Borders and Frontiers are terms that inspire questions about globalization, migration, technology, transnationalism and other such political and cultural processes. It’s suiting that this is the name of a new London based design company that emphasizes environmental and ethical approaches to design.
Borders & Frontiers works by way of collaborative projects with people from a range of diverse backgrounds, helping to develop, showcase and bring attention to new talent – all with an environmental and ethical focus. This belief in the idea of collective intelligence has made collaborations a core element from the very onset, with the first initiative bringing together 11 fashion related bloggers to do a collection based on the classic white T-shirt.
The most current collaboration with Danish photographer, Kim Høltermand, is a series of digital prints of Icelandic landscapes on dresses and scarves made of luxurious Ahimsa (peace) silk. ‘Ahimsa’ means non-violence and is a process of creating silk from cocoons without killing the pupae inside.
This ethereal scarf is on top of the Launderette Christmas wish-list:
As for another Danish treat, eminent ethical fashion label – Bllack Noir continues to make the most covetable garments for the rock n’ roll style girl. The design is heavily inspired by rock goddesses from different decades and appeals to young environmentally-conscious women with a look that is edgy and exclusive. Think motorcycle jackets, super skinny cigarette trousers, metallic draped dresses and black black black black black!
In line with Noir’s ethos of making corporate social responsibility ‘sexy’, they use the principles of the UN Global Compact and the conventions of the International Labor Organization as guidelines in all links of the production process. Manufacturers are selected based on their commitment to quality, respect for social ethics and the environment. All suppliers are audited on a regular basis to ensure that the above standards are adhered to.
For spring, this is definitely the Launderette “it” dress. It’s fresh, clean and super edgy:
This next wish-list darling is completely epic! Sarajevo designer, Amila Hrustic uses recycled and recyclable materials to create garments inspired by Platonian mathematics. Plato theorized that the five Platonic solids were the building blocks of the universe—earth was associated with the cube, air with the octahedron, water with the icosahedron, the spirit with the dodecahedron and fire with the tetrahedron.
Alright, so this isn’t exactly wearable – unless you’re Lady Gaga! If you’re a bit more on the adventurous side of fashion, these geometric dresses are your next party piece.
The classic Americana trend is still massively in style for this Spring. Think Red Wing boots, Duluth Pack rucksacks, vintage Levi 501’s, ironic mustaches and Kentucky Bourbon. Heritage brands such as Wrangler, Barbour, Woolrich and LL Bean have seen profits sky-rocket over the last year.
New York-based handbag label, Fleabags gives a nod to the Americana trend with a collection of upcycled bags made from deadstock Pendleton wool. In its 100th year, Pendleton is legendary for its cozy, jacquard-loomed textiles – the most famous being the blankets it once traded with the Southwest Native American tribes.
Fleamarket addicts Shira Entis and Alex Bell were frustrated by the environmental hazard of accumulating plastic bags and sought to create the ideal ‘eco’ fleamarket tote. Fleabags are sourced entirely from US manufacturers and are crafted in New York of organic and vintage fabrics as well as vegetable-tanned, American and Italian leathers. All silkscreens use water-based ink. Fleabags use no toxic glues or paints, just good old fashion sewing.
The Orginal Flea in the Pendleton Indian Blanket material is perfect for a springtime of fleamarket perusal and weekend excursions to the countryside:
Happy holidays from us here at Launderette! Hope you make ethical choices this Christmas shopping season!