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Foraging for Buttons, Fabric and Dyes – Sustainable Fashion

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Sometimes grabbing a quick Shein haul or a Forever21 shopping spree is the way to go. We are all guilty, but these clothes are deemed fast fashion for a reason. According to The Good Trade, “Fast fashion garment production leverages trend replication and low-quality materials (like synthetic fabrics) in order to bring inexpensive styles to the end consumer.” 

While the fashion may be cheap and fast, it is also bad for the environment and even your health. This week Volume Up by The Tease learned all about sustainable fashion and what it can do for your health from designer Jeff Garner. 

Romantic visual artist, pioneer, and unconventional designer Jeff Garner and his sustainable label Prophetik are on a path of transformation, leading the evolution of fashion and changing our perception of luxury. Mr. Garner was named one of the top 40 artists in the US and works were placed permanently into the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery for the 40 under 40 Exhibition. 

The uniqueness of Prophetik begins with the artist himself. Garner’s vivacity and his commitment to creating distinctive, sustainable, eco-friendly fashion is a reflection of his environment. His ultimate vision to bring awareness to the toxins found in commercial synthetic fashion and the health implications to the human body to allow everyone choice.

Prophetik is established in the United States and is fast becoming the label synonymous with fashion-led ethical design in the United Kingdom with widespread praise from mainstream fashion media. A press favorite and a prominent voice in the ethical fashion arena, Jeff dresses many artists such as Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Activist Livia Firth, & Suzy Cameron etc..  He won an Emmy in 2019 for his documentary on Sustainable Fashion called ‘Remastered’ found on Amazon.

Jeff joined us today to discuss sustainable fashion, his journey and his clothing. Tune in to hear all about how he forages and dyes his own materials, true experiences from happy customers and his track to make people more aware of their synthetic fashion. 

“Like the shirt I am wearing is Hemp and I don’t if you can see, but see I’ve patched it here. I’ve ridden horses in it a hundred times. It used to be off white and then it got too dirty so I dyed it with Indigo and then I patched it.”

“So, you know, the buttons are made of foraged moss and stuff like that. The fabrics, I’m doing some moss as a fabric. I’m doing more of the green tones. I have been using marigold flowers mixed in with Indigo, like a double dye so it gets that blue/greens etc. I’ve been foraging just locally to see what I can come up with.”

“That’s why I’m still doing what I’m doing. Fly that flag and just get people to think about it and have an educated decision.”

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Madeline Hickey
Madeline Hickey