Weave Your Way To Sustainable Fashion With Piece & Co.’s Latest Collection
Piece & Co. the textile company known for its beautiful artisan-made textiles from around the world, has recently collaborated with mega retailer Shopbop to deliver their very own limited edition capsule collection. Featuring sustainable designs from some of the top fashion brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Veronica Beard, Mara Hoffman, and alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet, the collection is a treat for earth-conscious fashion lovers everywhere.
Just in time for light and breezy summer fashion, the green textile company has now brought us The Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection – one which spotlights responsibly-produced fabrics within the fashion industry. The Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection is comprised of seven equally perfect yet uniquely diverse styles. When browsing around, you can find dresses, blouses, and even an ultra-chic short-suit ensemble – all which incorporates fabrics created responsibly by skilled artisans in the Tamil Nadu region of India, also knows as the masters of the traditional Dobby weaving technique.
"The mission of Piece & Co. is to create a more responsible fashion industry," says Piece & Co. founder Kathleen Wright, “and it has been an honor to work with such talented designers, sourcing fabrics that make the most impact socially, and the least impact on our environment.”
Each gorgeous handmade garment in this seven-piece capsule is made from artisanal fabrics from around the world and showcases the unique characteristics of the brand behind it. A great majority of the fabrics in the Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection are made by skilled female artisans at weaving co-operatives located in India’s Tamil Nadu region. The fabric used by each designer is handcrafted and dyed in India and showcases the traditional methods of textile design and weaving, while remaining particular to each respective brand.
The story behind this Veronica Beard dress is one that truly touched us. It turns out that the founder of the weaving co-op that made the fabric used by Veronica Beard is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology who started her business with the mission of creating more opportunity in her community. She trains and supports her workers to keep traditional weaving alive in the Tamil Nadu region. In the vibrant blue dress, one can see the intricate work (using traditional lobby technique) of these artisans.
“It’s incredibly inspiring to work with Piece & Co. because of their work in helping artisans!” say designers Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, ”I love that our dress uses a traditional weaving technique and captures the style of the region.”
For many artisans including the ones responsible for creating the stunningly colorful alice + olivia dress weaving is a way of life. It is what keeps the female community together and provides sustainable work for women to support their families.