Araks – Sustainable Lingerie

September 11th, 2019

Being the most intimate layer next to our skin, lingerie needs to cover a lot of bases. Delicate, but because we wear it every day, durable. Sexy, but not seriously so. Araks, a lingerie label out of New York fuses all of these desires together with its playful cuts, sensual colours and snug textures.

The woman behind the label is Araks Yeramyan, a Parsons graduate who remembers falling in love with colour from the time her father gifted her coloured pencils as a young girl. But what makes her lingerie so special is not only the care she puts into each ethereal garment, but the care she puts into producing them too; employing sustainability practices wherever possible to ensure the colours of our world stay vibrant too.

Aspiring to be sustainable with every decision they make, Araks has gone through sustainability assessment and receives education and mentorship from the CDFA. Some of their practices include choosing evergreen fabrics, with excess materials being worked into future collections or donated to schools and charitable organisations. Customers are encouraged to mix and match pieces from collections past with those from present collections, so that a focus on buying new is not paramount.

But the most important decision the company makes, starts at the very beginning, with choosing the fabrics they make their garments out of. Their goal is to eventually use only GOTS organic cotton, recycled nylon and to have the highest environmental standards for dyeing and finishing their materials.

Recognising that you have to start somewhere to get anywhere, Araks is a lingerie company showing their true colours when it comes to caring about our planet and the comfort of the people in it.

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Dries Van Noten AW19

September 4th, 2019

After viewing Dries (2017), the film depicting the life and work of renowned Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, it was not the man himself that audiences were buzzing most about. Or even his clothes. It was in fact, the screen-time devoted to his garden.

Van Noten’s garden is haphazard in its wildness; daisies creep up a bubbling concrete fountain splotched in moss, roses and hyacinths waver in and out of each others space, competing. But it is also a garden lush in its surroundings; think sprawling lawns with manicured box hedges.

In the film, we see the garden act as a respite for Van Noten. It’s where he heads to on his days or evenings off, bringing back bundles to dutifully arrange in his living room, still designing. And it’s where he headed to for inspiration for his AW19 collection.

Dangling the flowers via their heads with pieces of string, he photographed them floating against coloured pieces of paper, photos which were then cast onto clothing, as prints; roses and leaves complete with their shadows and blemishes.

“For me the flowers couldn’t be romantic,” he said. “I didn’t want to have sweet flowers. At the end of the season you have mildew, black spots. You see all the flowers have imperfections.”

With two out of three deliveries of his collection now here at Poepke, witness or wear the perfect imperfection of his garden yourself.

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