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Cercle - A New Crowfunding Platform for Thoughtful Design

Cercle is a crowdfunding program, exclusively for fashion, that is rich in community building. “Fostering collaboration between those who design and those who love design,” the newly launched company provides consumers a way to invest in featured designer’s upcoming collections. Benefits include getting a sneak peek at collection inspirations and the opportunity to fund for double the credit in apparel post launch. For designers, the platform provides a way to gauge interest and fund projects. Brands like Study NY and M. Patmos have already jumped on the Cercle bandwagon to promote upcoming seasons. We caught up with Cercle co-founder, Ayala Meromi Keinan, to learn more about this exciting new platform and how it might push independent design forward in the...

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The Skin Knows: Handloom Versus Milled Cloth.

When people try on natural handwoven clothing for the first time, they report an experience that can only be described as their skin ‘thanking’ them. This is not imagined. It’s not just the natural fiber that feels good, it’s what’s missing— chemicals. Manufacturers of milled cloth can use up to 2000 different chemicals in fabric making. According to a report from the textile magazine, EcoTextiles, it takes from 10% to 100% of the weight of the fabric in chemicals to actually produce the fabric! These chemicals are used to give the fabric the unnatural characteristics we’ve come to expect in our clothes like, non-iron or wrinkle-free, flame-retardant, shrinkage-free, water-repellant, stain-repellant, anti-cling, perspiration-proof, and more. These qualities are obtained by saturating...

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Rana Plaza: How did financing play a part?

The third anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster (where 5 garment factories fell, killing 1,135 people) is just around the corner.   It’s easy to disconnect the fashion brands we love from that problem in another land.   The news focuses on the factory conditions and blames the factory owner. They don’t focus on the major clothing brands that use those factories to produce their luxury clothing lines. They have a direct influence over the worker’s wages and working conditions.   These brands influence how the factories run, based on how they pay for the goods they order. When they order a batch of natural cotton T-shirts, for instance, they give no cash in advance. It is left to the...

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Happy Easter from Indigo Handloom

Wishing you all a happy Easter Sunday from Indigo Handloom. Brighten your holiday weekend with some of our favorite Spring scarves, all handwoven with love. 1. 'Playa - Aqua' http://bit.ly/1RxNRgh2. 'Colorblock - Purple' http://bit.ly/1RuE6043. 'Carnival - Yellow' http://bit.ly/1VP4jM3   ‪#‎happyeaster‬ ‪#‎organiceggs‬ ‪#‎ethicalfashion‬ ‪#‎shophandloom‬ ‪#‎pastels‬‪#‎sustainablefashion‬ ‪#‎ecofriendly‬ ‪#‎eastercolors‬

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Happy International Women's Day!

Happy ‪#‎internationalwomensday‬! With 78% of the workforce being women, we are so grateful to our women artisans who we work with all across India - to our talented seamstresses who manufacture our clothing line in the Bay Area - all the way to the lovely ladies in our Oakland office. Everyday we are so inspired by strength and beauty of the women around us, and we hope to continue sharing their magnificent handloom products with the world.

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