Imperial Knits launches collection at Portland Fashion Week
By Gretchen Holzgang
A Lenzanita Couture Collection jacket. Lenzanita's collection makes use of PET, Sonic fabric (made from recycled media tape) and natural fibers such as bamboo, hemp, silk, wool and organic cotton.
A who’s who of Portlanders trekked out to Swan Island Thursday night for Portland Fashion Week’s athletic wear and sustainable fashion runway shows.
Both local and international sustainable fashion brands strutted down the runway, including Portland Fashion Week veteran Ethos Paris and local Imperial Yarn creative designer Anna Cohen, with designs highlighting organic and recycled fabrics.
New Hampshire-based EarthTec, which has made its mark in sustainable fashion by turning recycled plastic bottles into polyester fabric, showed in both the athletic wear show – featuring three of the Portland Timbers players as models for the brand – and collaborated with Imperial Yarn for the sustainability show.
Stealing the runway, though, was the launch of the first ever, in-house hand knitwear collection by Anna Cohen, along with guest designers, and Imperial Yarn, a division of Imperial Stock Ranch. The designs, which varied from knitted sweater dresses to knitted belts and knee high socks, are the first knit-it-yourself kits, versus ready-to-wear designs, to be featured at fashion week.
Imperial Yarn kits – including the pattern and the yarn – are available on the company’s website.
Imperial Stock Ranch, a 140-year-old, family-owned ranch based in Shaniko in central Oregon, is known for its mindful and sustainable ranching and land-management practices, including being an honorable mention for the National Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture.
Click on the image above for a slideshow of highlights from last night's Leading Sustainable Designers of the World show. All photos are courtesy of OSI Photography and Portland Fashion Week.
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