Fashion Category

Image credit: Louis Nderi & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Simone Cipriani of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a company that connects talented but marginalised artisans – the majority of them women – to the international fashion industry, and supports Africa’s rising generation of fashion designers. Parvati Magazine: What inspired the creation of the Ethical Fashion Initiative? Simone Cipriani: I was working in Kenya in my previous job when I met a lay missionary called Gino Filippini. He worked with micro-producers in the Korogocho slum of Nairobi.Read More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fashion, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Fashion: EcoChic Design Awards

The fashion NGO Redress’s biggest search in history for emerging sustainable fashion designers in Asia and Europe has culminated with the unveiling of the ten designers who have made it as The EcoChic Design Award finalists. The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create high appeal clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create sustainable clothing via zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. The competition creates a platform for the next generationRead More

Posted On August 27, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fashion, September 2015 - Resolve

Fashion: Green Swimwear

The beach season is nearing an end here in Canada and only the dedicated swimmers are showing up to get as many more swims as they can in the cooling temperatures before they have to head inside for the winter. Similarly, if your go-to summer swimsuit is starting to show wear and tear from sunbathing, sand, salt water, or just cranking out sets at the pool, you might do your best to squeeze as many more swims out of it as you can, so it doesn’t hit the landfill beforeRead More

Posted On July 25, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn August 2015 - Dance, Fashion

Fashion: The True Cost

That fashion is the second most polluting industry on the planet, second only to the oil industry, is just one of the sobering truths you will learn in Andrew Morgan’s film The True Cost, a documentary about the global impact of today’s fashion industry. Cheaply made clothing, available for a low price, seems disposable and forgettable, part of a “fast fashion” movement that brings in new looks every week. Clothing consumption has gone up 400% in the past two decades. As The True Cost illustrates, this comes at a price.Read More
Parvati Magazine spoke with Sass Brown of the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), which recently hosted its annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Textiles. Parvati Magazine: What do you see as some of the biggest challenges facing the fashion industry in terms of becoming more sustainable, and how do programs like this Summer Institute help to address them? Sass Brown, FIT: Dialing back mass consumption, and replacing it with conscious consumption from a customer perspective. Redefining a designer’s role as equally responsible for the sustainability of a design asRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine interviewed Wendy Woods of The Refinery, a Toronto-based and online personal style coaching service. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to start working as a fashion coach? Wendy Woods: I love helping people feel joy, especially women. There can be so much of it when we’re expressing our true selves to the world and yet style can be used easily as a shaming tool. I really want to change that perspective and help women step into their power. PMAG: How do you get a sense of appropriateRead More

Posted On April 1, 2015By admin108In April 2015 - Manifesting, Fashion

Fashion: Eco Fashion Week

This month, Parvati Magazine caught up with Eco Fashion Week, whose next biannual event is April 19-24, 2015. PMAG: What is Eco Fashion Week and why is it relevant at this time? Ashleigh Said, Eco Fashion Week: Eco Fashion Week (EFW) is an international platform for designers, brands, buyers, media and manufacturers to all come together and discuss and highlight the global fashion industry’s most innovative solutions to critical environmental, social and ethical challenges. EFW also raises public awareness in an effort to help fashion lovers make sustainable choices noRead More

Posted On December 25, 2014By admin108In Fashion, January 2015 - Beginnings

Fashion: The Empowerment Plan

One person in every 42 people in the city of Detroit is homeless. Shelters are often overcrowded, overwhelmed and under-supported to provide support for every person in need. Too often those in need of even basic necessities, such as food and shelter, have to fend for themselves on the streets. This is reality for over 20,000 Detroiters who have become trapped in the cycle of homelessness. Detroit’s automotive industry was ground zero for the economic downturn, with a terrible toll in jobs lost and homes foreclosed. The social safety netRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Mark Paigen, the founder of Osmium, a Massachusetts-based men’s wear company with a strong set of values. Parvati Magazine: What makes Osmium different from other men’s wear manufacturers? Mark Paigen: Our mission is to change the way men buy and consume goods. We are part of a broader “Quality Revolution” – a movement that encourages people to buy fewer items of better quality. We believe that buying durable, American made goods has tremendous benefits for consumers, our economy and the environment. We are theRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine speaks with Caterina Mazzotta, the founder of Toronto- and Chicago-based eco-fashion line Kali Clothing. Parvati Magazine: What led you to found Kali Clothing and why the name? Caterina Mazzotta: Growing up I could never find anything I liked while shopping in stores so I sewed a majority of my wardrobe. I earned a BA in Environmental Politics from York University in Toronto while continuing to sew and one day I realized I could fuse my two passions together – sustainability and fashion. I searched for moreRead More