What makes for a fine piece of clothing?

I’m lucky to have grown up at a time when it was easy to find quality clothing at all price points. My mother’s best friend was a skilled seamstress, a German woman who was taught by the best in her home country. She could whip up leather shorts for her boys, and sew an Astrakhan…

Mending is Cool Again

  During my junior high school days, sewing was part of the home economics curriculum. I learned how to hand stitch, but not how to mend my well-loved clothes. I was lucky enough to have aunts and a mother who repaired their clothing. Recently, I purchased Mending Matters, a book that offers mending solutions as…

The Real Goods About Cleaning Clothes

A new mantra has permeated the web of late; not sure if it was instigated by Stella McCartney, but she is quoted by The Telegraph as saying “Don’t wash clothes, just brush the dirt off…”. I respect Stella McCartney for her environmental stance and her high quality, sustainable fashions. She’s not just talking the talk…

Fashion’s Future

The fashion industry has reached a critical point in its history, where it is one of the largest polluting industries. The “fast fashion” business model is the root cause of our sustainability challenges. People have begun to understand that if we continue to produce cheap clothing and consume it at an excessive rate, things won’t…

Mountains of Clothing Waste

Living in Canada, you may be familiar with the CBC show Marketplace. Marketplace investigates wrongdoings in the marketplace, much like a consumer watchdog. There’s an eye opening episode entitled “Clothing Waste”, episode 14 of season 45. This show investigates the clothing recycling programs at fast fashion chains, and reveals that their marketing may not live…

Respect and Acknowledge the Designer’s Work

Take a look at this short video by BBC; an interview with four UK designers discussing how other brands have copied their work, and in most cases, selling exact knock-offs. The clincher is these brands sell the copies as their original designs. With the explosion of the internet came the belief that content on line…

Why I Don’t Use Fabric Softeners

There’s a commercial on television that is one of those marketing faux pas, having very little truth to it. It goes something like “When your V-neck looks more like a U-neck, you know your T is half-washed…..Downy will prevent stretching….” Well, I lose it because you can’t reverse damage, aka stretched fabric, and what does…

The Buyerarchy of Needs – A Better Approach to Always Buying New

If you’ve ever taken a beginner psychology course, you probably are familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy is the largest, most fundamental of human needs. These are the basic needs that must be met before an individual desires, or can achieve the highest level of needs. Going beyond the…

The Need to Make Things With Our Hands

During a recent vacation to London, I purchased a new book entitled Craftfulness by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin. It’s a timely work and supports what I believe about the pursuit of crafting and its relationship to creativity. Creativity is in all of us; and by discovering what this might be (if you haven’t already),…

Sustainable Fashion Guide

The fashion industry is reported to be one of the most polluting industries. It’s a disturbing fact, but we can still enjoy fashion while doing our part to help clean up this industry. A good place to start is with your garment shopping habits. Here are four easy changes you can make now to reduce…