Fair Fashion

VOZ: Handmade Fair Fashion for the New Modern Look

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Sometimes, runway shows can change your perception of a line of clothing. VOZ (which means voice) is a prime example; the level of detail on many of the pieces is hard to comprehend until you see them in person. I attended the VOZ runway show at New York Fashion Week, held at Milk studios, and I got a chance to see the simple, modern designs from this empathetic, woman-focused (in both production and customer) line first-hand.

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VOZ’s motto? “Providing beauty and hope through the threads we touch.” If that’s not beautiful enough, check out the line’s manifesto:

VOZ empowers indigenous artisans and their art  forms through collaborative fashion design. VOZ’s hand made garments feature  premium quality natural and ecological fibers, hand dyed and woven to  celebrate ancient traditions; it is where luxury meets social change. VOZ  international designers work intimately with artisans in Mapuche communities in southern Chile, to envision, prototype and finalize the fair trade fashion  collections. In turn, these artisans receive name credit and earn royalties for their designs featured in the collection.

The VOZ handmade aesthetic is both obvious in the detailing on many pieces, and simultaneously seamlessly integrated into the quite modern-classic pieces (which all look incredibly comfortable to boot; no suffering for fashion here!).





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Video and all images by Starre Vartan.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.