By now, you’ve probably seen some of the stats about how the apparel industry is wreaking havoc on our planet. As a fashion writer, I read through these figures every day, and they are staggering to me. McKinsey reported the world tipped over into manufacturing 100 billion articles of clothing annually in 2014. (Consider that there are only 7 billion humans that inhabit the Earth.) The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a sustainability nonprofit, says that the average number of times that a garment is worn before it stops being used has gone down by 36% over the last 15 years, and many consumers wear items less than 10 times before they chuck them out. advertisement advertisement This means that all of the pollution generated from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing them into garments, and transporting them around the world results in pieces of clothing that someone might only wear a couple of times. At that point, the wearer might throw it out to make room for … [Read more...] about Madewell, Patagonia, and Eileen Fisher want to buy your old clothes
The funny thing about films set in the future is how often the costumes reflect fashion trends of the past. Blade Runner‘s Rachel has hair from the 1940s and shoulder pads from the 1980s; The Jetsons espoused a future where women wear Jean Shrimpton’s 1960s mini-dresses, but with triangular collars. advertisement advertisement The new Spike Jonze flick Her (in which Joaqhin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with his operating system) is set in Los Angeles in the near future, and its vision of the future is far more restrained. From the looks of the layered monochromatic button downs, Uniqlo is the only store left in existence. This could be due in part to insight Jonze got from him friend Humberto Leon, cofounder of the global fashion brand Opening Ceremony. Jonze has said he talked with Leon while writing and developing the movie. And now, along with the film’s costume designer Casey Storm, they’ve created a Her-inspired capsule collection for … [Read more...] about Is This What Clothes Will Look Like In 2050?
There’s something sad about an article of clothing reaching the end of its life. After the fabric wears out and it develops a couple of holes, its owner will throw it in the trash. The garment will then sit in a landfill, where the organic fibers will biodegrade and the synthetic ones will just degrade into tiny particles, never fully decomposing. advertisement advertisement Patagonia is trying to make the afterlife of its garments more exciting: When a customer begins to spot wear and tear on a puffer jacket or fleece vest, they can bring it back to a Patagonia store to have it repaired. If they don’t want the item anymore, they can sell it back to Patagonia, which will refurbish it and sell it on Worn Wear, a marketplace of second-hand products that launched in 2017. But what about pieces that are truly beyond repair? Those are the clothes Patagonia is focusing on with the launch of a new line called ReCrafted. The line takes worn-out, damaged goods and … [Read more...] about Patagonia’s new line is made from old clothes damaged beyond repair
Rent the Runway, the decade-old clothing rental platform now valued at $1 billion, is expanding its partnership with heritage department store Nordstrom. The two companies tell Fast Company exclusively that they will be blending their capabilities along many dimensions, including creating new products together and incorporating Nordstrom inventory into the Rent the Runway system. For Rent the Runway customers, the most immediate and obvious shift is that they will be able to drop off their rentals at more Nordstrom locations. Earlier this year, Rent the Runway piloted a program where users could drop off their products at five Nordstrom stores. These drop boxes have been very successful, and starting today, 25 more Nordstrom stores, in cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas, will carry these drop boxes. Over the last few years, as Rent the Runway has expanded beyond gowns into workwear and everyday clothes, customers have increasingly moved toward ongoing subscriptions rather … [Read more...] about Rent the Runway and Nordstrom have big plans to reshape retail
With Black Friday falling late this year—November 29—and just under four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers are scrambling to get people to do their holiday shopping earlier than usual. What that means: they’re posting Black Friday-like deals online well in advance of Thanksgiving. Among the retailers offering early holiday specials is design-savvy Target, known for both its on-trend in-house brands and its smart curation of other products. To save you the trouble of scrolling through hundreds of deals, we rounded up the coolest, savviest, and most exciting gifts on sale right now at Target. advertisement advertisement Ultimate Ears WonderBoom Wireless SpeakerThis soldier of a portable speaker is an FC favorite: it’s waterproof, drop-proof, boasts a 10-hour battery life, and is capable of connecting to a second WonderBoom speaker, so you can have surround sound no matter where you are (for a fraction of the price of other brands). … [Read more...] about The coolest, most design-savvy holiday gifts you can buy at Target right now