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Fashion for style, and sustainability

April 4, 2016 9:22 am by: Category: Arts & Entertainment 11 Comments A+ / A-


By Liz Browning |  

When most people shop for clothes, they consider key factors such as style, fit, comfort and affordability. Yet, have you ever considered how the garment was made? Where it came from? How it’s composition affects the environment, and even your own personal health?

Designers Naz Harounian and Courtney Barriger want to get clothes shoppers thinking about these questions before they purchasing clothing. That is a big part of why they created the high fashion, sustainable clothing line Naz & Court, which they presented at the St. Augustine Fashion Week last month.

“Your skin is an organ that absorbs chemicals, just like your stomach does when you ingest food that contains chemicals, and most people do not think about this when they buy their clothes,” said Barriger.

Naz and Court are a team of fashion designers from Los Angeles. The designing duo combined their passions for both fashion and the environment by coming up with their own definition of sustainability, and then combining it with clothing. Their fabrics are made up of organic materials that have the low carbon footprints and few chemicals. Not only are they about helping the environment, but they also want better treatment of workers.

“I discovered that I could do something that I love and make the world a better place at the exact same time,” said Barriger.

ncTheir favorite piece that they have designed is their leather jacket. A typical leather jacket that you buy is made from a cow skin or “pleather” — it is  melted down and dyed with chemicals. Although their leather is from a cow, it is from a free-range animal. The cow skin is processed with natural plants, vegetables and fruits to create a durable leather jacket. This process is known as vegetable tanning. The inside is made from Lyocell, an organic material found in Eucalyptus, which allows for comfort as well. They use this technique and other organic materials to design the rest of their clothing as well.

Even the zippers they use are sustainable — they may not necessarily be made from organic materials, but their longevity makes them that way.

“If you buy something that’s good quality, than you’ll have it forever and that’s what makes it sustainable because you’ll never have to throw it away,” said Harounian

The designers hope to expand their brand beyond clothing as they are seeking to create sleepwear, purses, shoes, and perhaps even perfume. Their hope is to make a positive impact on the fashion industry, which is the second most polluting in the world.

“We want to be the brand that is the advocate for sustainability and ethical treatment internationally,” they said.

For more information about their clothing and how they are saving the planet one garment at a time check out their website:



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Comments (11)

  • Fashion View

    Fashion and style are two different things if you see that people ware same dress that is fashion but for the waring the same dress you will see some are looking gorgeous that is style. You can get lot’s of information but focus on the keywords.

  • Rodney Nava

    Oh! Great information! Honestly, Never before I thought this matter. I just go to the shop and get the thinks what fit and make me comfort! I don’t wanna know how it made where it’s from and is it good for nature or health! Now on I must concern about it and also share this with others to let them know the matter too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tucann

    So stylish fashion looks like. Happy to see.

  • Tucann

    So stylish fashion looks like. Happy to see.

  • Rick

    Great article, never thought about the skin absorbing chemicals. What about accessories like sunglasses and jewelry? Learn more

  • babloo

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  • Chrissy

    Hi Liz, thanks for your nice article. From your article it is clear that Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing. A trend is what’s hip or popular at a certain point in time.

  • Lucie

    such a nice article, thank you
    what you think about men’s fashion, is it same vision
    I was inspired by this

  • huong

    hoa khai truong giao den tan no mien phi bat cu luc nao khach hang can. Dich vu dien hoa tuoi nhanh chong gia re nhat cho ban

  • Clare

    You should always consider the ethical procedures that go into manufacturing clothes. Cheap sometimes comes at a steep price for overs. But on the same note a lot of people can’t afford clothes that are expensive. Fashion mia is awesome in my opinion for getting decent clothes at a good price. They also seem to have an ethical approach

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