At The Top...
Greetings from Southern California where the summer sun has definitely arrived! Lauren and I have been working on several new projects for THE KINDCRAFT… and we can't wait to share them with you very soon.
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Events — North America
Events — Asia + Australia
Events — Europe + MENA
A Deeper Look...
African-made luxury fashion is making a comeback — Another great piece by Alden Wicker for Vogue Business.
How Sanjay Garg modernized Chanderi while supporting the weaving community. While you're at it, be sure to read our own profile of Sanjay.
It's not every day when Tech Crunch content overlaps with THE KINDCRAFT — check out this article about MIT researchers working on AI-based knitting design software. 🧶🤖
More love from the press for Japanese indigo revivalists BUAISOU. Lauren and I visited their farm four years ago (wow—does time fly!) and we were impressed by their skill and dedication to their craft. As the article mentions, the group doesn't sell directly to the U.S. market—but we have select BUAISOU items available in our online shop.
Bonus Indigo Article — Singapore's The Peak magazine interviews our friend, Dr. Jenny Balfour-Paul and Malaysian artist, Ummi Kalthum Junid about everyone's favorite natural dye.
‘The Basket Isn’t a Metaphor, It’s an Example’ — From Longreads, a fascinating interview with the authors of 'Shapes of Native Nonfiction'.
Video: "Pakistani traditions: Selling Ralli quilts to survive". These women spend months hand stitching quilts, hoping to keep a centuries-old tradition alive.
Sustainability + Labor
While it's very good news that more than half of British and American consumers say they want a more sustainable fashion industry, I'd like to see a follow-up study to see how purchasing choices match up with that feeling.
Jean Paul Gaultier adds his voice to a growing chorus decrying fashion waste.
Two very smart pieces by Fast Company's Elizabeth Segran: Notwithstanding its headline, this look at sustainability claims made by brands is balanced, nuanced, and filled with concrete examples that bring focus and clarity to the discussion. And the second one... I must admit that when I saw the headline "The next big thing in fashion? Not washing your clothes', I almost didn't read it on the grounds that it triggered my hygiene reflex and would almost certainly validate years of Lauren giving me a hard time whenever I put my jeans in the laundry hamper after minimal wear. But read it I did and, of course, she was right all along:
"Washing machines account for 17% of our home water usage, and a quarter of a garment’s carbon footprint over the course of its lifetime comes from cleaning it. And yet, washing machine company AEG estimates that 90% of clothes washed aren’t actually dirty enough to be thrown in the laundry basket."
All the candidates for the 2019 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award are doing amazing work but, naturally, we're rooting for Sarah Bellos, CEO and Founder of Stony Creek Colors, to take home the USD$100,000 prize in September. Sarah has been working with indigo and natural dyes since 2006 and previously managed a textile dye house offering garment and piece dyeing with plant based color. 🤞🏻
And to close this issue, a good reminder that any definition of "sustainable fashion" also needs to include consideration of the human beings who make the garments.