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Some of my favorite sustainable designers–like Samantha Pleet, Carrie Parry, Dirty Librarian Chains, Gretchen Jones, H Fredriksson, Study NY and Titania Inglis, among many many others–will be available for you to buy this weekend at what promises to be a stellar temp store: Bring It to the People.
You’ll find clothing, jewelry, accessories and swimwear (get ready for the Hamptons!). All the labels are independent and New York-based, natch. Bring your credit card–your indie and eco cred will be sufficiently burnished by the time you’re done.
While it runs for two days, if you stop by between 4 and 7pm on Saturday, you can sip drinks and listen to beats while you chat with some up these up and coming design luminaries.
11am-7pm on Saturday, June 23rd and 12-5pm on Sunday the 24th
Soho Lofts, 4th floor, 52 Mercer Street below Broome in Manhattan
Who says sustainable is ugly? Well, I have, but it looks like that is changing.
One of my favorite sustainable designers, CARRIE PARRY, won The Green Fashion Competition at Amsterdam International Fashion Week! She took home the cash prize of €15,000 after a stunning runway show in which she competed against seven other finalists for the prize.
Beating out hundreds of designers from around the world, CARRIE PARRY was selected as the competition winner based on collection designs and business plan, demonstrating the ability to sustain our world’s biodiversity while producing catwalk-worthy fashion.
The Central Saint Martin’s graduate and former circus costumer’s eponymous label– which she launched from her Brooklyn home barely a year ago–is already earning multiple accolades including the Ethical Fashion Forum’s 2011 Innovation U.S.A. Award, a coveted spot at Designer & Agents’ Green Room, and now top honors at AIFW’s The Green Fashion Competition.
OK, so why choose Carrie Parry to win these prestigious award?
A) She’s got the experience, with posts at Jonathan Saunders, Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, and fashion’s leading environmental non-profit Earth Pledge FutureFashion, which shows in the quality of her garments.
B) She recognizes the two sides to making fashion sustainable: how garments are made–with sustainably-sourced recycled, organic and carbon neutral textiles from domestic sources and artisanal communities around the world–and how garments are worn – introducing the concept of interchangeable and detachable pieces and designing with an emphasis on versatility (day to night, season to season) so we get more wear out of the garments we own, and therefore need to consume less.
“It feels amazing to be honored by such a prestigious group whose goals in advancing sustainable fashion are so matched with my own,” says designer Carrie Parry. ”Seeing my collection on the runway in Amsterdam and then being named winner has been such a thrill, and I look forward to using the prize money towards continuing to redefine how we approach fashion.”
Congrats Carrie! You totally deserve it.
A new face in the sustainable design scene, Carrie Parry wowed me last spring with her first collection of classy and ladylike separates and dresses. She came out strong with a fiery red cocktail dress, pencil skirts and blouses that were any but granola. And no, there were no yoga pants in the CARRIE PARRY collection.
Now her fall designs are finally on the racks (you can find them at Otto Brooklyn) but of course she’s now turned her eye to Spring 2012. I got a peek at her lookbook, and there is more gorgeousness in there than I can handle! Think very French, very romantic, and very ladylike. Check out her inspiration board:
Parry lives in NYC, so I got to ask her some questions about her work and life here. Read on for her biggest design challenges, her fave places to eat and drink, and how she lives sustainably every day.
CH: Do you think interest in sustainable design is growing?
CP: Yes, definitely. A lot of the bigger companies are really contributing to the movement with new tools and education like the Nike Design Tool and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. I feel that this will really help bring awareness and really push everything forward. Education is really key.
CH: What challenges have you found in designing sustainably? What has been most surprising about it?
CP: Sourcing material. Not having the access to as many fabrics can be limiting but it is definitely much more rewarding to source socially and environmentally responsible fabrics and trims. Also, finding out information on the supply chain of the fabrics can be difficult. I often find suppliers are really surprised when I ask them questions…I don’t think they are used to people asking and caring!
CH: What you like to do during your time off? How do you spend a typical New York Saturday?
CH: I love people-watching in the city and long brunches. There are always great exhibits going on, and my favorite thing to do over the weekend lately has been going to the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn—its dinner and a movie—the perfect date night. My weekends generally always include working on CARRIE PARRY too—whether it be designing, research etc.
CH: What’s your favorite NYC restaurant? Your favorite NYC bar?
CP: Ah, there are too many great ones to choose just one!
I love Il Buco. The wine cellar is super romantic, charming, and has such a cool history. They’re dedicated to sourcing local ingredients and wine from small producers. Cafe Moto in Brooklyn is also one of my faves. They have awesome live jazz and the atmosphere always takes me out of the city.
A few blocks away from me in Brooklyn is Maison Premiere. They have the most beautiful back garden and great cocktails. It’s perfect just as the sun is going down.
CH: How do you live sustainably in your every day life? What do you find most challenging about living sustainably?
CP: I consider my purchases and buy for quality and long-lastingness. [Find out more about how to buy sustainably by reading my quick primer.] I consider who made it, where it came from and try to support local businesses, and businesses who are doing good. I recycle, buy used when possible, use natural/organic cleaning and skin products, grow herbs, and lecture my friends and family a bit too often on what they can do! I think of it as more of a mindset, so its not really something I find challenging. Living in the city, sometimes recycling of certain items can def be a pain though!
Find out more about CARRIE PARRY and see the fall collection here.
Designing with careful consideration of social and environmental impact, new label Carrie Parry is produced ethically, right here in New York City in the Fashion District. Her pieces include organic wool that is hand spun by a cooperative of 80 artisan women in India, recycled polyester and eco-friendly fabric made from tree pulp, with printing done in San Francisco.
Look, there are plenty of fair trade, organic clothing companies out there. But this one has set itself apart in my mind, because it is wearable. Carrie Parry has burst on the scene with separates and dresses that you can wear to the office, to a first date with that hot lawyer, on a night out with your girlfriends, or all three. I caught up with Carrie at the Capsule show last weekend, and studied the stitching and construction, fingering the fabrics as she spoke to me about what she is trying to do. The quality of the garments is impeccable – this is no Etsy seamstress. The price point reflects the quality of that construction; these are investment pieces for sure.
How about this rarity – something eco-friendly that you can wear to work at the high-powered office:
It 100% silk, handwoven shirt also comes in grey/purple, and black/white.
This outfit will most certainly get you a raise at the law firm:
And for your hot date:
This 100% organic wool jersey dress also comes in olive green and black. I suspect the black would be a good office wear stable as well, especially since the bow is detachable.
This outfit says, “Don’t mess with me, I’m an important person.”:
The bow is detachable on this one as well.
For a younger, everyday skirt that you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe for a cute date look, when you’re going shopping, or the office, here’s a winner:
I like this dress for an easy night out look that is classy yet sexy:
How about a brunch dress? The color blocking on this one is so right now – it just needs a pair of strappy leather sandals:
It’s made from a recycled polyester/spandex jersey.
And finally an olive green shirt dress with an edgy yet sophisticated look:
It’s 100% Tencel, which is made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. It also comes in grey, black, and white.
So I know you might be wondering where you can pick up these pieces. Well, this is just the fall preview, so you’ll have to wait a bit. Come fall, you can order the pieces online at her site, and I will update you with what New York boutiques stock the line!
What do you think? Would you wear these pieces?