A year ago, two powerhouses of ethical fashion were introduced and the union is now bearing fruit to a new beautiful artisan-made collection. Kevin Allwood and the Ethical Fashion Initiative led by Simone Cipriani, are now working with Dot.Haiti, a Donna Karan initiative- to create a line of bracelets and bags made entirely by artisans in Haiti. The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s goal is to build a responsible fashion industry that measures its impact. Together they believe in a responsible fashion industry, where workers earn a living wage, are offered dignified working conditions and minimizes impact on the environment. Not Charity, Just Work. The beads are made out of natural clay and hand painted in 3 different colours. The bracelets also come with a lucky charm that designer Kevin Allwood has designed for his clients to wear with them daily. The Kevin Allwood + Haiti bracelets are now available at KASPACE Toronto, and the bags will be available in Spring 2017.
Made with Love.
“The storm is an illusion like everything in this holographic Universe. We are/ were never separated from source. This is why it is so impossible to go back. How can we go back when we were never separated. Just know.” – Kevin Allwood
Photos of artisans in haiti by Jessica Eileen
The beauty for Stella McCartney, is that when all the other major brands start to shift into being sustainable, McCartney would had this philosophy the whole time.
I don’t think I need to introduce Stella McCartney. At least I hope not…it is like someone not knowing who Paul McCartney is. But a fact that so many do not yet know; a fact that is so unique to such a global brand such as hers, is that Stella does not use any leather or fur in her designs. How is this possible!? Luxury handbags, shoes….how are they not made of genuine leather? The answer is, innovation, evolution and dedication.
“Everything feels good – from the general vibes to the fabrics, music and art photography on the walls – it is all carefully thought out. The cosmic black and gold mannequins have a way of marking your psyche for days, they are like nothing I have seen before.”
It has been an incredible 2015 and I could not have asked for a better way to start the new year, other than standing inside of the beautiful new sparkling KASPACE in Toronto. I know every letter, word, paragraph and edited parts of this story and the fact that this space is born is a testament to true faith, hard work and believing in one’s dreams.
It has been years (6 years to be exact) of listening to my other half tell me about this vision he has; a vision of creating a space that redefines the way retail is created. You see, he knew since the very inception of KA Magazine in 2009, that he would eventually bring the pages of this publication to life within a live experiential space – where the visitor could taste, touch, feel, listen, read, wear and just be in this good vibes environment of beauty, art, inspiration and fashion with a single thread linking it all – mindfulness and ethical lifestyle.
“I turned quite some heads the day we venture through Soho wearing the Kevin Allwood Atelier mesh dress from the 2016 spring collection. I remember the sales girl from Saint Laurent asking me – wow, where did you get your dress?”
In July I had the most fantastic week in New York. It was mainly filled with editorial work/fun for KA Magazine and buying / fabric sourcing at Premiere Vision with my other half for the Kevin Allwood collection. I turned quite some heads the day we venture through Soho wearing the Kevin Allwood Atelier mesh dress from the 2016 spring collection. I remember the sales girl from Saint Laurent asking me – wow, where did you get your dress? Paired with my vegan leather bag and eco leather-free wedges by Melissa Shoes – it was a perfect afternoon. We stayed at the Morgans Hotel on Madison Ave in Midtown East and it was just right, monochromatic design by the fabulous Andrée Putman. Loved it. Especially the breakfast lounge, a fantastic way to start the day. While there we tried some amazing vegan restaurants….I would highly recommend Franchia on Park and just loved the vibe at Local Thyme at 286 Madison – perfect for quick and healthy.
“I believe OSKLEN should be a staple for any modern woman looking to make (or already making) ethical and sustainable purchases in their wardrobe. It is about buying less, but better, and supporting brands that are putting in the effort.”
Brazil is growing at such a rapid rate, and quickly becoming a true world super power. There seems to be a large amount of consciously created eco friendly brands coming out of this country…could this perhaps be connected to it’s growth? I wouldn’t put it past the Universe to reward such good behaviour =) South Americans live with a certain connection to their land, nature and wildlife. There is a respect so fundamental, so needed, that I believe this is contributing largely to their overall success.
The future is here. Can you imagine a world where designers can create their own fabrics or manufacture entire garments from a printer? No wasteful textile industry, no animal cruelty or terrible working conditions for human beings who sew our mass produced clothes.
Let alone, can you even entertain the thought that these clothes can be printed in your own home? Although we are not there yet, there is certainly promise of the 3d printing fashion evolution coming our way. Read on about Danit Peleg, a fashion student in Israel who is changing the game.
We need to detox our lives, our minds, our eating habits, our shopping, our screen obsessions, our lifestyle, our work imbalance, our air and we also need to detox our oceans.
The world is evolving, or at least a portion of it is. There does exist pockets and groups of innovators, thinkers, designers and missionaries out there who are purposefully generating new ideas and products, not for consumerism or consumption, but for life. As individual people, and as a planet – we need a giant cleansing. We need to detox our lives, our minds, our eating habits, our shopping, our screen obsessions, our lifestyle, our work imbalance, our air and we also need to detox our oceans.
Last week, ADIDAS, Parley for the Oceans and British shoe designer Alexandre Taylor, unveiled the prototype of a shoe with an upper made entirely from yarns and filaments produced using plastic salvaged from the ocean.
“Bôhten is a part of the vast movement of African-inspired brands that are changing the “branding” of the beautiful and culturally rich continent of Africa.”
I just returned to Toronto from Montreal (and have actually, previously lived there most of my life), let me tell you, the winters are cold – I know this first hand. Never would I imagine that a brand created and inspired by its founder’s warm and earthy African roots, was dreamt and launched from Quebec. But there is always a first for everything, and this story is definitely sure to inspire.
“Her silhouettes this season are asymmetrical, oversized, flared – but always neatly cut. I loved her use of the faux shearling and fur this season; Finally us vegans get to be decked out in cruelty-free fur!”
Every year I have the same feeling when March comes along and the Fall collections for the next year are being shown and I just cannot seem to bear the thought of cold any longer…shouldn’t it be Spring already? Bring me some white and some warmth! For some reason though, the Stella McCartney F/W 2015 collection certainly gave me reason to look forward to next Fall (with white and warmth included!). Of all the designers showing in Paris this season, Stella is the main on my radar – being the most conscious luxury global brand right now (yes people, there is room for more…but for now Stella McCartney is leading the pack!) Continue Reading…