It’s been a busy few weeks, during which time I let you go a bit too long without your reading. Sorry!
First, there’s a new climate-focused magazine tht just launched called Atmos. I was like, “Sure, I’ll check it out,” fully prepared to be bored. Readers, it is amazing. Think gallery-level photography and graphic design, paired with New York Magazine-level writing about fashion, technology and more. I read the whole thing in one weekend day. It’s a must for your coffee table and edification. Order here.
I was quite honored to be featured by the emerging ethical brand Pause. on their website, answering questions on where I see the sustainable fashion industry going. Their one-sleeve cotton shirt that I’m wearing in the interview will be in heavy rotation this summer while I try to conquer the world! I also was so thrilled to be featured in a video on the new site The Planet Shine, which highlights inspiring people doing something to help the planet. Make sure to look through all the Lifestyle videos — I have some friends in there and they are a dose of much-needed fresh air!
I talked to Permanent Style about whether lovers of bespoke, luxury men’s fashion are dressing sustainably.
Sustainable Style News
The new Pulse of the Fashion Industry report is out. It says that progress has slowed, and also that a third of consumers have switched away from brands that aren’t doing anything on the environment or ethics. | Global Fashion Agenda
The world’s most transparent fashion brands are... | The Guardian
Amour Vert has a new CEO: a man who comes from Gap and Anthropologie. This should be interesting. | Forbes
The fascinating history of Tyrian purple, why it was only for royals, and how it’s been traditionally harvested in Mexico. (That is dedication.) | The Believer
Why Stella McCartney doesn’t use sequins. | Vogue UK
Huge amounts of gold are being smuggled out of African countries to the UAE, which means these countries are not getting their taxes due. | Reuters
Can real leather ever be green? | Vogue Business
When did vegan leather get so good? | Refinery29
This video game teaches garment workers digital skills. | Mashable
To help fashion’s homeworkers, first we have to count them. | BoF
Research shows that sunscreen chemicals do enter your bloodstream. Whether they are actually toxic? That’s the next step in research. | Wired
Dye houses are cleaning up their act. | Vogue Business
“Biodegradable” shopping bags could still carry groceries home after three years of being buried. | National Geographic
The French government wants to ban the practice of burning unsold clothing. | Fashion Law Blog
Can recycling fix fashion’s landfill problem? | Business of Fashion
When your uncle is texting you a picture of articles about sustainable fashion from the NY Times, you know the topic has hit the mainstream. This one is about (kind of) biodegradable fashion. | NY Times
If the cultural appropriation argument doesn’t convince you to stop burning them, then the fact that sage and palo santo are both overharvested should. | Leotie Lovely
The beauty of cultural appropriation. | NY Times
The Business of Blogging
The history of the influencer. | New Yorker
Blogging is dead. Long live blogging. | Vox
The Instagram aesthetic is over. (Thank God.) | The Atlantic
Time to Freak Out
You can’t be an environmentalist if… | Medium
This isn’t fashion, but it feels irresponsible not to mention that scientists are sounding the alarm: humanity is killing off biodiversity at an unprecedented rate. | NY Times