TRAVIS TADDEO’s instantly recognizable women’s and men’s collections, noted for their minimalist yet intricate details, are created to push the boundaries of everyday style. Each collection offers a combination of casual clothing and unique pieces that weld luxury and edge together. The brand has been focused on quality since its debut, clearly demonstrated through the selection of the finest fabrics; hand-selected, hand-washed and hand-cut in TT Old Montreal atelier. Passion, care and attention to detail is what creates these durable, yet timeless pieces. The collection is available at the TRAVIS TADDEO flagship store – 415 West Broadway, New York.
As more of us are looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, fast fashions have fallen out of favour. Instead, the style-conscious are turning to eco-friendly, fair trade styles that feature recycled materials. Upcycled products and materials give today’s designers a wide range of textures, colours, and finishes to play with, for truly timeless results. Here are four fashion brands out there working wonders with upcycled materials.
- Matt and Nat
Carried by the likes of Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, and Olivia Wilde, Matt and Nat handbags are the vegan accessory du jour. These fashion-forward accessories are not just vegan, however. Matt & Nat bags also feature a lining that’s constructed from 100% recycled bottles. The designers favour sustainable materials like rubber, cork, and nylon, which is upcycled into sleek eco-friendly designs.
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The name “Matt and Nat” stems from a combination of Mat-erial and Nat-ure, and the fashion brand works hard to find new ways to play around with these two concepts. Formed in 1995 in Montreal, the brand has only grown since then and you can now purchase fully recycled, animal-free designs that stand on their own as statement pieces.
- Titania Inglis
Fans of minimalist fashion won’t want to miss the latest looks from Titania Inglis. This edgy LA-based designer uses materials like dead stock wool and Japanese organic cotton to create raw, visually striking garments. Her designs are often sported by musicians, including Kim Gordon, M83, and Charli XCX.
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With a rock and roll aesthetic and dedication to sustainable material sources, Inglis snuggles comfortably into the niche between haute couture, fancy dresses, and environmental friendliness. You can choose from a range of complimentary separates as well as jewellery and handbags, all capable of taking you from day to night with a flattering flair. The pieces are designed to last from season to season, ensuring long life and durability.
- Elvis & Kresse
One of the most creative forces in upcycling, Elvis & Kresse is an English brand that uses everything from coffee sacks to old parachutes in their accessory line. The fire hose is the brand’s signature material, which they save from landfills to transform into something new, innovative, and gorgeous. Parachute silk is another favourite material, turned into bags and wallets. Printing blankets, old leather scraps, and shoe boxes are just a few other raw materials of choice.
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While these materials would normally clog landfills, instead they’re recycled into practical pieces. On top of this, they donate a sizeable portion of their proceeds to charity.
- Charlotte Bialas
Based in Paris, Charlotte Bialas works with beautiful vintage textiles. Silk scarves from the 1950s are upcycled into completely one-of-a-kind designs. Bialas only sources the highest-quality raw materials, scouring vintage stock, mills, and auctions across the globe.
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If you’re looking for garments that are truly unique, it’s hard to beat the ethereal, sophisticated design of her pieces. Bialas’s garments are timeless in their silhouette, while retaining a contemporary flair. The timelessness of the garments and high quality of the recycled silk ensures that the clothing will be a long-lasting favourite in your wardrobe.
Photographer: Charl Marais @ Kayte Ellis Agency
Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty
Grooming: Kristina Vidic using: Mac cosmetics, skincare Dr. Hauschka
Photography Assistant: Lotti Brewer-Gmoser
Model: James Magee @ Select
Kehlani – ‘A Rise With Grace’
Words: Miles Holder
The rise of Kehlani hasn’t been an easy one; at every stage in her career she has been given a new cross to bear or obstacle to climb but despite all her hardships, she has always emerged triumphant. Releasing her critically acclaimed debut album ‘SweetSexySavage’ in January 2017 and currently on her highly rated world tour, while it’s been a long time coming, it would seem that Kehlani is finally seeing the fruits of her many years of hard labour. Speaking with a delicate manner but a hardened confidence far beyond her 21 years of age, we sat down to find out more about one of R&B’s most exciting artists.
Looking back, were you happy with how your album did?
I think it was really good for the time that it came out. There was a lot of negative commotion happening especially in my country with the US election so I think that something easy and positive was definitely needed at that time.
You air your personal feelings and fears out there on the album, is it hard to expose so much emotion for the world to hear?
With me, it’s all or nothing; go hard or go home. We all as know what’s really going on and people will feel it if it’s not really me on the track. I want to make people feel through my music – we all put up with fake shit all the time so I wanted to contribute something that’s the real me.
Music has always been your life and it’s something you’ve been working on for so long, did that not put a lot of pressure on you to succeed when dropping new music?
For me, the pressure doesn’t come from outside people, it’s all what I put on myself in the creative process. I’m asking myself “Could I hit that note better” or “should I shift beats differently”, but I’m not thinking about the sales-numbers because that doesn’t really matter. I just worry about making sure whatever I’m working on is a better project than the last.
How do you deal with the pressure of all the show business?
I’m doing so much that I never have time to really stop and think about it all. I don’t have the focus and it’s hard to manage but at the end of the day, it’s got to get done! Ain’t non of this shit easy for anyone.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’d tell myself to just stay focused and get as much rest as you can because you’re about to turn up! [laughs] But seriously, I’d tell myself to learn how to prioritise myself and to learn how to protect my energy. If I had entered the industry with more knowledge on self, how to protect myself and emotional take care of my life then things would have been much easier.
Being a sensitive, open and loving person has definitely led to some downfalls but I do wish I’d learnt some emotional grounding as a kid but I don’t beat myself up about it because it’s hard and most people don’t even learn half of that until they’re old.
When you shut your eyes and you think of your perfect future, what is it?
I want to be a mum. I want to have my kids and just settle down. If I keep going as fast as I’ve been going, I’m going to be over it and it’ll be time for the quiet life one day.
What’s your message to all young people out there who might have gone through or are going through the same struggles you have?
Don’t let the world discourage you or let the things that weigh on your shoulders crush you. Know that for me, it’s really hard and as a woman especially because we’re so caring and we have large hearts which make us want to fix the unfixable and carry a weight too large to bear. I just hope everyone out there knows to just breathe through it and to take everything at their own pace. Most importantly, people should never forget to take care of themselves.
What is your FAULT?
I don’t know how to answer that because I’m so human and I never stop to imagine that I’d only ever have one fault. We all have FAULTs, being twenty-one-years-old reminds me that I’m human because I’m pretty sure I have a fuck up every single day. I can’t think of just one thing -that’s my FAULT.
Taking points from the homeless population and there means of survival, N.Hoolywood sent models down the runway with layers upon layers of garments and trash bags as accessories. As you peeled back the many layers, the individual garments of denim jackets, button down striped shirts with “survive” written down the front and hunter green leather pants were beautifully crafted. A strong message and excellent styling did not over shadow the design of the collection.
Words & Photographer: Mikah James
Let N-P Elliott take you on a magical fantastical voyage ride. Perfection in sync with traditionally cultured tribal representation. 70s toned elegant sportswear with fur trims and velvet riches usher in a refreshment of championed extraterrestrial excellence. Mixed weighted volumes of play, complimentary separates and central earth tones fire off signals of growth, expansion, birth, renewal and revival.
Dyne merged technology and fashion with the sporty collection. Pullover hoodies, track pants with special details and oversized anorak jackets all equipped with a touchpoint tag when in contact with a Samsung devices shows where the garment can be purchased. As models demonstrated the tech capabilities of their stylish threads, onlookers marveled at the innovations.
Photographer: Felicity SagoeMake-up by Sara Sorrenti @b_talent_managment using @chantecaille
Nails by Sara Sorrenti @b_talent_managment using @chanelofficialHair Styling: TAKANORI IMAMURA AT IMARI LONDON using OwayModel: Diana Nimylovych @ First Model ManagementPhotographic Assistant: Nick ProbertSpecial thanks to the twins, Dooks, Rin and Kieran