Where can you find more info on the materials behind all the beautiful creations made by many of the designers featured on The Green Stylist? Click on Source4Style, the online platform geared mainly towards designers themselves, allowing them to purchase fabric, yarn, buttons and embellishments from sustainable sources. Due to fragmented communication and lack of online information, the sourcing of sustainable materials is unfortunately usually a headache for most designers. Source4Style acts as a facilitator for both designers and suppliers, creating a central stain where both parties can easily interact and obtain or sell materials without the complications and time spent at trade shows. As an added bonus, the re-launch of their site showcases TRENDS section where interested readers the opportunity to engage in articles and videos showcasing the latest developments in the sustainable design and fashion arena.
In the increasingly digitalized nature of all commerce and business communication, the company is taking huge leaps towards creating a system for sustainable clothing and fashion items. Basic information on the site is available to all, with an advanced search system that showcases beautiful and idiosyncratic fabrics from a range of sustainable sources. Through an extremely reasonable monthly or yearly subscription individual designers, companies and universities can use tools to research “material customization, download materials testing and certification documentation and track their orders through a dynamic shipment manager.” Articles on sustainable design, Cutting Edge videos, trendsheets and curations by sustainable design gurus are all accessible on their TRENDS page, enabling the broadcast of sustainable fashion news.
As the most recent North American laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Summer Rayne Oakes and Benita Singh are providing “the most cutting-edge tools to facilitate commerce between two groups that are currently disconnected in the global market – the leading sustainable suppliers and the designers looking for them.” Read more about their mission to realize how they have developed an extremely comprehensive sourcing platform, one that can change the way fashion works.