Fashion Category

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
I have to admit that I have experienced a certain sense of happiness after going shopping. The last time it happened was when my girlfriend and me decided to take one afternoon off our hectic work schedule to go to out outlet mall.  For those few hours, we laughed, engaged in girl-talk, and of course, we tried on a lot of clothes. It was so fun because it’s not something that we both normally do. When I came home, I noticed that as I unpacked, I had a certain senseRead More
I would think that after one of the most miserable winters that we’ve all experienced this winter we would be EXTRA happy about the arrival of spring! And we won’t be fussy. We’ll take any kind of spring, as long it’s anything above 10 Celsius! All joking aside, I just know that as the warm weather starts to make its long awaited appearance, we all start feeling more alive. And what other way to express that than with fashion! Here are the top trends for Spring 2014. Pastels are hugeRead More
One of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes is as follows: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” To me, this quote is incredibly powerful and yet it’s so simple. Human beings are adverse to change; we are creatures of habit. Too many of us are so afraid of what others think of us. We are so dependent on the approval of our parents, spouses and friends that we tend to shush that little voice inside ofRead More

Posted On February 22, 2014By admin108In Fashion, March 2014 - Charm

Fashion: Charms, by Renia Pruchnicki

A charm refers to those dangly attachments that you find on bracelets or sometimes on necklaces. It’s been a staple in fashion jewelry dated back to the earliest history records. It’s not known for sure how this trend came to be, but some sources suggest that wearing charms may have begun as a form of protection to ward off evil spirits. There is evidence that charms were worn during the pre-historic period. Cave drawings suggest that charms were made from shells and animal bones. Later, as time progressed they wereRead More