Bear Hats, Covered Feet

Terra Plana’s new vegan range includes some sharp, organic canvas and eco-PU footwear. Thanks to reader Tyson for the tip!

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Stella McCartney defends bears! Bearskin hats have been worn since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where they were taken as a badge of honour by the Grenadier Guards when they defeated Napoleon’s bearskin-wearing Imperial Guard – but not for long is PETA and Stella McCartney have their say. A Hint Magazine Article today covered Stella’s “relentless crusade for critter-friendly fashion.”

PETA's faux-fur version of the bearskin.

The dashing, discerning, Dan Matthews showcases the Faux-Bearskin that PETA and Stella are pitching to the Palace to save bears’ lives. Why the synthetic version, you ask? Because it often takes a whole bear to make one hat! Royally gross. There’s no good excuse.

“McCartney is partnering with PETA to give those vigilant palace guards a fur-conscious makeover, swapping their bear fur hats with synthetic versions. (Going naked instead of wearing fur is not an option, apparently).”

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Biz Stone’s Hoe Down & Must-Know Designers

• The final part to my Top 20 Eco Designers Special is up over at Hint Magazine. The final installment features Stella McCartney, Melissa Plastic Dreams, Collection Pas, Trousers London, and Loomstate.

• I shot a video interview with the brains behind Collection Pas, featured in the above article, at their Soho office. Check back later his week for the video interview with founder Pierre Andre Senizergues (pro skater, Etnies founder, exec. producer 11th Hour) and designer Pierluigi Pucci!• Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and his wife went vegan in 2001 after visiting Farm Sanctuary. Now, Biz will be a presenter on May 1 & 2nd at Farm Sanctuary’s California Shelter for their annual Country Hoe Down. If you are on the left coast, get over to the farm and say hello to Biz (in 140 characters or less).

Lionhearts & Battle Cries: 20 Lines for 2010

by Joshua Katcher
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Tevas with socks. Cargo Pants. Slogan tees. Let’s face it, people who care about ecosystems, animals, and worker’s rights aren’t typically celebrated for their sartorial poise. Likewise, most designers who care about form, function, and aesthetics aren’t typically known for their environmental wisdom or empathy; Fur coats, leather everything, toxic cotton, sweatshops.

There is new breed of designer, though, not so easily written off, who can turn old televisions into jaw-dropping shoes, who foster relationships with organic cotton farmers in developing countries, who invest in research and development of warm, biodegradable, recycled, cruelty-free textiles, whose aesthetic vision is not hampered by the challenges of navigating ethical dilemmas, and who – armed with tencel, lenpur, hemp, recycled fabrics, faux-fur, soda-bottle ultrasuede, and organics – aren’t afraid of challenging the tragic credo set by heritage brands.  In a culture where the iconography of the rebel is tied up in so many embarrassingly common and mainstream social, environmental and ethical muddles, these true iconoclasts are redefining cool, and reinvigorating the lost meaning of dressing like a dissident.

1. Vaute Couture. Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart is the prefect example of a designer who dreamed big. Her line went from a fantasy (gorgeous, eco, vegan winter coats that can handle Chicago in February) to reality. The line looks as amazing as it is warm and ethical; 100% Cruelty-free, sustainable, and fair-labor. Vaute Couture took over 8 months of fabric research and development and launched just last year, but has already garnered a host of celeb fanatics from Emily Deschanel, to Alicia Silverstone, and Ginnifer Goodwin. The men’s line launches August 2010.

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Rape of Africa in “A Bid to Save the Earth.”

David LaChapelle’s “Rape of Africa” is not supposed to sit well with you. The piece is the photographer’s first official ‘art’ piece (not for a magazine), and it references Botticelli’s Venus and Mars while depicting many of the horrors endured by Africans, like diamond mining. This piece will be up for auction at Christies’ “A Bid to Save the Earth” auction, April 22, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, benefiting four nonprofit organizations: Oceana, Conservation International, the Central Park Conservancy and the National Resources Defense Council. Supporters are invited to participate online, in real time, via Christies LIVE™. View the electronic catalogue online starting April 8.

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More a social justice piece than an environmental piece, this photograph is especially interesting because LaChapelle takes a serious stab at Damien Hirst’s infamous diamond-crusted skull. The skull sits below the feet of a child in the photograph, and is deservingly reduced a symbol of the rape of Africa. Strangely though, Hirst, who first became known for his chopped-up-animals-cum-installations, is also contributing to the auction. Needless to say, he just doesn’t strike me as the Earth-Day kind of guy, so I’ll be interested to see what he contributes and has to say. Of course there are other, more deadly mining operations in Africa, like that of coltan in Congo, that has resulted in the deadliest conflict since WWII, and sitting beside Naomi Campbell are farm animals, which suggest the failure of programs like Oxfam and Heifer International as well as making the statement that, like domesticated farm animals, Naomi is a chattel. Across from Naomi sits a sleeping white man guarded by young African boys who will do his dirty work.

On what will be the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, bidders will vie for lots such as a private lunch with Vera Wang; Giorgio Armani evening ensembles and two tickets to Vanity Fair’s Oscars after party; his and her bespoke suits from Stella McCartney, as well as a private fitting with the designer; Girard-Perregaux watches; Valextra luggage; Harry Winston jewelry; David LaChapelle photography, and a bevy of other luxury items. Artists Damien Hirst and Keith Tyson have also donated original art for the event. Christopher Burge will drop the gavel during the auction and there also will be bidding via

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Special thanks to Lee Crater at Hint Magazine for the tip!

Loden Dager, Stella & Morrissey, and Lab Meat!

The SS10 collection for Loden Dager includes two great organic cotton suits! You’ll be able to get them at Opening Ceremony. These casual blue and gray suits are great for warm weather with a tee shirt, or layered-up for cooler weather. No ties required!


labmeat.jpg image by tecknopuppy• Would you eat lab-grown meat? I’m happy with my seitan, but some argue that with lab-grown meat, no one gets hurt! What do you think? Is growing flesh with no immune system safe? Is it any more “natural” than the genetic freaks we have crated where 99% of meat comes from, as it is? Read the article at Guardian and tell us your thoughts. Environmental solution or sci-fi nightmare?

• Rumor has it, that the legendary Stella McCartney and the legendary Morrissey are teaming up on some vegan shoes for men. They will probably cost an arm and a leg, but not from our animal friends.  Read the full article at Ecorazzi. stella mccartney, morrissey, vegan, shoes