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Vogue Business: The End of Swiss Cotton

“I am devastated for the wider macro implications and all that this means...”


Apparel Insider: Swiss Fabric Mill AG Cilander facing closure

“As a brand committed to creating the highest quality product, which starts with great fabric, the news about Cilander is absolutely devastating. I’m also concerned for what this means for the industry at large. The discourse on achieving a more 'sustainable' fashion industry has never been more intense, but this news underscores how the fundamentally misguided the industry's initiatives are and how it's only interested in surface sustainability..."


I joined the Alliance for American Manufacturing podcast in October on THE MANUFACTURING REPORT to talk about policy, how it's not innovation that's kept apparel so cheap and why I chose to produce in America. 


New York Times: ‘American Made’ T-Shirts Are Having Their Best Year Yet

“If you’re leaning into Americana to sell items that aren’t American made, I find it disingenuous,” said Kristen Fanarakis, the founder of Los Angeles-based fashion brand Senza Tempo and an advocate for locally-made apparel.


£5 T-Shirt outlasts £45 rival in durability tests

“Most designer brands today are just that — brands. They’re marketing machines not manufacturers. Most brands, not just fast fashion brands, want and need you to continue to repurchase to maintain their revenue growth for their private equity or public shareholders. They don’t have the incentive to create a quality product.

“In the past, the price of a garment gave us some indication of the quality of a garment. Clothing was broadly made better prior to the 1990s, and in general you got better quality or finer materials the more you paid. When you bought a logo you were buying quality, now you’re just paying for the logo — literally. 


Lucire: Truly Timeless

"She takes a far longer-term view on design than virtually every designer working today....When you cannot afford a new wardrobe constantly, then it’s better to go with more timeless styles. You then ‘amortize the cost of the item by wearing it frequently and for many years,’ explains Fanarakis."


Op-Ed: Dubious 'Data' and the Myth of Transparency

What’s the biggest hurdle when it comes to creating a more sustainable fashion industry? Many will say it’s a lack of transparency or data with respect to a brand’s supply chain. Brands try to sell us on the idea of QR codes or other types of digital IDs as “game changers” to make their business more “sustainable." The problem with voluntary data is that companies tend to cherry pick and only disclose non-material information — a well-documented and researched fact as it relates to climate and other ESG-type disclosures. This data isn’t really data. It is information used for marketing. What good is transparency if the information provided doesn’t translate into meaningful action or create a path to accountability?


Podcast | Threads of Tradition: How Buying Quality Saves Cash and the Planet


Sourcing Journal: How G-Star Raw Lawsuit Could Rewrite CSR Policy

“The fashion industry is just one big David vs. Goliath struggle,” Kristen Fanarakis, founder of Senza Tempo, a luxury women’s wear label produced in Los Angeles, recently wrote on Twitter.


Apparel Insider Op-Ed: Will Independent Brands Soon Disappear?

"Large established brands along with VC or PE start-ups promote the misguided narrative that shopping sustainably is about consuming products that feature a checklist of meaningless adjectives and unregulated certifications. It’s a narrative that works against the philosophy that drives most independent, quality-driven brands." 


Fast Company: Fashion is finally designing for women over 40 

"Senza Tempo, a brand that also targets women above 40, says that her customer prioritizes quality. They’re looking for pieces made from the best possible materials, like silk, wool, and high-end cotton."

Apparel Insider Op-Ed: The media's role in sustainable Fashion

"Materiality matters. Coverage that perpetuates the idea that preferred materials or recycling as a solution to fashion’s environmental impact ignores the data and trends that facilitated the current crisis and distracts consumers, investors and policymakers."

The Fashion Law: As Companies Turn to Alternative Textiles, Greenwashing Risks Remain

“Most of our clothing is made from polyester [not forest fibers], produced in places far from where it is consumed, and produced in countries with the dirtiest energy grids,” sustainability policy expert Kristen Fanarakis says. As a result, commitments to “reducing the amount of polyester used, shortening the supply chains, or shifting production away from existing centers” would be a “more meaningful” approach. (Fanarakis notes that polyester is the most commonly used textile for apparel, making up at least 52 percent of all fiber production, according to Common Objective, and a particularly problematic one, “given how it is produced (using oil), what happens when we use it (micro-plastics shedding), and where it ends up (living in a landfill forever).”

The Fashion Law: Dutch Regulator Says H&M Ads Include Unsubstantiated Sustainability Claims

"It could “put a damper on [H&M’s marketing of] ‘conscious’ collections,” but the wording of the CMA’s release “suggests that H&M could simply use recycled or organic fabrics” in these collections in order to substantiate its existing “conscious” claims and without altering its offerings or the practices that go into manufacturing and/or distributing them."

The Fashion Law | Op-Ed: As New York Lawmakers Unveil the Fashion Act, is Larger Reform on The Way?

The Fashion Law | Op-Ed: Fashion's Buzzy Tech Initiatives Alone Won't Solve It's Sustainability Issues

Glossy: Futurestitch hopes to Revive American Manufacturing.

“You can push product back and move other things up to respond to what’s happening in the market a lot easier when it’s right here.”

WWD: Past the Hype, PI Apparel Talks About What's Next

"Fanarakis is skeptical of marketing efforts to sanction conscious consumption (if there is such a thing) and bypass major issues like overproduction or garment utility. She urged brand leaders to lean more into social data (like a living wage) and follow advocacy efforts to put a price on carbon.

Her lingering question was, “Are you doing sustainability for marketing or are you doing sustainability for actual change?”

Fash United: How to move away from greenwashing?

"Fanarakis also said that certifications will continue to play a role in the sustainability movement, but we need to have more transparency in certification if it’s going to play role in the sustainability movement. The government needs to have standards in place for sustainability practices, and eventually we can get to a point where there’s a global harmonization among the supply chain once enough power players are involved."

Glossy: Why fast fashion brands in the EU could be held accountable for wasteful processes

This legislation has the potential to finally address the roots of fashion’s environmental offenses: declining quality and overproduction,” she said. “No one is paying for the externalities of the fast-fashion business model or the high volume, high use of fossil fuel-based fashion. The potential for extended producer responsibility requirements would increase prices, making companies liable for their cheap clothing in the manner that a toxic plant is responsible for the waste or pollution they emit.”

WWD: Fashion May Soon Be Mandated to Disclose Emissions as SEC Considers New Climate Ruling

WWD: Today’s Preorder a Sustainability Solve? Think Again

"Just because you preorder thousands of cheaply made goods that will be worn a few times then discarded, doesn’t make that strategy any less wasteful."

WWD: Garment Worker Protection Act Advance — Next Stop Newsom's Desk

"Kristen Fanarakis called the bill’s passage in the Assembly a “step in the right direction toward correcting the externalities that fashion imposes on society.”

WWD: 140 Brands Back Garment Worker Bill

"A vocal supporter of the bill, founder and creative director of Senza Tempo Fashion Kristen Fanarakis said it “must pass” for the “state to truly be the progressive leader it claims to be on sustainability.”

You can hear Kristen's full testimony here:

Testimony to California State Senate in support of the Garment Worker Bill, SB62 by founder Kristen Fanarakis

Sourcing Journal: California Garment Worker Act Gets This Founder Talking About Money Laundering

WWD: The Irony of Fashion Nova in Era of New Fervor of Garment Worker Rights 

WWD: Boohoo Factory Abuse Still Making Headlines

GLOSSYWhy demand for American manufacturing is on the rise

WWDNo Buy Year Zero Waste Consumers

VOGUE BUSINESSHow a Made in America Brand is Dealing with the COVID Pandemic 

GLOSSYThe devil is in the details: Small businesses cautiously optimistic

VOGUE BUSINESSWhat can learn from Elizabeth Warren's Designer of Choice

FAST COMPANYWe have to fix fashion if we want to survive the next century

FAST COMPANYA totally achievable relatively painless guide to cutting plastic out of your life

BLOOMBERGWomen’s Workwear a Woman Would Actually Want to Wear

CORPORETTE9 New Labels for Workwear – A Great Way to Freshen Up Your Office Style

FAST COMPANYAmortize Your Dress

FAST COMPANYBest Work Uniforms For Women

THE GOOD TRADEShop Like Grandma 

NATIVA WORLD:Workwear You’ll Want to Be Seen in Right Now 

USA TODAYWorth Every Penny





American Center for Lifecycle Analysis (ACLCA) Annual Conference

Pre-Conference Keynote — Utility: The Hidden Hotspot

Panel Discussion: Lifecycle Analysis & Policy  | November 2022

Café co-lab Panel: Degrowth Strategy for the Fashion Industry  | 

PI Apparel - InnovationGreenwashing & Re-Shoring | New York, September 2022 

Environmental Lifecycle Assessment and Design SymposiumDesigning for Longevity in a Changing Regulatory Environment | March 2022

PI Apparel - SustainabilityValue over Volume | Los Angeles, March 2022

California State Senate SB62 Bill Testimony

Listen to Kristen's full testimony to the California Assembly here: Testimony to California State Senate in support of the Garment Worker Bill, SB62 by founder Kristen Fanarakis

Call to update The Green Guides

40 Brands, Experts and Activists Send Letter to FTC to Update the Green Guides

We joined advocated Hilary Jochmans of Politically In Fashion in her call to the FTC to update the Green Guides to help consumers better align values with their shopping behavior. 

PI Apparel Virtual Conference on Supply Chain Sustainability: Transforming to a more Sustainable and Ethical Supply Chain | March 15, 2021

Garment Worker Protection Act SB62 Launch

December 9, 2021: garment workers and advocates introduce SB 62, The California Garment Worker Protection Act, authored by California Senator Maria Elena Durazo and principal co-author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. 

Senza Tempo Founder, Kristen Fanarakis spoke at the press conference in support at the launch of this bill. Watch the press conference

American Apparel & Footwear Association: Sustainable Design Starts with the End in Mind | January 2020

PI Apparel Conference on Supply Chain Sustainability: Adopting More Sustainable Design & Ensuring Ethical Standards Across Disparate Teams | New York, NY September 2019

Watch an interview with Kristen on PI-TV

Redress Raleigh: Who's Who in Fashion & Textiles: Social Media Influences in Sustainability