Source Designer Fashion Label [Fashionable]17/05/2013 10.12.36
ï»¿Source Designer Fashion Label What I mean by "open-source designer fashion label" is a label that anyone can be a designer for. And that anyone can contribute new designs to. And whose direction and worldview anyone can potentially help shape. A collaborative, crowdsourced fashion label. With this lens I intend to 1) promote my concept for an open-source designer fashion label, Planetary Citizen; and 2) encourage lots of people to participate in many different ways. I first came across the term "open source" via the world of computing, as many people do. But (as the definition of "open source" on Wikipedia explains): "The concept of open source and free sharing of technological information existed long before computers. For example, cooking recipes have been shared since the beginning of human culture. Open source can pertain to businesses and to computers, software and technology." On his blog, Seth Godin wrote a really nice and clear explanation of the distinctions between open source and other "open" things (open architecture, etc.). And again: What I mean here by "open-source designer fashion label" is a label that anyone can be a designer for. And that anyone can contribute new designs to. And whose direction and worldview anyone can potentially help shape. A collaborative, crowdsourced fashion label. This lens offers instructions for making your own Planetary Citizen handbag. It's very functional, edgy, and cute. And when you're finished, you'll have a piece that is one-of-a-kind and yet linked to a worldwide social movement, the open-source movement. Enjoy! Hacking Couture: Open Source Fashion, For the Masses By the Masses "In the 1990s, open source code for software resulted in vast technological improvements by encouraging a dialogue between participants through its free documentation and distribution. Inspired by the inherent democratic nature of open source theory, Hacking Couture seeks to apply the same concept to fashion." Wikipedia Definition of "Open Source" The definition of "open source" on Wikipedia. Seth Godin's blog post on "open source" vs. "open architecture", "open sesame", etc. An illuminating and entertaining blog entry by Seth Godin. A bag with at least two or three compartments separated from the main body of the bag is ideal. This makes it easy to quickly retrieve your change purse, credit card, mirror, pen, or whatever. The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. It is based on my belief that good design should be available to all and my desire to build a company that is sustainable in all of its practices. By sharing our skills in these books, I hope to shed light on not only how we can preserve precious natural resources but also how we can preserve and protect techniques that were once understood as essential survival skills. "While Alabama Chanin dresses, skirts, tops, and coats have been beautifully featured in countless magazines and newspapers, and on television shows and websites, they have also been criticized for being "elitist," and "inaccessible" because of their price. Truth be told, our clothing is extremely expensive. This is because it is made from domestic, organic, custom-dyed cotton jersey that is cut, painted, sewn, and embellished by hand in America by skilled artisans. And while we sell our collection to some of the most upscale stores and clients, we run our business in the most down-to-earth, simple way imaginable. In the beginning, we worked from a three-bedroom, brick, ranch-style house in rural Alabama, a home that my grandfather built. Today we work from a reclaimed textile factory built in the 1980s-when manufacturing was booming in the South. Our studio-which we call The Factory-has become a busy hub, where we concentrate on building a zero-waste company. Our employees earn a living wage, and while none of us is getting rich, at least in terms of our bank accounts, we are, indeed, rich in spirit, belief, passion, and friendship. "Elitist" is the antithesis of how the company works and who I am as a designer, entrepreneur, and citizen."