Recently I came across a trailer for a new documentary entitled Thread which is about the social and environmental consequences of our consumer choices. The documentary aims to empower consumers to make decisions that directly benefit the planet and their own health and gives them insight into how damaging our current garment production practices really are. The statistics are astounding when dealing with the sheer number of things wasted and polluted by the garment industry. What I found particularly interesting about Thread was how it doesn’t just point out all of the things we are doing wrong but it gives us different options to help start making it right. This documentary understands the importance of consumers making a stand by spending their money in places that use sustainable materials and practices. Understanding how damaging our mindset of “I need it right now and as cheap as possible!” is to our environment is one of the biggest steps towards changing the fashion industry. The makers of Thread understand that you shouldn’t have to choose between style and sustainability but that they should go hand-in-hand. The film is set to debut later this year and you can find more information about it here.
Alicia Wood is the type of designer that represents what the Portland fashion scene is really all about. While we don’t have the same type of industry backing us up as New York City or LA, we take pride in the artistry behind the things that we do. Ms. Wood is the name of her design company and she creates beautiful clothing that is both fashion-forward and functional. Her husband helps her create the wooden pieces behind some of her shoes and they work together to create one of a kind pieces that are sure to resonate well with Portland women.
State of Style did a great job representing the Portland fashion scene and highlighting one of it’s top contenders. It’s important to include how fashion works in our everyday lives and the hard work and dedication that these designers put into it. State of Style provided an insider look into Alicia Wood’s home and design space andgave us some insight into how she balances her life without sacrificing her personal style. Portland fashion can’t be summed up with designer names, it comes from an acute understanding of how important hand-crafted details are along with supporting local designers who put their heart and soul into the work that they do.
You can check out Alicia Wood’s work at http://www.mswoodboutique.com/index_home.php