Trips to farming communities in India where organic cotton was just being encouraged as a growth option, to conferences that were held by the Textile Exchange where we were exposed to the organic farming communities in Turkey proved is was all possible. We could make garments with a social conscience with less impact to the earth, and a more healthy option for the growers and the surrounding communities.
Next came investigation into other yarns that would provide the fashion edge and also been sustainable, that brought me to Bamboo and bamboo blends in knit garments and sweaters. This allowed to expand the product line and offer more fashion in a sustainable way….somehow I felt it was my mission….fashion, but more sustainably
After my research was done, I created a athletic-lounge line under the name greenclothing in 2007, and began the introduction process to brands in Canada and the UK. What followed was sustainable fashions being launched by brands such as Monsoon, Pink Tartan, Roots, Joe Fresh and Jessica at Sears.
Today in my own named collection where possible I bring a sustainable fabric option, still keeping an eye on fashion while doing so.
KELLEY DERRET COLLECTION c 2016
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IN 2006 I BEGAN EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE FABRICATIONS IN FASHION