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In the Fasion World Green is more than a Color
— Napa, Sonoma, & Marin



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Many major names in the fashion industry, as well as independent fashion designers, are committed to manufacturing beautiful,lasting garments, while protecting the environment and improving employees’ lives of their paychecks. Worldwide, there are countless No Waste and Zero Waste initiatives, and many fashion industry leaders are stepping up to do their part. Tamarind Clothing Jewelry & Accessories carries lines by several of these responsible designers who use sustainable practices in creating their garments. Some of them are profiled below.



IN THE FASHION WORLD GREEN IS MORE THAN A COLOR

Many major names in the fashion industry, as well as independent fashion designers, are committed to manufacturing beautiful,lasting garments, while protecting the environment and improving employees’ lives of their paychecks. Worldwide, there are countless No Waste and Zero Waste initiatives, and many fashion industry leaders are stepping up to do their part. Tamarind Clothing Jewelry & Accessories carries lines by several of these responsible designers who use sustainable practices in creating their garments. Some of them are profiled below.

ACE & JIG works with a manufacturer in India whose experienced textile specialists weave on ancient wooden handlooms. Equally important, their manufacturing partner shares their core values: no waste; slow fashion (thoughtful practices that include the time-consuming process of creating their own yarn-dye woven textiles); concern for ecology; community; giving back (to organizations and charities that promote human rights, sustainability and earth conservation); and “lifespan” (reducing textile waste by encouraging Ace & Jig clothing swaps, repairs, reselling and upcycling). Locally sourced cotton is dyed with azo free-dye in a zero- waste water facility. Instead of adding cutting-room floor scraps to landfills, Ace & Jig collaborates with artists and makers to repurpose them. Ninety percent of the manufacturers’ tailors are female. The women are compensated fairly and provided with free childcare. Another wonderful touch: using reclaimed water, the company grows organic produce to give to its employees.

MIRANDA BENNETT STUDIO (MBS) practices sustainability every step of the way. Because they use locally sourced, plant-dyed materials that are by- products of other industries — such as sawdust and avocado pits and skins — the creation of their apparel leaves a minimal carbon footprint. Their garments are produced by a sustainable apparel manufacturer committed to empowering refugee women through fair-wage employment. As part of MBS’s Zero Waste Initiative, it recycles textile remnants and well-worn apparel to create new and unique products that are designed both in-house and via collaborations with other artists. Everything else is donated to the Austin Area Quilt Guild, which donates quilts to a local shelter for battered women and children, and to other charitable causes.

RAQUEL ALLEGRA started her design career repurposing vintage tees from the Los Angeles County Prison System. Today, her eponymous company continues to manufacture everything, other than some knitwear, in L.A. Each tie-dye piece is individually hand tied and dyed. From her trademark shredded tees, the designer has expanded her line to include richly textured pieces in linen, cashmere, French lace and deerskin. The company supports CanopyStyle, which partners with fashion brands, printers, book publishers and others to help them identify sources of materials that are not drawn from the world’s endangered forests.

BLACK CRANE, known for its beautiful silhouettes and edgy, minimalist designs, reflects the two founders’ Japanese heritage. They are committed to sustainable production practices, and all Black Crane weaving and manufacturing is done in Los Angeles.

BASERANGE focuses on organic, sustainable “easywear” that’s sporty yet feminine. Founded in 2012 in Copenhagen, and currently based in Denmark and France, the company produces garments of high-quality natural fabrics and recycled content, while minimizing environmental impact through clean production. Each piece in this line of “modern basics” — underwear, socks, tops, bottoms, dresses, jumpsuits and swimwear — is comfortable, simple and designed to last.



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