As a styler who loves to collect my old clothes, many that I’ve had since my teens, this Patagonia video resonated with me. There’s nothing like a beautiful piece that I got or made years ago that still looks stellar, fits well and is made to last. (more…)
NY Fashion Week 1995.
If I were 22 is a collective theme I was invited to write about on LinkedIn to share my experience and some advice with the class of 2014.
Congratulations to all the 2014 Graduates!
As college graduates enter the work force, they step into their professional lives with enthusiasm and a desire to make a mark in the (more…)
The Next Black documentary explores the future of the fashion industry. From 3D printed clothing by Studio XO, biocouture textiles grown with bacteria by Suzanne Lee to Patagonia’s commitment to sustainability, it gives us a glimpse into what innovators are developing for the future of fashion. Since the first time I saw 3D printing and fabrics made with bacteria cultures, I have been intrigued by their application. Though, I am skeptical about 3D printing because it is dependent on petrochemicals, and find fabrics made of a kombucha-based mixture inspiring, you can watch for yourself.
The first episode of the long awaited documentary “Thread” is here. Amber Valletta speaks with fashion pioneers, including Patagonia, where I was a senior designer from 2003-2008. It is clear why the first episode presents a company that has been at the forefront of the sustainable and socially ethical apparel industry since the early 90′s. The prime reason why I worked there; before embarking on my sustainable design work with Amazon artisans, while continuing to create high-quality handmade clothing. Watch this “Thread” episode and share it!
It was truly a pleasure to work with such a like-minded leader and visionary while I was still working as a Senior Designer at Patagonia. Yvon is such a delight and full of insight. I still enjoy hearing about him and the emails I get periodically from Malinda Chouinard – the woman behind many of the company’s family-friendly and social/eco practices. Watch the video on this link: https://www.greenbiz.com/video/2013/03/01/patagonia-responsible-company. In this video he talks about corporate responsibility and authenticity. He also points out how we as consumers, not designers, have the power to make a difference with our wallets and the choices we make.
Shortly after I left Patagonia to pursue my work with Amazon rainforest artisans and resume my own custom eco clothing design, David Janowick (to my left) – from the Tesla Motors design team – and I set up a meeting with the Patagonia design and materials development teams. Franz von Holzhausen (wearing a black tee), Chief Designer of Tesla Motors, heads the talented team of geniuses who have so far given us the fast, long-range and sexy 100% electric Tesla Roadster – that I have driven a number of times – and the Model S. Here, I am pictured in the Patagonia parking lot with the Tesla Team and the Roadster, which stayed overnight in my driveway before the meeting in 2009.
That’s my little 2003 Prius in the background. I’ve owned 2 Priuses since the end of 2000. I love my Prius, but I look forward to getting a fully electric Model S or the next vehicle they come out with!