A clothing line with a conscience by cwj21439


									Go 10                 THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
                      WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009

STYLE Michele Steeves, editor, msteeves@thespec.com or 905-526-3272

                                                                          Bali                                               A clothing line
                                                                                                                             with a conscience

                                                                                                                                                                                    LISA HANNAM

                                                                                                                                                                      It all started with a promise Zoe Zimmer-
                                                                                                                                                                      man made after terrorist bombings in Bali,
                                                                                                                                                                      where she was vacationing in 2002.
                                                                                                                                                                         “I saw how quickly the immediate with-
                                                                                                                                                                      drawal of tourism affected the locals,” said
                                                                                                                                                                      Zimmerman, a local designer. “I made a
                                                                                                                                                                      promise to them and myself to try to help
                                                                                                                                                                      and to promote the island as much as I
                                                                                                                                                                         She hired sewers and dyers in Bali and
                                                                                                                                                                      launched Kataya, a clothing line she sells in
                                                                                                                                                                      stores across North America. She does not
                                                                                                                                                                      use child labour and pays her workers a liv-
                                                                                                                                                                      ing wage.
                                                                                                                                                                         Orders started to dwindle with the reces-
                                                                                                                                                                      sion so Zimmerman opened a store on
                                                                                                                                                                      Locke Street selling clothing, accessories
                                                                                                                                                                      and furniture, all made in Indonesia.
                                                                                                                                                                         Her statement-making pieces include
                                                                                                                                                                      kimono jackets, skirts, totes and jewellery.
                                                                                                                                                                      Clothing comes in a palette of soft grey,
                                                                                                                                                                      berry and blue. Fabrics are cotton and silk
                                                                                                                                                                      with batik and ikat designs.
                                                                                                                                                                         “I am very influenced by Asian design,”
                                                                                                                                                                      says the 38-year-old. “I love taking some-
                                                                                                                                                                      thing traditional and bringing it into the
                                                                                                                                                                      21st century.”
                              Wool-blend pin-                                                                                                                            Zimmerman says Japanese design can be
                             striped kimono-                                                                                                                          modest yet architectural, so she created the
                           style jacket, $179,                                                                                                                        kimono-style jacket in a modern pinstripe.
                           is worn with wool                                                                                                                             “I find asymmetry interesting and am
                                trousers, $92,                                                                                                                        drawn to styles that wrap and drape — de-
                            leather belt, $59,                                                                                                                        signs that are comfortable to wear, stylish
                                                                                                                                                                      and feminine without being to girlie or re-
                         silver earrings, $79,                        Cotton skirt, $78, is                                                                           vealing.”
                         and silver ring, $89.                            worn with wool                                                                                 Other designs include waterfall cardi-
                                                                        blend turtleneck,                                                                             gans, wood bead necklaces, leather sash
                                                                     $69, silver necklace,                                                                            belts, harem pants, yoga wear and pyjamas.
                                                                     $89, silver earrings,                                                                            All clothing is available in sizes 4 to 16.
                                                                         $59, and leather                                                                                Saskia Bischoff, formerly with Gap and
                                                                                 belt, $59.                                                                           Banana Republic, styled the boutique and
                                                                                                                                                                      manages the store. The two were classmates
                                                                                                                                                                      at Glendale Secondary School in 1988.
                                                                                                                                                                         Zimmerman says the Bali-inspired decor
                                                                                                                                                                      exudes a feel for where the goods are made.
                                                                               Cotton dress with drawstring sleeves and hem,                                             “I’ve always wanted to open a store in the
                                                                              $68, is worn with rayon and Lycra tank with silk                                        area and the response (has been) amazing.”
                                                                                trim, $35, knit scarf, $44, and silver ring, $98.
                                                                                                                                                                      Lisa Hannam reports on fashion
                                                                                                                                                                      for The Hamilton Spectator.
            Photos by Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator ! Hair by Joanna Birch of Vivienne Medi Spas, 574 Upper James St. , 905-574-5568                          gostyle@thespec.com
                              Model from Vogue Models & Talent (Burlington Toronto) 433 Brant St., Burlington, 905-633-8182                                           Follow her tweets at
                                       Makeup by Lee-Anne Wilson, lee-annewilson@hotmail.co.uk, 905-921-3102                                                          twitter.com /lisamhannam

        YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford                                                                     Can’t afford Chanel? Rent it
                                                                                                                                BY JENNA WORTHAM                        Rent the Runway is a recession-era twist
                                                                                                                                                                     on the Internet rent-by-mail model, offering
                                                                                                                  For many women, a $1,000 dress is some-            a touch of Cinderella on a budget.
                                                                                                                  thing they admire in the pages of a glossy            Julia Harris, a 27-year-old graduate stu-
                                                                                                                  magazine or see draped on the frame of a           dent living in New York, turned to Rent the
                                                                                                                  celebrity — not an item hanging in their clos-     Runway when she needed something chic for
                                                                                                                  et.                                                a fall wedding. For $50, she rented a fuchsia
                                                                                                                    But a nascent website called Rent the Run-       Catherine Malandrino that would have cost
                                                                                                                  way is hoping to make high-end fashions            $495 to buy.
                                                                                                                  much more accessible and almost as easy as            “It was so easy. You just wear it and drop it
                                                                                                                  renting a movie from Netflix.                      back in the mail,” Harris said. “I don’t spend
                                                                                                                    The mail-order service, which finished the       $2,000 on a dress regularly, so it’s nice to be

                                                                                                                  testing phase on Monday, rents dresses from        able to wear some of the more expensive
                                                                                                                  notable fashion designers such as Diane Von        brands I wouldn’t be able to buy otherwise.”
                                                                                                                  Furstenberg, Herve Leger and Proenza                  Jeff Foster, an analyst with Gartner Inc.,
                                                                                                                  Schouler for roughly one-tenth of what they        said execution is critical. “If my movie does-
                                                                                                                  would cost to buy in a retail store.               n’t come on time, I might be mad, but life
                                                                                                                    The rentals run $50 to $200 for a four-          goes on,” he said. “But if my fancy dress for a
                                                                                                                  night loan and are shipped directly to the         big important event doesn’t arrive, that’s a
                                                                                                                  customer’s doorstep. To return it, the cus-        customer service problem like you’ve never
                                                                                                                  tomer puts it into a prepaid envelope and          had before.”
                                                                                                                  drops it in the mail. Dry cleaning is included        Hyman and Carter Fleiss said they have
                                                                                                                  in the price, but damage insurance costs $5,       taken several steps to guard against service
                                                                                                                  and in the case of outright destruction, the       fiascos. For starters, they use a reservation
                                                                                                                  renter is responsible for the full retail price.   system to ensure that a customer can get a
                                                                                                                    To assist with fitting, they have on-call        specific dress for the night she needs it.
                                                                                                                  stylists who can advise customers on how              To assist with fitting, they have on-call
                                                                                                                  certain materials feel and how a particular        stylists who can advise customers.
                                                                                                                  dress might hang on various body types. In            No word on when they will offer the service

            With our deepest gratitude, thank you!                                                                addition, the site offers returns within 24
                                                                                                                  hours for any reason and will include an extra
                                                                                                                  size of a first dress at no additional cost.
                                                                                                                                                                     in Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                     New York Times News Service

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