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October 2016

Brand Of The Month

Brand of The Month: Project Woodworks

Project Woodworks co-founder Bryan Chang on what makes the company tick Starting a business is never easy, especially when you’re in the still-growing sustainable fashion scene of Malaysia, where awareness towards sustainable fashion is still very low. Yet that didn’t stop childhood friends Izac Tan and Bryan Chang from starting Project Woodworks, a sustainable fashion company that makes watches from unused wood. Co-founder Bryan Chang spoke to Fashionably Kind recently about the company’s beginnings, its products and future plans. Below is a summary of the interview: Fashionably Kind (FK): What inspired the two of you to start Project Woodworks? Bryan Chang (BC):  Izac came from a family that manufactured wooden antique furniture. However, his dad’s business was forced to close in 2008 as wood prices had increased dramatically due to irresponsible and non-sustainable logging practices. Izac’s idea of making products using waste wood came about when he was researching the concept of wooden skyscrapers for his final year architecture project. I had always wondered why business must solely focus on profits and disregard other stakeholders. I had already experienced how social responsibility and business output can be aligned from my final year project, which was business-simulation game that revolved around […]

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Ethical Fashion News

Shanghai Tang Up-cycled Collection Now Available

Chinese luxury apparel brand unveils first eco-friendly collection Chinese luxury apparel brand Shanghai Tang has unveiled its first eco-friendly collection, which is now available for purchase online, as well as in its retail stores. The seven-piece up-cycled fashion line was designed by Kévin Germanier, the EcoChic Design Award winner from the 2014/15 cycle. According to Hong Kong-based NGO Redress, the womenswear capsule collection is the brand’s first sustainable collection; up-cycled using their surplus textile stock, demonstrating that sustainability is part of a growing global trend to create fashion in a more environmentally sustainable way. Germanier, a UK-based Swiss native, spent 6 months at Shanghai Tang’s Hong Kong headquarters working in collaboration with the design team to create the brand’s first ever up-cycled collection while enriching his marketing and business palette. “The collection is a modern interpretation of Mongolian patchwork and qipao dress; each piece of the striking black and red capsule collection uses up to six different types of materials left over from previous seasons. Germanier also took inspiration from the brand’s history and current collections and combined with his own signature sleek, clean and versatile design style to keep strong appeal for the Shanghai Tang customer,” Redress said in […]

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Everything Else

Five Poems That Inspire Sustainable Living

Because beauty matters Growing up, I spent much of my childhood in bookstore and libraries. I remember that when I was eight or nine years old, my parents would leave me to read to my heart’s content in the local bookstore while they did their marketing at the wet market. I would sit cross-legged on the carpeted floor for at least two hours, just flipping through different books. The manager of the bookstore never seemed to mind because I nearly always purchased a book or two. When I got older, my parents got me a membership at the state library and this is when I discovered books of poetry and limericks. At first I read mostly limericks, but by the time I was a tween, we were studying poetry at school during English class. I was lucky in that my English teachers were passionate about poetry and literature. So it was only natural that I shared their enthusiasm about classic poetry. I remember that in my mid-teens I watched Dead Poets’ Society and became even more enamoured with poetry. I read Wordsworth, Whitman, Thoreau, Frost, Dickinson and Blake, all who remain my favourite poets. Now that I’ve gained a keen […]

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Sustainable Style Tips

How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe That Lasts

Lessons I learned from the experts, with some tweaks The minimalist movement has made owning a capsule wardrobe all the rage these days. Here’s some trivia for you: the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ was coined by Susie Faux, who owned a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to her, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that don’t go out of fashion. (These are not my words, I got the information from Wikipedia.) What I’ve learned from reading 6 Steps To A Sustainable Wardrobe and numerous posts from fashion bloggers about capsule wardrobes is that there is no perfect capsule wardrobe. You just have to try your best with the pieces you have and selectively purchase pieces to complete the capsule wardrobe. Don’t sacrifice your personal style for the sake of building a capsule wardrobe that fits someone else’s lifestyle or even climate. Asians tend to have ethnic clothing in their wardrobes, for instance, so don’t go giving those away because they are not ‘classic’ capsule wardrobe pieces. That said, if you’re like me, an Asian who prefers to save ethnic clothing for special occasions and prefers to wear Western clothes on most days of […]

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Book Reviews

E-Book Review: 6 Steps To A Sustainable Wardrobe

Insights into Tortoise & Lady Grey writer Summer Edwards’ guide to a sustainable wardrobe When I began my sustainable fashion journey, I spent a lot of time reading other, more established sustainable fashion blogs. One of them was Tortoise & Lady Grey, which was founded by Summer Edwards. Edwards has written an e-book called 6 Steps To A Sustainable Wardrobe, which is available here. The e-book costs US$18 and I purchased it because I knew I needed help to revamp my wardrobe and purchasing habits. I wanted my wardrobe and lifestyle to be more sustainable, hence I jumped in and invested in Edwards’ e-book and accompanying workbook. I found that I liked the e-book from the very start. On page four, Edwards writes: “Sustainable fashion is a journey. A series of small changes to your lifestyle that will add up over time. All you need to do is take the first step.” These words resonated deeply within me and I knew at that moment that I would like the rest of the e-book. Edwards encourages readers to understand their relationship to fashion and shopping early on in her book. At one point, she encourages them to ask themselves a series of […]

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