to create new remade fashions. Here she shows us how she makes a shirt for her Sans Soucie line. Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/redesigned-clothing-a-2
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,286 views
Spanish fashion label Skunkfunk produces a t-shirt responsible for just 0.6 kilos of CO2, instead of the 6 kilos of CO2 of a conventional t-shirt. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/skunkfunk-a-low-carbon-
by Kirsten Dirksen 5,661 views
Vancouver designer Katherine Soucie upcycled old fabric softener sheets to make a dress. Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/redesigned-clothing-dis
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,650 views
A primer on all the Patagonia e-fibers: organic cotton, hemp, tencel, organic wool, chlorine-free wool and reyclable nylon. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/eco-friendly-fibers-ins
by Kirsten Dirksen 6,839 views
Buffalo Exchange has stores in 12 states and do a big business letting you buy/sell/trade your- or someone else's- impulse buys. A visit to the Haight Street store (San Francisco). Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/buyselltrade-last-month
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,311 views
ReBag founder on using materials that are recycled, recyclable and that cause little environmental stress. Whether recycled like PET or most sustainable from seed to fiber like jute. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/rebags-reuseable-bags-f
by Kirsten Dirksen 994 views
Kuyichi was first in organic jeans back in 2001. They now work with new sustainable materials: recycled PET bottles, spare denim, soya, lunpur and vegetable tanned leather. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/kuyichi-first-in-organi
by Kirsten Dirksen 912 views
Joe Komodo shows us some of his handcrafted pieces, his eco-fabrics like organic cotton and hemp and his anti-establishment t-shirts. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/komodo-eco-fashion-with
by Kirsten Dirksen 739 views
From the dyes and inks to the threads, Itsus Eco System Green goes all the way organic. Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/itsus-eco-system-green-
by Kirsten Dirksen 890 views
faircompanies collaborator SuChin Pak hangs her laundry on the faircompanies clothesline, saving 3.9 pounds of CO2 emissions- the carbon footprint of machine drying a load of laundry. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/suchins-low-carbon-diet
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,835 views
Vancouver designer Katherine Soucie shows us the fabrics she uses made from post industrial fabric scraps, seashells, wool bits and more. Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/redesigned-clothing-sea
by Kirsten Dirksen 5,573 views
Patagonia is the first company to: use 100% organic cotton (1996), track the eco-footprint of all their products, make jackets from recycled soda bottles and accept used clothing for recycling into new product. Patagonia's Megan Marble takes us for a tour of their Ventura (California) headquarters. Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/patagonia-one-companys-
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,395 views
Patagonia's Tim Rhone talks about re-using fabrics, Nike and organics and the power of hemp. Original content: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/patagonias-soda-bottle-
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,550 views
For the owners of Boston boutique Envi, eco-retail includes a floating (no glue) bamboo floor, vintage furniture, recycled hangers (from recycled paper mache) and undyed, 100% recycled, natural craft bags. Original content here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/how-to-create-a-green-r
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,911 views
Ursula Stahl from eco-store Envi, shows us some shoes that give 2nd life to materials: high style Terra Plana pumps and those from cult-favorite Brazilian line Melissa. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/redesigned-clothing-jus
by Kirsten Dirksen 1,172 views
Eco-fabric picks like Moral Fervor's fermented corn starch (aka Ingeo), biodegradable shirts Edun tops and Del Forte jeans. Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/fermented-corn-starch-s
by Kirsten Dirksen 3,233 views
Jan VanderTuin of Eugene, Oregon's Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) shows us the tall, the small and the foldable (of their bicycles). Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/tall-bikes-cadillac-cru