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Click here to read the full article "Sustainable Fashion: A How-To:". 

Mother-son designer duo Teresa and Giovanni Perna of MAYD IN CHYNA see it too, and are putting their own stamp on the future of fashion. The emerging designers were part of Redress’ recent fashion show.

“My mother was a talented seamstress with an impeccable eye for quality and design,” Teresa said. “As I grew older I became a connoisseur of well-made, long-lasting and unique designs that transcend seasons and time. To this day, I only make purchases that speak to these criteria. I’ve added my own personal agenda, to only work with something that benefits rather than takes away from people and planet.”

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Runway on the Runway Recap ⤍

The Geico commercial showing runway models on an airport runway came to life at the Capital Region International Airport (LAN) this past Tuesday. Lansing 5:01, a company that strives to connect college talent to the awesomeness of Lansing has partnered with the Capital Region International Airport and The Runway Lansing to put on their first ever fashion forward event.

As members walked down a red carpet to enter an airport hangar where this free event took place, they were in awe by what they saw. To the left was the VIP section that had cupcakes from Whipped and a donut wall from Glazed and Confused. To the right was a table from LAN Airportwith information on their latest flights and free giveaway items. As attendees to this event walked from the inside of the hangar to the outside, they saw food trucks, clothing vendors, airplanes and aerialists performing. After watching aerialists perform, it was time for the actual runway show to start.

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All eyes were on the creations made by designers of The Runway Incubator as they strutted down the runway. Here are the names of the designers featured in this runway event: Cynthia Khan, the designer of Refuge for Nations; Kaitlin Slack, the designer of Bad Latitude; Ashton Keys, the designer of Ninety6; Rebecca Clark, designer of District Eleven; Hunter Walton, the designer of Hunter Walton Collection; Teresa and Giovanni Perna, designers of Mayd in Chyna; and Theresa Winge, designer of the Theresa M Winge Collection. Michala White, our web director, attended the event, and took some pictures of some of her favorite designs below.

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This beautiful and free flowing orange and white design was created by Theresa Winge.

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This complete look was created by Teresa and Giovanni Perna.

After watching the inspirational runway show, emcees Clay McAndrews and Leslie Youngdahltaught us the do’s and don’t’s of dressing ourselves. One thing they mentioned to the audience was what you wear matters because your outfit represents you before you can even get a chance to speak. Both McAndrews and Youngdahl were available after their presentation to answer questions.

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The fun wasn’t over after the aerialist performances, the runway show and fashion advice from McAndrews and Youngdahl. Attendees danced the night away in a silent disco! If you don’t know what a silent disco is, it is where the music is only played through headphones, and people without headphones view people dancing as if they were dancing without music. Those who didn’t want to participate in the silent disco were able to grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks, grab a drink, look at the latest fashion from the vendors or sit inside an airplane.

Runway on the Runway was a successful event that brought fashion and aviation together in a unique but fun way

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Pretty with a purpose: Redress Raleigh’s fashion show will showcase new designers ⤍

August 12, 2017 12:00 PM

Triangle clothing designers in the upcoming Redress Raleigh fashion show are fighting against what they call “fast fashion”: garments mass-produced in factories that pollute the environment and often have poor conditions for workers, they say.

Catherina Gomes’ clothing company, 700 Rivers, offers shimmering tank tops and flowing, colorful skirts made from gently used saris.

Gomes’ line will debut at the Redress Raleigh fashion show Aug. 18 at CAM Raleigh, but like the other items that will be on the runway, 700 Rivers’ pieces are pretty with a purpose.

Gomes, whose parents are from Bangladesh, was moved by a 2013 garment factory disaster that killed more than 1,000 Bangladeshis to start a company that fairly employs workers in the country.

“Redress Raleigh is also focused on sustainable fashion,” she said. “That was what encouraged us to start working with them.”

The show features seven design collections, from tween girl apparel to ecochic swimsuits. Last year’s event sold out with about 250 attendees, and Redress Raleigh director Beth Stewart hopes this year will be the same.

Stewart helped found the nonprofit, which had its first fashion show in 2009. Redress Raleigh promotes sustainable fashion, including clothing that’s “upcycled,” or made from already existing clothing, dyed naturally or handmade.

“We have a two-tiered mission,” Stewart said. “Part of it is to support independent fashion designers, but then the other part is educating people about the effects of what they buy. The fashion show accomplishes both aspects of that by providing the platform for the designers.”

Gomes and 700 Rivers lead designer Divya Ramaswamy are dreaming big. One of Bangladesh’s main exports is textiles, but when Gomes visited there at age 8, she was shocked by the rampant poverty.

“We are focused on improving the lives of Bangladeshi workers,” Gomes said. “If you just start showing that the change exists, and they have an alternative to work for, more people will start demanding it, and it will eventually become the standard.”

700 Rivers has already worked with Thanapara Swallows Development Society, an organization in Bangladesh dedicated to improving quality of life there, including through its “handicrafts” initiative. Thanapara Swallows made 700 Rivers’ first batch of items.

Gomes and Ramaswamy were in Redress Raleigh’s “incubator” program along with some other designers who’ll be in the upcoming show. They’re Mariangela Walker, who designs organic T-shirt dresses, and mother-and-son duo Teresa and Giovanni Perna, who focus on organic cotton apparel.

Dr. Katherine Annett-Hitchcock of N.C. State University’s College of Textiles led the incubator’s six seminars, which focused on helping the designers turn their dreams into businesses that can make change – and money.

“Designers are fantastically creative,” Stewart said. “They have great ideas, but they’re struggling a bit in terms of how to implement that.”

The result was empowering for Gomes, who’s a chemical engineer by day and a fashion entrepreneur in her spare time.

“I wanted to create my own change instead of waiting around for other people to do it,” she said.

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Meet the latest in fashion, with a smart twist ⤍

Proving that clothing can be Earth-friendly and still fun, seven independent designer teams took their collections to the runway in the Redress Fashion Show in August, sharing their creative and sustainable designs at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.

“Independent fashion designers are essential to the sustainable fashion movement — they are leading the way!” said Beth Stewart, executive director of Redress Raleigh. “They are continuously innovating and seeking to improve their materials and production processes, and will be catalysts for change as people become more and more aware of the impact the industry has.”

Teresa and Giovanni Perna

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What’s the message behind your collection?
It is not just a fashion statement, but a vehicle to put us on the road to quantifiable change to the way companies do business, and to change citizen involvement so there is a collective activism to make things better … for them, their loved ones and our planet.

What elements of your designs make them sustainable?
(We use) 100 percent USDA certified organic pima cotton, one of the strongest, long-lasting fibers, soft and supple with a natural sheen. It is third-party certified organic to ensure its growing and harvesting is environmentally friendly and sustainable. In addition, having USA grown and harvested fiber ensures we can verify the employment conditions of workers.

We use environmentally-manufactured notions and trims, and all of our fiber, spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and sewing is done in the USA. We have sought out suppliers that are Global Organic Textile Standard certified, Oeko-Tex certified, or who practice manufacturing methods that adhere to these standards. We have personally visited and can vouch for every one of our suppliers.

Our designs are intended to produce pieces that live on for a long time, so as not to add to the waste present in today’s society.

On Redress:
Their core values of authenticity, being conscious of our impact, inclusive community, are exactly what we are all about. We chose to be part of this program to interact with likeminded people, and to assist with building the eco/sustainable fashion movement.

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For MAYD in CHYNA, eco fashion means 'considering the planet' in the manufacturing process ⤍

Spotlighting couture-conscious and responsibly produced fashion — and its designers — the annual Redress Raleigh Fashion Show is bringing #ecochic back to the catwalk at CAM Aug. 18. In front of the show, we chatted up the seven designers/design teams on their style, philosophy, inspo and more — even who they’d swap closets with given the opp. Click here to meet all the designers. Below, your behind stage view with Teresa Perna & Giovanni Perna.

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Brand Name: MAYD in CHYNA (brand logo: Y)

Designers: Maria TERESA Perna, Primary Designer;  Giovanni Perna, Designer

Your collection’s style: Designer high-end.

Fashion show collection sneak peek:

  • TP: We will be presenting to our audience our idea of not only glamour and quality but really feel-good clothes both tactilely and psychologically because they were made for a purpose. Our pieces will demand attention and beckon you to explore more and live our sustainable fashion movement.
  • GP: We will be presenting … the future is here! We will demonstrate how sustainable fashion must be the norm in 25 years because of the lack of resources and an ever-changing climate.

In one word, this collection is: Political.

Your fashion philosophy: Businesses must align their mandates to include genuinely serving our planet and all within it.

Cultural influence? The influence for our collection was the fact that it is impossible to purchase clothing that is entirely made in North America. We had had enough of seeing clothing that was primarily made overseas (i.e. in China) which not only was of poor quality but, more importantly, exploited people and the environment.

Your brand’s MO: Doing business with integrity and ethics while giving back to society and the planet.

Impact? Our suppliers are all sustainable and USA-based, which helps in creating jobs and supporting the movement to bring the textile industry back to North America. This will greatly contribute to a cleaner and less toxic manufacturing process, which benefits all.

Local link? Most of our processes are North Carolina-based (weaving/knitting/dyeing/finishing) and/or Southeast USA-based. This not only supports the local area economically, but also connects us to the community in that we have developed very close and rewarding relationships with many people throughout our six-year journey, which will endure far more than the launching of this or subsequent collections.

Target buyer? Our target market is called LOHAS, people that choose a Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability. They are consumers who are acutely aware of how their purchase decisions affect their surroundings, their economy and their politics.

Your style inspiration(s):

  • TP: Glamorous ’50s meets rebellious ’60s meets uninhibited and free-spirited ’70s.
  • GP: Japanese samurai meets classic ’30s meets the innovative ’90s.

Your style icon:

  • TP: We both really don’t have a style icon … but if I had to choose, it would be a combo of Twiggy and Marilyn Monroe.

I would love to swap closets with:

  • TP: Olivia Firth or Emma Watson.

Your fave local fashion designer: Julie Moore, creative artist and founder of FiberActive Organics.

Take us shopping locally, globally or online. Where are we going?

  • TP: Farmers Markets Toronto, Artisanal Shops Italy; Ecouterre eco online publication.
  • GP: Farmers Markets Toronto, Vintage Shops globally; Swapsitybarter website

Piece you can’t live without:

  • TP: My custom made chiffon hat that I had made for my wedding

What you hope the future of fashion looks like:

  • TP: I would love to see fashion that is not influenced in any manner by the capitalistic culture.
  • GP: I would love to see the death of fast fashion.

What eco fashion means to you: Considering the planet and all living within in it when making decisions regarding manufacturing processes.

Best professional advice I ever received was:

  • TP: Don’t fear failing, FEAR at succeeding in things in life that don’t really matter.
  • GP: Never sell yourself short.

Why Redress Fashion Show is a must-go: RR is making a paramount contribution to the world of sustainable living and Beth Stewart definitely deserves our support for all her hard work in trying to get us there.