Banana Republic, a fashion retailer, has launched an eco-conscious collection with Harbison. The partnership was supported by Harlem’s Fashion Row.
Charles Harbison was inspired by his mother, family and upbringing. The limited edition line featured natural dyes and organic products. The collection features simple dresses with long sleeves and cashmere coats, as well as two-piece sets and cashmere skirts.
Harbison spoke to The Journal about the collaboration in a conversation. He said that Banana Republic has the ability to achieve exceptional quality while keeping costs down and incorporating sustainability ideas.
“It’s an incredible, exciting, and paradigm-shifting partnership for me and for the market. I believe it’s going be a great example.”
Charles Harbison won the Harlem Fashion Row x Banana Republic contest in 2012. He was focused on using sustainable production methods for the collection. The line uses Lenzing Ecovero, which is a nylon raw material, and organic, virgin, responsibly sourced, or recycled fabrics.
Harbison answered a question about sustainability in the collection. It’s a way for me to continue moving the needle. It’s not just about identity, but also about something bigger than identity: our existence.
“As an industry we are not doing our bit. This is the first step. I am trying to do my best and doing so more over time. We will improve. It is essential that we improve.”
The collection can be found online at Banana Republic. It will also be available in a few of the retailer’s shops. The campaign’s advertising campaign features Harbison and her mother, as well as other models, in photos that reflect Banana Republic’s latest style reforms.