You know that saying, "you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk"? Yeah, well I think that saying was invented to describe the 99.9% of people – including me, although I'm working on it! – who talk about doing stuff and would like to practice what they preach but, for whatever reason, don't end up doing very much at all.
This is particularly relevant in the fashion industry, where there is a lot of noise made about things like factory conditions and the use of organic materials over pesticide-heavy ones, but not a lot of action.
Well, enter Celeste Tesoriero who, this season, turned her belief in the preservation of the environment and in natural textiles into action, by working with a 100% organic and vegan dye house in the mountains of Indonesia. The colours this process can achieve are currently limited, but Tesoriero has made that part of the design orientation for the collection; its hazy, relaxed, summer feeling is underpinned by washed out blues and greens that evoke oceanic landscapes.
Furthermore, Tesoriero has employed 100% organic bamboo jersey for some of the knit pieces. Because bamboo grows so quickly, it is an easily renewable – and therefore environmentally friendly – resource. When one considers that traditional cotton production accounts for 10% of total, worldwide pesticide use – which causes illnesses in the cotton workers and makes the land increasingly infertile – it's crucial that the industry finds a sustainable alternative, and bamboo jersey could be it!
Right now you're probably thinking, "well these is all well and good but the range probably resembles a collection of hessian sacks". Well, look around you and you will see that it is, in fact, a beautifully refined ode to Australia's native flora and fauna. If nothing else (although, way more too), all of these environmental bonuses should make us all feel better about whipping out the credit card – the collection is available now.
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