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For many of us, clothing donation containers seen in parking lots and around our neighborhoods is nothing new. Most of us know the drill— use the KonMari method on our clothes, find a collection container, and drop off clothes that no longer interest us. But what happens after that? Where do the clothes go? Are they donated, recycled, or none of the above?
The Library “is dedicated to improving ‘sustainability literacy’ in fashion by using a wholistic, human centered approach,” bridging science, human rights and technology with fashion to develop products, resources, and certifications for the industry and consumers.
Kia Davis, solo designer of Kikiskinis, took matters into her own hands after being tired of buying swimwear and clothing that did not properly fit her body type. She turned to her father’s closer where she repurposed an old polo shirt into a matching two-piece set.
With hundreds of retailers offering hard to resist deals and discounted items, shopping ethically can become a bit difficult. Here’s a curated list of socially and environmentally-conscious brands having sales, offering great discounts, or giving back to the community this weekend.
“My work is about decolonization; to take the reins back in telling the story of my family and my experiences, and to unapologetically take up the space back from surface level expressions that were created to try and exploit a culture that this society had whitewashed in the first place.”
What does your trash have to do with streetwear? Rising experimental designer Nicole Blue of WastedLA can tell you. “If we can’t convince people to be environmentally-conscious because it’s the right thing to do, maybe we can convince them to support our cause because the things we make are also just really cool.”
The Autumn / Winter 2017 "LABOR CAMPAIGN, our first cut and sew collection, highlights the very real, yet widely unknown issue of garment workers' safety and health in Los Angeles, particularly regarding heat, dust, and poor ventilation.