The reality is that few fashion businesses are willing or able to make their supply chains genuinely sustainable, which is why the launch of Paris-based men’s line Phipps by American designer Spencer Phipps feels like a step in the right direction. A graduate of The School of Fashion at Parsons in NYC, Phipps got his start at Marc Jacobs and in the Antwerp ateliers of Dries Van Noten.
For his Autumn Winter 2018 debut, PHIPPS has created stylish and environmentally-conscious clothes for the men’s designer ready-to-wear sector – founded on the principles of respect and curiosity for the natural world that plays out in organic cotton, recycled nylon, and even undyed yak hair. Exploring the concept of sustainability and environmental responsibility in the realm of style. With a goal is to change the way we as a culture consume by creating products that are made with respect for the environment, that can educate and enhance lives. Will always strive to improve our practice as we move forward and, as a modern fashion company, simply try to do the right thing.’ This is a welcome change as there has been an industry-wide problem of “green-washing,” or the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental or ethical benefits of a product. “It’s an exploration to see what the current possibilities are in terms of sustainable materials, manufacturing and the demand from the consumers themselves.”