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Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot BlackBourgeois Boheme was founded in 2005 by ex-Podiatrist and long-term vegan Alicia. With a love for shoes, and unable to find high quality and high style animal-friendly footwear, Alicia developed her own brand. She moved to London and merged her foot care expertise with her vegan values to create luxury animal-free footwear.  Not interested in creating just another shoe brand, she has remained true to her founding principles to create perfect vegan shoes without ever compromising on quality, finish or design.  All BB shoes are Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved.Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot Burgundy

Today, Bourgeois Boheme is one of the most established vegan footwear brands out there, still small and independent – as they like it – still making beautiful and versatile shoes completely free from animal-derived materials. The timeless, brand-exclusive styles they produce are all artisan-made under ethical conditions in Portugal from the finest eco-friendly Italian vegan leathers.  They believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials – a design that stands the test of time is essential – and therefore they work tirelessly to champion slow fashion through updated British shoe classics that challenge the perception of leather-free footwear.  The brand’s increasing fan base includes vegan celebs such as Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams and Torrey DeVitto.

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Lucy 2Every bespoke piece created by Atelier Tammam is lovingly made here by its team of dedicated “petit mains”. Visiting Atelier Tammam is like taking a trip back in time to when clothes were made for individuals, one at a time

Tammam maintains the highest ethical standards for human and animal rights, sustainability, environment and in relationships with suppliers, offering an honest and transparent account of how the atelier operates. Atelier Tammam has a policy “from fibre to finishing” -striving to be as ethical, sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible through all steps in the journey of production.

lucyCreative director and founder of Tammam,, Lucy Tammam (“Ms. Tammam”) she places equal importance on sustainability, innovation, cut and style to courageously work towards changing the way we regard our clothing.  Couturier to the stars, Ms T has dressed and styled icons from Jenny Agutter to Eleanor Tomlinson, and was sited as one of the designers in the running to create the wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge.

For over a decade she has lived between Bloomsbury and India. Within Assamese hills, and rural villages in Andhra Pradesh.  Ms Tammam personally researches local ecological fabrics and yarns to cultivate and reinvent perishing techniques traditional to each region.

Enter the fantasy world that is an haute couture atelier. Where the magic happens, tucked away in a room behind the bijoux Tammam showroom and boutique is a studio rammed full of fabrics and threads, machines and tables, scissors and needles ready to create your perfect gown.

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Juan Pablo Martinez

Juan Pablo Martinez

Moda 360: LA debuted in April 2015, bringing 18 international fashion designers, 5 artists and 19 videos

Lozena International

Lozena International

by filmmakers from around the world to the New Mart in downtown Los Angeles. Moda 360: LA 2016, scheduled for April 7-9, 2016 will expand the platform to include additional opportunities for designers, artists and filmmakers to present their work, and offer professionals and the public a full program of events to experience.

Moda 360 is a unique platform where fashion designers conceive their own editorial for their collection, creating a press-worthy exhibit that expresses their inspiration and style, and gives them promotional and marketing photos to be part of their campaigns long after the event ends. Artists are able to display their work outside of the strict gallery setting and create an exhibit that enhances the inspiration and message in their work to attract press and professional

Talk Design

Talk Design

attention. Film is the intersection of art and style, and videos using fashion and artistic expression are shown throughout the event for an additional perspective on creative work.

Moda 360: LA 2016 will expand the art and film sectors of the event, encouraging more

Pure Pod

Pure Pod

collaboration between the disciplines and attracting professionals and press from the three industries to the event. Moda 360 is scheduled for Major Market Week when buyers from department stores and specialty chains are in town for shopping, and to accommodate the commercial business, a showroom area will be available for designers to show their collections to retailers. Artists with a point of view will create different themes, moods and styles throughout the exhibit and will complement the exhibits of fashion. Film offerings are expanded

Beau Monde Organics

Beau Monde Organics

from the short videos shown continuously at past events to include screenings of short films up to 20 minutes. Moda 360 is also organizing seminars and panel discussions on current topics of interest.

Runway presentations will also have an innovative twist. In addition to offering designers a traditional catwalk to present key pieces of their collection, Moda 360 is collaborating with media partners to create themed shows with a backdrop, set and music to express the era, style or concept. The runway will end with a final editorial photo op of all the looks.

Paganoonoo

Paganoonoo

Moda 360 gives artistic innovators a singular stage to promote their work across industries and disciplines, opening new avenues for marketing and press. Business and press opportunities continue long after the event closes; the Moda 360 team connects artists and designers to interested professionals year-round for magazine editorials, press coverage and sales.

Moda 360 is now open for designer and artist applications, film submissions, seminar proposals, media runway proposals. Sponsors and partners are always welcome for collaboration. More information may be found on the event website, and interested professionals may contact Moda 360 directly.

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When I first created the concept of Moda 360, I wanted to develop a platform that would welcome both ethical and mainstream designers.   I’ve worked with ethical designers for many years now, and at the beginning of the movement, these designers wanted to be known for their commitment to fair trade and ecological principles.  As the ethical fashion movement continued, designers sought to be embraced as fashion designers first, then noticed for their ethical principles – you can’t change an industry unless you are part of it.

I’ve watched the growth of this sector with great interest and pride.  Many of these designers have become more than colleagues and clients, they are friends who share a vision for a better world.   I planned the inaugural Los Angeles Moda 360 event for Earth Month, a time when attention would be on ecology and sustainability, hoping this would encourage ethical designers to participate.  I was overwhelmed by the response and impressed with the work these designers are doing.

House of Tammam

House of Tammam

Lucy Tammam of House of Tammam has been a longtime colleague and friend.  She consistently creates high quality, 100% vegan and fair trade couture designs.  I love her aesthetic, she brings the glamour of 30’s and 40’s Hollywood to her 21st century designs.  Her pieces were a highlight of the runway shows, with a wonderful bias cut gown with the signature Tammam peacock appliqued to the bodice, and a little black dress beautifully set off with an organza appliqued bolero jacket.  Simple, elegant red carpet style, perfect for the BAFTAs, where many of her previous creations have been spotted.

Lucy is not just a talented designer who adheres to the highest ethical standards.  She tirelessly pursues the ethical fashion mission, expanding her work to helping fashion designers source ethical fabrics, and developing new resources.  Her latest project In sericulture (silk production) is to expand the manufacture and use of eri silk, a “non-violent” silk.  This silk is produced by a genus of silkworm that exits the cocoon by one end, not destroying the cocoon and allowing for an unbroken filament.   This type of silk will produce the finer types of silk fabric without the destruction of silk worms.

Juan Pablo Martinez is a newcomer to ethical fashion, but caught onto the movement quickly and now

Juan Pablo Martinez

Juan Pablo Martinez

runs full steam ahead.  As a designer, his credentials are impeccable, studying in his native Colombia and continuing his education in Milan before working going to Paris to work at the Atelier Chardon

Andes Made

Andes Made

Savard, and with Christian Lacroix at his Prêt-à-Porter studio.  He spent many years designing and making custom men’s suits and his impeccable tailoring reflects that.  His first collection took the concept of menswear and brought the tailoring and fit to womenswear with great jackets and pants.

The collection he showed at Moda 360 rocked the runway with avant garde silhouettes accented with zipper tape.  The all black collection surprised with bright yellow lining and accents to the pieces.  Juan Pablo never disappoints with his exciting and exquisitely executed clothing that is very affordable.

Juan Pablo stretches his ethical credentials by exploring fair trade artisanal materials and production.  He supports the native Colombian artisan community by commissioning knitwear pieces to add to his collection.  He is active in the creation and development of more ethical resources in the supply chain, and champions the work of his fellow citizens around the world.

Andes Made is another longtime colleague.  Based in France and Bolivia, the company offers luxury alpaca and llama accessories, and recently began offering sweaters in their collection.  The pieces are deceptively simple, but the artisans in Bolivia create intricate knit designs and patterns elevating the scarves and shawls to artistic and cultural

Pure Pod

Pure Pod

expressions.   Andes Made has evolved their business into one that is 100% organic and fair trade, from the farming of the alpacas and llamas to the final production of the collection.  The collection is primarily produced in the natural colors of the fiber, soft

browns and greys as well as black, but pieces are available in a wide variety of colors to please any palette.   Andes Made also works with other design companies to produce private label collections.

Australian ethical fashion company Pure Pod is the largest, dedicated sustainable lifestyle brand

Baharat

Baharat

in Australia, and a company I have had on my radar for a number of years.  I first encountered the company at an event sponsored by the Australian government and trade organizations in New York and was impressed with the collection that addressed lifestyle options with ethics.  Designer Kelli Donovan developed a fashion brand focusing on high quality, wearability and comfortable

fit.  The company enjoys a loyal fan base at home and has recently introduced their collection to US retailers.  Moda 360 showed the high fashion side of Pure Pod, with their runway presentation expressing the indigenous culture, motifs and style of the continent.  Kelli Donovan and her partner Sean Watson work extensively to educate consumers about the benefits of eco fashion, for the planet and for our health.   The company has expanded into childrenswear with Dirtgirlworld, a collection made for children to “get grubby!”

Design companies adopting ethical practices were encouraged in their

Moonlight Jewelry

Moonlight Jewelry

efforts at Moda 360.  Hungarian designer Kinga Földi, founder of Baharat, is a costumer and high end designer, creating commissioned works, but she pursues sustainability by using the scraps from her costumes and couture to fashion intricate silk jewelry.  Each leaf is individually cut and laminated and then strung with the silk colors

Paganoonoo

Paganoonoo

forming an iridescent bracelet or necklace.  Moonlight jewelry designs Victorian inspired jewelry from recycled sterling silver, and more modern styles with recycled silver, lead-free crystals and reclaimed pearls and beads.  Newcomer Michelle Paganini, designer of Paganoonoo, creates whimsical clothing from upcycled shirts, giving discarded clothing a new life for work or casual wear, and Moda 360 was proud to be the runway premiere of this work.  Michelle’s runway look was an adorable baby doll dress, and she showed a more sophisticated aesthetic in the outfit she wore to the event.  Paganoonoo is a wonderful mix of color, pattern and texture in each piece.  I look forward to following Michelle and see where she takes her collection.  Talk Design presented a jewelry

Talk Design

Talk Design

collection made from recycled optical components – prisms – that not only amazed the audience with their beauty, but also the refraction and reflection of light as the pieces made their way down the runway.  Designer Machelle Nettles was intrigued by the discarded prisms, and her ever-curious mind and industrial design background came together to create jewelry that is beautiful and unique – and adds a touch of “geek-chic,” with its scientific and technical elements.   What began as a few simple designs has grown into a well-crafted collection of jewelry that will suit anyone’s style.   Lara Akinsanya

designs her L’Shandi collection with fair trade fabrics from her native

L'Shandi

L’Shandi

Nigeria.  The bright, ethnic patterns and colors are transformed by western silhouettes into day, cocktail and evening dresses and bring a joyful vibe to any occasion, from work to after five.  I am always surprised when models put on Lara’s dresses, no matter the unique look of each woman, there is a dress that comes to life and draws attention to the woman wearing it.  Lara’s commitment to bettering lives with fashion extends beyond the production of her collection – she organizes an annual Runway Moms for a Cause each spring in Washington D.C., with the proceeds benefiting a special charity every year.

Lozena International is a gorgeous collection of luxury sportswear made from ecological fabric and

Lozena International

Lozena International

rescued designer dead stock.  Sisters Viktoria and Katherine share the vision of creating high fashion apparel and one-of-a-kind designs using the highest quality designer fabrics and working with artisan companies as suppliers and manufacturers.   The designs are deceptively simple, with tailoring not only elevating the construction to an art form, but also incorporating tucks and folds that enhance both the silhouette of the garment and the body.  They have a great sense of style, knowing what their customers want and producing limited edition and unique looks that fill every wish list.

Beau Monde Organics is a quiet company making a big splash in the accessories market.  Designer Stephanie Gale prints original artwork on  100% GOTS organic cotton voile, for naturally silky-soft scarves, and printed in earth-safe pigments.  Colors are heat-set, eliminating chemicals and rinse water and

Beau Monde Organics

Beau Monde Organics

finished with efficiently comfortable ‘tagless’ labels.  The scarves have a low impact on the Earth, and the prints reflect the Zen philosophy of the company.   Every scarf is reversible and is available in a variety of styles and lengths to complement any outfit.

The designers at Moda 360 represented the spectrum of ethical commitment.  From seasoned manufacturers to newcomers on the scene, the breadth of principles observed by the talented creators is serious encouragement for the industry.   There is no excuse for business to continue as usual with designers consistently proving that sustainable fashion is on trend, stylish, well-crafted and affordable.   Moda 360 looks forward to Los Angeles in April 2016 bringing many more creative artists together to show the best of art, fashion and ethics in new and exciting runway presentations and exhibits.

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Moda 360: LA was captured in photos by Kyle Stuart. Seventeen designers and five artists exhibited their work at the event with international filmmakers showing their work on four screens at the event.

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Pure Pod - Australian Ethical Design

Pure Pod – Australian Ethical Design

Australian Ethical Fashion Company Pure Pod Joins the EcoFashionWorld ethical fashion runway at Moda 360.  Pure Pod creates beautiful Australian Made, contemporary & stylish sustainable women’s eco fashion. Appealing to women who care about what they wear, quality and most importantly, an interest in sustainability, beautiful design, health, wellbeing and the environment. Pure Pod’s aim is to bring contemporary style to the eco-fashion movement and to give consumers a choice with meaning. All garments are ethically made from organic cotton, bamboo, soy, linen, silk, merino wool and hand woven Denim, dyed with low impact or vegetable dyes.

Launched in 2007 by the Canberra born designer Kelli Donovan and her photographer Sean Watson. Pure Pod has emerged as one of Australia’s largest ethical fashion brands and is considered to be a pioneer in the ‘Eco and Sustainable’ fashion industry. Pure Pod’s ethos is built on sustainability, ethics, a love of the environment and human nature. They pride themselves on using talented Australian crafts people and keeping thelocal fashion industry thriving: 100% ethically Australian Made.   The Pure Pod collection has been shown in New York, Hong Kong, Vancouver and recently at Fashfest in Canberra; Pure Pod brings sustainable fashion into the lime-light.
Since its inception in 2007, Pure Pod has based its ethos on its Australian Made credentials and impeccable quality. Pure Pod has received numerous acclaims such as 2011 FGI Sustainable Business Awards finalist, showcased our collections in New York as part of “G’Day USA 2011“, in 2012 Pure Pod were invited to show at the Asia Essential Textile Fair in Hong Kong as a sustainable designer and in October 2012, Pure Pod was accepted by the UK’s Ethical Fashion Forum, to be a part of their “Fellowship500” sustainable fashion collective.

Pure Pod brings their environmentally conscious fabrics to the runway alongside Tammam, an eco and fair trade couture line from London, and Paganoonoo, a contemporary fashion line focusing on upcycling discarded fashion.  These designers demonstrate some of the important principles influencing this generation of ethical fashion designers.

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Join us in Los Angeles April 24-25, 2015 for Moda 360!  Register to attend.  For more information about the Los Angeles event, visit the event page on the Moda 360 website!

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