Hyundai launches a fashion collection!

Hello! Hyundai just released a sustainable fashion collection and yes I am not kidding is true!

The South Korean car company is partnering with six leading fashion brands from around the world, to create a capsule collection.

These limited-edition pieces are currently being sold in the London department store Selfridges and all proceeds will go to a research-based organization devoted to helping fashion labels become more sustainable.

Basically a small group of sustainably-minded designers have used discarded car parts to create items for the collection which include: jewellery, jumpsuits, work vests and bags.

These items are the result of two industries, the car manufacturing and fashion, having a lot in common in terms of having a lot of waste generated by their manufacturing process that can be repurposed for up-cycling.

As far as I have understood only 6 pieces have been showcased so it is mostly to demonstrate that collaboration between these 2 industries is not only possible but it should be further explored!

Needless to say it is important to keep fueling the research and development so that more and more brands can avail of advanced technology and that will drive a mass adoption of this practice and therefore plenty of availability in the market for us final users demanding product that do not harm the environment and look good and affordable.

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Adire inspired brand you should know

Hello! Have you ever heard of Adire textile? If not, Adire textile is the indigodyed cloth made in southwestern Nigeria by Yoruba women, using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques wihich are very labor-intensive and they form part of long lasting traditions passed from one generation to the next.

You can find many readings and videos on the Internet to deep dive and know more about Adire, and you will discover that his textile is rich in beauty and culture as much it has a rich history. Some have claimed that the diverse history originated centuries ago before it was then adopted.

Nowadays the Adire textile are being rediscovered by a new generation of designers and appreciated afresh for their beauty and complexity as well as their natural, sustainable processes.

Among those Adire inspired clothing brands, I’d like to mention Melia by Jade which caught my attention.

Melia by Jade is a clothing brand in Nigeria that started few years ago which uses Adire, Tie & Dye, Kampala, Batik to design contemporary garments for the modern day, every day woman.

Their collection available on the e-shop is relatively small, I have counted less than 30 products and they also state that not all items are always available in stock. So it is obviously still a brand that is trying to grow and put some structure into their business processes but that is absolutely understandable as part of the journey each company is embracing when they start-up their business.

What really matters in my opinion is the hard-work and dedication put into these creations which are coming out of nothing as a form of pure art, not to mention the uniqueness of the colors which is simply mesmerizing! I also love the core mission to preserve and spread the use of niche textiles such as Adire that otherwise won’t be any longer known to the mass and we would lose inevitably this ancient tradition.

They do also support international shipping so please check if your country is in the list! Hope you get inspired for your next purchase of beautiful African Art inspired clothes!

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Please Read. . . When i started this business about 4 years ago, a client sent me VERY NASTY MESSAGES because I had dared to ask her (after a month) if she was still interested in a piece she had requested we keep for her without her paying a dime as deposit for. “How dare I ask her if she was still interested. How long had I kept it for that I was harassing her.” LOL . . I sent these messages (and my responses) to the person who introduced her to me. She was equally shocked. Then she goes “well, the lady is like that. She is badly behaved. But she is very important in Lagos and she knows a lot of people. Don’t let her go and speak badly of your business” . . For a second, i was gripped with fear. (Guard your heart) This is me just trying to start out a business. Then I remembered who and what guides me. My business is NOT dependent on any one man. It will NEVER be. It is dependent on God and His Grace. . . From that day, I resolved that no matter who the client was…rich/poor/ connected/ celebrity/ family/stranger, I would treat everyone equally. I am not a “celebrity/society” dress maker. I make for EVERYONE who recognizes value. . . Good times and bad times, Melia has thrived. I marvel sometimes at how very little bad narratives i have to contribute when it comes to negative relations between clients and I. And I am thankful. To everyone who responds to the respect I show with their own respect in return. It doesn’t matter whether you are a paying customer or not. I am still always awed by the love Melia receives. SO THANK YOU ALL. . . Finally, for that one nasty experience…God has raised so many champions for this business that I am in AWE. So THANK YOU. Thank you all. I am just a grateful girl coming to say THANK YOU TO YOU ALL. PS…picture is my back to hate. 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾

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Shoes made from recycled fishing net

Hello! During my recent trip to Italy I had the opportunity to visit the “Sustainable thinking” exhibition hosted by Ferragamo Museum in Florence which I highly recommend! In this occasion I came across a stunning pair of sustainable boots.

They are made from recycled fishing nets, sole made from recycled rubber and agglomerated cork, cedar wood heel. The shoemaker, Andrea Verdura, is creating since 2014 as you can see visiting his e-shop,  an eco-friendly, sustainable and completely handmade collection, produced with 100% natural materials. You can read more on the website about his story but basically his “signature” translates into the use of recycled fishing net banned by the EU and handcrafted in his laboratory in Tuscany, Italy.

Undoubtedly I find each item of the collection (he produces not only shoes but also bags and accessories) truly unique and very stylish but at the same it gives me lot of satisfaction to think that I could buy something that has been produced time having in mind the priority to reduce to minimum the impact on the environment, so I hope you get inspired for your next purchase as well!

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Fancy a stylish vegan bag?

Hello!  It was an amazing surprise for me to learn that food waste can be actually transformed into clothes and accessories!

There are few realities already operating in the fashion industry that are slowly investing in technologies and processes to make this transformation happen.

Today I am introducing you to this brand, ALKEME ATELIER, specialized in producing bags with sustainable, plant-based textiles. The materials used to create these bags are spanning in a variety of natural fibers such as pineapple, grape, cactus, vegan and bamboo.

As part of their commitment to sustainability, ALKEME ATELIER will plant one tree for each product sold, so let’s have a look at their amazing collection on the e-shop and contribute to save our planet!

Hope you get inspired!

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Obsessed with jeans?

Jeans are one of the items of clothing that women struggle with the most. What style suits? What shape? Ripped or classic? Cheap or expensive? People dread buying them and the vast range available make for a very daunting task at times.

Personally I would wear jeans h24, 7 days a week if I could, and except at night-time I’d say that I wear jeans almost every day as my job allows for it and sometimes even for a night out!

I have recently discovered this Portuguese brand, Salsa Jeans, and I have been impressed by the passion and dedication from this team of experts to create products that can suit all body types. They have a big range and you can really experiment a lot of shapes! Prices? they are not super cheap but affordable, in my opinion is better to invest a bit more money into garments which are pillars of our wardrobe, like jeans certainly are.

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Perfect party dress? Check this brand!

Hello!

ROTATE, this Copenaghen based brand launched in 2018 is the brainchild of Danish stylists and influencers, Jeanette Madsen and Thora Valdimars partnered with Birger Christensen.

I have literally fallen in love with all the garments I have seen from latest collection because I really feel those dresses impersonate perfectly the young woman modern, with a hectic lifestyle.

All the garments are characterized by a touch of extravagance that makes you feel special and able to stand out from the crowd, keeping a look at the wallet, because honestly not all of us can afford to pay crazy prices to dress up 🙂

The latest collection is a triumph of colors, pearls, sequins, and shine, all perfectly balanced for a modern girl who is romantic but also keen to leave a mark when she steps in the room!

Here below their website, they ship products worldwide and I have just attached few of the dresses I cannot wait to wear, so glamorous!

Hope you get some inspirations too!

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