Image courtesy of Lav & Kush
Candian-based Lav & Kush is showing relaxed dresses--ideal for day and travel--in colorful prints that follow trends in sustainable fabrics--Modal, Tencel, soy, bamboo jersey--for spring/summer 2010. We talk shop with Designer Angela Saxena--currently showing her designs at Vancouver Fashion Week--on innovate fabrics, fair trade, and fashion--after the jump--and show photos from her collection.
All images courtesy of Lav & Kush
TreeHugger: What fabrics did you use primarily in the Spring 2010 collection?
Angela Saxena: Modal/spandex (95/5), silk, linen, organic cotton, bamboo jersey, and french terry. We really love Modal for its softness, draping, and it works well with our designs. The Modal is knitted in California by a trusted company that buys the yarn from European innovators in textiles Lenzing fibers. Their fabrics--including Tencel and Modal--are produced in a closed loop process which recycles the majority of toxins/solvents before being flushed into the water stream. The beechwood that produces the Modal fiber is from maintained tree farms in Austria.
We are sourcing a beautiful Hemp jersey from the same knitter in California, which is--in my opinion--one of the most eco-friendly fabrics. However, a problem is that most hemp yarn comes from Asia so tracking its sources--and the lack of transparency--can be an issue.
TH: Does using sustainable materials limit your vision or motivate innovation?
AS: Using sustainable fabrics are very inspiring to me. Because we are somewhat limited in regards to prints and textures and in some cases performance, it forces designers to be more creative. The fabrics are beautiful, ultra soft to the touch--especially Modal, bamboo, soy--and take dyes very well. On the other hand--because we are a fashion and style driven company drawn to color and prints--it does limit us, we always have to consider our company style when chosing fabrics. We use super soft materials--over structured or rough--and I love the aesthetic and variety of some man-made fabrics, but this is when you really need to stick to your principles. Also, eco-materials cost more, so this inevitably puts goods at a higher price point.
TH: What inspired your vision for the collection?
AS: Nature is always my biggest inspiration, nothing inspires me more, and it has the best architecture. "Springtime Joy" is the feeling behind the Sp'10 line. We focused on deep colored hues of teal and mauve, and choose beautiful light and airy printed silk voiles.
TH: Do you follow ethical or fair trade standards?
AS: We produce almost all of the collection here in Vancouver, B.C., except for two styles of bamboo sweaters done overseas last season--but even then it was a small factory and we knew who they were and trusted them. We visit our Vancouver factories weekly during production and have good relationships with them.
TH: What fashion trends and essential pieces will we see come Spring 2010?
AS: Spring 2010 trends are about 'everything goes.' We are seeing plums and purples, more draping and pleating in jersey fabrics, and tons of dresses, dresses dresses!
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