what are textiles, fibers

What Are Textiles and Fibers?

October 10 2018

New to the fashion world? Welcome :) To help catch you up to speed, virtue + vice is offering free mini-courses. We will be releasing a new chapter bi-weekly. The courses will take you from the very first step in the fashion supply chain, textile fibers, all the way through to the finished product in stores. Our first crash course is TEXTILES 101, which answers, what are textiles, and how do we know if they are sustainable or not.

The first topic of Textiles 101 is WHAT ARE TEXTILE FIBERS? And, why are they important in sustainable fashion design? Get ready to learn everything there is to know about the very first step in designing a product.

handloom and khadi weaving

Handloom and Khadi - A Look into India's Cultural Politics

September 28 2018
India as a country, has a rich tradition of textiles. Today, Jaipur in Rajasthan and Ahmedabad in Gujarat have become international hotspots for handloom and khadi Indian made fabrics. Textiles are a living history book. They are a window into a countries history and culture. To understand the importance of Khadi, first, we need to explore its evolution. The art of handloom and Khadi has helped India to gain independence and shape it into the country it is today.
biodynamic farming india

What is Biodynamic Farming?

September 21 2018
Move over organic and fair trade, the newcomer to the sustainable and ethical fashion scene is clothing made by harnessing the power of astrology. The health and wellness area is seeing a growing market in apparel thanks to biodynamic farming.
6 TOTALLY FREE WAYS TO INSTANTLY BECOME A MORE SUSTAINABLE FASHIONISTA

6 TOTALLY FREE WAYS TO INSTANTLY BECOME A MORE SUSTAINABLE FASHIONISTA

June 7 2018
Joining the movement can often feel like a daunting and expensive undertaking to newbies. After doing your first bit of research you probably learned our closets are packed with unsustainable plastic fibers, toxic dyes, and in many cases slave labor. 
what is rayon fabric is it sustainable, biodegradable

What Is Rayon? A Textile Engineer Breaks It Down

May 15 2018
What is rayon fabric? Is it eco friendly, does it biodegrade, and is it safe to wear? We break down what you are really wearing when you buy rayon.
sustainable denim development

sustainable jeans - how eco friendly is your denim

March 16 2018
Could polyester be the key to sustainable denim development?
recycled PET from water bottles

3 new ways companies are using recycled plastic

November 6 2017
spoiler: it isn’t swimsuits or yoga pants. What are we going to do with all the single-use plastic we have created? These companies have some ideas.
innovative textiles

innovative textiles… that aren’t polyester made from recycled plastic bottles

September 9 2017
This week I am exploring and celebrating three new fiber technologies that deserve the spotlight and are still relatively new to the market. One of them is even an alternative to plastic! Welcome to the future...
necessary plastics cups and bags

what do we do when plastic use is inevitable?

August 27 2017
We are always trying to cut down on our plastics use. But, sometimes plastic is needed. GASP! While it pains us to package each garment in plastic, unfortunately, because of the rough shipping process it is actually more sustainable... Here's why.
machines documentary boys working on flat bed printer in indian print house

documentary review - Machines by Rahul Jain [with v+v original video]

August 17 2017
Call me jaded, but recently I haven't been able to get through a fashion industry or environmental doc or article without getting super heated about dramatized, exaggerated, and at times even falsified information. 
breast cancer awareness t-shirt

breast cancer awareness charity shirts could actually be causing cancer

August 10 2017
Charity shirts... While we at virtue + vice fully support raising awareness for important causes like cancers, human rights, and saving the world, the way we promote that awareness is most likely doing more harm than good.
fake vintage denim jeans hanging

read this before the flea market: why most vintage is actually fake

July 17 2017

yup, your vintage Levis from the flea market are probably fake...

30 wears challenge

what is the 30 wears challenge?

June 29 2017
Popularized by Liva Firth of The True Cost, the 30 Wears Campaign challenges you to ask the question “will I wear this 30 times?” before making a new purchase.
what is sustainable fashion

what is sustainable fashion?

June 19 2017
Sustainable fashion asks the question how was something made and how can it be made better? How can it have a smaller environmental impact? How can our business help and progress local communities? It asks the question, are we making this the best way possible, and how can we do better?
fashion supply chain transparency

what is transparency?

June 12 2017

why is transparency important to revolutionizing the clothing industry? By demanding transparency in the clothing industry, we are telling companies that we will hold them accountable for how they choose to make their products.

what is ethical fashion

what is ethical fashion?

May 17 2017
We hear the terms ethical, sustainable, socially conscious, and transparent thrown around a lot today. But, what do they really mean? Often used interchangeably, they all do not mean the same thing.
cotton seeds in food

how the cotton industry effects the food we eat

April 17 2017
THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF NON-ORGANIC COTTON - how conventional cotton farming effects more than just fashion.
petrolium fiber alternatives

guide to petroleum fiber alternatives

April 17 2017

Is your clothing contributing to non-biodegradable plastic waste? If it's made out of polyester or other petroleum-based fibers the answer is yes. read our  guide to performance-based alternatives 

what is khadi

what is khadi? All about India's Sustainable Textile solution

April 16 2017
Today, at virtue + vice, we are still inspired by Gandhi. We believe that by using alternative manufacturing methods to create jobs, we will reduce environmental impact, and add value to the communities in which our beautiful and lovingly crafted clothes are made.
hand carved rajisthani wooden block peacock feather bird mandala

how block print fabrics are made - a lesson in bagru prints

April 16 2017
A step by step guide into Indian block print fabrics. And, an insiders look into the famous Bagru print and Chappas keeping the tradition alive.
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hello!

April 8 2017
We are virtue + vice a women's clothing brand dedicated to sustainable and conscious designs. Our goal is to create fashionable and comfortable clothing using both traditional methods and new technologies.