2015 OPB: Study NY – by Silvia Bombardini

Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,

 

Speaking of slowear and mindful organic design, one more favourite at the OPB fair comes to mind from Brooklyn. Rather than presenting each season a whole new collection as most would, Tara St James of Study NY follows her own moral compass and patented Anti-[fashion]-Calendar, opting to focus instead on always upgrading the brand’s sustainable strategies to fine-tune a beautiful offer of timeless classics. While here in the UK for one, between 400,000 and 700,000 tonnes per annum of the total textile fibre produced is lost, Tara experiments with techniques such as responsible weaving, natural dying, or the zero waste pieces on display by her booth, born within one another like a soft set of Russian Dolls. Primarily produced in town, at the Garment District in Manhattan, her line also includes knitwear from Peru made of locally sourced alpaca, and collaborates with a group of artisans in Mexico City who employs women in prison, by teaching them how to cross-stitch. Study’s lookbook comes as a series of postcards – on the back side of each are printed aphorisms by noted green thinkers that prompt us to think about the consequences of our actions or acquire much more slowly. The one I like best though, comes unsurprisingly from Buckminster Fuller: The best way to predict the future is to design it.

 

Later,

Silvia

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