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What are you going to wear in the future? – highlights from the Future Fashion Expo

This week, the 8th Future Fabrics Expo organised by the Sustainable Angle took place in London and drew a bigger than ever crowd of fashion Buyers and Designers. Having attended several of the Expo’s in the past and found them incredibly useful in terms of sourcing suppliers of sustainable fabrics, we, of course, had to check it out too. It was genuinely brilliant seeing so many people there and the air was filled with excitement about new innovations and all the opportunities we have to make a positive impact on climate change etc through our design choices. Amongst the newest innovations were a material called beLEAF™, a bioleather with an amazing handfeel made from large Brazilian palm leaves. It was...

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WHY WE CHOOSE RECYCLED WOOL OVER VIRGIN WOOL – AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO!

Anyone who has been doing any kind of outdoor training, skiing or snowboarding will probably agree with me that merino wool is one of the best – if not THE best – fibre when it comes to wicking moisture and keeping you warm – as well as keeping you cosy during the winter months. I genuinely love every single merino wool item that I own*- be it base layers, socks or jumpers - and naturally wanted to use the fibre for the newly launched Jinhae knit jumper. Unfortunately, there is some controversy surrounding wool production, which is why we chose a very soft fine Italian yarn made from 100% recycled merino wool fibres – and according to the Italian mill...

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WHY RECYCLED POLYESTER IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT DESPITE THE ISSUE WITH MICROPLASTIC IN THE OCEANS

Meeting other people who are equally passionate about making positive changes to the norms in the fashion industry is always exciting. Recently I had a memorable encounter with someone who is hugely influential in the UK when it comes to driving such change and we ended up having an interesting discussion about the use of recycled polyester and how eco-friendly this fibre actually is. I am a big advocate of circular economy in fashion; to reduce, reuse and recycle resources over and over again for different purposes. This includes using recycled polyester (RPET) made from recycled plastic bottles. In my view, we have already introduced a certain amount of plastic into the world and given that it will take 100s...

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ORGANIC LINEN – ONE OF THE MOST SUSTAINABLE FIBRES AROUND

What are the first thoughts that spring to mind when you think of linen clothing? If you are anything like me, you will probably have images of crinkled white suits, smock dresses and other holiday classics flashing through your mind, but linen is so much more than that. In fact, while being one of the highest ranked fibres around, it also adds a great dose of unpolished style to any collection with its natural slub texture, matt/shine look and papery hand feel. At VILDNIS, we use it to sass up our essentials collection with semi-sheer open-knit jumpers and textured lightweight T-shirts and tops with a beautiful drape. For those of you unfamiliar with the fibre, linen stems from the flax...

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Apples, seaweed and wine - nature's own materials are driving fabric innovation!

How often do you think about what you are wearing? Not how you have styled yourself…I am sure you look fabulous!... I am talking about what the clothes are made of. Imagine a skirt made from apples and a handbag made from wine. Yep, wine! As strange as it may sound, this will soon be reality. This week the 7th Future Fabrics Fair took place in London. Organised by the Sustainable Angle organisation, it showcased sustainable fabrics from mills all over the world to representatives from established and start-up fashion brands alike. In contrast to a more traditional fabric fair two week’s previously with very low footfall, it was amazing to walk into a packed room, buzzing with energy; and...

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