Francesco Di Maio's Blog (13)

Hot Male Models & Eco-Chic Designers—All at the University of Delaware Fashion Week

Tonight the Fashion Merchandising Club led by Rita Chang will kick off the first-ever-on-campus Fashion Week at... the University of Delaware!



What, what?! You got it!



These young style-conscious students at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies are gearing up for a 6-day series of exciting events, ranging from an eco-chic student designer competition to a sizzling-hot male model lionwalk! Woo hoo, go YoUDee!



This evening, 11 students will present their… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on May 11, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

Prophetik Jeff Garner's Organic Revival

Several weeks ago I posted an article entitled, London Fashion Week: Doubly Green, in which I presented several eco-brands that debuted this year at estethica—London Fashion Week's green initiative.



One of the companies featured was Prophetik—an eco-friendly company based in Tennessee that manifests art, love, poetry, and internal freedom and supports numerous charities around the world.



After requesting an interview several weeks ago, designer and owner Jeff Garner… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on April 14, 2009 at 4:00 — No Comments

Izzy Lane Sings on for Animal Sanctity

In my article London Fashion Week: Doubly Green, I featured four menswear designers that exhibited at estethica—the green initiative of London Fashion Week, which requires participants to adhere to the three guiding principles of organic, fair trade, and/or recycled.



After posting the article, I had the extraordinary privilege to interview Isobel Davies of Izzy Lane, a voice crying out in the wilderness for the sanctity of animals that can only baa or bleat. When I spoke by… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 27, 2009 at 11:14 — 1 Comment

Veja's Green Gooooal!

Several weeks ago I posted an article entitled, London Fashion Week: Doubly Green, in which I presented several eco-brands that debuted at estethica—London Fashion Week's green initiative.



One of the companies featured was Veja, a Paris-based company that designs comfortable shoe wear inspired by 1970's Brazilian volleyball styles and produced by coops in the remote Amazon. Intrigued by Veja's three pillars of ethics, I requested an exclusive interview, to which the company responded… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 20, 2009 at 22:53 — No Comments

Hot Magic by Shinichiro Shimojo

After having written my first article on Under Castle, Japan: Much Closer than Mars, I received an email from designer Shinichiro Shimojo, stating:



"I have read your article about my 'Cross Wear' and was glad that you understood my concepts deeply. I enjoyed reading it very much, indeed! I will introduce another 'Cross Wear' for my 2009 a/w collection in Tokyo for the week of March 23rd."



Shimojo and I have been in corresponding ever since! Shimojo is not only an… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 16, 2009 at 0:00 — No Comments

Rubia Pigmenta Naturalia

After posting my 2-part interview with sustainable designer and artist John Patrick, I received an email from his Dutch friend, Anco Sneep, director of Rubia Pigmenta Naturalia, which produces a natural red dye that dates back to over two millenia:



"A world without colour is barely conceivable for us. Nature provides for colour all around and anything we create, we create in colour. And–we’ve been doing so for thousands of years. Primeval human beings already used colours to outline… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 13, 2009 at 0:29 — No Comments

John Patrick's Organic Hat

John Patrick is actually a man of many hats!



His first was a beanie of macrobiotic foods when he grew up in the counter-culture revolution of the 60's. But he soon exchanged that one for the cap of communal living in the 1970’s.



With no formal training or experience, John Patrick launched his career in 1982, literally from the top down, by making head wear out of vintage finds. He sported the chapeau of women's fashion designer for the next 20 years.



In 2002,… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 8, 2009 at 16:58 — No Comments

Michael Londrigan on the Recession, Sustainability & the Future of Menswear

What are your thoughts on sustainability and menswear; for example, are green trends making inroads?



"You raise valid questions regarding green and sustainability, but my contention is that menswear is inherently sustainable. Think about it compared to women’s wear, which is pretty much disposable clothing. What a woman wears one season, you will not see the next (of course, this is a generalization but one that holds truth). Whereas menswear, you invest in pieces—a suit, sport coat,… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 8, 2009 at 16:57 — No Comments

John Patrick Dialogues Organic in Peru

Intrigued with John Patrick's pioneering work in the green apparel movement, I sent him an email with several questions. John responded immediately:



"First and foremost, the organic dialogue is what I set about to discuss when I first started doing the organic collection in 2003. Not many people were talking about this in that moment, and there was very small selection—almost nothing.



In each collection I use organic cotton and, in winter, organic wool. I also started to… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on March 8, 2009 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

London Fashion Week: Doubly Green

On Friday, February 20th, the British Fashion Council kicked off the 6th season of estethica—London Fashion Week's green initiative. Reputed as the world's leading showcase of sustainable designer fashion, estethica has grown from 13 to 37 designers, who adhere to one of three guiding principles: organic, fair trade, or recycled. From design to production onto retail and disposal, estethica aims at promoting sustainable life cycles in high end fashion. Encouragingly, several notable menswear… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on February 25, 2009 at 19:37 — No Comments

Green Fashion... Sitll Just a Color?

The words that describe sustainable design within the garment industry are starting to abound, each laying emphasis on a specific aspect. We read of "green fashion," "organic fashion," "eco-fashion," "sustainable fashion," "ethical fashion," etc. So, I ask myself, "In menswear, where are all these fashions?"



A simple google search will show that "organo-men's" is actually in the early stages of the game, offering an assortment of eco-T's and other isolated green garments. What we… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on February 5, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Green Fashion & Menswear... More Than Just a Color

When I walk into my favorite store and spot a nice pair of jeans, I basically begin considering the color, the style, the fit, the texture, the price, and any available discount of the garment. I rarely question much else. How about you?



Recent popularity of green technologies and practices has flooded us with new buzz words that we hear and read everyday: "green fashion," "eco-fashion," "organic fashion," "ethical fashion," and more. So what's going on? These are all categories… Continue

Added by Francesco Di Maio on February 3, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

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