Patagonia is one of my most admired companies. And interviews with any of their employees are always such a great inspiration and also a relieve - in times when every other manager interview is all about driving performance, no matter what. This one with Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia (I mean this title... yes!), is no difference. For more insights into how to build a successful company based on responsibility - read on. (via Offscreen Dispatch)
Oh these images made me swoon and crave summer even more. How pretty is this yellow swimsuit by MYMARINI, a German sustainable swim wear producer?
Fashion has a severe problem. It's one of the most polluted industries in the world. Next to the waste problem by over-production (fast fashion) and chemicals used in the production process, another big issue is the extremely poor working conditions for mostly all people sewing our clothes. Most of which stays completely in the dark for the consumer.
Enter blockchain*. This technology offers a new ways to enable transparency and consciousness about fashion production. One impressive pioneer is Provenance - an app that tracks the finished product from farm to retail. A label inside the garment offers access to this information.
My heart jumps of excitement about this technology being used to foster consumer power, better conditions in the supply chain, and education in general. Go, Transparent Company! (via)
Another good read, that takes the idea one step further: blockchain could be used to create a decentralized marketplace database, where ideally the production history of every article ever produced would be stored. While the data control stays with the owner, the information would be accessible for every brand, retailer or consumer.
*Blockchains are essentially just indexes of standardised information. In a very simple sense, blockchains are community-generated maps.
I've been struck by Sarah Kirsten's purity in wearable design. She lives on a small farm in Iowa, where she sews her own clothes and takes beautifully calming pictures of them. Her philosophy is simple: no patterns, no printing, no taping. "You just need a measuring tape, scissors, pencil, sewing machine, beautiful fabric, thread, and occasional accessories like zippers and buttons. " You can download the instructions for little money on her website, choose your own fabric and (let) sew your own piece. (found via Windward Made)
No chance denying: Christmas is approaching fast! What always bugs me is the amount of gift wrapping paper bought, used and tossed every year (I actually reuse such paper, but there is only so many times you can do that without the gift looking super messy). But! Nuno is here to our rescue. And look HOW PRETTY. The gift wrapping "paper" (cloth) they sell is made of 100% post-consumer recycled bottles and can also be used for other textile needs. Get ready for the most stylish Christmas presents ever! (via)
The ladies from Made of Stil put together a colorful list of sustainably produced, fair fashion bags. I have this things with yellow this summer, so I'm all in for the vintage Aigner bag.
I finished the online course on where my clothes are coming from yesterday. It was a nicely put together class, with videos from the instructors, several think-pieces and exercises. While I have to admit that I couldn't carry out all tasks due to little time, I found the whole course a very good eye-opener and refresher on a highly sensitive (and often forgotten!) topic.