Deborah Lindquist – Environmentally conscious clothing

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For the fashion forward and style savvy, it’s not always easy being green. But the couture-inspired creations of Deborah Lindquist are changing all that. As one of LA’s most sought after environmentally-conscious designers, Deborah creates exquisite apparel out of a mix of “reincarnated” and new Earth-friendly fabrics.

She has dressed trendsetters such as Gwen Stefani, Keyshia Cole, Demi Moore, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton and Charlize Theron. Her designs have graced the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios and the screens of primetime television. Even the Pussycat Dolls have strutted their stuff in her handiwork. But for Deborah, it’s a passion for the planet and the natural beauty of her West Coast surroundings that inspire her.

Launched in 2004, Deborah’s eco-conscious clothing line combines environmental responsibility with a cutting-edge aesthetic. Deborah works her fashion magic with a mixture of environmentally-friendly fabrications, including recycled cashmere, repurposed kimonos and saris, vintage silk scarves, and sustainable materials such as hemp, soy, and bamboo. The resulting designs are as striking as they are ecologically sensitive. As a trailblazer at the forefront of the stylish green clothing movement, Deborah is making an impact in the fashion world while remaining true to her love for the environment.

Deborah was trained at the Parsons School of Design. Her avant-garde apparel has been showcased in numerous publications including InStyle, Lucky Magazine, People and GenLux. She has participated in the United Nations Fashion Show for World Environment Day and the Environmental Media Awards. Deborah recently participated in the Organic Exchange fashion event in Utrecht, Amsterdam as well as the Ethical Fashion Show and Prêt A Porter in Paris this past winter.

Deborah, I see such playful-elegance in your work. What emotional connection are you hoping for when you design?

I want to make women look and feel beautiful but my clothing is a little edgy too, so that’s where the playfulness comes in I suppose. It keeps things from being too serious.

How did the environmentally conscious clothing journey begin?

I made the first item in my line (a belt) out of recycled leather in 1983. So from the very beginning I always used recycled materials in my work, whether it be leather, jewels, buttons or fabrics. It’s nice that now there are many new eco fabrics to choose from but I still incorporate recycled materials in addition to using new eco fabric.

Can you tell us a little more about the eco fabrics that you like to use?

I like using recycled materials because I like the one of a kind nature of them and also like to keep them from being thrown away or wasted. I love hemp and hemp blends because hemp can be grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. It also makes crops grown near it pest resistant because of its pest resistent qualities. I use organic cotton because it is grown without pesticides.

Peace silk is handwoven and manufactured without killing the silkworms. The moths come out of the cocoon and therefore the cocoons are broken and the fibers are shorter, giving the silk an interesting texture.

Other fabrics I use are soy chiffon, modal. These are synthetic forms of a natural product and I use them because even though there is a chemical process that takes place, the manufacturing methods are fairly earth friendly. I prefer to use natural fibers as much as possible but not all fabrics are available yet in natural fibers.

Choosing to work this way is very pioneering. How do you view your contribution to the world?

I’m trying to do something good for the planet, and since I’m a clothing designer, I thought it made sense to devote my business to an eco-conscious way of working.

What is next for you?

Spring 2009 🙂
I’m also looking forward to creating more eco wedding dresses which I just started taking more seriously last year.

Deborah, thank you so much for the education and for making a difference. I am sure those silkworms and the planet are thanking you too.

If you would like to view Deborah’s fabulous clothes check out her website at Deborah Lindquist.

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