Like the Whole Foods of Kickstarter with a Project Runway twist, Yoxi.tv (pronounced ‘YO-see’) has launched themselves into the world and onto the internet to, as they put it, “discover rockstars of social innovation“…and that is exactly what they are doing.
Last Wednesday, September 14, in the middle of New York Fashion week, we were invited to Yoxi’s “Trim the Waist of Fashion” event, to celebrate the triumph of social innovators, SEA:Endless in Yoxi’s latest competetion.
The Atlanta based streetwear company won the “Trim the Waist of Fashion” competition through votes and pledges with their innovative concept of creating a fashion brand that seeks to propel a cycle of sustainable and forward-thinking fashion.
SEA: Endless takes the idea of sustainability to the extreme: Zero Waste. With their “Endless” system, one hat doesn’t just mean one hat. It means access to the entire line of hats. When you’re sick of red and blue, trade your hat back in for yellow and gold. If you’re never sick of red and blue, keep it forever.
Unlike vintage and thrift, SEA: Endless is about actually recycling the same product once it has reached its lifespan. Their idea is to create their product once anew; to put in back through the production cycle, rather than let it wear away becoming old and outdated.
We’re into it: Oskar Metsavaht, Brazilian pioneer for sustainable fashion’s Osklen Spring 2012 line: The Royal Black Collection.
We love the spectrum of textures and depth of color in this collection!
The Sway: Handcrafted handbags using reclaimed leathers.
Being socially and environmentally conscious in terms of fashion is all about reusing and repurposing things in a way that is outside the box.
The Sway, a leather goods company we represent here at Live With Us uses reclaimed and unused leather to craft their beautiful jackets and handbags. Everything can be used to create something new, even soda can tabs can be used to make fashion!
….But what about billboards?! A handful of companies around the world have been repurposing the vinyl from billboards and banners to make one of a kind bags, wallets, and purses that strap the city streets around your shoulder!
Fall is a-comin! Good thing The Sway has beautiful leather jackets made from reclaimed leather. Perfect for lowering our carbon footprint and keeping the cold out!
As if we didn’t love Blood is the New Black enough, ASOS.com just had to put a tattooed heartthrob in their shirts!
There’s a Nick Cave that isn’t just a guy with a beard and a guitar, but rather an awe inspiring artist, sculpting around the human body to create what he calls “Soundsuits” that ”camouflage and amplify the body, creating an exuberant second skin that conceals race, gender, and class.”
We had the opportunity to check out Nick Cave’s current installation For Now at the Mary Boone Gallery this week, and loved what we saw! The mixture of textures, dimensions, and truly intricate detail tapped into our senses. On top of it all, these pieces of art don’t just stay on the mannequin. Cave brings his art to life by choreographing performances and dance that allows him to share the personality of each sculpture.
Check out some photos we snapped, as well as some from the gallery website. If you have the opportunity to visit For Now at the Mary Boone Gallery, you can find more information here
This past weekend we went to the NY Art Book Fair at the MoMa’s PS1 in Long Island City.
There were dozens and dozens of different exhibitors; selling art, books, zines, papers, posters, and other crafts! It was a Geek Girl dream come true, and we have a bag full of colorful paper to prove it.
Besides the aroma of fresh paper that lingered in the air, PS 1 was buzzing with fall spirit! One of the exhibits; The Book Co-Op was in an airstream! It was practically calling our name, begging us to curl up with our new Butt Magazine picture calendar and a chai latte!
Seriously though, can we just hop in our book-filled airstream and hit the open road? No sleep ‘till Portland! (That’s a romantic destination to meet a flannel-clad prince, right?)
Elastic City, a contemporary art collective had a “Found Object Tree” that we couldn’t get enough of. The concept of branding and packaging paperclips, and broken pen caps and other various things you’d find on the street to make ornaments and art is, in our minds, brilliant! It’s giving “trash” an entirely new value without disguising the product.
This one was a real gem. Perfect for back to school season, no?
Down the block there was a memorial for Piers Mondrian. Even after life, the creative spirit lives on in the hearts of other.
One of the art books we bought, Regime Change by Mishka Henner still has us cracking up. You can flip through the e-version on blurb, which is an awesome website that allows independent artist and writers to self-publish.
Well, we need to go give ourselves an online makeover, Mishka Henner style.
One of the reasons why we choose to support sustainable and eco-conscious designers here at Live With Us is because of how much water is wasted in the fashion industry. Although Levi’s Water<Less jeans launched a little while back, but we really love their videos about them.