From Design to Production
Here at Study New York we focus on every step of our products' journeys. From field to cutting table, every part of a garment's process is carefully examined and controlled to be socially and environmentally conscious. We support sustainable techniques and processes to better the fashion industry and the world. To maintain socially and environmentally responsible designs, we use a variety of fabrics including: hemp, organic cotton, ethically sourced alpaca, and other recycled materials. Dyes used in these fabrics range from natural, plant/vegetable, environmentally friendly, procion low impact, and fiber reactive dyes. The synthetic dyes typically used in fast fashion production can be extremely toxic and carcinogenic—10-15% of these dyes are released into the environment during the coloration process. This presents a hazard to all living organisms. For reasons like this our motto at Study is “Making Fashion without Making Waste.”
Dr. Julian M. Allwood, author of Well Dressed? The Present & Future Sustainability of Clothing & Textiles in the UK, analyzes standard textile production—
"Of the total textile fibre produced, up to 65% is lost, post-consumer, to landfill, incineration or composting, which represents between 400,000 and 700,000 tonnes per annum in the UK. Of this, at least 50% is said to be recyclable."
To combat this horrific waste of textiles and to set an example in the fashion industry, Study NY utilizes sustainable techniques and materials.
More specifically, to minimize our waste, we use Zero Waste Cutting in some of our designs when creating our garments. Patterns may be designed so that their parts fit together like a jigsaw puzzles. All of our garments are manufactured and cut in New York City with the exception of some collaborations in Peru and Mexico City. By adding transparency about our production process and educating consumers about the craft of making clothing, we hope consumers will begin to understand what is required of producing a well-made garment. Our goal is to remain conscious all the way through our production process.
Learn more about Study's sustainable strategies in this article via NotJustALabel.