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2019.  Saying it out loud makes it feel like we are living in the future.  2019.  Remember Y2K?  Grocery store shelves were bare due to peoples uncertainty.  But we not only survived, and thrived and advanced. Some cars stopped using gas and run on battery power.  Herbs and vegetables are grown in old shipping containers. Flip phones upgraded to buttonless devices that basically control our lives. Fashion though, has somehow stayed the same.  Until now.  

The future of clothes is getting excitingly close and we believe there are a few things you sustainably fashion saavy  Tuleries ought to know – your textiles.  Yes we know you’re fully aware of cotton, wool and silk but if you think that’s the latest in fashion than you better check your Nokia at the door and catch up.   There are a slew of companies working on a whole new range of textiles that will be in our clothes (hopefully) soon.  The details of most are on a sciency level that we can hardly comprehend, but we get the drift and hope you will too. 

Evrnu has developed the first denim made of regenerated post-consumer cotton waste.  They create recyclable, customizable textiles through engineered fibers, ultimately creating a product that can be broken down in the future. 

See ya leather, hello Zoa. Created by Modern Meadow, zoa is a lab grown, chameleonic leather-inspired material that is meant to be combined with other matierals.  And because it’s highly adaptable and moldable, it can accommodate any shape or texture. 

Buh bye polyester, welcome PrimaLoft Bio, the first 100% recycled synthetic fiber on the market. The  company behind it is collaborating with like-minded brands to use the technology in developing new products that are composed completely of biodegradable components.

Nylon is so last year. We’re so into Econyl, which is solving two problems.  They company is aiding in cleaning oceans by collecting abandoned fishing nets and other industrial plastic, along with rugs that would typically end in landfills to create a regenerated nylon material. 

Bleh acrylic, we love the feel of Polylana.  It’s a fiber blend of virgin and recycled materials and is the only low impact alternative to 100% acrylic and wool in the market. 

Silk? No.  Microsilk. A proprietary technology that replicates the tough work silk spiders do, giving the ability to do the same work sustainably and in large scale. 

Still craving more leather goods?  Try Mylo, a synthetic made from mushroom roots.  Let that satisfy your hunger for vegan leather.  Stella McCartney and Patagonia are already digging their claws in. 

Pinatex is taking over where durable fibers are needed. Made of by-product from pineapple harvest, this new sustainable textile is tougher than jute, hemp and sisal. Have your rug and eat it too. 

Cotton and polyester, you are so pre Y2K.

Brand Focus: Vionnet

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The New York Times dropped a bomb on us earlier this month regarding the UN’s conclusion on the current climate change crisis. There was one key takeaway from the article, the change starts with YOU. As individuals, we need to step-up by making personal changes on how we consume so we avoid catastrophic consequences. The Times article quoted Myles Allen, an Oxford University Climate Scientist saying “It’s telling us [UN Report] we need to reverse emissions trends and turn the world economy on a dime”. On a DIME. Not some time in the near future -- instantly. It's all hands on deck now. But imagine how much quicker change would emerge if businesses also stepped up. That’s why we were thrilled to learn Vionnet is actually shutting down operations in order to completely restructure the company with ecological and social responsibility at the core of all decision making. They are going completely dark for a season or two, a decision likely to lose the brand a ton of revenue, but they are doing this for the greater good. The kind of attitude, fingers crossed, more companies will adopt. A.S.A.P. This reboot by Vionnet also comes with plans to nix fashion week presentations, a bold move, but we hope people will rally behind this heritage brand and support the positive changes they are making on behalf of the fashion industry. We certainly can’t wait to see these changes unfold.

Even Chanel Gets Retired at Some Point

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Last week we wrote a blog post titled “What to do with all that stuff” and gave you options o’plenty to assist in your fall closet clean-out. We listed organizations who take everything from clothes, denim, and shoes, to baby gear, old phones, and household goodies. You’re welcome. But seriously, flag that email, we think it will come in handy when the weather turns and you’re scrambling to clear out space for those bulky sweaters and coats!

One of the organizations we mentioned in that email, RewearAble, is an official partner of Tulerie so we want to talk more about why we partnered with them in the first place. They also simply deserve the spotlight for the incredible work they are doing.

Tulerie is all about minimizing fashion waste but we’re realistic in that statement because we understand clothing disposal is a natural part of a wardrobe’s lifecycle. A Chanel tweed coat is basically indestructible but it won’t last forever. With that in mind, Tulerie has been committed since the onset to finding disposal solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. Little did we know our neighbors in Long Island had such a solution.

RewearAble is a local not-for-profit organization that is keeping clothing out of landfills. Where most places accept donations for resale, RewearAble accepts clothing, shoes, accessories, household textiles, toys, purses, non-breakable household goods, even rags, in any condition and prepares them for reuse or repurposing.

The best part? RewearAble was created by Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD), devoted to supporting the pursuit of an enviable life for children and adults with autism, learning and other developmental disabilities. The RewearAble facilities put emphasis on hiring only people with developmental disabilities who otherwise may have a challenge finding employment. Are your eyes sweating too?

If you feel strongly about supporting your local shelter or another organization through donating goods, keep on keeping on…we trust you’ve done your diligence and those items are going to good use. If not, consider donating to RewearAble. Please email admin@tulerie.com for easy instructions on how to donate your unwanted items to RewearAble.

What To Do With All That Stuff.

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Blink and summer passes by.  As of this week the unofficial end of summer is here and despite the fact summer’s damn humidity is hanging on for dear life, for New Yorkers it’s fashion week — a city-wide celebration for the fashion crowd that marks a new season.

If you’re at all like us, you’re looking at your summer wardrobe, feeling bored with what’s there and guilty for letting so many pieces go unworn but are ready for new fall styles.

As much as we preach wearing clothing for it’s entire use life, we understand that sometimes you just need a purge. Some pieces may have reached the end of their life, some are torn, permanently stained, or just don’t fit anymore so that purge is necessary. It’s a cleansing feeling and a time to hit restart. However, before you fill trash bags that you haul to Goodwill, let us give you a friendly and powerful reminder that 80% of what you donate will not be sold at said Goodwill so it will go to a landfill. Our concrete jungle alone spends over $20MM per year shipping your discarded clothing to landfills. Don’t fret, we did you a major solid by putting together better uses for those piles of unwanted goods! You’re welcome.

All textiles- For all textiles that have reached their final stage of life, send them to RewearAble. We just LOVE the people there and support the mission, which is why we Tulerie is an official partner. Aside from unwanted clothes, think sheets, towels, and shoes. They’ll take it and repurpose it. If you’re interested in sending anything to them, email us at hello@tulerie.com and we’ll send you a complementary shipping label so all you have to do is throw it in a box.

Denim - If you’re finding yourself with loads of denim, there is an urgent need for pants for refugees coming in from central america without clothes. They’re desperately seeking pants for men, women and children and can be sent here:

Jeans for the Journey

1721 B Beaumont Avenue

McAllen, Texas 78501

Dresses– because we’re all about female empowerment, we have to mention Dress for Success. Remember how confident you felt at your last interview or meeting, wearing your favorite dress? Let other women feel that good doing their power pose.

Kids stuff– those rugrats grow a hell of a lot faster than our tomatoes that are finally here. And they also lose interest in toys as quickly as you did bell sleeves. Many hospitals accept gently used toys for children in care to play with. Check with your local hospital first to make sure they do. If not, find a local shelter, who will also take bathtubs, bouncers and anything else your kiddo doesn’t need anymore.

Sports gearBig Brothers and Big Sisters is a great place to send this stuff and you know it’ll get used. 

That old phone - Wireless phones and technologies offer a lifeline for domestic violence victims in an emergency.  Send those devices to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, who has partnered with Verizon to get these phones into victims hands. You can donate at any Verizon store. 

Kitchen wares or anything else household related – Send these to Hearts and Homes for Youth, who are making sure children who have been displaced from their homes, are in foster care, or group homes have what they need to feel the comforts you feel at home. 

Brand Focus: Eileen Fisher

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Eileen Fisher didn’t jump on the sustainability bandwagon, she’s been driving it!  Mitigating the damaging effects fashion has on our environment has been at the forefront of her business, unexpectedly forging an entirely new revenue stream. 

Without a doubt, one of the culprits contributing to the 25.5 billion pounds of REUSABLE textiles thrown away each year is, gulp, trends.  Fashion brands all over the world are selling you on the idea of newness, and we’re just as guilty for falling for it.  Eileen Fisher may not be one of the contemporary brands we vie after but we can certainly get behind her ethos of creating timeless, high quality pieces that will carry you from season to season and wish some of her junior counterparts in the industry followed in her lead. 

The Eileen Fisher company has two arms of sustainability, Design Work and Renew which allow the company to circumvent almost all waste.  Through the Renew initiative, customers have the opportunity to sell back there unwanted Eileen Fisher garments to the company for $5 a piece. You read that correctly, Eileen Fisher is paying their customers.  Over 4,000 pieces arrive at the company’s factory every week, validating that consumers are looking for options besides le garbage. 

The items are thoroughly inspected and either designated unsalvageable or re-sewn.  The re-sewn pieces are then used to make entirely new garments, or repaired and resold at reduced pricing. How’s that for responsible business practices (cough, cough, Burberry). The Renew collection alone is a $3MM annual business. 

I bet you’re wondering what happens to the unsalvageable pile?  We were too.  The Design Work team invested in something called a felting machine, which is primarily employed by the automotive industry.  For the price of one Hermes bag this machine helps the team recycle not only the unsalvageable garments but also the tons of scraps accumulating at its factories.  From this one ethical, non-profit driven decision the company carved out a new business in home goods.  Design Work uses the new recycled textiles to create large-scale works of wall art, accessories, upholstery pillows and other home furnishings.  The pillows are now sold ABC Carpet & Home while the wall works have been commissioned by private collectors, hotels, office buildings, museums and other corporate institutions. 

The next time you see an Eileen Fisher store, remember that she is the OG trend setter of sustainability.