“Fashion presents a particular environmental challenge due to its emphasis on constant change and planned obsolescence. According to a recent Cambridge University study, garment production and care represent a major pollutant as a result of great energy expenditure and the use of toxic chemicals. Meanwhile, the number of clothes manufactured and consumed has been steadily increasing as prices have declined due to lower manufacturing standards and labor conditions. 1 This phenomenon is in part related to the rise of fast fashion, which changes much more quickly than seasonally-based designer fashion. ””
“Rethink” seeks to directly question the fashion cycle and its dependence on fast and constant change by suggesting a paradigm shift in how we think about fashion. Artists such as Andrea Zittel and Tiprin Follett of the smockshop, Kelly Cobb and Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, as well as the design company Slow and Steady Wins the Race promote a slower fashion tempo by suggesting novel ways to produce and consume fashion. Their practices foster the creation of meaningful networks and relations through clothing as well as challeng – ing the seasonality of the fashion trade. They remind us that fashion “is about a richer interaction between designer and maker; maker and garment; garment and user. A strong bond of relationship is formed which permeates far beyond the garment manufacturing chain and influences the way our clothes are designed and used. ”
4 Slow and Steady Wins the Race makes non-seasonal quality designs that, in line with a product design model, are avail – able year-round for a number of years. Inspired by the local food movement, Kelly Cobb ’s collaborative project under – scores the labor-intensive nature of making clothes by pro – ducing a suit with material and craftspeople located within 100 miles of her home. Zoë Sheehan Saldaña also emphasiz – es the labor involved in producing a garment by recreating Wal-Mart garments by hand. She later returns her handmade version to the store for resale in lieu of the ones she originally purchased.
-Francesca Granata + Sarah Scaturro
Full catalogue here.
OCC Market at Coming Soon
December 18-23, 2017
Opening 12/18/17 5:30-7:30
37 Orchard St.
A shoppable exhibition of obsessive collections curated by Sight Unseen and Tetra co-
founder Monica Khemsurov, OCC Market opens December 18 at the Lower East Side
design boutique Coming Soon. Ten object enthusiasts in design, food, and fashion were
asked to contribute “Obsessive Compulsive Collections” consisting of at least 8
variations on a single archetype, including Sabrina De Sousa of Dimes (peppermills),
Daphne Correll of Correll Correll (Mexican candles), and Mary Ping of Slow and Steady
Wins the Race (clip-on earrings). Some contributed two, resulting in 12 collections that
will be on view and available for purchase in Coming Soon’s subterranean project space,
We amassed a collection of various vintage clip on earrings sourced from eBay, Etsy, and thrift shops. We went in search of timeless, sculptural, architectural, and unusual
takes on the clip-on, whether it be a 1960s Space Age Lucite starburst shape, or
modernist silver-tone half-cylindrical bars. Our favorites are the 1950s pea-soup colored
earrings with a pivot point connecting 3 blade-shaped pieces of Bakelite that you can
wear closed or spread open. We haven’t seen anything quite like them, but we wish we
designed them ourselves.
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The holiday season is upon us, and as we take stock of all we have to be thankful for, it’s important to remember this is also a season for spreading joy. The National Book Foundation works year-round to make sure that the power and excitement of great books are available to all, and you can be a part of that mission today.
In the meanwhile, please #donate to the National Book Foundation. Thank you Kimball for spearheading the call to arms.
“The happy ending still beckons, and it is in hope of grasping it that we go on.” – Annie Proulx, author and recipient of the National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement
Tune in to an interview about the founding of Slow and Steady Wins the Race with @amydevers and @designmilk on the latest episode of @CleverPodcast.
We are honored to participate and stand with this group of artists for the Anger Management Pop-Up Store at the Brooklyn Museum. Please join us for the opening on Thursday, September 28 at 6pm.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to groups such as ACLU and Planned Parenthood.