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November 3, 2011

Eco Fashion Picks of the Week: Urban Outfitters vs. Navajo Nation, The Eye Has to Travel & DIY Bike Tube Earrings.

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Did you hear about the Urban Outfitters/Navajo Nation debacle? Turns out you can’t make money off of exploiting an entire culture. An interview with Sasha Houston Brown who rallied the social media community and got the brand to step down.

Was this your first time calling a company out on using the Navajo name?

Prior to my letter to Urban Outfitters, I had never called out or contacted a company for using a tribal name, but I have experienced racism my entire life and have always taken a stand against it.

The issue at hand is larger than Urban Outfitter’s use of the name of this specific tribal nation – their use of a tribal name is reflective of Western societal treatment of Indigenous peoples. We are seldom brought into the mainstream public sphere (except on occasions such as Thanksgiving, and of course Halloween, when children can still ‘dress up’ as an Indian). Our collective history, vast contributions to the world and tremendous cultural resiliency are frequently trivialized or hidden. Urban Outfitter’s offensive product line is one example of the ongoing cultural commodification and racism we face daily.

The Eye Has to Travel, a newly released book and film, takes a look at Diana Vreeland, the legendary Vogue editor.

Known for her memorable turn of phrase and incredible aphorisms, her legacy is best found in her own words.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Style: All who have it share one thing – Originality.

The only real elegance is in the mind. If you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.

But you gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.

There’s nothing more boring than narcissism –the tragedy of being totally… me. We’re all capable of it. And we all know examples of it – these beautiful tragedies. Many of them, of course, are mannequins. Mannequins are either divine – or they’re the most boring girls in the world.

Got a few extra punctured bike tubes stashed in a corner somewhere? Turn them into something useful. Earrings perhaps? A complete set of instructions for DIY upcycled tube earrings.

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