We Are Home - SS2016 Collection

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Introducing: WE ARE HOME our SS2016 Collection.

We will be launching this collection over the course of the next two months on our Instagram account! If you aren't following us, you totally should now!




Rainbow of #clouds part of "We Are Home" our 2016 Collection. A poetic voyage around the #Earth ??

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We have our head in the #clouds today ☄How was your #monday ? #artist #michaelchase

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Interrupting your feed with a #sneakpeek of our SS16 #bts "Les voyageurs de l'espace" #georgesperec #thinkpink

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This collection of NASA images of 1) clouds as seen from space in the hopes to inspire an Overview Effect*, a mental shift that happens to astronauts when they see the Earth floating in space for the first time, 2) people looking in awe at the Apollo lift off 3) images of the Earth taken from space.

In an effort to infuse social responsibility with empathy and respond to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, Slow Factory has created the WE ARE HOME Fund & Collection to support humanitarian aid to refugees across the region.

THE OVERVIEW EFFECT*

The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.

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Slow Factory & Travel

by Celine Semaan Vernon

We want to see where the scarves have been...

Kilimanjaro


Iceland

Dune Field on Mars shot in Iceland #hirise #nasa #knowledgeisforeveryone @meredithtruax @0h_liv_ya

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Jamaica

Peace

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Burning Man

Slow Factory at #burningman @ladytrillionaire + @ronankenny ❤️

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Slow Factory + WWF: Beyond the Image

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Our latest collection comes in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in support of their vital conservation efforts including Oceans, Fresh Water and Forestry projects and featuring archival NASA imagery of the earth printed onto 100% fine silk twill. Rather than observing these projects from afar, we wanted to support them in a unique and stylish way, using fashion as a medium to inspire change, both behaviorally and ecologically. In order to have the greatest impact we can while supporting initiatives that drive us, we’re focusing on three major efforts that, though incredibly important, can be rather intimidating in their scale. While we all have some understanding of issues like degrading natural resources and global climate change, it can be tough to truly connect and figure out how to drive change in small but impactful ways. Why not with a utilitarian statement, wrapping yourself in sustainably sourced silk, printed with the places of the earth that contribute to our well being? We asked, we created.

Luckily we’re in good company, and the industry is making strides in support of conscious fashion without compromising style. As a result, more people demand to know where their things come from and people like us decide to give them good answers. Trends are meaningless and sustainability is meaningful, so we work hard to manufacture sustainably, understanding where our collections are made and how they affect the stunning, precious earth that they portrayed. The devil’s in the details, and we’ve broken them down to shed a little light on what inspires our work, and the realities that drive us to create a beautiful yet impactful product.

The Global Ocean Program: Oceans sustain life. They cover 71% of our planet’s surface, make up 95% of all the space available to life, produce 70% of our oxygen, absorb heat and re-distribute it around the world, and dominate the world's weather systems. From the freezing Polar Regions to the warm waters of the tropics they are home to incredible iconic marine species such as sharks, turtles, whales and more. Oceans are also critical for people, as a source of food, culture, and history. They support 1 billion people who rely on fish as an important part of their diet and more than 520 million livelihoods who rely on fishing and fishing related activities for income and food.

WWF’s oceans work focuses on healthy and resilient marine ecosystems that support abundant biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods, and thriving economies.

The Global Freshwater Program: This can sometimes seem abstract, but the reality is that nearly half the world’s population will be living under severe water scarcity by 2030 if no new policies are introduced. This makes sense considering just 3% of water on the planet is freshwater, and only 1% is readily available for human use. With just under 1 billion people still without access to clean and safe drinking water, there’s a lot we can do.

The Forest Conservation Program: The focus of WWF’s work for half a century, conserving forests is the single largest and relatively cheapest thing we can do to limit the impact of climate change—one of the greatest threats to humankind ever known. The Ecological Footprint, which tracks humanity’s competing demands on resources, currently exceeds, meaning our lifestyles are unsustainable. If we maintain current resource use, we will need the equivalent of two planets by 2030.

To interpret and highlight these programs, we’ve depicted NASA images curated by Slow Factory founder, Celine Semaan, of regions of the earth unique in their offerings of both endangered wildlife and natural land formations. Ten percent of the proceeds of your purchase will go towards World Wildlife Fund’s vital global conservation efforts that require major attention. There’s nothing more stylish than teaming together to make great change.

 

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Written by Emilie Hawtin for Slow Factory™

*10% of the retail purchase price of this limited edition scarf will be donated to WWF’s global conservation efforts between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Slow Factory is proud to make a minimum contribution of $15,000 to WWF through this effort.

© 1986 Panda symbol WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature (also known as World Wildlife Fund).

® “WWF” is a WWF Registered Trademark.

 

© 1986 WWF-Fonds mondial pour la nature (aussi connu sous le nom de World Wildlife Fund), symbole du panda.

® « WWF » est une marque déposée du WWF.

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Private Show Room on Aug.18!

by Celine Semaan Vernon

 

We are getting ready to host our very first Show Room to exhibit our latest Mars, Revealed! Collection. 

If you are in New York, email us for more information! {orders@slowfactory.com}

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As Seen From Above: What the Stars See (when we can't see the stars anymore)

by Celine Semaan Vernon

The Inspiration for our “Cities by Night” Collection

Our most recent collection of silk scarves is titled From Above: Cities by Night. These images of the USA, New York, Paris and London by night have been chosen not only for their beautiful renders of city lights as seen from space, but also to draw attention to all these lights burning so needlessly, brightly and endlessly.

Keep in mind, this is what our cities look like from above at night. We can see them from up here among the stars (in our Slow Factory satellite), but they completely obscure the vast beauty of the universe from all nearby earth-dwellers.

Other than the vast energy it takes to light our cities, suburbs and even countryside, there is a major issue of light pollution both for people and animals.

As Jake recently wrote to us, "Stray artificial light doesn't just waste energy and prevent us from seeing more stars, it also has negative effects on animals that navigate by natural light, it messes with our circadian rhythms, and it can reduce safety and security in cases of bad lighting design."

Check out The International Dark-Sky Association  and Cities at Night to learn more about the only non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night.

Another reason why I began Slow Factory is because as I have grown up, I can see less and less stars in the sky. Adding to it the fact that we traveled a lot and that I never really felt grounded or connected to a home, I felt the need to look at telescope and satellite images of the stars.

We are moving further away from feeling connected to our planet, to our world and even to one another as human beings. Slow Factory is an experiment and a way to raise awareness around these issues by celebrating science, our world and us as one.

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Blood Moon

by Celine Semaan Vernon

I woke up today expecting that my stress might have vanished, as I have read that the Lunar Eclipse will be bringing us a lot of change. 

The Universe sent me this note today:


When fear speaks, celine, it's always wrong.

Game on,
The Universe

 

We are very excited to announce that we have refilled our stock for your favorite prints! Hurry before we run out again! It takes a lot of time to make them. Maybe that is why we are called Slow Factory, as we are slowly orbiting around the Earth, we also support the slow fashion movement, the slow everything movement as a matter of fact, and we are working towards a sustainable, environmentally friendly process that will allow us to grow very very slowly.

Back in stock!

    

    

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Capsule Show!

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Here we are! Day 2 of Capsule Women Show for Fall in NYC!!

I was terrified, this is a selfie of me going there on Day 1. #firstcapsuleshow

Our Look Books fresh off the press! #capsuleshow

Our booth version 1

Our booth version 2

New friends!

Day 2 #selfie #capsuleshow

Our amazing (new) packaging!

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