3 Things You Didn't Know About Sustainable Fashion
Last week, SuKi Se visited the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) in its phenomenal space, and we walked away with inspiration as well as some essential takeaways of how one can understand sustainable fashion.
1. It's not what you think
The Pratt Institute's Sustainable Fashion Design Strategies are a multidimensional breakdown of what sustainable fashion is. This guiding set of principles were hung on a wall of the Sustainability Lab (s.LAB), a space where designers can learn practical ways of reducing waste and increasing a garment's life-cycle. In the s.LAB, it becomes clear that sustainable/eco-/ethical fashion is not a singular concept. It ranges between a subset of principles that can make a product sustainable or ethical through a broad range of categories such as materials, manufacturing, distribution, and use. Simply put: an ethical/sustainable garment can mean many things, whether it is created with low water use fibers and domestic materials or delivered by way of efficient transportation systems. For a full breakdown of the Sustainable Fashion Design Strategies, feel free to email us and we'll send you the full list.
2. It's not as hard as you think
You may be someone who wants to start following a more sustainable lifestyle in general, and in particular with your fashion choices. I started doing this a year ago and at first it was difficult, but I realized that it doesn't have to be. When it doesn't suit your budget, you can look for pieces at vintage and thrift stores and take a jab at the fast fashion industry by shopping recycled wear. When you have a bit to spend, you can go high fashion in behno, or mid-range in Everlane, or affordable with SuKi Se.
3. Who to turn to
It's hard to know who to turn to for insights and advice, below are some of our favorite friends in sustainable fashion to learn from: