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8 Hemp Fashion Brands That Are Truly Fashion Forward

If you’re afraid to transition to hemp because of crunchy hippie stereotypes, you’ll be pleased to learn that today’s hemp fashion has evolved.

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Years ago the mention of hemp clothing may have created visions of something akin to a burlap sack, but as production techniques have been refined and fashion designers have gotten more bold, hemp fashion is now a commonplace choice. Not only does the fabric bring about a ton of health benefits, but you may even see it start to compete with other materials in terms of price and availability.

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill and the ability of every state in the nation to now grow hemp legally, we’re about to start seeing a lot more of it. What exactly makes this material so great, and what does contemporary hemp fashion look like? We’re glad you asked.

Benefits Galore

The idea of your clothing actually contributing to your well-being might seem a bit weird, but it’s been shown time and time again that hemp rules when it comes to saving the planet and your body.

Clothing made from more traditional fabrics goes through a shedding process each time it is washed, contributing bits of micro-plastic into the sea. Hemp clothing is roughly 2.5 times stronger than synthetic fibers and even if it does shed a bit, it’s completely biodegradable.

Aside from looking fly, hemp material can be used in an abundance of applications where limiting the spread of bacteria is a must. Hospital items including sheets, scrubs, and even cloth furniture in waiting rooms can all be manufactured from hemp, a product that is antibacterial in nature. A wise choice for those who are allergic to latex, this plant can be utilized in a mind-blowing number of ways.

Hemp Fashion: From Hippy to Hip

If you’re afraid to transition to hemp because of crunchy hippie stereotypes, you’ll be pleased to learn that today’s hemp fashion has evolved. While arguably still in its infancy, there are many hemp apparel brands making big strides to grow the hemp clothing industry. Here are eight innovative hemp fashion brands moving the industry forward.

Hempy’s

Created by surfer Albert Lewis in 1995, Hempy’s combine the power of hemp with today’s technology and scientific knowledge to make hemp t-shirts, jeans, board shorts, men’s vests, hemp belts, hats and beanies, as well as accessories and skin care.

HoodLamb

Describing themselves as hemp tailors, Amsterdam-based HoodLamb started in the mid-1990s with the aim of creating a warm, durable jacket that looked great and was designed from natural fabrics. Each garment in made of their unique hemp fabric blends, combining age old traditions of hemp tailoring with a modern approach to style and fit.

Jungmaven

Rob Jungmann built Jungmaven on simplicity and sustainability, creating garments that are structured yet relaxed, breathable, soft and go with anything. In 2010, Rob launched HEMP 2020, a campaign to raise awareness around the positive environmental impacts of hemp farming. He sees hemp’s potential to mitigate climate change as one of the greatest opportunities of our generation.

Seeker

 

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LA-based Seeker creates minimalistic, gender neutral clothes from richly textured organic hemp and cotton, with occasional touches of silk and cashmere.

Reactor

Recreator was founded in 2012 with the intention of maximizing the beneficial effects of industrial hemp, whether you’re cruising the city or exploring the open trail. The durability of hemp — and cool tees — makes Reactor a favorite for skateboarders. They also supply hemp sweats, tank tops, leggings, hoodies, hemp hats, bandanas, etc.

THTC


Planted by the Lawson brothers back in 1999, THTC — and its hemp — was watered with urban music and fed with a love of life and street culture. The company has since grown into an influential global street-wear brand with credible, urban street-wear.

WAMA

 

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What better way to show your love than a matching pair of #hempunderwear 💘🌿😘 📸: @civicstyles

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Hemp is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and super soft and breathable, therefore the best application for hemp fabric would be hemp underwear. And that’s how WAMA, the pioneering hemp underwear company, was born.

As hemp becomes a more readily available resource, keep your eyes out for even more hemp clothing crafted from this amazing material. Comfortable, sustainable, and fashionable, hemp truly is the fabric of the future.

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Billie Eilish & Berets Among Google’s Biggest Fashion Trends of 2019

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In the world of fashion, logomania, bike shorts and VCSO girls reigned supreme in 2019. Google has compiled the biggest fashion trends in the U.S. to identify the people, the outfits and the pieces that really made an impact in 2019.

The search engine’s annual Year in Search report was released Wednesday morning.

Most Popular “How to Wear”

  1. How to wear a beret
  2. How to wear a flannel
  3. How to wear duck boots
  4. How to wear infinity scarf
  5. How to wear booties with jeans
  6. How to wear suspenders
  7. How to wear beanies
  8. How to wear a jean jacket
  9. How to wear a fanny pack
  10. How to wear a headband

Most Popular Fashion Style Searches

  1. Camp style
  2. Egirl style
  3. Eboy style
  4. Steampunk style
  5. Harajuku style
  6. Preppy style
  7. Yankii style
  8. Vintage style
  9. VSCO girl style
  10. Emo style

Most Popular Outfit Ideas Searches

  1. EGirl outfit
  2. Eboy outfit
  3. Soft girl outfit
  4. Biker shorts outfit
  5. VSCO girl outfit
  6. Dickies outfit
  7. White jeans outfit
  8. Fila outfit
  9. Champion outfit
  10. Leather pants outfit

Most Popular Celebrity Style Searches

  1. Billie Eilish style
  2. Audrey Hepburn style
  3. Ariana Grande style
  4. Kylie Jenner style
  5. Amal Clooney style
  6. Shia LaBeouf style
  7. Cam Newton style

Most Popular Female Celebrity Looks Searches

  1. Tana Mongeau Coachella outfit
  2. Serena Williams outfit
  3. Cardi B Grammy outfit
  4. Katy Perry Ursula outfit
  5. Josie Canseco outfit
  6. Cardi yellow outfit
  7. Miley Cyrus Coachella outfit
  8. Kelly Clarkson outfit on ‘The Voice’
  9. Billie Eilish outfit
  10. Beyoncé ‘Formation’ outfit

Most Popular “How to Make Fashion and Beauty-Related Products” Searches

  1. How to make scrunchies
  2. How to make VSCO bracelets
  3. How to make rice water
  4. How to make temporary tattoos
  5. How to make a friendship bracelet
  6. How to make lip scrub
  7. How to make your nails grow faster
  8. How to make your teeth white
  9. How to make your eyelashes longer
  10. How to make a fake nose ring

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Sensimilla Streetwear for Mary Jane Lovers

Rachel Quiles has built a cult following with her label Vintage Redeux, a favorite of freethinking fashionistas and streetwear sartorialists.

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Rachel Quiles has built a cult following with her successful company Vintage Redeux, a men’s and women’s apparel brand based in Los Angeles, California. The twist? All the garments she uses are vintage. Quiles sews original handmade patches sewn onto vintage pieces she has personally sourced from thrift stores across the state and beyond.

Her mission is simple: cut down on the collective waste of over-manufacturing. According to the EPA, more than 10 million tons of textile waste (e.g., clothing and linens) is added to landfills every year. That rounds out to around 60 pounds per person, per year.

Her Dutch army spirit animal jackets put Vintage Redeux on the radar of all good streetwear sartorialists and freethinking fashionistas. Now, the talented designer has turned her attention to cannabis with her Mary Jane Gang, paying homage to the heritage scene with a fresh, modern vibe. The Mary Jane line has also extended from the iconic Dutch army jackets to include luxurious smoking robes and denim jackets.

We spoke to Quiles about her inspiration, sustainable fashion choices and changing the stigma surrounding cannabis.

When, where and how did the idea for Vintage Redeux begin?

Vintage Redeux came to fruition after I was laid off from a dream job in 2011. Little did I know, it would be a blessing in disguise because I was forced to face what I wanted my future to look like. I’ve always loved vintage clothing and had a knack for finding it, so I slowly started buying vintage and selling on Etsy. After a while, I was bored with online resale and turned to all the local markets in Los Angeles. That was all fine and dandy but I didn’t feel that I was challenging myself. That’s when the idea sparked to update all this high-quality vintage clothing.

Tell us the story behind the name Vintage Redeux.

After having success with my little shop for a few years, I thought it was best to create a name for all these pieces that were being reworked. Vintage Re-Do came to my mind immediately but I didn’t love the look of it written out. At the time, I had a partner in this venture and came up with “deux” — the French word for two. So it’s a bit of a made-up spelling but it looked cool. I no longer have a partner but there’s no way I would ever change the name.

What makes Vintage Redeux unique in the marketplace?

Vintage Redeux is unique because it’s not trying to follow trends, fads, or seasons. I make timeless pieces that transcend any box it should be confined to. I create and design artwork for me and just happen to be lucky enough that it speaks to other people, too. I love what I do because it doesn’t have any specific demographic. I’ve seen Vintage Redeux on all genders young and old, all body types, and all styles making it a unique piece for everyone.

Tell us about the craftsmanship that goes into a typical Vintage Redeux piece.

Take the Dutch army jacket for example. Every jacket is from the Seventies and Eighties and handpicked from a military warehouse. It’s chosen for quality; no holes, no stains, all snaps intact, no parts missing, etc. Then, the chosen jackets are thoroughly washed. I silkscreen the Mary Jane patches, cut them out, and place them on the jacket. Everything is sewn onto the garment along with a custom tag inside. From there it either goes to the store or the customer.

What inspired you to develop a Mary Jane line?

A while back, around Christmas time, I was trying to come up with a gift for a dear friend of mine, who had also been my one and only weed dealer in L.A. He was such a special person to all of us in our solid, little group. I was already making Dutch army jackets at the time with different patches but I liked the idea of creating a cheeky patch set to make us an unofficial Mary Jane gang.

When he received the gift, he was blown away by how cool it was! Being the biggest cheerleader for my company, he insisted that I sell this jacket to everyone, not just as a one-off for friends. Little did he know that it would be such a hit and synonymous with my company. I lost my dear friend last year to cancer, but he would be so proud to see how much our little “gang” has grown!

How do you think your clothes help change the opinion of cannabis-inspired fashion?

My biggest challenge with creating the Mary Jane patches was breaking down the stigma of wearing “cannabis branded clothing” without being tacky. My friend I created this for was 52, so he wasn’t about to wear some kid shit. I wanted to produce a tasteful design that anyone could wear without it being overly in-your-face. Thus, the creation of a beautiful, classic-looking woman named Mary Jane, smoking a joint, was born.

How important are sustainable practices to you in the current eco-conscious climate?

If only people could see the amount of vintage clothing, second-hand clothing, and military surplus the world is sitting on. They would be shocked. It doesn’t make sense for me to create new pieces with possibly unethical overseas practices, sell for nothing, and have it fall apart tomorrow. Rather, I can find these authentic pieces that are perfectly faded and worn-in, that other companies would struggle to reproduce and charge premium prices. Why not contribute to supporting recycled clothing companies, all the while not sacrificing your standard of quality?

How do you want people to feel when wearing your clothes?

I want people to feel comfortable, feel confident, and know that they’re wearing a piece of history. All of my clothes come with a previous story and it feels good to know you are continuing that story for many more years to come.

Do you have any design heroes?

Norma Kamali. I want to look and feel like her at 74 and accomplish as much as she has in her lifetime. She’s an incredible inspiration because she’s still continuing to create and do what she loves successfully.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @vintageredeux

What don’t you leave the house without?

My Mary Jane jacket! It’s the perfect complementary piece to every outfit.

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J-Lo Shut Down Milan Fashion Week in Iconic Versace Dress

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Remember back in 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore a Versace dress to the Grammy Awards and the world lost its mind? So much so that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed there were so many searches for photos of the dress it inspired the creation of Google Images?

Well, she’s done it again, walking a tribute of the dress down the runway to close out Versace’s Spring 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week, paying homage to the tech giant.

 

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So this just happened…🌿✨ @donatella_versace #jungledress @versace #stillgoingstrong #20yearanniversary #catwalk

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At the end of the show, in what has become one of the most talked-about moments from fashion week, Donatella Versace’s voice filled the room asking Google’s Alexa to show her the green dress from J-Lo’s 2000 Grammy appearance. Then, Donatella asked to see the real thing. Cue J-Lo storming the runway to a standing ovation in a modern version of the gown that helped launch her to superstardom.

Footage of J-Lo strutting has been viewed more than two million times on social media.

As they say, classics always make a comeback.

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