Delivering a modern take on classic silhouettes, John Patrick exemplifies how a designer can be eco-conscious without sacrificing style or comfort.
Patrick, who started-off as a hat designer, branched out into womenswear in 2002 after 20 years of designing hats sold at the likes of Barneys New York. He then moved from Fashion Avenue to an abandoned warehouse in Upstate New York where he started researching organic materials.
The designer frequently traveled to Peru to learn about organic farming and soon produced his first organic item — an apron he designed for a friend that was subsequently featured in Organic Style magazine.
The designer continued to dabble with organic fabrics creating travel blankets out of Alpaca wool and hand-tooled bags out of saddle leather, before developing, in 2006, his line of women’s and menswear — Organic.
With the launch of Organic, John Patrick says the he set out to “create a brand that would speak to the coming generation of conscious consumers, women and men whose relationship to luxury encompasses not only the timeless attributes of forward thinking style, detail-driven quality and first-rate fit, but also a new and demanding curiosity about the ethics of their clothes.”
Patrick was one of the first designers to develop a direct relationship with organic farm collectives in Peru and he has helped to innovate the use of botanical dyes, recycled fabrics and organic wool yarns, and resurrected traditional and effectively eco-conscious practices including hand-weaving and whole-animal leather production.
Patrick has also pushed his vendors in Japan to create next-generation sustainable textiles and his factories in China to adopt more sustainable manufacturing methods.
Most recently, Patrick has turned to more local sourcing and production in the hopes of obtaining carbon neutrality for his line.
Patrick’s classic, wearable designs are entirely biodegradable.
Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.