UrbanLandfill loves Loomstate.
So we were ecstatic when they agreed to a 9 question interview based on their Sandy relief work in relation to hard-hit costal communities and their continued commitment to sustainability.
UrbanLandfill’s 9 Questions for Loomstate:
- Super Storm Sandy caused devastation in at least four states, and hit especially hard waterfront communities along the Northeastern coast. Loomstate has partnered with Waves For Waters to help with the efforts to clean up the aftermath. How did the partnership begin, and how has Super Storm Sandy affected Loomstate employees?
From offering space in our warehouse, attending weekly planning meetings with Waves for Water, working with Fashion Girls for Humanity to fundraise, to volunteering out in Long Beach and Rockaway, we are very emotionally connected to the Sandy recovery effort. Jon Rose, founder of Waves for Water, is also a good friend of Loomstate’s founders Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay-Hahn. It has been incredible to see organizations, companies, and individuals working together toward the same goal. Thankfully, none of our employees have sustained any long-term damage to their homes, but we do look forward to getting our surfing beaches and friends’ homes along the coast back in shape.
2. Along with providing hands-on help, Loomstate has created Sandy Recovery Tees. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the sale of these tees go directly to Sandy relief efforts. Where did the design of the tees come from, and how was the decision made to give all the proceeds to relief efforts?
Yes, we currently have an organic cotton Sandy Recovery Tee available online that donates 50% to Waves for Water and 50% to Food Bank for New York. We have been involved with both of these organizations and know first hand what amazing work they are doing! We encourage you to tweet to @Loomstate_org with questions about getting involved.
3. Sustainability and philanthropic efforts often go hand in hand. Many companies have their own foundations, focusing on an issue near and dear to their hearts, such as ethical responsibility, recycling programs, and fair trade initiatives. Does Loomstate have a foundation, or does the company lend itself to causes as they arise?
Our relationships happen organically – we like to have personal connections to a cause and the people behind it to ensure that we are supporting something in the most effective way. Most of the organizations we work with are in the environmental realm, from organic cotton farming to youth sustainability education programs (like Teens Turning Green) to surf-infused projects (like Waves for Water and Stoked Mentoring).
4. The Sandy Relief Bill that only recently passed in Congress was delayed for months, and includes ﬂood insurance payouts for those that were directly affected by the SuperStorm. How does Loomstate feel about the delay of funds?
Just like everyone else. We are hoping for a package that is sufficient in supporting those affected by Sandy. Though out of the media, the physical and emotional recovery process is going to take a long time and this package will help.
5. The Sandy Recovery Tees are imprinted with ideas of restoring, rebuilding, reviving, and returning. What do the ideas showcased on the Sandy Recovery Tees mean to Loomstate as a company?
Our slogan is “We return to our favorite beaches to rebuild fallen homes, restore lost energy, and revive dampened hopes”….to return to our favorite beaches once again. The Loomstate office is full of surfers and those that care deeply about the environment, as well as our local community. It is a statement that we will be here to help throughout the duration of the recovery process, until we can once again return to our favorite beaches for a surf!
6. There is a current debate amongst those who follow sustainable fashion about the impact of using organic fabrics that originate from the same country the company comes from. Do the fabrics that Loomstate use for their collections originate from America, and how does that make a difference for the company?
At Loomstate we primarily source cotton from locations within the United States and India. Organic cotton supports local environmental health, fair wages, clean water quality, and a number of other community benefits, so when it comes down to making the right sourcing decisions Loomstate looks for reliability, knowing that we are already well covered in terms of sustainability. Going local is great, and we try to do it as often as possible. But shipping a large amount of cotton in an ocean going vessel produces less carbon per piece of clothing than trucking smaller amounts of cotton grown here in the US. Organic is about being a good neighbor, and treating other’s soils, souls, and economies as our own, both locally and internationally.
It is also the case, and particularly with organic cotton, that developing countries have the most to gain. Supporting small landholders in going organic opens more economic opportunities for those families.
7. The majority of sustainable and ethical clothing companies are geared towards women. There is a smaller but growing demographic that’s calling for ethical basics for men. Will Loomstate have a mens basics collection, or will the company have a unisex collection?
8. Fast fashion clothing companies have a high turnover of clothes, and tend to use conventional fabrics as a means to keep costs down. Loomstate is a smaller, more focused company that prides itself on using organic fabrics such as cotton and Tencel, a new sustainable ﬁbre. Why use organic fabrics when conventional fabrics are cheaper?
Choosing fiber based on price will ultimately sacrifice quality. Loomstate is not willing to do that. We set out to create quality, e.g. soil quality, water quality, environmental quality, economic quality. We do this through purchasing and supporting the manufacturing of the best quality materials we can find, e.g. 100% certified organic cotton, Tencel, and up-cycled fibers.
9. The unique distinction of Loomstate as a company is the ﬂuid designs that comes from collaborations and the Sandy Relief Tees. How does the design cycle work for Loomstate, and how do collaborations come about?
We love to collaborate with creative people and companies that are like-minded. Collaborations generally come through personal relationships and friends of the company and our founders.
It’s a difficult thing, finding a mouthwash that doesn’t feel like you’re gargling acid.
Aesop has solved that problem.
The Australian skincare brand that has brought anti-oxidants into the mainstream of hygiene products is set to release an introduction into oral care – the mouthwash.
Formulated for those who have sensitive mouths and/or just need to freshen their breath, this alcohol-free mouthwash maintains your pH levels and leaves your breath with the subtle notes of spearmint (much less harsh than peppermint) and aniseed. The inclusion of spearmint ensures that while this mouthwash will be effective, it will not be overpowering.
Sold in 500ml bottles, this product is set to hit Aesop’s webshop and stockists worldwide beginning 29 January.
James Bond is celebrating his 50th anniversary this year in style.
Along with a new film (Skyfall, which arrives stateside in November), the Bond franchise will also be releasing James Bond 007 cologne for men. Procter & Gamble and Eon Productions collaborated to make this exclusive product, with notes such as sandalwood, fresh apple, cardamom, lavender, moss and coumarin.
James Bond 007 will be sold solely at Harrods beginning 15 August, and becomes nationwide 19 September.
Girls, Guns, and Bond.
So when the photos for the 2013 campaign for Wildfox Swim came out earlier this week, it was hard to sit on them. Kimberley Gordon and Leilani Shimoda, designers behind the swimwear collection (now in its second season as part of the Wildfox family), were heavily influenced by the Bond films of the 60s, and the collection is based on the idea of a jet-setting American girl:
“The new collection is inspired by a totally American girl who lives for traveling. She dreams of England and hotel rooms, she loves flowers and diamonds, and she loves decadence! She’s a Bond Girl, a 60’s bombshell who dyes her hair all shades of colors and meets beautiful men everywhere she goes. She wakes up at six in the morning to catch the sunrise and does laps in her giant, turquoise pool. She is always ready to pack her bags and fly to another country, stay in another hotel, she travels lightly, packs bikinis, sparkly dresses and beach cover ups. This girl always has her swimsuit in her purse or her glove compartment, she’s always ready for her next big adventure, and she’s always ready to make new friends… wherever she goes.” – Kimberley Gordon
All images courtesy and property of Wildfox Couture.
Model: Cintia Dicker
Photos: Mark Hunter
Makeup: Carlene K
Hair: Tyron Dupre
Supermodel Kate Moss and musician husband Jamie Hince of the Kills cover ELLE France’s October issue.
Photographed by Sofia Seiff, the accompanying interview discusses Kate Moss and her new jewelry line with French jewelry design house Fred.
Last three photos come from Kate Moss’s campaign for Fred.
Although Maynard is in its debut season, the slick dresses, edgy jumpsuits and jackets promises that this brand will be soon desired by fashionistas and rockers alike.
Sakina M’sa has partnered with Puma to create 100 limited edition Grip bags, made completely from worker’s overalls. The bag, which M’sa has explained to the press has an homage to French workers, will be released worldwide.
Ten lucky bags, however, will find a home at Merci, a Paris concept store. Merci hosted a brunch on 11 October 2011 for the launch of the bags, which retails at 350 euro, $475 at current exchange.
M’sa, whose company offers work opportunities for the long-termed unemployed, was one of the 2010 recipients of the Social Entrepreneur Award. Parent company PPR’s Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights hold the awards annually.
Star Wars is easily one of the most recognizable franchises in the world. Its influence spans generations and cultures, for the plot and theme of the films is relatable to all sorts of walks of life.
So it should not come as a shock that the franchise has teamed up with Burton, snowboard company darling, for a collaboration on their widest range of snowboards, the Chopper.
Each board comes with the Burton name in the famous Star Wars font on the top, and a depiction of characters from the film giant on the bottom.
While prices are not known at this writing, expect your local Burton retailer to get these in time for Christmas.
So, after a capsule collection of sarees and an ad campaign devoted to India, Hérmes has decided, once again, to release a limited-edition capsule collection of exisquitely made sarees.
The sarees, which range in price from £1,100 to £100,000 are beautifully tailored and made with the French house’s renowned attention to detail.