Laura Sansone, locavore fashion, local fashion, slow fashion, slow textiles, sustainable textiles, eco-textiles, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Behind the Seams

HOME ON THE RANGE

Despite its clean, modern lines, Laura Sansone’s upstate New York studio coexists with its agrarian setting in perfect harmony. The designer’s two Nigerian Dwarf goats roam freely on the 54-acre parcel of land she shares with her partner, Christopher Otterbine, an architect and principal of The Orchard Group. Inside the eight-year-old dwelling, equal parts personality and creativity abound, from collage paintings by Sansone’s father to a talking cockatoo who animates the space.

Sansone relies on her immediate environment, preferring to fuel her local economy rather than some anonymous corporation.

Instead of looking to exotic destinations for her materials, Sansone relies on her immediate environment, preferring to fuel her local economy rather than some anonymous corporation. She concocts her own natural, plant-based dyes, in fact, from flowers and berries she encounters on her walks or agricultural scraps from her neighbors. Each month brings a fresh palette of colors from the changing foliage, providing Sansone with a bounteous supply of inspiration.

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Laura Sansone, locavore fashion, local fashion, slow fashion, slow textiles, sustainable textiles, eco-textiles, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Behind the Seams

COMMUNITY TIES

Sansone learned many of her techniques from talented craftspeople who still socialize in guild-type groups on a regular basis. Perhaps one of her best finds is the Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company, a women-operated mill that derives its raw fleece, yarn, and knitwear from a 100-strong flock of sheep.

Sansone is committed to contributing to an economy that’s built on both environmental stewardship and community.

But her efforts to stay local go beyond a desire to market herself as “green” or “sustainable.” Sansone is committed to playing an active role in an economy that’s built on environmental stewardship, artisanal traditions, and community. And despite its regional outlook, her model adds an exciting dimension to a the growing sustainable-fashion movement worldwide.

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