Fashion Category

Joy Elkayam, Fashion Editor: Recycled products such as plastic bottles and alike are not new to eco-fashion. But new to me were Vivobarefoot’s new shoes, made of algae. Behind their eco-friendly practices, Vivobarefoot particularly stands out from mainstream shoe companies due to their philosophy to create shoes that mimic the feel of barefeet. This month, I interviewed their founder, Galahad Clark, about their outlook on bare feet, shoes, and algae. Parvati Magazine: Different from mainstream shoes, Vivobarefoot does not have thick cushiony soles or support. Instead, you create thin andRead More
The name Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) can bring to mind your favorite jeans, comfort and happy times. However, if you’ve been paying attention to the news about the garment industry lately, you may also have valid concerns about the environmental and social impact of your beloved jeans. It turns out, in the case of your Levi’s®, you can feel better than you might have expected. In a fashion world under fire for the environmental and human costs involved in clothing us all, LS&Co. have a strong commitment to leadershipRead More
H&M is one of the biggest international fashion stores selling trendy clothes, accessories, shoes, and home items at affordable prices. In 2012, they launched their Conscious Collection in 100 stores comprised of organic cotton, hemp, recycled polyester, linen and tencel clothes. Fast forward to today, H&M continues to expand their Conscious Collection and practices with the end goal to produce all their clothes using sustainable materials by 2030. If you haven’t already seen these clothing items and are curious to do so, keep your eyes peeled for green tags thatRead More
Image credit: Instagram/Mata Traders This month, I’m featuring fashion blogs and Instagram feeds that I enjoy looking at for fresh ideas, brands, eco-fashion news and information, seasonal highlights, and of course, images for style inspiration! Here are three diverse eco-fashion bloggers and organizations that I adore. “Sustainably Chic” by Natalie Kay Natalie Kay is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger for Sustainably Chic. With a background in fashion, Natalie left the mainstream side in 2014 to focus on sustainable fashion. Three years on, her fresh, beautiful, nature-filled images shot onRead More
This month, our fashion editor spoke with Brendan Synnott, the CEO of PACT Organic, a clothing company based in Colorado, USA. PACT proudly combines comfort with organic cotton: “Organic is Better. Softer. Comfier. Better For People And Our Planet.” Their lines for men and women feature leggings, hoodies, shirts, sweaters, and sleepwear. PACT’s Organic and Fair Trade certifications are the real deal. They work with Global Organic Textile Standard and adhere to high-level environmental and human standards throughout the entire production line. PACT also discloses where they hire their workers,Read More
This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Linda Balti, the founder and creative director of  Amour Vert, an eco-conscious company that creates clothing using natural, organic and recycled materials without toxic dyes. Made in America, this company has adopted a zero-waste philosophy and planted over a hundred thousand trees with their tree planting program. Parvati Magazine: What was the inspiration behind Amour Vert? Linda Balti, Amour Vert: Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind big oil. We wanted to create a brand where great style and sustainabilityRead More
This month, I was tipped off by a friend to check out Patagonia, the outdoor clothing designer. You may have heard of the brand and their gear, but you might not have known how committed they are to sustainability on several fronts. They truly are a company that does everything they can to help preserve the environment. In researching and writing this article, I found myself impressed and inspired. Founder Yvon Chouinard is a rock climber, environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman. Early in his life, Chouinard became an avid climberRead More

Posted On February 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn Arts/Culture, Fashion, March 2017 - Relations

Fashion: Taska Bags, The Vegan Style

The bag you carry is more than a function of life. It is a part of your identity, your lifestyle, your look! At Taska, I build this idea into each design to make pieces that are as unique as you are. In addition to my commitment to style and function is a strongly held belief in producing items from 100% cruelty free materials. I use the highest quality vegan leathers, textures, wovens, felts, canvas and many other interesting textiles. The mixing of fabrics and textures has become the signature lookRead More
People often ask me what it’s like to launch a fashion startup with no prior fashion experience. The answer often surprises people: It has set me up for success more than I could have ever imagined at the outset. Coming from a senior role in the investment industry, I was trained to sniff out the BS in facts, figures, and CEO speeches. My company, LeDaveed, has a mission to create the best fashion products, and do so in a way that applies stringent environmental standards. We’ve already earned B CorpRead More
What started out as an idea for unique and rugged bags for our kids, has blossomed into a creative adventure. Every piece has its own personality and style, with no two pieces being exactly the same.All creations are handmade from recycled fire gear and fire hose. Let’s go back to where it started. About seven years ago, around the dinner table, my husband (a fireman) was on a committee to get new bunker gear for their fire department. I asked what happens to the old stuff and he said itRead More