Five Designers Breathing New Life Into Sustainable Fashion
Sustainability has become a trend among purveyors of fast fashion: H&M's Conscious Collection, Zara's commitment to supply-chain transparency, Toms, Warby Parker. But at the same time, an elite cadre of designers are making a push for sustainable, ethically sourced designs that combine a discerning eye with a discerning moral stance. "Nobody wants to wear beige, undyed clothes," says Maria Cornejo of Zero + Maria Cornejo. As part of the inaugural class of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Initiative, a program aimed at promoting responsible, ethical decision making at all stages of the design process, brands like Cornejo's, as well as Sara Beltrán of Dezso, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, and Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo of Svilu, have been exploring what it means to be part of an industry that thrives on the constant cycle of consumerism while supporting locally sourced products, recycled goods, and traditional production methods. Meet the new class of designers, the future of sustainable fashion, here.