EDIT, the highly curated fashion and accessory trade show, hosted its show-long Sustainable Luxury Lounge, a gallery with daily conversations about the sustainable space.
The lounge featured eco-friendly designers FROM THE ROAD (luxurious hand-woven, artisan-made scarves and accessories from around the world), Mikuti (hand-made jewelry using recycled brass jewelry and local beads from artisans in Kenya), Mimi Prober (apparel that repurposes centuries-old lace and sequins) and Osklen (who creates upscale footwear and handbags from fish leather–a natural food byproduct), shown below from top to bottom.
EDIT teamed up with FROM THE ROAD Founder/Creative Director Susan Easton, who pulled together daily panels to discuss artisanal production, heritage techniques, eco materials, and how to tell brand stories to customers in compelling ways.
Yesterday, on Day 2 of the show, Accessories Editor-in-Chief Lauren Parker sat on a panel alongside Catherine Carnevale, co-founder of ELEVEN SIX (upscale knitwear from Peruvian artisans), and Mara Schiavetti, founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Green Beauty (a print magazine and website devoted to sustainable fashion and accessories).
The women discussed sustainable luxury trends that are influencing this season’s must-haves, moderated by Easton.
Parker discussed the importance of vintage as a zero-waste concept, pointing out Mimi Prober’s use of vintage lace as a stylish way to remain sustainable within the hot lace trend. She also mentioned cork as a naturally water-resistant alternative to, say, a PVC rain jacket, and Shibori, an ancient Japanese printing technique using natural indigo dyes as a new, “trendy” alternative to the Ikat print. Carnevale cited existing resources for vintage pieces like Etsy.com, while Schiavetti commented on one way the sustainable space can grow, “I would love to see a sustainable department store!”