The Future of Sustainable Materials: Bison Wool

Whether in the form of super-soft bison “down” or ultra-insulating guard hairs, this meat industry byproduct deserves to be salvaged rather than sent to landfill.Separating bison wool from a bison hide. Photo: Courtesy United by BlueAs sustainability becomes an increasingly pressing priority in fashion and beauty, materials with a minimal ecological impact are being sought […]

Must Read: Estrella Vasquez Covers ‘Vogue’, Raf Simons Speaks Post-Calvin Klein

Plus, what fashion can learn from Elizabeth Warren.Estella Vasquez covers Vogue magazine. Photo: Tim Walker for VogueThese are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.Estrella Vasquez covers VogueFor the first time in its 120 years of existence, Vogue  has featured a “muxe” – an indigenous transgender woman from Mexico – as a cover star. […]

The Complexities of Pricing Responsibly Made Clothing

Increase product costs so you can pay workers more, or keep products cheap so that “sustainable” clothes will be more accessible? The designer behind Maggie Marilyn wrestles with it all.Maggie Hewitt at one of the farms where her label sources merino wool. Photo: Motion Sickness/Courtesy of SomewhereDesigner Maggie Hewitt didn’t exactly set out to make expensive […]

Must Read: Nicolas Ghesquière Covers ‘Out’, Direct-To-Consumer Mania Has Peaked

Plus, can desirable fashion ever truly be ethical?Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesThese are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.Out100 celebrates Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas GhesquièreNicolas Ghesquière is the man responsible for the unforgettable image of models walking ahead of a singing Sophie at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2020 show in Paris. The creative director is […]

Whitney Just Really Wants to Wear Quilts in Some Form Every Day

This skirt is cozy, upcycled and original — what’s not to love?Carleen Quilt Skirt, $575, available here.It should be exceedingly clear by now that I love clothing made of quilts, inspired by quilts or in any way sort of adjacent to the practice of quilting. I’ve written about how quilting moved from a niche subculture […]

This Raincoat Made of Recycled Materials Would Brighten Whitney’s Dreariest Days

Everything from the packaging to the hangtags is made with the environment in mind.Ponch 111-111 Raincoat, $191, available here.Having grown up in a place where it rains every day for about half the year, you’d think my wardrobe would be well acquainted with raincoats. But in fact the opposite is true: I don’t remember owning […]

Must Read: Prada And Adidas Announce Collaboration, The RealReal Responds to Counterfeit Investigations

Plus, anti-consumption designers don’t want to be called sustainable.Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty ImagesThese are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.Prada and Adidas announce collaborationPrada and Adidas teased a collaborative “special project” on Instagram, but not much more is known about the partnership apart from the hashtag #PradaForAdidas. In the past, Adidas has leaned into […]

Could Visiting a Landfill Transform Fashion Students Into More Sustainable Designers?

That’s the hope behind Study Hall’s unusual new “Landfills as Museums” initiative.Waste Management veteran Bobby Jones once saw a whole whale delivered to a landfill.It reads like something out of an absurdist novel, but it’s true: An actual, from-the-ocean whale was delivered to a landfill on two separate trucks. Surreal as it may be, it […]

Hey, Quick Question: Is Kanye West Turning Yeezy Into a Sustainable Fashion Brand?

The designer and entertainer talked about going “seed to sew” and says he’s investing in fiber farming on his property in Wyoming.Kanye West performs onstage during his “Jesus Is King” album and film experience at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhen Kanye West dropped his latest album, “Jesus is King,” on Friday, […]

Most Fashion Brands Don’t Know Enough About Their Carbon Footprints to Actually Shrink Them

Environmental scientist Linda Greer discusses two new reports on the subject and what it would take for fashion to truly go green.Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty ImagesClaiming to do something about climate change has become a trend in the clothing industry. There’s been a spate of fashion pacts, charters and carbon-neutral proclamations, and now we’re even starting to see […]