Tag: 2012 Spring
Natalie Joos, fashion consultant and casting agent, modeling the United Bamboo white halter button up shirt in Times Square.
Gargyle’s Birds on a Wire
Photography by James Ryang, Styled by Marina Munoz
Tania Heel by United Bamboo
Why Organic Fabric Matters
The ‘organic’ label applies to any natural product that has been produced without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or hormones. Organic fabrics are the same – the raw materials have been grown without chemicals. This is better for the environment, and better for people.
Organic fabrics are particularly important, because the main raw material in the garment industry is cotton, and cotton requires immense amounts of chemicals. Less than 3% of agricultural land is planted with cotton, but that 3% consumes 20% of all pesticides used, and 22% of all insecticides. According to the WWF, of the 46 chemicals commonly used on cotton, five are considered ‘extremely hazardous, eight ‘highly hazardous’, and 20 ‘moderately hazardous’. These are often spraying from crop-sprayers, and the drift contaminates nearby wetlands and soil.
Shop our organic line Bamboo By
Lightweight, zip-up, hooded coat with large lapels that finish as tucks.
Hooded Coat available on La Garconne
Launched in Spring 2011 and inspired by the birth of her first child, Bamboo By is an organic “room wear” collection by United Bamboo designer Miho Aoki. Bamboo By uses certified organic cottons, linens and hemp and employs silhouettes that are easy and comfortable. Each garment is machine-washable and softens with wear.
Bamboo By enjoys creating pieces that use organic natural material whenever possible. Pure materials from nature. We hope this inspires sumptuous dreams and comfortable sleep.
United Bamboo, an American fashion label, has 12 stores in neighboring Japan but only one store inside Galleria Department Store in Apgujeong that sells its clothes.
And it was only on Oct. 18 when the label, founded in 1998 in New York by Vietnamese-American Thuy Pham and his Japanese-American partner Miho Aoki, held its first runway show for womenswear in Seoul during Seoul Fashion Week’s 2012 Spring/Summer Collection.
The showcase mostly featured basic patterns made of cotton and silk, colored in neutrals – white, black and gray – accentuated by some girly elements, such as frills.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government, host of the fashion week, invited the duo and two other fashion designers from Asia – Euton Choi of the eponymous label and Rad Hourani of RAD by Rad Hourani – as part of a foreign guest designer show. Pham represented United Bamboo … Read More »
We caught up with Thuy Pham in Seoul to talk about United Bamboo’s S/S collection. We also got sidetracked and began chatting about futuristic skateboard gangs and Mark Gonzales.
So how did you decide to come to Seoul Fashion Week?
We got invited by Seoul Fashion Week. I had come last year just to visit. I am in Japan a lot because of licencing and distribution in Japan plus we have a store there. It’s weird because whenever we have a sample sale there’s always tons of Asian girls that come to buy our clothes. The Asian market is a good market for us. So any opportunity we get to come here I got to take it.
You just showed in New York, so will it be the same collection?
We showed in New York Fashion Week. It’s pretty much the same look only … Read More »