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Loomstate’s Gone Surfing

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Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn of eco-chic label Loomstate like to split their time between the city and the beach. And with their new clothing line, SRF+CTY by Loomstate, the designers have found a way to get the best of, or at least seamlessly transition between, both worlds. “We love to surf,” said Gregory, who phoned in from Montauk. “But we work in the city. For us, the balance of urban life and nature is an important yin-yang. And I feel like a lot of people in the past five years have caught on to it,” he mused, noting that he feels the surf-meets-metropolitan lifestyle is becoming increasingly influential in culture and design.

The eco-conscious menswear collection includes shorts, knitwear, printed T-shirts, sweatshirts, and tank tops (which Gregory says are possibly the best thing he’s ever designed) and aims to take gents all the way from their midtown (or, let’s be serious, downtown) office to the waves at Montauk or Rockaway. Based around the concept of “fifty-fifty,” the line’s wares (which range from $65 to $130) are all made from an equal blend of organic cotton and recycled poly (the latter, Gregory explained, helps the clothes keep their shape when they get wet). Many of the pieces are reversible—the idea being that one side is more urban-appropriate, while the other screams “surf’s up!” Have to scoot from the shore to a meeting? Don’t fret. Just put your board down, flip it, and reverse it. This versatility is demonstrated in the label’s lighthearted new film. The video, which debuts exclusively above, shows Gregory and Hahn’s surfer pal skateboarding, goofing off, and navigating the subway with his surfboard (apparently, this is not an uncommon occurrence). “It’s a weird experience when you bring your board to work and take it on the subway,” conceded Gregory. “But when you come out on the other end and see the ocean? There’s something really cool about that.”

SRF+CTY will be available online at Loomstate.org, and in Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, from March 15.

Sustainable Design Gets A New Home

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Steven Kolb was at breakfast this morning at the place he called “the best store in the city”: ABC Carpet and Home. As of now, the furniture and housewares landmark will offer a curated selection of sustainable pieces by CFDA designers, including those who have won the annual CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, which awards $25,000 prizes to selected designers whose businesses are at least 30 percent sustainable. “Fashion is about change, and these designers are at the forefront of this idea that eco-fashion doesn’t have to be branded independently,” Kolb said today, toasting the 2011 and 2012 winners: Marcia Patmos, John Bartlett, Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Pamela Love, Melissa Joy Manning, and Victoria Bartlett of VPL. Their collections were on display alongside those of Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, and Loomstate’s Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Sustainability tends to flow in and out of the fashion conversation—”People don’t realize that we manufacture in New York City with stones that are sourced ethically, because it’s not really part of our branding,” Love said, “but I started my jewelry line in my house in Brooklyn because I didn’t realize there was any other way to do things”—but the CFDA is hoping to bring it to the fore. For that, Patmos said, “The shop is really great because it makes the whole thing tangible.” She was so excited at winning the award, she added, that she’d wanted to jump up and down. “But I was at my desk when Steven called me with the news, so I had to contain myself.”

Photo: Warwick Brown

A Grand Strategy For The iPad; Waste Not, Want Not; Another Vera Bride; And More…

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LOVE is the latest mag to come to the iPad, with a dedicated app that will launch with the new “Gorgeous” issue on August 23. It’ll feature specially made short films to accompany the issue, inspired, says editor Katie Grand, by her love of Guy Bourdin’s seventies shorts. Adorably pixelated bunnies (above) not necessarily included. [LOVE]

Green-minded designers are experimenting with zero-waste fashion, using every scrap of material to create their garments. Parsons is even offering a new class in the subject—co-taught by Loomstate’s Scott Mackinlay Hahn. [NYT]

If you’re keeping the celebs-in-Vera count, we’re at three this summer: first Chelsea and Alicia Keys, now Hilary Duff. The pop star tied the knot in Santa Barbara this weekend in a Vera Wang gown. [Catwalk Queen]

And DKNY nets a new campaign star: Leigh Lezark, the New York DJ-turned-model, who stars in the Fall ’10 ads. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Courtesy of LOVE

Love At First Sight: A Summer Shoe-In

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What: The venerable Keds Champion—you know, the one you’ve loved since second grade?—run through the mellow green machine of Loomstate boys Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Why: Because I’m in dire need of a summery canvas alternative to my beloved but embarrassingly ubiquitous off-white Chucks, and Loomstate’s Keds are a sweet printed riff on another timeless American classic. Plus, if you’re going to rock a sockless sneaker, it only makes sense to go with one crafted from organic parts.

Where: $75 at Barneys New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Loomstate