It is no secret that fast fashion has been on the rise over the past few decades. It’s easy and inexpensive- two qualities that make it a popular choice for consumers. However, many people may not realize what this trend means for our planet and global economy.
Fast fashion causes both pollution and exploitation of workers in developing countries where much of these clothing items are produced. The solution? RWBE orders! In this blog post, we will discuss the true impacts of fast fashion and how to create style with less waste, at a higher quality level, without resorting to harmful clothing manufacturing practices.
What’s Wrong With Fast Fashion?
Fast fashion started in the 1990s and has exploded within the past decade. It is defined as clothing that changes with current trends rapidly, which makes it inexpensive for consumers to purchase. The rise of fast fashion coincides with an increase in globalization where many countries began outsourcing manufacturing jobs to other countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia due to cheaper labor costs.
RWBE Orders Are The New Way Forward
If you’re horrified at the data above, you’re not alone. The pressing question is how to find a different path forward in the world of fashion. Thankfully, this can be done through RWBE orders. RWBE stands for Reduce Waste Be Elegant. It’s a pre-order period, similar to Fashion On Demand, that allows you to order clothing you want in advance, which helps us manage stock better. As a result, fashion waste is reduced because nothing is overproduced. RWBE orders are a great way to take a step in the right direction and contribute towards a more sustainable future for fashion.
How RWBE Orders Solve Fast Fashion Problems
If you’re going to be purchasing clothing from any retailer, why not buy something that will last? This is where RWBE orders come into play because they allow you to pre-order your new wardrobe items so that nothing ends up being overproduced or wasted on too much inventory.
By only producing what’s ordered, brands can reduce their carbon footprint by 40%! This means less manufacturing waste and fewer chemicals used to make the clothes we wear every day. Plus, it creates better opportunities for workers who are often exploited in developing countries where fast fashion markets tend to dominate.
Place Your RWBE Order Today
If you want to be on top of the hottest new trends in fashion, RWBE orders are the way to go. At our brand, we are proud to offer RWBE orders to our VIPs. Don’t worry if you are not one of us yet. Subscribe now and let’s support fashion on demand together. While it will take some extra time for us to prepare your order, we offer 35% off full-price to encourage your pre-order.
The fashion industry has long been criticized for its lack of sustainability. However, there are many sustainable fabrics and companies that can be found in the market today, offering a greener alternative! Before you head out for your next shipping trip, it’s good to learn what sustainable fabrics you should look out for to ensure you’re doing what’s best for you, your health, and the environment.
In this blog post, we will go over 7 of the best sustainable fabrics that you should keep an eye out for when looking to add new clothes into your wardrobe.
Why Should You Choose Sustainable Material?
Sustainable clothes made with natural fabrics are more comfortable to wear, in addition to being better for your skin! Natural fibers allow the skin to breathe, which is great during hot summer days. The fabric also allows your body heat to be released when it’s cold outside which reduces discomfort caused by overheating or chills that can occur with synthetic material.
Besides the way the fabric makes you feel, when you shop for clothing with sustainable material, you’re investing in a product that is made to last for years and can be re-worn or recycled longer than traditional materials. Plus, these low-impact processes are typically made from recycled or sustainably grown materials, so you are not adding any extra strain to natural resources, which helps to protect our environment.
The Top 7 Sustainable Fabrics You Need To Know About
Viscose is a fabric that has been in use since the 1800s. It’s soft and lightweight, making it perfect for clothing items such as blouses or dresses. Viscose comes from wood pulp or cellulose from fast-growing trees such as pine, beech, or eucalyptus. It can also be derived from plants like sugar cane, soy, or bamboo. This material is dissolved using various chemicals and then spun into material that can be made into threads.
Viscose is a great sustainable material because it doesn’t use bleach, which is harmful to the environment and originates from a natural source. In addition, this fabric can be easily recycled and turned into new textiles such as clothing or carpets.
Rayon is well known as one of the most versatile fabrics because it’s so good at imitating other fabrics such as cotton, silk, and wool, which allows it to easily be used for any clothing needs. Rayon derives from wood pulp or cellulose fibers that are purified and then created into threads that can be used to make clothing.
Rayon takes up fewer resources and materials to make clothing when compared to other sources such as polyester while still allowing you to create clothing that looks and feels incredible.
Tencel is a material that is made using the cellulose of trees, making it an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cotton. Not only does Tencel provide a significant amount of comfort, but it also has anti-bacterial properties that reduce odor and minimize skin irritation!
Tencel is derived from plants, meaning that not only is it not mixed with other synthetic fibers, but it’s also biodegradable, which helps lessen the impact on the environment. In addition, even the amount of dyes used in Tencel is far less than other material options, which helps to reduce the amount of resources needed to produce clothing.
Cupro is a new type of fabric made from cotton waste that’s environmentally friendly, sustainable, and soft to the touch. It feels like Tencel or Modal without any distasteful animal proteins so that you can wear it anywhere!
Cupro is made by using tiny silk cotton fibers that are too small to spin and stick out of the cottonseed. This is then dissolved into a mixture of ammonium and copper, otherwise known as a cuprammonium solution. From there, it is placed into caustic soda and then created into fibers to make clothing. Since it’s a byproduct of cotton production, it’s a recycled textile that ensures each bit of the cotton plant is used instead of discarded.
Polyester is one of the most common fabrics in clothing due to its durability, elasticity, and silk-like feel. However, this also contributes to a large amount of waste that can pollute our environment when it’s produced. Polyester is considered one of the most polluting fabrics you can find because it’s made from plastic materials from water, oil, and coal. In fact, creating polyester takes about 70 million barrels of oil, which is a ton of carbon.
While regular polyester is clearly not a sustainable fabric, using recycled polyester can help lessen the impacts of this material. Using recycled polyester not only helps give life to old clothes but helps to mitigate the damage that regular polyester contributes to our environment.
Recycled Polyester – Give plastic a new life
Linen is a popular fabric that is known for its strength, durability, and breathability. It’s made from flax which requires little to no pesticides during the growing process. Flax also absorbs CO² as it grows which makes linen a great material in terms of being environmentally friendly.
Linen is resistant to wrinkling making it perfect for travel! This versatile fabric can be worn comfortably throughout all four seasons since it gives warmth in winter while keeping cool air off your skin when summertime heat kicks in.
In most stores, you’ll find denim in jeans, skirts, jackets, tops, and even sneakers. Not only is this material so easy to wear, but there’s so much of it available worldwide. Denim is a cotton fabric that is known for its durability. It’s created using a twill weave, with either white, gray, or indigo yarn.
The best part is that authentic denim is actually a sustainable fabric because it’s made to be durable, which means you won’t have to buy new clothes as often. The most sustainable denim is made up of organic cotton, uses less water by using a closed-loop water system, and provides better strength.
How Do I Find Out If My Fabric Is Sustainable?
If you’re unsure if the fabric is sustainable, you can ask your sales associate or check the tag on the clothing to find out if it’s made from sustainable material. If there are no tags or it’s unclear, then you can email customer service for more information. Companies should be able to provide information on the materials used in creating their clothing if they are a reputable brand. If they cannot provide this information or won’t respond, move on to the next brand.
Sustainable fabrics are the best way to lessen your impact on our environment while still providing comfort and style. They also allow you to feel good about wearing clothing that’s not only made ethically but is eco-friendly as well!
Oftentimes, we buy plastic bottle drinks and plastic bags because it is cheap and convenient. However, no one has taken it seriously about the problems and the environmental pollution plastic causes. Until nature is given us a message – global warming, we all are finally becoming more environmentally conscious and start to think about the environmental responsibility of Mother Earth.
Back then who would have thought we could recycle man’s trash into treasure? As necessity is the mother of invention so this is how we ended up exploring this amazing recycled polyester!
You might have seen the word “recycled polyester” pretty much everywhere but you might have wondered when you saw it on shirts or bags maybe? But what exactly the term means and what exactly it is?
What is recycled polyester (rPET)?
Recycled polyester (rPET) is a versatile, durable fabric that is made from the recycling process. The used plastic is transformed into awesome new wearable material. Isn’t it surprising!
rPET is as good as virgin polyester but requires fewer resources to make – Recycled polyester is almost the same as virgin polyester in terms of quality, but its production requires 59 percent less energy compared to virgin polyester.
Converting PET into recycled polyester uses less water and energy than it would produce virgin polyester. Most studies suggest that between 33-53% less energy is used to create recycled polyester vs virgin. Also, fewer CO2 emissions are produced and we do not need to use non-renewable resources (petroleum).
The term ‘Sustainable fashion’ is explained as clothing that is specifically designed, manufactured, distributed, and then used in an environmentally friendly way.
Eco- Friendly fabric or sustainable fashion is getting more attention than ever. The fashion industry has also started realizing its environmental responsibility. This way the environmental impact of the fashion industry is becoming lower.
Doubtlessly sustainable clothing is the solution to a lot of problems we are facing these days. Sustainable fashion companies do the following practices to minimize the impact of plastic pollution:
Less use of water
Recycled/eco-friendly fabrics in clothing
Elimination of disposal in unethical ways
Use recycled materials in their shipping packaging
Fair wages for all employees
How RWBE is contributing towards “Go Green” Cause:
Through its commitment to sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing RWBE (Reduce Waste Be Elegant) has proved that fashion can also be a force for good cause. RWBE always searches for those ways through which it can put the planet first. At RWBE we believe in reducing fashion waste by producing on demand. And now we have introduced Recycled Polyester to serve this cause.
This Spring Summer, emerge yourselves into the fun and joy of the undersea world! Inspired by the beautiful coral, our SS 2017 collection is colorful, bold and vivid, yet everything is softened with a pastel touch.
Nobody will deny coral is full of colors, and this season we’ve chosen baby pink, baby blue and green to create this colorful collection. These colors captured the Spring atmosphere so well with their softness, juxtaposing with green to give a sense of nature in summer. Add simple geometric-inspired jewelry to complete your look.
When you look closely, there are lots of dots and lines on the surface of coral. This inspired us to take a more contemporary illustration of coral with stripes.
Stripes will be shown as prints or mesh lace, usually colorful and vivid for a bold representation. Prints and mesh lace will also be used to for a light and Pair with statement accessory for a sharp outfit, or look effortlessly chic with a pair of jeans or plain bottom.
To continue with the fun and joy brought on by coral, we go on to add prints with childhood touch to show happy moments we associate with Spring Summer. The unique and cute prints will make you stand out from the crowd and add a youthful touch to your look.
Now that the weather is getting so much warmer, it’s time to think if you need to add some fresh pieces to your Spring wardrobe!
Officially introducing our new brand RWBE to all of MV fans. RWBE stands for “Reduce Waste. Be Elegant.” The mission of RWBE is to be environmentally friendly while still providing cute clothes with good fitting. We believe everyone can enjoy brand new clothes and look elegant, without sacrificing the beauty of our environment.
By only producing when receiving your order, we reduce fashion waste and is able to offer the best price to our customers.
How does it work?
Check out new styles on our fan page, online store or retail outlets
Choose your size and order online or at our retail outlets
Once received your order, we will produce your clothes right away
Brand new RWBE clothes will be delivered to your doorstep
It’s simple! Look for more RWBE styles in our online store:
Della is a socially responsible fashion brand. Let’s have a quick look of there new hot print dress. Soft materials with Ghana uniqe print, that you must not miss in the Summer season.
Della’s clothing are made by handblock print. It’s an ancient art technique called – Batik, which use hand-carved stamps and hot wax to dye textiles.
During the batik process, hot wax is stamped on cloth an then dyed. Several layers of stamps and dye can be used at one time.
Upon removal of hot wax, beautiful colored patterns and designs emerge. Due to the nature of the due process, shading and arrangement of the color is unique, making every piece of batik individual.
From colors to textiles, fashion doesn’t simply exist on runways or catalogs. It doesn’t have boundaries. Let’s celebrate fashion in an responsible way to build a foundation for a better life through jobs, education, and skills
Sabrina Sikora may be a name and face you are familiar with in our posts in our social media channels. She is a Hong Kong-based professional photographer, model and style blogger. We have invited her to help style our new winter collection. As someone who is so involved in the fashion industry, Sabrina is a great person to talk to. We have chatted with her recently, and let’s get to know more about her and her tips for winter outlook!
Why would you choose to be a model before?
After taking a fashion class at my local mall when I was 12 years old I decided I wanted to be a model. At the time I was 5’8” and a size 0. I sent photos to Elite and they turned me down saying I was too young. The next year I sent updated images and was turned down again this time for being too thin. At age 14, when I was 5’10” and a size 2, Elite signed me. I wanted the chance to see more than my hometown of Macon, GA and thankfully my walking hanger-like body allowed me to do just that.
What brought you to Hong Kong and why did you decide to stay here?
I was modeling in New York where I met a boy and fell in love. After a few years together, his job offered him an opportunity to relocate here and he asked if I would join him. Because I can do my job anywhere (and I wanted to be with him) I said yes! We still live in HK and are now married and have a son who is almost two.
What made you switch your career from modeling to photography?
Originally I had still planned to model full-time and shoot as a photographer part-time as I had done in New York. Once we relocated to HK and I took the break from modeling I found it really refreshing and loved the freedom of setting my own schedule and not having to watch everything I ate. I made the leap to full-time photography and set up my studio here in 2010. It was slow going at first, as my work is mainly word of mouth, but once I linked up with Sassy and started blogging and shooting for them things really took off. Now I shoot around four times a week from both my Chai Wan studio and on-location as well. I also maintain a studio in Georgia, where I am from, and return there several times a year to shoot and see family.
What is the most enjoyable about being a photographer?
Seeing the world as a photographer sees it is my favorite part. I don’t mean traveling around, though that is nice as well, but actually seeing the world in a different way. It’s the little things like looking at someone and noticing their angles and the way they laugh and brush their hair away from their face. It’s walking down the street and seeing the beauty in everyday objects or the way the light falls down an alley. It feels like people can be so busy that they miss all the small beautiful elements all around them happening at any given moment. It isn’t until you pick up a camera and start to look for the beautiful, the interesting things, that you see what is really all around you. Once you start to notice it you find it is hard to stop.
What is the most challenging part of being a photographer?
Time management for me is the trickiest part. I have to be very diligent about how I organize my schedule so as not to over load myself. It is tempting to say yes to every project, especially in a city like HK where there is so much activity and so many interesting endeavors. I have to leave time for editing and retouching. I also run my own blog www.TheFirstWife.com and contribute to Sassy Media Group so there are events to attend and articles to be written. And on top of all that I am a mom to a very active toddler, which is the most important, enjoyable, and stressful job of all.
You’re a photographer, a blogger, and a mum at the same time. What are your tips to manage all these events, photo shoots, and your family life?
I find it so funny when people talk about work/life balance like there is some magic formula where it all works perfectly. The fact is no matter how much time you spend in any one area it is never enough and yet you always feel like you should be spending more time on it as well. I try to look at a week and balance that instead of balancing each day. I take my son to school on Mondays and Fridays and shoot Tuesday-Thursday. Mornings are spent at the computer so the afternoons can be spent at the turtle pond in Chai Wan Park or at the playground chasing my son around. Saturday night is date night with my husband and Sunday is family day so I won’t book any shoots for Sundays. The biggest thing for me is keeping my inbox clear and making sure every item, no matter how small makes it onto my iCal and Evernote which I can view from all of my devices so I make sure I never miss a thing.
What are your must-have items in your wardrobe this winter?
This year my wardrobe is very clean and simple. I like basic pieces that I can mix and match well. We usually travel for the holidays so I need pieces that work in multiple cities. Then I add some really show-stopping accessories and bright lipstick to make the look pop. I love the Marco Visconti cropped black pants and the gray sleeveless top with the oversize knot at the collar. Both pieces work for both day and night and are great for flights, family time, and shooting alike.
For those MV fans, I’m sure you are familiar with the jewelry brand – Hot Edith. But do you know about the one who designs all these lovely pieces? We have chatted with Edith Law, the design, and let’s get to know more about the soul behind these beautiful works!
1. Where did you passion in jewelry come from?
When I was small, I already love to secretly peek at my mum’s jewelry box and try on her rings, necklaces, bracelets… Etc. when I was six, my mum gave me my first treasure – a small ladybug brooch. I loved it so much and always put it on my clothes. From then, I like to check out different kinds of jewelry and wished that I could have my own jewelry box one day.
2. When do you start designing your own jewelry and what inspired you to start off?
After I was graduated from the university, I became a designer for a high-end jewelry brand. In 2012, I set up my own jewelry brand and hope my pieces can be put in each girl’s jewelry box. With the theme of “less is more”, I created jewelry that are classic yet trendy, prefect for matching any outfits and let every girl shines.
3. What is your design philosophy?
I design with natural pearls and semi-precious stones. Different kinds of pearls and stones represent special personality of the owner of a jewelry. I believe simple yet elegant design is perfect match of every outfit. The brand itself tells a story of how a girl becomes a lady. There will be ups and downs in life, and I hope my pieces can stay with each girls and gives her love, hope and dreams, and let her shines in every occasion.
4. What is the most enjoyable about being a jewelry designer?
I love to see how a design in my brain actually turns to a real jewelry. When a customer try it on and admires mu design, I would feel so satisfied and happy.
5. What is the most challenging part of your jewelry design career?
Sometimes there are good designs but no suitable stones to make, and sometime there are beautiful stones but lack a design to put them together. I guess the most challenging part is to find a balance.
6. You have another full-time job as you design your own jewelry. What are your tips to manage everything so well?
Everyday when I get off from work, I will have 2-3 hours to do the design. As I need to work on everything myself, I have to slowly organise the process and make sure everything is in place. Sunday must be a holiday for me to rest, travel and enjoy life.
7. What is your tip of jewelry styling this winter?
Put on 2-3 rings or a few necklaces with different length at the same time to create layers and a more shinny effect. The mix and match is fun and can create your very own style.
Natural dye, unique pattern and arts. The hand block printing is one of the earliest and simplest printing methods. A design is drawn and carved in a wood block. Then the block is applied with color and pressed firmly on cloth, one pattern each time until the cloth is filled with the desired patterns. Hand block printing is a slow process, but it is capable to create highly artistic results, which make it stands out among other printing methods.
The MV Hand Block Printing Workshop
Do you think handprint is easy? No. It is in fact harder than you expected. On 2nd of October, staffs in Marco Visconti gathered for a handprint workshop to get a taste of this traditional artisan technique. Instead of wood, we cut sponges to the design we desired and brushed them with paint.
Then, we pressed the sponged on drawing paper repeatedly to create a pattern. Believe me, the first attempt usually failed! We still remembered how difficult it was to just get a pattern clear and sharp. We kept trying and ,after throwing some of the pieces into the rubbish bin, we finally got to the art piece. It was not easy, but definitely fulfilling to see the creation made from our own hands. We all liked the crafty feel of the print.
All about Creativity and Patience
Every handprint masterpiece represents something special on the maker’s mind, not simply a pattern but a story. Behind every hand print artisan, creativity and patience are their symbols. They have a belief that mass-production is not always the best, and are willing to sacrifice the modern-day efficiency for a unique crafty touch. Let us treasure this precious artisan technique and enjoy the beauty of craftsmanship!