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We've come a long way when it comes to making transparency a priority in the fashion industry, whether that's focusing on ethical designs or dressing customers in sustainable materials. That being said, there's still a lot to be done in the journey to knowing exactly how clothes are made.
Two years ago today, the Rana Plaza factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, resulting in 1,133 people killed and over 2,500 injuries. What does this have to do with ethical fashion? Everything. The complex's structure was built to maintain shops and offices—not factory spaces. In addition to the original building, four more floors had been added without a permit to accommodate more production. The added manufacturing-related stress resulted in cracks throughout the building's framework, of which employers in the building were warned. The next day, the structural cracks caused the building the collapse.
It's unsafe work environments like this that have plagued the fashion industry for centuries. Since the accident, April 24th has been deemed Fashion Revolution Day—24 hours dedicated to keeping brands honest about their manufacturing processes.
Mark your calendars—you won't want to miss Stories & Style. Every piece of clothing and style comes with a story, whether it's something that happened while you were wearing it or the very inspiration behind the design. At Bene Rialto on Thursday, January 29th, we're joining forces with three storytellers to bring you a night of entertainment and fashion.
Come hear NPR's Ophira Eisenberg, Writer/Comedian Elna Baker, and Author/Comedian Sara Benincasa recount fashion-focused tales—we guarantee you won't leave without having a laugh. You'll also be able to meet the designer and try on pieces from the Nicole Lenzen ready-to-wear collection, browse the other apparel and accessory brands featured throughout Bene Rialto's multilevel retail marketplace, and snack on some yummy appetizers and wine.
An RSVP will be required to enter, so get your name on the list for this free event quickly!
There's something revolutionary about the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator space off of the Flushing G stop in Brooklyn. Maybe it's something about the space itself—seeing as its history is as rich as the work that will surely come of it—mixed with the people and enthusiasm within its walls. The space's opening event on November 11th almost seemed more like a pep rally than anything, with the program's makers and designers proudly displaying the fruits of their labors for passersby.
First, let's dig into the people and goals behind the initiative. Picture yourself as a recent college grad with no room for running your own endeavor—or simply throw yourself back to those real-life growing pains you remember like yesterday. In a world that's so focused on being self-made, that is a tough place to be. And as a respected arts and design establishment, Pratt knows this. So, instead of offering job placement advice or leaving grads completely on their own to fend for work, they decided to do something for up-and-coming creators. The Brooklyn Accelerator is a space for creatives to find the resources they need to make their ideas into reality, whether that's a desk to work on or a station for 3D printing (you can check out more of the available resources here). One of the most impressive assets was the larger-than-life mechanical loom humming away in one of the side rooms.
While it's easy to walk into a room of makers and quickly recognize what they're doing. But the BF+DA designers are doing much more than simply "making." To be a part of the program, they need to be focused on incorporating sustainable best practices into their work and, straight from the mouth of the program itself, "exploring the relationship of apparel + technology and the future of production."
We may have just announced our involvement in the Young & Able web pop-up (and soon to be physical space), but we've got another announcement for all of you. On a recent and particularly breezy Thursday night, we celebrated the opening of Bene Rialto—a retail marketplace in Manhattan featuring outstanding local, national, and international makers, from apparel to jewelry to handcrafted denim bags.
The marketplace consists of three floors. You can find most of the accessories and paper goods on the first floor, apparel on the second (including a few familiar designs from yours truly!), and art on the third floor. The space will also feature various events and speakers.
Here's a little background on the space: The space—whose namesake means "good marketplace" in Italian—is the brainchild and work of a former buyer and director from Saks, Caryn Neary, plus a team of other high fashion retail veterans. But the space is much more than a place to find extremely well-made gifts and indulgences. Think of it as an emerging incubator—the vision is to integrate a wholesale showroom, florist space, and eatery into the mix. Nestled right off of one of Midtown's busiest footpaths, this is the perfect place for a more personal shopping experience, past the mega-stores and mass-produced fashions of 5th Avenue.
We'll have much more to announce on this space and what you can expect to see in terms of events and get-togethers, but for now you can visit the space at 13 W. 38th St, New York, New York. And don't forget to come see what we have to offer on the second floor—we're right next to the dressing rooms, near the front windows (replete with a peek at the Empire State Building).
13 W. 38th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10018 / 212.246.5984
Mon-Wed 11am-7pm / Thu-Sat 11am-8pm / Sun 12pm-6pm
Feminine details, vintage-inspired charm, and an all-over elegant silhouette is a given with the new Eva Collection. As always, the styles focus on keeping you put-together, no matter what the day throws your way. Whether you've got a bike ride commute followed up with an important client meeting or an impromptu happy hour get-together, we've got a pleated neckline, peplum or pocket (and much, much more) to keep you looking lovely no matter how hard you work.
Today's office dress code may be leaning a little on the casual side, but women still deserve to look and feel great during the day while stepping it up style-wise. Finding that perfect place between power suit and sundress, the Eva Collection is redefining modern work wear by introducing an elegant, feminine style that'll keep you feeling empowered.
But don't just take our word for it. We showed off the collection on the runway at New York Fashion Week and Lindy Focus XII. Keep your eyes out for our versatile new styles being worn the way they're meant to be worn—on the move.
Check out the video from New York Fashion Week featuring our runway show and special backstage footage! It was fantastic showing our new Eva Collection to a full house at the beautiful Alvin Ailey Studios, and supporting the Catwalk NY 2014 HIV/AIDS benefit.
The Eva collection features feminine and elegant silhouettes that channel vintage inspiration through a modern design eye. Designed and tailored for movement, the versatile collection is ethically produced in New York City from fair-trade and performance silks. We will be introducing new styles regularly in our online shop.
We were fortunate to collaborate with jewelry designer Vanessa Maldonado, videographer Maya Oren, and DJ Sonny Choo. Thank you also to photographers Nina Galicheva and Brad Kellogg for capturing so many lovely moments, and everyone else involved in the production!
We are excited to introduce the new Eva collection during New York Fashion Week! The collection features feminine and elegant silhouettes that channel vintage inspiration through a modern design eye. Designed and tailored for movement, the versatile collection is ethically produced in New York City from fair-trade and performance silks.
FASHION WEEK EVENTS
We are thrilled to participate in New York Fashion Week with a Runway Show, Pop-Up Shop and special Trunk Show. Our collection is currently available for sale during a two-week popup. Stop by during regularly scheduled open hours to try styles on, or meet the designer and learn more about the brand during an evening trunk show! The collection will also be modeled in a runway show benefiting HIV/AIDS, alongside other designers including Project Runway contestant Nathaniel Paul.
LAUNCH NYC POP-UP SHOP
January 28 - February 12
Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 7:30pm / Sun: 12 - 6pm
Launch NYC at MNY55
55 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, January 29: 6 - 8pm
Sunday, February 9th: 6pm
Catwalk New York 2014: A benefit for HIV/AIDS
Alvin Ailey Studios
405 West 55th St. New York, NY 10019
TRUNK SHOW – MEET THE DESIGNER
Monday, February 10th: 5 -8 pm
Launch NYC at MNY55
55 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011
We are excited to launch our new collection of ready-to-wear dresses, tailored for movement and carefully constructed in NYC.
One part sugar and two parts spice, this collection of dresses is poised to twirl its way into your heart. Taking their cue from the sweetness of candy, these vintage-inspired looks pair feminine silhouettes with a modern sensibility that is as versatile as it is festive. Designed and tailored for movement, the collection is ethically produced in New York City from fair-trade and performance silks.
Some of the talented folks with whom I have been lucky enough to collaborate are dancer extraordinaire Evita Arce and photo geniuses Ned & Aya. We loved shooting on location (and filling up on decadent sweets!) at the idyllic Brooklyn Farmacy.
All styles are available in our new online shop for those in the mood to treat themselves (or be treated) this holiday season. Feel free to spread the word, and if you're in New York City, schedule an appointment to stop by and view the collection.
I have been a long-time supporter of Portland-based urban & activewear company Nau for their attention to what matters: integrating least-negative-impact practices into their business model and sustainable materials into their product, fashion-forward detailing and high standards of apparel construction, commitment to giving back to the community, and the super-chill and talented members of their company. I love how their pieces are slim-cut, travel so well, stand up to weather, translate from trail to taxi, and are made to last and often recyclable at end of life.
So naturally I’m excited to have a Nau retail space in NY territory, even temporarily. They have partnered with workwear fashion brand Dunderon to open a three-month pop-up shop at their Soho location. Design Director Peter Kallen was in town last week, and Thursday’s event at the space brought out another Nau loyalist, actor Matthew Modine (of Full Metal Jacket fame), whose presence + fancy Batavus Old Dutch bicycles contributed to the great vibe of the evening.
The next event at the space will be held Thursday, December 2nd from 7-10pm, so come mingle, buy some fall jackets & holiday presents, and take part in the (as rumoured) bike-themed party!
Nau + Dunderdon NYC / 25 Howard St 10013
More pictures on flickr