I cannot wait to check out this textile exhibit at Cristina Grajales Gallery in Manhattan. Hechizoo Textile, working with skilled weavers and artisans, creates rugs, upholstery and curtain fabric as well as architectural screens and meshes. The innovative use of materials also sets Hechizoo apart from other textiles. The integration of indigenous vegetable fibers such [...]
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Yes, that Starbucks. No, they haven't stopped making coffee. What they have started doing, though, is furnishing their interiors with a revolutionary new textile made from natural and renewable materials. Through upcycling (creating waste materials into new products), Starbucks coffee sacks are combined with wool to create a completely unique sustainable fabric called "WoJo". The [...]
You may remember that back in April, I wrote a little piece on the use of a polymer that is made using castor beans. At the time of writing, the round bodied and lustrous yarns were mainly being used in undergarments. One curious reader commented on the post asking why it was only really being [...]
The Fall runway shows wrapped up without a single documented PETA-sponsored prank. I found this ironic considering how many pelts decorated the catwalks. They came patchworked at Fendi and Acne, positively ferocious at Lanvin, and in the form of an ultra-plush peacoat at Burberry Prorsum. At Chanel, everything from the house's classic tweeds and quilted, [...]
For the past 30 years, Carnegie Fabrics, a home and commercial interior textile company, has been manufacturing a fabric called Xorel. No, it's not a photocopying machine. It's an environmentally conscious alternative to vinyl. It's woven from polyethylene, is very safe in manufacture, use, and disposal, incredibly durable, and easy to clean.
Something I haven't done in a little while is highlight a yarn company. Actually, I'm not sure that I've done that yet at all. Well, now is as good a time as any. So here goes. Recently, while researching novelty yarn distributors, one company I came across that I found particularly interesting is Giovanna Imperia [...]
Aleksandra Gaca is a weaver who seems thrive on dimensional design. Her work is structural yet soft, three dimensional , architectural , and just plain beautiful. Her broad use of materials, from soft mohair to super strong mono-filament, as well as her cross over from fashion to commercial and back again, make her work accessible to everyone.
As an intern in my first week with the Fabric Stock Exchange, I have already had the chance to learn a great deal about the fashion industry. I have participated in two webinars that highlighted trends for the upcoming Fall and Spring seasons. Both power points were very interesting which led me to do a [...]
I know I talk a lot about Textile Shows. But I think they’re really important and I love to share them with you as I hear about them. So, in case you haven’t guessed, I’ve heard about another one. Two, actually. The first one is a bit different, I promise. It’s Home Textiles Fabric Sourcing [...]
I am a self admitted magazine junkie. From National Geographic to Elle and everything in between. I can’t get enough. I love the glossy pages, the ease with which I can tote them around for easy access on the subway or when waiting in a long line, the beautiful photography, and tabbed corners of pages [...]