On left, models in ZWD, on right Daniel Silverstein on a pile of his fabric — pre-consumer cutting room scraps, design room waste and leftover materials. ©Katya Moorman

Designer Daniel Silverstein (aka Zero Waste Daniel) and I have known each other for a number of years and I am a full on fan. Not only do I love his aesthetic and commitment to zero waste, I love the positivity that radiates from him. Being an indie designer is no easy feat but Daniel has managed to do it with grace and style. Add his business partner/husband Mario into the mix and you feel that these two are truly unstoppable. …

You would have to be living under a rock not to be aware of Sustainable Fashion. At least as a term. It was one of the top searches on Google last year which means that either people are interested in it or confused by it…or maybe a bit of both! I’m not 311 but I am here to help (though if it’s an emergency call 911. Or mom.)

Every year 85% of textiles produced ends up in landfills. Clothing. Shoes. Gear. Wasted, without a second thought. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Some companies are shifting away from…

A photo of a caterpillar midair on a summer’s evening. ©Katya Moorman

September was a busy month for me. As editor of No Kill Magazine, I was both paying attention to fashion week(s) –more conscious designers than ever!– and playing my part as a media partner for the September 20th Climate Strike. The turnout for the climate strike in New York -and across the world- was astounding and hearing Greta at the UN made my heart ache. At times it all seemed too much. It feels like we’re on the brink of imminent collapse because of our collective greed. The guilt I was feeling simply from being born in the U.S. was…

How their shift to a direct-to-consumer model reflects their integrity and points to a future path for emerging designers.

The capsule collection from Public School x Eileen Fisher

This past spring I stopped by theRealReal — not to go shopping but to attend a discussion with Public School founders Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow. In case you missed it, last fall Public School collaborated with Eileen Fisher on a capsule collection. The materials in the collection were sourced from damaged pieces that had been returned to Eileen Fisher, deconstructed and then re-designed in Public School style: street + chic. …

Photo by Iga Palacz on Unsplash

I want to talk about authenticity less and I want to talk about integrity more because I think we are using them interchangeably…I even use it as a shorthand and I’m going to point it out when I see more and more when I see this thing this idea of authenticity as this thing we’re supposed to be striving for. I want to talk about why I think that’s wrong and why I think it’s part of the problem in politics. Jon Lovett — Pod Saves America

When I heard Jon Lovett say that about politics it struck a chord…

Man sitting among bales of donated clothes in Ghana -photo The OR Foundation

Just moved to New York City? Or back in with your parents? Or maybe trying the KonMari method or becoming a minimalist? Or like me, just really liked the idea of only having pieces that you really enjoy wearing in your wardrobe. Whatever the reason, if you have bags of unwanted clothes that you’re about to drop off at the local thrift store or in a bin on the street please hold that thought for a moment.

I am going on a 3 month internet “diet” to try and get my brain back. Here’s why and how.

Four months ago I quit drinking. Not because I hit some kind of rock bottom (I did not), but because evening wine had become a habit –one I could control but I had a niggling suspicion that perhaps, eventually, I could not. A family history of alcoholism played into this as well as reading This Naked Mind, by Annie Grace. A book you shouldn’t touch if you want to keep drinking in ignorant bliss — but I digress.

In many…

Photo of page in Stylist Magazine

You’ve seen the photos of birds caught in plastic. You’ve heard you have to toss your favorite cleanser with the microbeads, and maybe even know the frightening statistic that there are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish.

And still the idea of really giving up plastic is too overwhelming. I mean, it’s everywhere right? And who has time to figure it all out? But hey — you totally would if you could get it together!

The folks…

©Katya Moorman

It’s 2018 and we all have seen both the magic and the mayhem of working with influencers. If you’re in any way responsible for promoting a brand –whether as the CMO of a Fortune 500 company or your own Etsy store — then hopefully you’re already working with fans of your product and reaping the benefits. Regardless, here are three strategies that go beyond the ordinary.

Make A Committed Partnership

You’ve found an influencer that you love and they’ve agreed to a sponsored post. Fabulous! But why stop there? An influencer is an expert at online engagement or they wouldn’t have all those followers…

We don’t buy things simply out of need. Many more times our purchases are inspired by desire: a desire to somehow be more -however we define it: more attractive, more desirable, more confident, more ironically in the know. The fashion industry knows this and works hard to seduce us to buy their products and we like to think we know better and are wise to their game. But still we’re often sucked in. No where is this clear than with fur. We know that wearing fur is wearing a dead animal — there’s no getting around that. But we rationalize…

Katya Moorman

I write about culture with a conscience and fashion for the future.Favorite F words: Fashion Feminism Finance & (F)otography. Editor www.nokillmag.com

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