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Forgo stylistic sibling rivalry in clothes by Older Brother

first_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Appropriately named after an individual who should guide you in the truths of the world, the West Coast label Older Brother will shatter your preconceived notions that sustainable AND unisex (talk about your repellent-sounding double-whammy!) clothing has no place in your wardrobe. Offering classic, utterly wearable pieces that’ll work both on you and your best girl, the label was founded by Portland-based Bobby Bonaparte and LA-based Max Kingery two years ago. Sewn and dyed entirely in the USA, the collection, which ranges from $95 to $350, consists of fashionable casual separates that look great on top of being made from sustainable materials. A hit at influential Japanese stores such as United Arrows and Beams, the clothes are also sold at key independent North American boutiques and directly on the company’s website.Bonaparte recently explained what makes his fledgling label one that’s clearly one to admire and look up to….What is the background of Older Brother?We have been around now for two years. Max and I were both in the garment industry designing and creating and we were a little dismayed with the industry in terms of production methods, what was going into it and how things were being produced. We wanted to create a brand that was more true to growing up in Portland where you’re exposed to organic foods and a natural way of living. We were putting organic things into our bodies like juices and vegetables but we realized that when we were putting on our clothes it was not in line with that at all. We wanted to create a brand that was natural but also had the same kind of aesthetic that we were used to and living in.What is that aesthetic?I would describe it as modern but also primitive in a way. We choose clean lines and modern silhouettes but we update classic silhouettes through contemporary cuts. But our processes and how we go about making things got to be where the story really lies. For example, our T-shirt: the cotton is grown sustainably in California – there’s a co-op of farmers sustainably growing cotton – and then we use that cotton, it’s knit and we sew it up in Los Angeles and dye it on our own natural dye facility. We use natural and plant-based dyes. The indigo we get from all over like India and Japan but we also dye with madder root and oak and use these more traditional and older methods but put it in a contemporary framework.How do you relay that sustainable message to your consumers?We are working on that right now. We want to match it to the clothing and create this contemporary, playful presentation in a fun way. We are launching a new website shortly and we’ve created these fun and playful Cinemagraphs to distill and isolate the process of indigo dyeing.Is the material all organic cotton?It’s a mix. Generally our wovens are organic cotton from Japan but this season we also had a Japanese rice paper fabric. We also have a Japanese gabardine. We also have a yak yarn that is gray from Himalayan yaks. We also have a cord and bamboo fabric that is the ultimate supersoft fabric. People tell us that they feel like they are in a cloud wearing that.How big is each collection?We grow each season. This season is 30 odd pieces and we probably add two or three styles each season. Because we are based on making classic garments we don’t change a lot of things around every season. We’ll update something or change hemlines here and there but generally speaking we put out updated versions of the classics.How would you describe the person who wears Older Brother?We are kind of a niche brand but I think we do hit a lot of different types of people. Generally for us our consumer is conscious about their environment and conscious about their consumption. They are conscious about the things they are putting into their bodies and also what things they are putting on their body and energy consumption.The line is unisex. Is your customer base split 50-50 between men and women?Pretty much. Every piece we put out we think about who is going to use it and make sure that each piece can be worn. It can’t be worn by everybody but we try to make it so that it can be worn by as many people as possible.What’s the basis of your current collection?The idea for the season was the “Plant Aridity Awareness Society” and we created a faux commune to talk about sustainability in a playful way. Because of climate change we created this refuge for plants to kind of hide out and there is this benevolent group of people coming together to take care of these plants that have been displaced. Then we created what these folks would be wearing so it’s kind of a utopian sort of view. One of our pants is a wide-legged trouser that is very unisex. We also smashed together a blazer and kimono and called it a blazemono.What are your long-term plans?Right now the industry is not built for sustainable clothing. Organic materials, especially woven ones made the right way, are extremely difficult to come by and also natural dyes and the natural dye process are expensive. Longer-term we hope that we can reach a point where we can lower our price points and reach more folks. We also really want to expand. We definitely want to reach more people and spread the word a little bit more. We also want to open our own shops and be more of a global presence.Where does the name come from?I’m and older brother and Max has a great older brother. The idea was that we wanted to create a brand that was an ideal older brother to people: it gives support, is nourishing and maybe has some cool advice but is still playful and kind of familial – the ideal older brother. Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algaelast_img read more

Successful Heating Assistance Rebate Available

first_imgNova Scotians who are most in need will once again benefit from the province’s home heating rebate. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program, an application-based program, offers a rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their home with oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets. propane, electricity or coal. “We recognize the pressures facing today’s families with the increasing cost of home heating,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “We will continue to help Nova Scotians who are most in need heat their homes this winter. I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to apply for the rebate. This is another fine example of how government is helping to make life better and more affordable for families.” Households with net annual incomes of less than $42,000 and single people making less than $27,000 and who purchase home heating fuels, qualify for the rebate. Last year, more than 50,000 Nova Scotians received the rebate. Applications have been mailed to last year’s recipients to encourage them to re-apply. They must meet all program requirements for this year to receive the rebate. “This rebate assists many seniors who struggle heating their homes during the winter months,” said Bill VanGorder, board member and past president of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. “We appreciate any ongoing support that helps to enable seniors to stay in their homes longer.” Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Department of Community Services’ offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca , or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to six weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive the rebate.last_img read more

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