We use eco-friendly fabrics whenever possible because we believe that every choice can make a difference. In celebration of Earth Day we want to shine a spotlight on one of Stella Carakasi’s favorite fibers to give our customers a deeper understanding of the impact their purchases can make on the environment. As an early eco-adapter, Stella has been using Tencel in her designs since 1996; not just for the incredible softness and drape but because this innovative fiber speaks to her commitment to manufacture clothing in a responsible way.
What Is Tencel?
Tencel is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. The European Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification has also endorsed Tencel’s farming practices as sustainable. Tencel eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies.
Tencel has some distinct advantages over traditional fibers in terms of chemical processing, which can often be extensive and toxic. For example, Rayon manufacturing generates highly polluting air and water emissions, uses catalytic agents containing cobalt or manganese and creates a strong, unpleasant odor. On the other hand, the chemicals used to produce Tencel fibers are nontoxic.
The cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants. Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach. This overall method of manufacturing fabric was awarded the “European Award for the Environment” by the European Union.
Part Three Of A New Series: A letter from Designer, Stella Carakasi:
Now that we have launched our new Direct to Consumer business model we want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!
We love and value your ongoing support and enthusiasm for our work. Nothing makes us happier than knowing we have touched your lives and made a difference in how you feel showing up in the world dressed in comfortable clothing that accentuates your unique beauty while supporting social and environmental change.
We are a fashion company that is using technology versus a technology company that produces fashion.
In our ever faster-moving world that is technology dominated, it never fails to amaze me that even young clothing companies have to “mask” themselves as being “tech” in order to succeed. I value technology, but I also value nature, the true artistry of design, high quality, mindfulness, intention, and the wide spectrum of beauty.
We believe that great companies are built one customer at a time, one relationship at a time. We are dedicated to helping you build the best “wearable” wardrobe you’ve ever had– and it doesn’t stop with your most recent purchase. We are centered on longevity and bringing value to your life every time you wear Stella Carakasi.
I invite you to sign up to be the first to learn about live product launches, fashion shows, community events and more! Check out some of this season’s highlights:
Look for more exciting news, including opportunities for feedback and involvement. We’re in this together! Thank you for supporting what we do.
The team here at Stella Carakasi is excited to invite you to our Spring Style Event! We have customer-models walking the runway, delicious d’oeuvres, and a very special guest. We’ve created a handy guide for you to reference so you don’t miss a moment of our special event.
5-6PM Nosh & Mingle, Sponsored by Whole Foods Market
We have teamed up with Whole Foods Market to provide bites and beauty tips for Spring! Here is a sneak peek:
Three Steps to Glowing Skin
Tips for Rosy Cheeks & Lips
Pro-Tip: Be sure to check out the skincare demo from Evanhealy. The first 50 guests will receive beauty goody bags from Whole Foods Market!
6-7PM Spring Fashion Show
This Spring we are gathering inspiration from women who inspire us to be our best selves and encourage an air of whimsy. In this spirit, we are honored to introduce our special guest, author Alysia Helming. Through her her debut best-selling novel PROTOGENESIS she shares her imaginative world of Greek mythology seen through the eyes of her protagonist Helene. We have crafted the perfect nod to her literary talent and the Spring season with our exclusive Protogenesis look inspired by Alysia’s book.
Pro-Tip: Check out the preview of the “Protogena Jewelry Line” created by ANATOL, available on Protogenesis.com April 10th.
7-8PM Book Signing with Alysia Helming
Get a chance to meet Alysia Helming and have her sign your copy of PROTOGENESIS!
RSVP for Free Here
See you there!
Come away with us for an evening of fashion and enchantment as we show you our freshest new looks for Spring! Designer Stella Carakasi and novelist Alysia Helming celebrate a journey of discovery and transformation in an evening of collaboration through art and design at the Spring Style Event.
Alysia Helming, author of the novel PROTOGENESIS the first in a series: Protogena Chronicles crafts a young adult fantasy romance set in modern Greece, where ancient mythology and science fiction unite. Get to meet Alysia in person at an exclusive book signing session!
Taking inspiration from her tale of female empowerment and mythology Stella created a unique look that channels the spirit of PROTOGENESIS. Also, get an exclusive first-look at the “Protogena Jewelry Line” created by ANATOL, available on Protogenesis.com April 10th.
Showcasing the best of her Spring 2017 Collection, fashion designer Stella Carakasi invites Bay Area fashion enthusiasts and the media to experience her latest designs.
This unique event will take place:
Friday, March 31st 5-8pm at the Stella Studio
1370 10th Street, Berkeley CA.
Our natural fibers will help you compose the perfect spring look. Go for a casually chic look in our Joy to Wear Top. Strive for lady like composure in our Sign Me Up Skirt. Or pull together a great work ready spring look with our Best in Class Tunic.
Joy to Wear Top in Ink (Linen Jersey) $132.00
Second Nature Capri Leggings (Organic Cotton Made in the USA) in White $58.00
Karine Sultan Necklace $68.00
Poetry in Motion Sweater in White (Hemp/Cotton) $142.00
Sign Me Up Skirt in White (Hemp/Tencel Made in the USA) $156.00
Karine Sultan Necklace $84.00
Best in Class Tunic in Batik (Broomsticked Cotton/Silk) $158.00
Perfect Tank Tunic in White (Stretch Rayon Jersey) $94.00
All Around Belt in Kahlua (Leather) $68.00
Marlyn Schiff Necklace $46.00