Heather Chaplet Talks Cotton, Love, and Making an Impact with Xoomba, Her Line of Organic West African made Clothing and Textiles

Heather Chaplet Talks Cotton, Love, and Making an Impact with Xoomba, Her Line of Organic West African made Clothing and Textiles

Perhaps it was having children, perhaps it was 9/11 - I don't know somehow, I started taking an intense interest in the intricate workings of the world. I decided I would not be satisfied floating in my fantastic theatrical bubble. I would use my artistic background to have an impact on the real economy. And fashion, well it's so humanly expressive, like the Shakespearean world is our stage!

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Meet Jessica Schreiber: Founder of FABSCRAP The Fashion Industry's First Textile Recycling Resource!

Meet Jessica Schreiber: Founder of FABSCRAP The Fashion Industry's First Textile Recycling Resource!

While managing the re-fashioNYC program, and later piloting the curbside collection of clothing, I was essentially working on everything that happens after fashion. I learned that clothing, accessories, and linens makeup 6% of New York City’s waste stream – that’s 200,000 tons thrown away every year! To put that in context, that’s 14 times the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Interview With MeiLin Wan of Applied DNA Sciences: How tracking DNA can provide certainty in supply chains.

Interview With MeiLin Wan of Applied DNA Sciences: How tracking DNA can provide certainty in supply chains.

At Applied DNA Sciences, we think of sustainability as being synonymous with versatility. Taking existing technologies and transforming them into ways that address a real need in the world. This can take the form of providing forensic scientific solutions to develop new applications to support sustainable claims, or to assure purity in the supply chain, or to ensure that conflict materials are not used in the manufacturing of a finished product. The versatility of our technology is one of the true gifts we offer to our partners and customers.

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Ruth Spencer Talks Supply Chain Transparency, Sustainability and what Inspires her Work at Sourcemap

Ruth Spencer Talks Supply Chain Transparency, Sustainability and what Inspires her Work at Sourcemap

Supply Chains in the fashion industry are particularly complex and difficult to penetrate. They also happen to conceal extensive environmental and human rights abuses. On the other side of the coin, providing transparency into the fashion industry presents an exciting opportunity because of the cultural power of clothing.  People feel connected to their clothes in a special way, which, in my option, will make the environmental impact of a transparent supply chain even more powerful. 

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Meet the Creators of WOVNS, the Platform that Empowers Anyone to Create Their Own Woven Textiles

Meet the Creators of WOVNS, the Platform that Empowers Anyone to Create Their Own Woven Textiles

We started from a deep understanding of the possibilities and constraints of Jacquard weaving, then set about to translate those into a form that would make sense for people without industry experience. We've developed some novel approaches that allow us to offer a wide range of options while maintaining an efficient manufacturing process. This allows us to offer small volumes of fabric at a reasonable price.

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Meet Sayam Kochar, Co-creator of Techpacker, the First Designer Centric, Open Source, Life Cycle Management Tool

Meet Sayam Kochar, Co-creator of Techpacker, the First Designer Centric, Open Source, Life Cycle Management Tool

Techpacker is the world’s first fashion life cycle management tool (PLM) that is designed for growing fashion designers and brands. Our philosophy is to build accessible and affordable design management solutions so that any designer can get quality products made from any part of the world easily.

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Discover the Inspiration and Story behind Maud Heline's Modern Fresh Namesake Line

Discover the Inspiration and Story behind Maud Heline's Modern Fresh Namesake Line

Maud Heline’s resume reads like an aspiring fashion designer’s dream. From studying at l’Ecole de la Chambre in Paris and winning a scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco to working at Isabel Marant and Balmain in France and then Maiyet in New York. I met with Maud Heline in her calming airy Paris-meets-Brooklyn studio at Manufacture New York to hear her story as she recounted the path that led to creating and launching her namesake line.

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Meet Francesca Kennedy, the vibrant CEO of IX Style

Meet Francesca Kennedy, the vibrant CEO of IX Style

What inspired you to start IX Style? My parents are originally from Guatemala and as a little girl I spent my summers returning to visit my extended family there. My fondest childhood memories are swimming with my cousins in the once beautiful waters of Lake Atitlan. On a trip back to Guatemala a couple years ago, I found the lake overrun with blue green algae. I saw children bathing in, collecting, and drinking the polluted water.

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Meet Deirdre McGuigan, the multi-talented Creative Director of Indego Africa!

Meet Deirdre McGuigan, the multi-talented Creative Director of Indego Africa!

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Deirdre McGuigan, the Creative Director of Indego Africa. Indego Africa is a fair trade social enterprise that lifts women-owned businesses in Rwanda toward economic independence through access to international markets and your source for high quality and on-trend jewelry, accessories, and home goods. 100% of profits go to business training and development programs for their talented women artisans. Read my here: 

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Interview with the owner of Foyer, my favorite Vintage Store!

Interview with the owner of Foyer, my favorite Vintage Store!

What inspired you to start Foyer? I have always respected and looked up to small business owners. I grew up with my grandmother who owned one of Finland last public Sauna’s, as a child I was there watching every aspect of her running the business. Then later my mother opened her own hair salon in the eighties (and still does today!!), and there as well I learned a lot, and my mother continues to guide me and give support when I am having a hard day. So, as you see, running a business seems to run in the family.

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Interview with Monisha Raja of Love Is Mighty

Interview with Monisha Raja of Love Is Mighty

What inspired you to start Love is Mighty? I wanted to start a business that I believe in, one that was not fractured from the way I live my personal life, and one that found a confluence for all my passions – human and animal rights, the environment and healthy living. I had been working in fashion for close to two decades at the time and realized that it was time for a change. I took off to India for a few months in 2010. On this trip, I connected to artisans living in remote villages, off the beaten path. I had always been drawn to tribal embroideries and beadings as a child, and it saddened me to see the demise of some of these art forms due to rapid urbanization.  A seed was planted.

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Interview with Tara St. James of Study NY

Interview with Tara St. James of Study NY

When and why did you start Study? In 2009, after working on Covet for 5 years, my design career was going in a very different direction from that of the company I worked for, so I decided to leave.  Starting Study happened somewhat accidentally.  I was a part of the sustainable design community in New York (because Covet was made using environmentally friendly materials) and I was invited to show at NYFW when the GreenShows started.  I had no collection to show, so I started Study.  That was my first collection, for the Spring of 2010.

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