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SUSTAINABLE STYLE SUNDAYS: Linda Loudermilk
Linda Loudermilk is a green trail blazer in the fashion industry — committed not only to making clothes out of environmentally friendly fabrics, but making beautiful clothing in general.
Nature is Linda’s muse. It is the core of the materials she uses and the designs that she creates. From sasawashi, a linen-like fabric made from Japanese leaf rich with anti-allergen and anti-bacterial properties, to bamboo pointelle, a butter-soft, highly sustainable fabric, Linda works tirelessly to find and develop the highest quality, most ecologically sound textiles. Organic cotton, reclaimed antique lace, lenpur (wood pulp), soya and bamboo: the list is ever-growing and changing.
Linda was educated in costume design and fashion design at Oxford Universtiy and Colorado Institute of Art respectively. She began showing couture in Paris in 2002 before returning to the US to launch her eco-collection. She partnered with Aveda, Global Green, Velocity, and Helena Durst to show her collection under the tents in Bryant Park during the Spring 2006 Fashion Week last September.
On a visit to her showroom in February, I was able to view the collection that is now selling in stores. Along with her lava inspired looks was a line of jewelry made with ancient carved stones and recycled silver. Last I heard, Loudermilk was hoping to unveil an eco-luxury store in Los Angeles and is also launching a denim line. With all of this, we are waiting to see what else she may have up her organic sleeve.
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