A New Reason to choose Bamboo fibers

 

A new reason to choose bamboo

There’s always a story about the latest thing we shouldn’t eat or product not to use. But as conscious consumers, we can’t help but want to make the best choices. Now that microbeads (found in our toothpaste and beauty products) have been listed as a toxic substance (and already banned in the US), they’ve found an even more pervasive problem— fibers shedding from synthetic clothing. These microfibers get released in the clothes washer and make their way into our oceans. Washing just one synthetic fleece garment can release approximately 1.7 grams of microfibers with each wash. So choosing organic, sustainable and biodegradable fibers may be even more important than previously thought.

New studies indicate that synthetics like polyester could be poisoning our lakes and oceans and therefore our food supply on a massive scale. Synthetic fibers have been found in the gastrointestinal tracts of fish! These tiny threads shed from fabrics could ultimately be of huge concern as they enter the food chain and have the potential to accumulate in the bodies of larger mammals. We, at the top of the food chain, are, of course, eating these fibers when we consume the fish.

Tiny fibers emitted from synthetic clothing when washed are entering our oceans and waterways at an alarming rate
Tiny fibers emitted from synthetic clothing when washed are entering our oceans and waterways at an alarming rate. Photo: Shreya Sonor, Bren School of Environment Science and Management at USCB

While this is a problem without an easy solution, if you’re already a consumer of natural fibers, you’re obviously doing the right thing. Aside from the many other obvious advantages of bamboo, it’s 100% biodegradable. So once it’s no longer wearable, in as little as a year, it will have decomposed back into the soil or ocean without the production of any pollutants.

While very few fabrics and methods of dying fabrics can get a 100% clean bill of health, bamboo has many impressive ecological credentials. The nature of bamboo as a plant is fast growing and requires no pesticides or additional fertilisers. Another key benefit of bamboo is that it requires one-third of the amount of water required to grow cotton. One of the other benefits is that, in comparison to an equivalent area of trees, bamboo takes in five times as much carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen. One of the drawbacks of bamboo processing has been the chemicals used, but new mechanical methods of processing have been devised in where the crushed bamboo is treated with biological enzymes. This breaks the bamboo into a mushy mass and individual fibers are then combed out. Although expensive, this process is eco-friendly.

While not the ultimate solution, every step helps. We’re suggesting that you keep choosing the most natural products possible for inside and outside your body

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Welcome back Barb; Diane Kennedy Style

When you’ve been in business for 14 years, you get to meet and work with people from all walks of life. Sometimes they come, sometimes they go, and sometimes you get lucky and they come back around again. Flashback five years ago to our former studio on Railway Street; Barb came to work with us for a time. She had been the owner of the original Bodacious store on Main Street where a lot of our Diane Kennedy brand was sold. It seemed like a natural progression to hire someone that was already so familiar with our brand. That was then, and same goes now.

 I’m so excited to announce that we have Barb back on staff here.  Just chatting with her over lunch today about her favourite Diane Kennedy pieces, all of which she still has from at least 6 years ago. Her favs are the Rejuvenate legging and the Gotta Have It Jacket.  Being a plus size woman as well as a plus size retailer for so many years, she has a keen understanding of women’s bodies and issues around buying clothes.  She’s a plus size fit expert! 

Barb in Diane Kennedy's Evidence Tunic

Barb loves fashion and isn’t afraid to push the limits of her own style. Her favourite thing to do is take a classic style and find a way to make it uniquely her own. She loves the comfort and cut of Diane Kennedy clothing because there’s really nothing quite like the way bamboo drapes and flows to flatter any body type. More than anything she enjoys sharing her joy of beautifully made clothes with our customers. Helping someone discover a colour or cut that just works for their personality AND body type is where the true joy comes from for Barb and she says there’s nothing better than watching someone’s face light up when they try something on that really, truly fits their body and sense of style.

We asked Barb to pick out a few new favourites from our Spring collection and model them for us.

Barb's wearing the Adventure jacket over the Clever Cami and Smarty Pant
Barb’s wearing the Adventure jacket over the Clever Cami and Smarty Pant
Barb looks awesome in our Diane Kennedy Evidence Tunic and solid Bamboo leggings with her own vintage Fluevogs
Barb looks awesome in our Diane Kennedy Evidence Tunic and solid Bamboo leggings with her own vintage Fluevogs
Diane Kennedy Soft Shirt with the Rejuvenate Legging in Black Polka Dots
Soft Shirt with the Rejuvenate Legging in Black Polka Dots

 

If you’ve never crossed paths with Barb, perhaps you will be lucky enough to experience her warm and enthusiastic energy when you come by to shop. Or, possibly, Barb will be the one to help you when you need customer service. 

Welcome back to our team, Barb! 

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Style Notes: The Smarty Pant

At the time my Spring collection was more or less finished, I had a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction, like there had to be something more….  After a bit of ruminating, I opened up my CAD program I use to design and pulled up our popular Serene Pant. From there, I started to “chop” and manipulate the pattern pieces. What came up the other side was magical and astonishing. We quickly sewed a prototype to try it out and instantly knew we had something wonderful. Then our clever office admin came up with the name. And so, the Smarty pant was born!

It’s interesting to note that the front and back are cut in one large panel, all together, and so it takes a surprising amount of fabric. To get that amazing drape at the side of the leg, no side seam can be there, as it would interfere with the design line. These bottoms came together so quickly, in part, thanks to the amazing drape that our signature bamboo fabric has. This graphic black and white stripe fabric is a 10 oz, 92% Bamboo jersey knit blended with 8% Lycra, allowing for a lovely luxurious yet lightweight that you can definitely feel.

Kaleigh wears The Smarty Pant & Illustrate Tunic in Black

Although we’ve cut the inseam length to 31″, never fear! If your leg is a more petite length, this Smarty pant will adapt. It works if you’re taller as well. The cuff is meant to sit around the ankle, but even looks good slightly above also.

Here’s how it looks on someone that’s 5’2″ (Fashion designers can be petite, too!) I’m also wearing the new Experiment Tunic here.

Diane wears The Smarty Pant with The Experiment Tunic in Black

Always thinking about versatility in your wardrobe,  we simply couldn’t design such funky, fashionable bottoms without having some on point tops to coordinate! The Illustrate Tunic is a great choice with its fabulous built in drape along the front diagonal seamline.  Or perhaps our new Clever Cami (which is ever so clever, with its ability to be worn reversible, front-to-back!…you choose either scoop neck or V neck)

Erin wears The Clever Cami (V-Neck front) & The Smarty Pant | Erin wears the Inquisitive Tunic in Beryl (Available Now) with The Vital Vest and Rejuvenate Leggings in White Dot (Coming Soon)

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How to care for your bamboo garments

If there’s one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it’s how effortless they are! Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, they are also just as easy breezy to maintain.

Washing / Drying

We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It’s ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please be sure to hang them up right away afterwards.  Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It’s ok to hang tops and ‘shorter items’, but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.

Should you find Diane Kennedy bamboo item accidentally finds its way into the dryer, it most likely will not shrink! But if you ever notice a change in the shape of a garment, our fabric responds very well to “wet blocking” –
Just go ahead and rewash it, then lay it flat, stretching it into its original shape and allow to let dry completely. This will allow the piece to “reset” to its intended shape.

Packing for Travel

You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you’re getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet’s seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck.  When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up,  no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.

A New Bamboo fabric to try

You’ll definitely want to make room in your closet for a bamboo fabric, just new this spring.  This 55% organic cotton & 45% bamboo blend has an incredibly lightweight, relaxed feel that’ll keep you cool & comfortable when the temperature’s rising. It has a subtle slub texture similar to natural silk. It’s super easy care,  just treat it like our regular bamboo fabric.

For Spring 2017, we are introducing it in 3 lovely shades:

Care for these bamboo tunics is super easy, machine wash and hang to dry!
Left to Right: Erin wears Inquisitive Tunic in Beryl, Shelly wears Experiment Tunic in Slate, Kaleigh wears Experiment Tunic in Flint

 

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