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News we’re consuming, from around the web. December 13th, 2016

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News we’re consuming, from around the web. November 29th, 2016

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News we’re consuming, from around the web. November 1st, 2016

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We did a TED Talk!

Do you know where your clothes come from? The apparel industry is one of the biggest violators of both the environment and human rights. In this compelling and information-packed talk, co-founder of Zady Maxine Bédat shows how you can take back the power of your wardrobe, and feel better in (and better about) your clothes.

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News we’re consuming, from around the web. September 6, 2016

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There’s nothing accidental about Lyn Slater’s ascent to the top of the style blogging game. Lyn shares her personal style and designer picks on her blog Accidental Icon, as well as her popular Instagram account. This professor of social work has caught the eye of fashion lovers and insiders alike for her powerful, minimal aesthetic.

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“Most of our clothing is made from petroleum-based synthetics, like polyester (which takes 200 years to decompose). Make conscious purchases by investing in longevity, not the latest trends.”

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Our summer intern talks us through her summer beauty routine using natural beauty products.

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Summer and popsicles are the perfect pair, and #Zadylady Sophie Milrom has created the frozen treat we have been craving throughout the heat dome. All natural and without sugar, EatPops is a healthy dessert with zero sacrifice.

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Notes from a morning of ditching fashion for finance to attend the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures conference on risks and opportunities involved in climate change for big business and investors.

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Unexpected events made Texas cotton farmer Jimmy Wedel re-examine his role in conventional farming—and led him to found the largest co-operative of Organic Cotton in the United States.

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Artist and wallpaper designer Rachel Mosler Cope discusses her journey as an entrepreneur, designer, and mom, and her commitment to sustainability at work and at home.

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Florist Elena Seegers shares her family history in the floral industry, how the industry has changed since her grandmother’s childhood, and how to enjoy flowers thoughtfully in the modern era.

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Sophia gives us her take on how to start down the path to wellness, and what that word REALLY means.

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As we think about how we create the future we wish to see in the world, let us first take a moment to reflect on the current state of the consumer goods industry. Only if we know where we are can we know where we aim to go.

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Coffee is a natural commodity with a complex story. We sat down with Tim Williams of Bureaux Collective to learn about why transparency is just as important in coffee as it is in fashion.

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We sat down with the multihyphenate to learn more about how she decided to start her own sustainable luxury company, and seamlessly transitioned from writing about beauty products to creating them.

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Kavi and David Moltz, the husband and wife founders of DS & Durga fragrances, reflect and share advice on running their business as a couple.

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Floral designer and photographer Maggie Carson Jurow of The Bosky Dell provides a step-by-step guide on how to create a bouquet that’ll show off your love for your Valentine AND the environment.

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Meet Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow, the real life couple behind the natural beauty brand Herbivore Botanicals.

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What we have learned from all of this is that our world is small and the decisions that we make can have an enormous impact. Just by being aware of the origins and the process behind the things we choose to buy, we’re saying that within these times we have power.

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The first in a series of interviews with our esteemed makers, we spoke with two talented employees at C&J, a second-generation atelier in New York’s garment district where many of our pieces from The Essentials Collection are made.

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Milly’s Market is the creation of Sadatu Usman, who runs a pop-up farm stand in underserved communities in Brooklyn.

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The waste from all this holiday shopping also has a tremendous toll on the planet. And it couldn’t be more significant timing that this marketing push is happening at the same time as the world’s leaders are getting together to try to solve the planet’s climate problem, which is accelerating precisely because of all this disposable consumption.

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Most people still aren’t familiar with the way ingredients are listed on cosmetics packaging, or the codes and chemical compounds to be weary of. With very strong cases showing the effects cosmetic products have on our health, we have yet to learn to a deeper extent what is in the serums, creams and sprays we slather our bodies.

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After years of research we have launched The New Standard, a tool to help us understand the enormous role the clothing we wear plays on our planet and ourselves and the backbone of our Essentials Collection.

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Cotton, the fiber found in 40% of our clothing, and projected to be the second-most commonly-used fiber by 2030, is all around us. Yet, what do we really know about it? Let’s take a closer look.

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When we think about our wood consumption, paper is often the main product that comes to mind. Yet, we find wood in many places beyond our desks, including, of course, our closets, where wood pulp is disguised in our silky fibers. Our journey through the linkages between the clothes we wear and the world we live in brings us to a new ecosystem: the forest.

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Lurking in our closets, hidden in our cotton t-shirts, wool sweaters, and leather handbags, is one of the most important elements to life: soil. How does our soil makes its way into our closets?

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A guide to understanding the materials in our clothing.

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In a world where the majority of our clothes are made from plastic, we feel it’s more important than ever to look closely at the materials we are wearing and to listen to the stories our fabrics tell. Today, let’s talk linen, making its Zady debut in our Essentials Collection with .03 The Linen Jersey Shirt.

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Having a consciousness about the source of our flowers is just as important to me as knowing the provenance of a menu ingredient is to a locavore. Yet flowers are so rarely “labeled” and the face of the flower farmer is invisible to most consumers.

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Sustainability is a word that we hear often enough, but do we actually know what it means? Since it’s a word that marketers just love to use with reckless abandon, we thought we’d break it down. Sustainable means thinking about the future; it’s about creating systems that can survive and thrive in the long-term.

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We were invited to participate in a roundtable at the White House! Thinking, strategizing and acting on ways to move the fashion industry in a sustainable direction is, of course, at the core of what we do. But it was a unique opportunity to be able both to share and learn from companies in completely different worlds like Boeing, IBM and Toyota.

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Ordinary and extraordinary stories about clothes come together in Emily Spivack’s recent bestseller, “Worn Stories.” Here, the author and editor speaks with Zady about what mindful dressing means to her.

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Fast fashion culture thrives on desire and it depends on consumers’ continuing perception that they need something new.

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Considering where our clothing goes after we part with it.

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Dry cleaning can seem like magic. Send away your stained blouse, which coincidentally happens to be your go-to, perfect-for-every-occasion favorite, and it thankfully returns pristine and crisp and ready to re-enter your rotation. Easy! Now if only it was as simple to get to the bottom of the health and environmental impacts of dry cleaning. Today we’re doing just th...

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Slow Living is a reflection of the evolution we’re taking as a society as we make shifts in all facets of our lives, from our cars, our closets, the workplace, to the way we spend our leisure time.

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Mary Peffer recounts her transition from her fast paced life working in luxury fashion in New York City, to a happier, more balanced existence in the city of angels.

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Wabi-sabi is not the absence of beauty, but rather a reframing of it. Eschewing common Western ideals of what is beautiful, wabi-sabi seeks beauty in the flawed—in the overlooked, subtle details. At its quintessence is the idea of finding beauty imperfection—in the crevices, the wrinkles and the cracks. It’s the grit in a singing voice, the crackle of an old vinyl re...

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A roundup of events going on for Fashion Revolution Day 2015 around the world.

Fashion Revolution Day is a moment to memorialize those who were killed in the Rana Plaza Collapse, and to incite change and celebrate progress towards a safer, healthier, more sustainable future.

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On 24 April 2015, co-ordinated teams in 67 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain, from farmers to factory workers, brands to buyers and consumers. Fashion Revolution is a coalition of designers, academics, writers, business leaders and parliamentarians calling for...

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March 25, 2015 marks 104 years since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire took the lives of 146 immigrant workers in New York City, a tragic event that altered the evolution of American manufacturing. Today, the same dangerous conditions still exist, but have been pushed overseas. As consumers we can voice our opinions through our choices, so that there does not n...

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Living with limited space is a reality many city dwellers face. Here are a few tips to make the most of “cramped” quarters without giving up on the desire for your much deserved fashionable zen den.

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Welcome to Datang, China. Once a quiet village southwest of Shanghai, it has become the center of the hosiery industry, producing billions of socks each year.

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Meet Robyn Sills, Brand Manager for Fossil and a recent (re)-transplant to Dallas, Texas. We sat down with Robyn to learn why she left the glamorous world of New York City high-fashion for her hometown and how her option of fashion is changing because of the move. Here, in her own words, she explains.

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Indeed, the more things change, the more things stay the same. That should be Newton’s third law of authenticity.

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Teenage girls are quick studies at mimicry so it didn’t take me long to adopt the trappings of the other girls, or at least the gist. By the time I graduated high school, my adopted style marked me as an insider.

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When it comes to packing for a ski holiday, less truly is more. Rather than schlep separate products for both slopes and après ski, opt for items that pull double-duty. From beauty to boots, here are my tried-and-true recommendations.

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At the heart of U.S. manufacturing there was, for decades, small-to mid-size industrial operations, the source of nearly everything in the American home from tables to windows to socks.

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It is sometimes difficult to think of handbags as anything but a necessary but oppressive burden. As many daily annoyances as it seems to cause us, the handbag is a symbol of female empowerment because it is a fundamentally a vessel of mobility and thus, liberation.

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While the traditional Mongolian way of life is nomadic and intimately connected to animals and nature, the country also boasts one the world’s harshest climates. This begs the question: how do the locals survive out on the frozen steppes during the harshest winter on Earth?

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Whether you’re sleeping seven to eight hours per night but waking up feeling tired or suffering from insomnia that prevents you from sleeping the recommended amount, here are five easy and scientifically-proven ways to dramatically improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

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We tend to think of typography as coming from the realm of creative genius, deep within the right half of the brain. Yet in reality, typography is one of those phenomena that has straddled the divide between science and art for centuries, sometimes leaning more toward one side than the other.

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How do you have a healthy relationship with the digital world? Well, you don’t need to get yourself a cabin by Walden Pond. Hey, you have a life and a personal brand to maintain. Katherine Schafler, a licensed psychotherapist, gave us her tips, specially crafted for the high-powered among us, and right in time for the New Year.

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There are a million reasons not to take a vacation. Work is piling up as you read this. You can’t possibly leave your coworkers to pick up your slack. Your puppy has been sick. And a trip comes with a price tag, often a substantial one. Forget these, just for a moment. Take a leap of faith: you don’t just deserve a vacation, you need one

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But as the “slow fashion” movement grows and we commit to purchasing fewer pieces of clothing, at higher quality, that we intend to own for years, we need to rediscover those supposed “life hacks” of repair and maintenance. But you may be wondering where on earth to start. So here’s your basic arsenal for what you’ll want to have on hand to commit to the slow fashion...

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Different cultures, styles, and generations fuse in the cooking of Marcus Samuellson - one of New York’s great chefs. With a new book out,“Marcus Off Duty”, about cooking fresh food at home, and the holidays fast approaching, we happily interviewed the famed chef about his unique take on cooking.

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Today we have Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, hostess, baby shower, wedding and anniversary gifts, just to name some special gift occasions off the top of my head. But was gift-giving always such an integral part of human culture?

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Widely acclaimed to be the continent’s foremost ecotourism provider, Botswana-based Wilderness Safaris operates in 9 different countries in Africa.

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If you can’t find the perfect gift, make it. Giving the gift of deliciousness is a fail-safe plan: everyone loves unwrapping something tasty.

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Here are a few ways to navigate the seemingly overwhelming waters of holiday shopping and well, actually enjoy yourself doing so.

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Mark Twain said, “Comparison is the death of joy.” Since childhood, we’ve looked to everyone else for cues about what to do and how to live. Yet, traveling down the rabbit hole of comparison, the one that leaves us feeling less-than and awful, can fast become much more destructive than helpful.

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As we gear up for Art Basel Miami Beach, we can’t help but notice the increase of fashion’s presence, both at surrounding events and attendees to the main exhibition, since the international art show’s Miami inception.

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Most “holiday health tips” talk about “surviving,” which I think is pretty silly. Chances are you will survive, but what if you could emerge on January 1, not just alive, but thriving, feeling nourished in all the right ways, and totally energized for the new year. Here is my 5 step guide to making that happen while still having a really great time.

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There are tons of ways to take your pie up a notch, without even straying too far from the basics. Impress dinner guests (and yourself!) with these fancy pie tips and tricks. They really are as easy as…well, you know.

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We believe in a new standard where apparel brands label all goods sold in the U.S. with a new “Sourced In” tag that discloses the country of origins of the entire product supply chain. Join us and sign our petition today.

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Clothing isn’t made to be tailored anymore.

It used to be that designs had seam allowances, or an extra bit of fabric next to the seam so that if your cocktail dress fit a bit too tight in the hips, you could easily get it taken out. (Or in the case of my mother and grandmother, take out the sewing machine and do it yourself.) Now when you turn something fro...

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Coffee tables. Dining tables. Picnic tables. Desks. Think about all the places you sit down at a table each day to eat something, what they look like, and what goes on them. As a doctor it is clear to me that what we put on our tables each day is the absolute most important determinant of our health and well-being. What’s on our tables does not have to be toxic or d...

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What happens when the collision of technology and fashion creates not just ways for us to be more productive, but to potentially effect global change?

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The ancient wisdom is more than a cliché, it’s a scientific truth. I’ve been there—wallowing in a truly sad state of despair, when the unthinkable happens: something funny breaks the misery and suddenly, I’m cracking up. What happened?

Whether it’s a giggle or a guffaw, laughter is powerful stuff. It releases endorphins, your body’s all-natural painkiller an...

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We’ve all been there—a professional slump, a relationship rut, a lingering sense of frustration. Our wild, wonderful dreams beckon, but inertia, or fear, or who-knows-what holds us back. It’s easy watch our grooves become ruts, and to feel like these ruts are perpetual cycles we’ll never be able to escape. Feeling stuck can be a gift: it’s a sign that it’s time...

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Slow travel is a mindset that requires us to redefine our relationship to time, to see it as plentiful rather than scarce. It requires us to take a deep breath and say, “I have the time” or, more powerfully, “I will make the time.” It’s not about how far we go, how fast we arrive, and how much we see, but about the depth of our adventure...

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Meet Oliver Cross, a young cutter at one of Savile Row’s oldest tailoring houses, Meyer and Mortimer, where famous figures have been getting bespoke garments for centuries, and today holds the royal warrant to create pieces for Queen Elizabeth II. Transitioning from finance to fashion where he discovered his passion, Oliv...

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After carelessly throwing almost all of my sweaters in the laundry and accidentally distorting their shape for years, I finally realized something had to change. Who knew there were so many ways to take care of wool? The good news is that wool is low static, resistant to wrinkles, and quite dirt repellant. Because there are a lot of misconceptions about taking care o...

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You may not know Amy Gross’ name, but chances are you know her work. Gross teaches a form of meditation known as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR. She talked to us about the documented physiological effects of being mindful, managing envy and how you actually don’t have to stop thinking to do this kind of meditation right.

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Meet the “workcation.” It’s longer than a traditional offsite, more work-focused than a retreat, and often more balance- and wellness-focused than any corporate function would have been up until the past decade or so.

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Savile Row might as well be a synonym for the sartorial. This short street in central London has been the heart of bespoke tailoring for hundreds of years, and it is here that the craftsmanship of creating a custom suit is nurtured and celebrated despite the overwhelming economic pressures to mass produce.

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Muesli is a dish, of course, but these days it seems to be mostly a concept.

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Saudia Davis is the the founder and CEO of Greenhouse Eco Cleaners, an organic commercial and residential cleaning company in New York City.

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In the world of fashion that at times feels so fickle, there are a few items that stand the test of time and offer respected style across various occasions and outfits. One such item is the quintessential black pant. You know the one.

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Going freelance is a big risk, but the rewards are equally enormous. With a little elbow grease and homework, your world won’t end when you quit your corporate gig to go it alone, it will grow—and you will blossom. Here are a few reasons why freelancers often boast most work satisfaction than their cubicle-dwelling brethren.

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Some of us type out and print elaborate checklists before we pack for a trip, be it months-long or just a weekend, and meticulously organize our belongings in special compartments. Others fly by the seat of our pants, tossing things into our duffel bags, standing on stubborn suitcases to get the zippers closed, reaching the airport only to remember we forgot to pack ...

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Richard Beaven writes about life after advertising. From global executive to farmer and photographer, Richard shares what he has learned about work life integration, and successful transitions.

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If you need proof that men enjoy the details of dressing fashionably just as much as women, look no further than the history of the men’s necktie. The necktie serves no purpose today but to ornament a man and let him show off just a bit of his personal style. But it has been an essential piece of the wealthy and trendsetting man’s wardrobe for centuries.

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Take advantage of the cooler temps, local harvest, and natural splendor and pack up a picnic and go. Here are some of our must-haves for making the most of dining al fresco with friends this autumn.

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Moani Lee is a leading makeup artist in the fashion and celebrity world with a unique tilt toward sustainable beauty. We sat down with the beauty guru to discuss how she achieves effortless beauty in an entirely sustainable fashion.

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A person’s workspace is a deeply personal, and actually, quite revealing thing. Look at the environment in which a person works, creates, procrastinates, and you’ll see the architecture of his or her mind.

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A sort of a trend merger of the “locavore” movement and the past decade’s reality-TV-fueled obsession with celebrity chefs, savvy eaters are now eager to brave the often inconvenient locations and usually high costs – a prix fixe of $200-plus is not uncommon – of an outdoor farm dinner.

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Sourcing our clothing locally and consciously has its roots in the American Revolution and the first female political activists of our country, who took part in what became known as the Homespun Movement.

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Have you ever thought of the idea of modern heirlooms – investing in items now that have the potential to not only last your lifetime, but that could be passed down to your children and grandchildren?

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As much as we’re able to suss out locally produced foods, farm to table restaurants, and troll our farmer’s market for pesticide-free produce, greening our closet can seem to be a daunting task.

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The artisanal revolution is coming—for your teapot. German-born Canadian native Jens de Gruyter wants to change the way you sip tea. His airy Berlin tea shop, featuring over 80 loose-leaf varieties from all over the world, has been convincing thousands to spit out their coffee since opening in the winter of 2012.

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The Egyptians fancied the cuff, often decorating it with precious stones and inscribing the inside with hieroglyphs. Mayan kings wore metal cuffs to signify rank and family, while in China, circa 2000 B.C., intricately carved cuffs of jade were highly prized.

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An even simpler means of bringing more gratitude into your life is to start saying thank you more often. Take the time to tell a friend you appreciate them. Thank someone at work for something they’ve done that’s made your life easier.

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It’s official: backpacks are the newest urban accessory. Both stylish and highly functional, backpacks are now featured on runways and in news columns, sported by schoolchildren and young professionals alike. There are backpacks specifically made to carry laptops or skateboards. Backpacks in every conceivable color and print. But there’s nothing quite like the classi...

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History has been written on the blank face of cotton: this white, fluffy, soft, endlessly malleable material is the base for everything from seersucker suits to luxury sheets. It has caused and funded wars, led to economic expansion and collapse, enriched landowners and enslaved the rest.

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Timelessness is a priority in French style, and the navy and white striped pullover is exemplary of how an item of clothing, when made well, can last forever and trump trends. Origins of this timeless style, however, are not in the fashion capital of the world. It was not the parisians, but rather the bretons who wore the nautical stripe first in Bretagne.

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Farmers' markets create a wonderful space for neighbors to gather, meet each other, support local business, and strengthen ties to their community. And in an age where we connect almost exclusively through devices and digital means, really, what’s not to love about that?

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The Japanese have a term for being deeply and intrinsically obsessed by the details of something – otaku – a trait shared by all of our designers at Zady, and by all of the exceptional craftspeople in the documentaries reviewed below.

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Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway, or a week of detox, or to pursue a hobby you’ve been wanting to learn, camp is a great way to reclaim that childhood playfulness that so many of us have lost touch with.

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Whether your “beach day” takes place on an empty stretch of tropical white sand, a crowded sliver of coastline outside a major city, or along the bank of a lake or river (hey, a beach day is a beach day!), one thing remains constant: a perfectly packed beach bag will make your experience that much better. Here’s what you’ll need…

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Not to say that meditation means you won’t ever shop again! It just helps you make better decisions.

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With education brings clarity. We have attempted to break down some of the most common denim terms and features and explain them as well as we can. The good thing is, that the more you learn about denim, the more fascinating it gets.

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As fun and rewarding as it can be to mend your clothing yourself, the best way to avoid getting stuck in a cycle of constant repairs is to buy high quality clothing that’s built to last. You can only repair or reinvent a flimsy dress so many times before it’s relegated to the rag pile.

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This Summer, Zady is proud to sponsor the annual “Films on the Green” French films screened (free!) in New York City parks, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE and the City of New York Parks & Recreation. We interview Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy to the US, about the Summer festival.

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Modern style may stand out for its streamlined aesthetic relative to the corseted structures and passementerie of earlier centuries; however, the super-pared chic of the wardrobe staples that these brands purvey point to a distinctively American contribution to the history of fashion.

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Z to A is an ongoing list of little-known facts (in no particular order). Discover the origins of the “Breton” shirts, socks and duffel bags.

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Our friends Wendy and Jo of Le Feu De L’Eau have brought the two gracefully in harmony with their scented candles (hint: they’re made under water). The result is beautiful one-of-a-kind votives, that is more accurately described as ‘art’ or ‘sculptures.” Zady gets an inside look with the two co-founders into their special candle making process.

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Whether you’ve just had a job interview or received a thoughtful gift, sending a thank you note is not only appropriate, it’s expected of you.

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While we may want celebs to dazzle us with ever-changing looks and sleek poses in magazines, this whole “life as costume drama” trend comes at a cost.

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For consumers today, it’s almost impossible to imagine a time when clothes didn’t have labels. While the practice of flaunting labels has fallen out of vogue since the label mania of the 1980s, labels continue to possess significant cultural cachet.

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Non-profit organization The Bootstrap Project was founded by Zady co-founder Maxine Bédat in 2011 with the mission of supporting artisans and their cultural crafts. Not a small task to say the least. But this ambitious team has done just that by providing a sustainable platform for artisans to sell their centuries-old crafts.

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So have you done your spring organizing yet? No? Well, maybe you just need a few neat tricks and inspiration to get you motivated. Because we know you’re unhappy with the state of your closet.

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Most people think about the environment when they think of sustainability. We, and the United Nations, think about sustainability in three parts: Environmental, Social and Economic. Let’s discuss.

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As the Executive Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, and the host of the sensational online show “The Look” on Hearst’s YouTube channel, Laura Brown always knows what to wear and what to say. Her unique approach and willingness to take risks made her a natural choice to kick-off the Zady Ambassadors Series.

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Last Wednesday we teamed up with Whole Foods New York at their Bowery Street location for an evening of discussion titled, “Food, Fashion and the Future: Where Will Conscious Business Take Us Next?” where experts from the sustainable fashion and food worlds discussed the current state of conscious consumerism, and what they see coming in the next few yea...

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Sarah Ryhanen is a floral artist, farmer, teacher, and photographer. The pictures she posts of World’s End, the upstate farm where she cultivates flowers for her Red Hook floral business, are enchanting.

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Once the purview of patchouli-scented, super-spiritual types, meditation has reached a tipping point. With everyone from Oprah to the U.S. Marine Corps embracing some form of meditation (the latter is testing Mind Fitness Training as a way of helping soldiers relax in combat), it’s clear that you can have your full-caf latte and peace of mind, too.

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For two years, I declined eating prepared foods from restaurants, street carts, or delivery or catering businesses. I cooked my meals instead to see if it was as inconvenient as everybody was saying it would be. Even while working full-time and living in New York City, the routine became easier and easier to do as each day passed.

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In anticipation of the throngs of soccer-loving fans from around the world coming to Rio for the World Cup this summer—as well as all those eager to immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural landscape of the city—a pop-up guesthouse that will operate only one year, in the edgy neighborhood of Santa Teresa, will soon open.

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We’ve taken out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, on newsstands today. At the core of Zady is an exceptionally strong principle we stand behind: End Fast-Fashion.

Our mission is the fuel for everything we do and stand for.

Read why we did it.

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A period film relies just as heavily on the quality of its wardrobe as it does on its actors, writers, and directors. If a film’s costumes are not accurate to the story, the film loses credibility.

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Imagine a world without color. A world without the little black dress, colorful sundresses or even the crisp white tee. It’s hard to fathom our wardrobe without a bounty of shades. From Greek philosophers to Roman writers, records of fabric dyeing date back to the early days of human civilization.

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Photographer Jim Naughten first visited Africa when he set off to motorbike across the continent after leaving college. During his trip he came across the Herero tribe in Namibia and became enchanted by the country’s desert landscape and the tribe’s extraordinary costumes.

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Clean vehicles, from hybrids to battery electrics, are no longer just an option for the conscious consumer. Available in a full range of prices and styles, they’re becoming the most financially and environmentally sensible option.

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Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly conversational piece for your first apartment or want to invest in the next Lou Reed (or an actual Lou Reed), buying your first piece of art can be challenging—and that’s what makes it so rewarding.

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We asked the Zady Summer interns to share with us what they plan to get their fathers for Father’s Day and why. The answers were so sweet, we had to share them….

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It’s only a wooden block, a wooden block with a stained newspaper quote glued onto it. If put on Ebay, I doubt it would have a single bid, yet, if I had to grab one thing from my apartment if for whatever reason I had to flee, it’s the one thing I would take. My father made that block when he was kid.

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Even if you don’t live in a major metropolitan area, you’ve likely experienced the guerrilla retail concept known as the pop-up shop. Think Girl Scout cookie stands. Craft fairs. The sudden appearance of costume stores near Halloween. Pop-up shops are low-cost, temporary retail installations that are playfully infiltrating the urban landscape.

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New Yorkers, want to escape your winter doldrums? We hear you, and are happy to share our fix. There’s a new restaurant at The Marlton Hotel, a historic West Village spot frequented by the Beat generation of writers and Golden-Age Hollywood stars before that.

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Ever wonder why we give roses and teddy bears in mid-February? Or why we exchanged cards with sweet nothings with classmates in school? The history of Valentine’s Day is a long and uncertain story.

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Sundance has a reputation for being the festival where Oscar’s future darlings take their bold first steps. And there’s a reason for that: “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Precious” are just a few of the dramas that premiered here on their way to ultimate awards-show celebrity.

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’Tis the time of year when you are once again encouraged to spend money to prove your affection. But didn’t someone say money can’t buy love? Sure, Zady has some lovely gifts that come with the added benefit of being crafted with care, like an arrow ring Cupid would be proud of, this dapper bow tie, a gorgeous leather iPad cover, this pink candle to set the mood or a...

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Consider the use of leather in daily life, and the answer easily ranges from household upholstery to sports equipment. Leather has served to clothe and shelter, accessorize and amuse since prehistoric times, and the same remains true today. Mention 100-percent-genuine leather, however, and the response significantly narrows to what we consider to be luxury goods.

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Don’t you wish someone could just make your resolutions—and keep them—for you? Well, we don’t sell handcrafted life-changers here at Zady, but we brought you the next best thing.

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The New Year is synonymous with a fresh start, new beginnings. And, of course, those pesky resolutions. If you are hoping to up your workout regime, read more books, master a pot roast or travel to Vietnam, we would like to suggest one stress-free resolution to add to your list (we promise it doesn’t involve a juice cleanse!): Throw a clothing-swap party.

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In today’s consumption-driven culture, chances are your own wardrobe is overflowing with long-forgotten threads that are (quite literally) waiting to be rethought and worn in a different way. And what better time to do so than the holiday season, when your calendar fills up with social engagements as your bank account dwindles from buying gifts. To help you get start...

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It’s not just amateur collectors who have taken note of the importance and value of book collections. With major institutions from MoMA to the Getty Research Institute amassing enormous caches of books and manuscripts in their own dedicated libraries, it is clear that these pieces have a place among the annals of art history.

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Ladies and Gentlemen. Our denim. The perfect fit. We created this guide to help you find your next favorite pair of jeans.

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Being more “conscious” about fashion doesn’t just refer to how we shop—it also relates to how we read. Just as an increasing number of companies have focused on maximizing speed-to-market (often at the expense of quality) in the production of apparel and accessories, there are now a host of fashion news/features websites as well as e-commerce sites with content, some...

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Danes point to their unique social fabric when discussing the nation’s ubiquitous happiness, praising their social security and bike friendly streets of Copenhagen as much as they praise the indefinable essence of hygge.

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Perhaps it’s time to rethink our lifetime acquisition plan—in other words, the way we buy stuff. Our current default setting of “more, more, more” is getting old…or rather, it’s getting unworkable when you compare it to the way everything else is going. Just look at the last two decades of consumer spending. The graph just keeps shooting up. We spend more and ...

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True, this square mile—defined roughly as the space from 35th to 41st streets and between Fifth and Ninth avenues—has had a rough few decades as far as actual garment production is concerned. But its very conception, as well as its growth, decline and potential renaissance, has intimately mirrored our national relationship with and respect for what we wear.

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The whimsical Italian Vespa embodies careless fun and style with its sleek steel body and fetching colors—it’s made for zipping effortlessly from soirée to soirée. But it also has a hugely respected and storied past, a history that is inextricably linked to decades of craftsmanship and finely honed details.

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What do California gold miners, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe have in common? They’ve all helped popularize America’s favorite fabric: denim. From punk rockers to presidents, cowboys to convicts, hippies to haute couture models, denim is as classically American as baseball and apple pie.

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Go take a look under your bed, in that bin where you keep all your “extra” clothes that you never wear. How much would you say you’ve spent on so-so tops, pants you bought because they were on the clearance rack and dresses that have pilled, stretched and faded? There’s a better way to be fiscally responsible about your fashion, and it’s called “cost-per-wear.&...

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Does a true work-life balance exist? Is it possible to scale? Does it rely upon being in a certain field, or socioeconomic bracket, or region? Should we simply give up and accept that work and family will always be in conflict with each other?

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In it’s inaugural index, the Walk Free Foundation revealed that over 29 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery today. The interactive map, which will be published annually moving forward, breaks down by country prevalence of slavery, which includes human trafficking, force labor, slavery, debt bondage, forced marriage, the sale and exploitation of ...

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After working in every aspect of photography—museums, galleries, studios, newspapers—New York Times Photo Editor Lindsay Blatt wanted to transition into documentary filmmaking. During a layover in Reykjavik several years ago, she came across a pamphlet about the truly special traditions surrounding Icelandic horse herding. A lifelong horse lover herself, Lindsay knew...

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Elora Hardy’s weightless and soaring bamboo residences in Bali have earned her a worldwide reputation for innovative and sustainable design. With modern forms constructed by craftspeople using both traditional and new techniques, the multilevel luxury houses represent a fusion of the old, new, and inspirational.

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Perhaps no other generation has been so identified by what it consumes as our own. Rather than events from our collective pasts being essential to our shared consciousness (let’s face it, no 28-year-old asks another if they were there for Woodstock ’99), we talk about snack food we ate (Gushers, anyone?) or toys we all played with (Moon Shoes!) or clothes we wore.

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YSL has served as an inspiration to designers throughout history, both big names and small. But the man who created countless styles that continue to define the way we dress did not get that way without hard work and a little guidance.

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Vintage clothing has gained momentum in recent years, and a bandwagon trend quickly followed. But why are people so interested in vintage now?

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You never know what certain life experiences will bring you…until you do.

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What happens to throw-away fashion when it’s done?

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Our bread’s organic, our water bottle’s recycled and BPA-free—but that dress? That painfully adorable, on-trend dress we practically stole from Zara at double or triple markdown? Pull back that hem, and you’ll find there’s a real problem with it. Our addiction to cheap, impulse-purchased fast fashion is leaving us unsatisfied, destroying our environment and tragicall...

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The fashion world fixates on the benefits of purchasing so-called “investment pieces"—items whose meticulous creation and often classic design results in a product that will be endlessly beneficial to a person’s life. A high-quality notebook—its ability to capture precious moments and details from the past—is an unsung investment piece, with added benefit...

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It is a gourd family plant that sprouts tendrils and oversized, lobed leaves as it grows off thick, sticky vines. You wouldn’t think something fitting that description would be one of our most cherished fruits. But the pumpkin has come to be so valued and loved, it is actually used as a common term of endearment. When used for decoration, its hollowed-out interiors ...

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Considering that Thanksgiving marks the celebration of a good harvest, nothing could be more in keeping with the holiday than “going local” to create the menu for your annual feast. Our favorite chefs, health coaches, and online experts turned us on to some amazing ways to find the best produce within a 50 to 100 mile range of your hometown. Not only does traveling t...

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In major cities around the world, the holiday season is often heralded by the appearance of festive decor in shop windows. From grocery stores to home-decor boutiques, most retailers opt to ornament their storefronts to mark the beginning of the busiest shopping months of the year. However, it is the major department stores that are best known for their holiday displ...

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Every year, the days leading up to the holidays kick off a time when you’re supposed to be spending as much time as possible with your family. But instead, you’re everywhere but home, buying gifts, crafting, running errands, planning trips and somehow squeezing in parties and meet-ups and celebrations.

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Zady began with a bold mission: to create the premier lifestyle brand for modern conscious consumers. Join our movement and write for our Features section. Here’s a few reasons why you should!**

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A guide to the vegetables arriving at a farmers' market near you, region by region.

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It began with a discussion of The Bootstrap Project, the nonprofit organization Maxine established to bring sustainable economic development and revive craft traditions in the developing world. While working together and learning more about the exceptionally talented artisans behind the crafts, we couldn’t help but think about the origins of the rest of the products ...

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