Big Ideas

‘Rare Birds Of Fashion’

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BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE, NO MATTER YOUR SIZE

 

‘Rare Birds of Fashion’ is a new digital comedy written and directed by Lily Hayes Kaufman, co-created with Jackie Schwartz. BRENDA (Jackie Zebrowski) an ambitious, stylish, confident and plus sized woman living in NYC who launches a plus size fashion line with her best friend ALIX (Haley Rawson).
 

A breath of fresh air, the show’s story is centered around serving the underserved — the plus size community within the fashion industry, which makes up 75% of American women, but only 20% of the market’s stocked shelves.
 

Beneath the witty writing and sharp tongued humor, co-creators Jackie Schwartz and Lily Hayes Kaufman tell an empowering message of what it means to stand up against the odds. We caught up with Jackie and Lily to learn more about the show + talk grit, promiscuous protagonism and strong women in new media.

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Global Fashion + Its Interconnectedness

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DISCUSSIONS ON FASHION

 

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to speak side by side with author, teacher and ethical fashion advocate Sass Brown on the American Fashion Podcast. Sass’s intelligence, wit and vibrant passion is contagious! Have a listen

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16 Essentials

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THE NOTEPASSER’S GUIDE TO AN ESSENTIAL WARDROBE

 

Ever since I completed the Six Items Challenge and waxed poetic about a forever wardrobe, I’ve been thinking about fashion trends and history. Styles come and go and return again. That’s how it works. Sometimes, styles are tweaked to make them more modern, but there are some that hold steady over time. I’d like to get some data on colors, styles, shapes, etc, but I was also eager to get a designer’s perspective. I’ve asked Christina DeSmet, fashion designer, friend, and fellow blogger, to guide us through some essentials for a more trend-proof wardrobe. —Elizabeth

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Fashion Positive

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BUILDING FASHION MATERIALS THAT MEET HIGH DESIGN AND SERVE AS A NUTRIENT FOR THE SYSTEM

 

As the individual movement towards thoughtful or vertically integrated ethical fashion builds – not as a trend but as a fashion revolution – a major player is emerging to yoke together efforts towards a better fashion industry.

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Everlane’s Black Friday Fund Celebration

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RAISING OVER $113,000 FOR THEIR SILK FACTORY, EVERLANE INVITES CUSTOMERS TO CELEBRATE THEIR COMMUNITY

For the past two years, Everlane has shut down their site on Black Friday as a way to encourage more thoughtful consumption. Items sold on the e-commerce only fashion platform never go on sale, because they don’t believe in building a sale markup into their products to begin with. This is part of their mission of radical transparency: to educate customers around the real costs and origins of the products we all buy. Last night we celebrated the recent success of their inaugural Black Friday Fund, a way to give back to their community.

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ABCHOME + #GIVINGTUESDAY

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CELEBRATE #GIVINGTUESDAY WITH ABC CARPET & HOME AND THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT

As our heads twirl with discounts and sales to support holiday gift giving — ABC Home and Carpet is supporting a cause beyond elegantly wrapped gifts. For every purchase online (abchome.com) and every purchase in-store at their Manhattan location, ABC will plant a tree through the Green Belt Movement.

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10 Ways to Shop Ethically

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BRING GREATER AWARENESS TO YOUR GIFT GIVING THIS SEASON

We invite consciousness into so many aspects of our lifestyle. We fill our cabinets with all-natural cleaners, we buy organic from the farmer’s market and we care about what we put on our skin. But what about our clothing? Bringing awareness into your fashion shopping habits is not as daunting as it may seem. In fact, shopping ethically is fun, and ultimately, by doing so, we look good and do good.

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