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Eco-fashion has come along way since the days of hemp beanies and undyed gypsy skirts, and Tara St James is one designer helping vanquish such atrocities, focusing on sustainability minus the crunch. Originally a menswear designer with a tailoring obsession, Tara switched to women’s when she became the creative director of Covet, a line founded in 2004 to give that whole eco realm a lift. Five years later, Tara left to do her own thing with her label Study—a move that’s let her focus more on the ethical aspects of production by experimenting with no-waste patternmaking and by hunting down artisan-made fabrics.

This search for super-cool and fair-trade materials has led Tara to work with silk workers in India and home knitters in Peru—pursuits that contributed to her Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award win in 2011. As if all this hasn’t keep her busy enough, Tara has found time to teach sportswear at Pratt and  to head up Study Hall, her aptly named intern design program. Oh, and to rock climb: “It gets my mind out of fashion!” she explains. —jessie pascoe

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    See How Study Got Way-Serious About Made-in-America Tara St James makes a real production out of her production.A huge focus for Tara St James of Study lately: Finding a way to produce every component of her line domestically, in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. This doesn’t just entail stitching her cozy, waffle-knit tees and fitted, striped skirts in NYC. It means sourcing cotton in the U.S.A. and dipping into unexpected natural dyes. Do a deep dive into her process. —genevieve angThe Fabric“I was really happy to find Spritex F... READ MORE »
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    Dip Into Tara St James's Shibori Dyeing Technique Forget tie-dye: The Study designer is all about this ancient Japanese method.No surprise here: Tara St James, one of sustainability’s coolest designers, is super into shibori, a time-tested Japanese dyeing style that’s been getting a lot of love in the fashion world lately. She rarely has the time to apply the technique, but for her first Of a Kind edition, something extra-special was in order. Behold: a look at all the pleats and folds that went into Study’s exclusive tee. —jessie pascoe“The... READ MORE »
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    Dip Into Tara St James’s Shibori Dyeing Technique Forget tie-dye: The Study designer is all about this ancient Japanese method.No surprise here: Tara St James, one of sustainability’s coolest designers, is super into shibori, a time-tested Japanese dyeing style that’s been getting a lot of love in the fashion world lately. She rarely has the time to apply the technique, but for her first Of a Kind edition, something extra-special was in order. Behold: a look at all the pleats and folds that went into Study’s exclusive tee. —jessie pascoe“The... READ MORE »