A New C.L.A.S.S. of Sustainability

This dress by UK Designer of the Year, Erdem, is made of silk that is 100% free from harmful chemicals, then woven in Italy, printed in the Netherlands, embroidered using the Irish embroidery technique and is just one example of how designers are embracing new smart ecofriendly textiles. As luxury design houses embrace change, the benefits will hopefully trickle down to our fast fashion outlets. That’s how it usually goes. To see who else is doing good, and get a glimpse into how some are contemplating the future of textiles , read here...eco-age-centro-seta-681x1024


  1. Love the line in the linked article, ““Students have the power when they make a garment to crusade for smart sourcing and therefore expand our outreach. They are the decision makers of the future. And today’s students are naturally good at staying connected, forming communities, and are much stronger collaborators than previous generations, who were perhaps much more competitive and kept knowledge to themselves. ”

    So much depends, today, in our modern world, IMHO, on being aware of where our $ are spent and what ‘sources’ we are supporting – so, of course, I LOVE this post! 🙂

    • Thanks TamrahJo, I agree 100%. If we are all mindful of what we buy and how much, that alone can create great change. It can’t be ignored any longer. Thanks for your comment.

  2. 🙂 Great article, dear Jackie!
    It’s about time that we use and make the most of what we have.
    A very HAPPY EASTER to you! xo 🙂

  3. It will be interesting to watch what they do with the fabrics developed (or labeled) in Prato, Italy. A bit of tension between the Chinese and Italian companies/communities — Will this overcome it? So many angles, but sincerity and options offer a great start for sustainable designing.

  4. Well, Prato has a long tradition of fabric development and the Chinese factories just popped up to usurp the reputation of Made In Italy. It seems so wrong as they have nothing to do with the quality and innovation associated with the label. But how can you force them out? I feel so protective to the Made in Italy label as I really formed relationships with factories there and the pride those people took in their work was something we really don’t see much of anymore. I want that craft to remain uncompromised or uncontaminated. Anyone striving to continue that, I will champion!

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