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George Michael x Twizy by Christophe Guillarmé

Concert “Symphonica” GEORGE MICHAEL & Gala Dinner at OPERA GARNIER PARIS

Auction of TWIZY BY CHRISTOPHE Guillarme to benefit SIDACTION

This Sunday, September 9, 2012, George Michael performs at the Opera Palais Garnier. He will give a unique concert followed by a gala dinner to benefit Sidaction association chaired by Pierre Bergé and Line Renaud. And in the presence of many personalities as Berenice Béjo, Lou Doillon, Anne Parillaud, Berenice Marlohe and many others. During dinner an auction will be orchestrated by the auctioneer Rémy Le Fur whose special edition Twizy Glam-Rock imagined by the designer Christophe Guillarmé will be a highlight. This special version of the new 100% electric vehicle Renault and urban glamor and customized mode already noticed at the Cannes Film Festival and Deauville should help ensure that the maximum Sidaction collecting funds to support research and patient support.

Armani Jeans Mens Top – Pick of the Week

Take a butchers at this Armani Jeans Mens Top – Our Pick of the Week – BUY HERE

Eco-friendly Armani Jeans mens, hemp and cotton mix, crew neck, long sleeve regular fit top. Deep crew neck with embroidered trim. Embroidered around neckline front and back. Stitched AJ logo on sleeve. Unfinished frayed exposed over locked waist and sleeve cuffs. Woven logo tape on side seam. Curved bottom, eco wash. 80% true hemp 20% cotton. Made in Italy.

Sugar Cane Scarf A/W 2013

Sugar Cane, the original eco-friendly brand from Japan introduces a selection of autumn/winter scarves in 2013. Sugar Cane mens blue palaka, vintage cut slightly over sized stole with leather stole ring. One wash, slightly creased finish. Unfinished hems with oven baked creases. Rolled unfinished seam on one side, other side turned back and single stitched. Woven patch on inner at scarf end. Leather stole ring with embossed locomotive button.

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Jeans washed in natural salt

Wash jeans in natural salt?

Why we wash new jeans using natural Salt in Japan. Washing your new jeans in natural salt helps to set their dye, preventing them from fading. In the past, using salt to keep the colour on your blue jeans was necessary because of a lack of quality laundry products for dark colours and jeans makers then did not use dye as fade-resistant as that used today.

Washing your new jeans in natural salt can still help to set the colouring in your jeans today, preventing fading and running of the blue jean dye, which could stain other clothes in your washing machine. The best natural salt for washing denim is Himalayan crystal salts.

Sugar Cane Jeans – Green Russia

Sugar Cane, the original eco-brand, is introduced to Russia. Take a butchers at the new shop if you’re visiting the land of the czars: Boutique Van Gogh, 440008, Penza, Suvorova street 144A, TC Suvorovsky, RUSSIA. Tel +7 (937) 421-6727.

Sugar Cane have thoroughly analyzed our forerunners jeans from the 1900 ’ s in chronicle order from yarn, dye, weave and construction to components . We have with us the actual results of fabric woven and colour fade test on the original pants worn. In order to create our own original jeans, it took over 20 years of research. To perfectly reproduce denim fabrics from 50 to 100 years ago in today ’ s advanced period is extremely difficult. To begin with we had to look for old power looms that had worked to weave denim fabric in those days, restore them and adjust them to weave the fabric we have. It was not easy to revive the old machines that disappeared a long time ago due to rationalization. Nowadays, the old power looms are not so unusual but in the early research stage, satisfactory fabrics could not be woven on the old looms found. It was a joint operation with the weaver of trial and failure and advanced step by step.

Yarn is also a very important factor for vintage denim; the cotton is carefully selected, blended, spun and indigo dyed exclusively for each model. Through many processes we finally had success in developing perfect vintage denim of which the surface looks rough and uneven, and indigo warp yarn fades like original old vintage denim. We believe that authentic vintage jeans can only be revived by the same process as original jeans and so had to search for a sewing factory that still has old sewing machines and experienced sewers. Our denim fabrics, after inspection, are delivered to our sewing factory to be cut and sewn. Also the original rivets, buttons and patch are put on by the bands of well-skilled workers. Every pair of Sugar Cane jeans is completed this way.

‘ Sugar Cane ’ denim by traditional Japanese dyeing techniques by hand and not by machine. The first model ‘ Sugar Cane Awa ’ is made of sugar cane denim dyed by Awa indigo. Awa used to be one of the popular places producing indigo, located in the western part of Japan. The second model ‘ Sugar Cane Okinawa ’ is made of sugar cane fibre and indigo produced in the region of Okinawa, Japan. The third model ‘ Sugar Cane Hawaii ’ is made from sugar cane and indigo imported from Hawaii.

The newest, fourth model is ‘ Sugar Cane Edo ’ . Edo is the name of an era in Japan from 1597 to 1868. The yarn for ‘ Sugar Cane Edo ’ denim is dyed by a method invented more than 200 years ago. This original ‘ Sugar Cane ’ denim series are the products made by a combination of know-how that we have learnt from long experiences of vintage reproduction and our Japanese tradition that we are still proud of.

If you are looking for a pair of truly vintage Japanese selvage jeans then these are the true originals amongst an illustrious list of “pretenders to the crown!”

Eco Fashion

PPR Group, the French multinational parent behind luxury and sportswear labels like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Puma, has announced a five-year plan to reduce its environmental and social footprint. By leveraging the results of PPR’s Environmental Profit & Loss Account, an ongoing initiative to measure the combined ecological impact of its subsidiaries, the multi-tiered action plan will focus on the reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, waste, and water; sourcing of raw materials; hazardous chemicals and materials; and paper and packaging.

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Vegan Shoes 2012, NOHARM Shoes

NOHARM, the premier men’s ethical and green footwear brand appears on fashion net. Vegan shoes are getting more and more attention these days from high street brands like, Nike, Brooks, Gucci and many more. Brands are starting to realise there’s a growing demand from responsible consumers.

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Nike factory pays up

How pro-active should a big name brand be to ensure that their products are not made using unfair labour and abuse? A big question most brands would like swept under the proverbial carpet.

A Nike factory has agreed to pay $1m in unpaid overtime to Indonesian workers in a move that could force other suppliers of multinational companies to follow suit. Maybe there’s also an onus on us consumers to put our foot down and boycott brands that are abusing the working class?

“There are more than 100,000 factory workers in Serang, and those who are most prone to overwork are labourers for branded merchandise, since they have to achieve certain targets,” said Bambang Wirahyoso, national chairman of the trade union.

Nike said it “commends the factory on their action plan and efforts to correct inadequacies in current policies designed to protect the rights of workers. Nike will continue to monitor and support their efforts to remediate the situation.” Nice! but shouldn’t Nike have ensured they placed production with a fair-labour factory before the law suit? Where was Nike’s due-diligence?

Paul Smith Olympic Stamp Collection

Paul Smith has collaborated with the Isle of Man Post Office to design a prestigious collection of seven stamps to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As a lifelong follower of the World Cycling, Paul Smith was honoured to be asked to participate in this project by the Isle of Man Post Office. The island is home to heroic Olympic Cyclist, and good friend of Paul Smith, Mark Cavendish. Mark will start as one of the favourites in the Men’s Road Race, which has been chosen as the first Cycling event at the Games. The starting line on the Mall, with Buckingham Palace as the backdrop will surely be an inspiration to the Team GB cycling team. It is estimated the race will attract the single biggest crowd of the Games, with an estimated 2 million people anticipated to line the 156 Mile course.

The Paul Smith Isle of Man stamps will be officially released on 1st January 2012 and will be available to buy from Paul Smith shops globally.

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Levi’s Shop in Amsterdam goes eco-friendly

Amsterdam based design firm Como Park was commissioned by Levi’s to create a new store interior concept. Frame Magazine recently reported on the behind the scenes failures and successes which led the design team to consider reusing materials in the store.

‘While the first concept looked good on paper, we made some prototypes and it just didn’t feel right,’ says Kenneth Jaworski of agency Como Park, adding that the first concept was also over budget. ‘We got lucky when permit issues delayed the project, giving us an opportunity to re-evaluate the design. At that point, we rethought and redesigned the store completely.’

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Como Park solved the budget issue by re-purposing much of the lighting and wood flooring from Levi’s Bread and Butter trade show booth. They also scoured Amsterdam for salvaged materials including old doors, bicycles and furniture. The resulting design favors these elements from the city over a lot of homogenized branding.

Brand to watch in 2012, NOHARM

Keep a close eye on NOHARM in 2012. We believe it could be the new up and coming brand for next year. Not many brands have the heart or the vision to bring ethics and fashion to the same table but NOHARM has been quietly setting things out in recent years and 2012 is possibly the year when everything comes together. Below is an advert taken from the industry leading fashion.net website. They sum it up nicely. Take a butchers:

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Visit the official NOHARM site at noharm.com

Production of Biobased Polyethylene by Toray

Toray Industries, Inc. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President, CEO & COO: Akihiro Nikkaku, hereafter referred to as “Toray”) has succeeded in producing laboratory-scale samples of the world’s first fully renewable biobased PET fiber by using fully renewable biobased PET derived from biobased para-xylene from Gevo, Inc. (Head Office: Englewood, Colorado, U.S.A, CEO: Patrick R. Gruber, hereafter referred to as “Gevo”), a leading company in renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels.

Production of Biobased Polyethylene by Toray

Vivienne Westwood, A Concerned Fashion Designer

Vivienne Westwood predicts humanity is heading for the gas chamber.

Her extreme viewpoints on human rights, the financial crisis and the environment ended up being the focus of a Guardian profile from this weekend. She’s even reluctant to encourage people to buy her clothes.

Vivienne Westwood, A Concerned Fashion Designer

On the inevitability of human extinction:

I will say something that sounds terrible. We’re all going into the gas chamber, and what I’m saying is that it’s not a bathroom. We’re going to be killed. The human race faces mass extinction.

On the contradiction between selling expensive clothes while fighting to save the planet from the harm that consumerism is supposedly doing to it:

‘My message is: choose well and buy less,’ she said then – as if to suggest you should buy one Westwood dress rather than filling Primark trolleys regularly.

‘I don’t feel comfortable defending my clothes. For 15 years I hated fashion.’ Why? ‘It’s not very intellectual, and I wanted to read, not make fashion. It was something I was good at; it wasn’t all of me.’

India cracks down on child labour

After global apparel brands stopped sourcing from Indian apparel exporters for engaging child labour, the industry has decided to adopt zero tolerance to child labour and cleanse the supply chain. Though the extensive auditing of the supply chain will add an additional cost of 5 per cent, but it will at least keep India off trade barriers owing to lack of compliance.

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Apparel industry players would now make sure that labour contractors don’t engage child labour and get the supply chain of the suppliers audited so that the industry starts getting orders again. AEPC has designed a compliance programme ‘Disha’ (Driving Industry towards Sustainable Human Capital Advancement) that would be implemented on the $11 billion industry soon. Disha will be coordinated and monitored in liaison with the Ministry of Textile. Global apparel buyers like H&M, Adidas, Next were a part of the team that drafted the program guidelines of Disha.

Global giants like Primark, Gap, M&S have had problems with their Indian suppliers in the past when the latter faulted on compliance. The US imports 30 per cent of business from India.

China’s Future Fashion is Green?

As the Chinese government struggles to meet several of its own environmental targets to 2015, China’s textile industry could face a new ‘green tax’, which together with higher wages and a slump in exports, puts additional pressure on an industry that is already facing big challenges.

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Jam out for a good cause

Jawbone has joined forces with charity: water to help support their staff and operations — allowing them to continue the important work of bringing clean, safe drinking water to the billion people currently living without it.

$50 from each Limited Edition JAMBOX will go to support charity: water.

Vivienne Westwood Gives £1 Million to Save the Planet

Dame Vivienne said she donated the money after learning that only a tiny amount of the $6.5 billion (£4.2 billion) committed to the World Bank’s Climate Investments Funds (CIF) has been spent.

Dame Vivienne has pledged the cash to the charity Cool Earth, which is trying to raise £7 million to prevent logging in the rainforests of Borneo, the Congo Basin and Peru.

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Sugar Cane Jeans 2012 Lookbook

Here we take a butchers at the Sugar Cane Co’s latest Lookbook.

Sugar Cane denim by traditional Japanese dyeing techniques by hand and not by machine. The first model Sugar Cane Awa is made of sugar cane denim dyed by Awa indigo. Awa used to be one of the popular places producing indigo, located in the western part of Japan. The second model Sugar Cane Okinawa is made of sugar cane fibre and indigo produced in the region of Okinawa, Japan. The third model Sugar Cane Hawaii is made from sugar cane and indigo imported from Hawaii.

Puma – Eco Friendly Trainers and Clothing

PUMA is following the NOHARM lead further by producing clothes and trainers that are compostable. PUMA’s CEO Franz Koch told the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche:

“We are confident that in the near future we will be able to bring the first shoes, T-shirts and bags, that are either compostable or recyclable, to the market. It follows two circuits, the technical and the biological: I can use old shoes to make new ones or something completely different, such as car tyres. In the biological cycle, I can make shoes and shirts that are compostable so I can shred them and bury them in the back garden. We are working on products that meet these two criteria.”

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Liberty Tool

There’s No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool.

H.G. “Skip” Brack salvages tools from all over New England to resell at affordable prices, in an effort to support his local economy and craftsmen.

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Timberland Boots x Ringo Starr

It’s a shame they don’t completely get it and are using leather but at least they’re on the right track:

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Timberland Boots x Ringo Starr

“You love boots–that’s why you’re here. And since you’re an innately good and noble person, you probably love helping great causes, too. Lastly, we know you love Ringo. Because hey, who doesn’t?

Well, now you can roll ‘em all up into one giant act of Internet-browsing, mouse-clicking glory. Because beginning December 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST, you’ll have a chance to bid on a pair of limited-edition Timberland® Earthkeepers® Bionic® Canvas boots featuring artwork created by the one-and-only Ringo Starr himself.

And the best part (besides the boots) is that 100% of the proceeds* go to WaterAid, an international organization improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.

We call it Canvas that Cares, and we’re kicking off the program with a real-life, honest to goodness Beatle (we can’t believe it either). And we want you to get in on it. So click here to find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.You love boots–that’s why you’re here. And since you’re an innately good and noble person, you probably love helping great causes, too. Lastly, we know you love Ringo. Because hey, who doesn’t?

Well, now you can roll ‘em all up into one giant act of Internet-browsing, mouse-clicking glory. Because beginning December 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST, you’ll have a chance to bid on a pair of limited-edition Timberland® Earthkeepers® Bionic® Canvas boots featuring artwork created by the one-and-only Ringo Starr himself.

And the best part (besides the boots) is that 100% of the proceeds* go to WaterAid, an international organization improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.

We call it Canvas that Cares, and we’re kicking off the program with a real-life, honest to goodness Beatle (we can’t believe it either). And we want you to get in on it. So click here to find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Designer Gas Masks – Sweet Irony

Can the irony be more poignant. A a designer gas mask to save us from environmental catastrophe! You have to laugh.

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A series of designer gas masks by conceptual artist Diddo Velema explores the psychological comfort we derive from high-end goods in the face of imminent disaster. Decked in the iconic logos of Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, the masks offer a critique of our “collectively insatiable culture of consumption,” according to Velema. “Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier,” he adds.

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Burberry, from Chav to Depraved?

New Burberry Despoke, from Chav to Depraved! Burberry now allows visitors to customise their trench coats with MINK linings and shearling collars. Burberry’s continued glorification of fur could be its next big headache as the brand migrates back to the bad old days of putting financial gain before its soul. Over the past decade we have reported on some of Burberry’s misadventures and then Angela Ahrendts came along and saved the great British brand. Now we fear she maybe taking them down road where fashion meets the blood of Smithfields!

Burberry, from Chav to Depraved?

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“Down the road, we’ll get into made-to-measure,” says Burberry’s chief executive, Angela Ahrendts. Burberry Bespoke is “the next evolution” for the brand and an indication of where the luxury sector is headed, she says. The customisation program will expand to include other products and options, she says.

“Honestly it makes no difference at all” how many custom coats Burberry sells, Ms. Ahrendts says. “It’s customer engagement. You want them to engage with the brand.”.

It’s starting to sound like the old Burberry Chav days when all that matters is sales at the expensive of the company’s soul.

Levi’s and Adidas try Eco-Friendly “Better Cotton”

What is BCI? Well, The Better Cotton Initiative exists in order to respond to the current impacts of cotton production worldwide. BCI aims to promote measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. Since 2005, the BCI has been working with organisations from across the cotton supply chain and interested stakeholders to facilitate a solution for the mainstream cotton sector. The BCI’s philosophy is to develop a market for a new mainstream commodity: ‘Better Cotton’ and thereby transform the cotton commodity to bring long-term benefits for the environment, farmers and other people dependent on cotton for their livelihood.

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Retailers such as Levi’s, Adidas, H&M and Marks & Spencer are giving it a bash. Momentum for the project has been driven in large part by the Better Cotton Initiative, a nonprofit launched in 2005 to reduce the environmental, social, economic impacts of cotton farming. The Geneva-based organization includes a wide range of stakeholders, from farmers and textile mills to retailers and nonprofits.

Sugar Cane jackets Tailor Toyo fully reversible Souvenier Suka jacket

Take a butchers at these limited edition fully reversible Souvenier Suka jacket. Look the business! Two styles available.

Tailor Toyo Souvenier Suka jacket Tailor Toyo mens hand embroidered Japanese fabric souvenier Suka fully reversable jacket Tailor Toyo mens classic fit Japanese fabric fully reversable jacket Grey body yellow sleeves with hand embroidered dragons on front Large hand embroidered Japanese theme on back on back Navy body taupe sleeves with hand embroidered snake and name on front Large US Air Force skull hand embroidered back Ribbed collar waistband and sleeve cuffs double sided zip slit pockets.

Tailor Toyo Souvenier Suka jacket Tailor Toyo mens hand embroidered Japanese fabric souvenier Suka fully reversable jacket Tailor Toyo mens classic fit Japanese fabric fully reversable jacket Burgundy body gold sleeves with hand embroidered tigers on front Large USMC theme hand embroidered on back Silver grey body with hand embroidered eagles on front Large hand embroidered eagle on back Ribbed collar waistband and sleeve cuffs double sided zip slit pockets

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Cross-species Fashion

Who said fashion was humancentric. Take a butchers or a gander at this knit. Even Smedley would be proud.

Knit a Sweater for a Penguin, Help Save an Oil-Spill Victim’s Life

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Due to the generous outpouring of handknits, a Maritime New Zealand spokesman says wildlife centers have more than enough, particularly with the warm weather they’ve been having. The penguins may not even appreciate the woolies, says one bird-keeper at Auckland Zoo. “Putting something like that on a penguin, it’s probably only going to stress it out even more than they already are,” she told Bay of Plenty Times. “These are wild penguins, they haven’t had any interaction with humans. There’s already enough stress on a bird without trying to put a sweater on it.” There go our plans to knit mini Quidditch uniforms for every House. Rats.

Gucci Faces Sweatshop Allegations From Employees

Gucci Faces Sweatshop Allegations From Employees

Gucci Store Employees Allege They Were Forced to Ask Permission Before Using Bathroom or Drinking Water. The luxury Italian fashion house has initiated an investigation into local mismanagement. WWD reports:

“The company said it has investigated the complaints and as a result has taken a number of actions, including replacing the senior management involved, as well as the assistant store manager; established a confidential communications channel between sales staff and senior management; strengthened its store management training, and reiterated its guiding principles.”

The employees filing the complaint demanded a $15,000 settlement for unpaid “overtime wages.” Gucci has “rejected the former employees’ request for compensation.”

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