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Whether you want to atone for a fast fashion habit or simply make your clothes last longer, mending is a sustainable (and meditative!) pastime worth taking up. The Mender’s Companion, a ’zine by Oregon-based artists and sisters Nina and Sonya Montenegro, makes it easy with stitch how-tos, instructions for mending by hand or machine, DIY hole-darning techniques, and tips on how to  keep your closet  eco-conscious ($14, thefarwoods.etsy.com).  by Lisa ButterworthThis article originally appeared in the April/May 2018  print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!More from BUST The True Price...
There’s a new feminist accessory in town to help you dismantle the patriarchy: a Guerrilla Girls tote bag that doubles as a mask for all your incognito protesting needs. Created by the famed anonymous group of feminist female artists (in collaboration with Australian design studio Third Drawer Down), the tote pays homage to the Guerrilla Girls’ work illuminating and eliminating racism and sexism in the art world. Since 1984, they’ve used culture-jamming, guerilla-art tactics while wearing gorilla masks to keep their identities secret. The bag...
  From our April/May 2018 issue, we're celebrating women-owned lipstick brands that give back. Beautiful Rights With names like Pantsuit Pink and Gloss Ceiling, it’s no surprise that Beautiful Rights embraces the political. The brand, founded by beauty industry vet Kristen Leonard, launched in late 2016, following Trump’s election. Twenty percent of sales—not profits—of the four lipsticks ($24, beautifulrights.com), lipgloss ($24), and brow pencil ($18) go to charities that support women’s rights and gender justice, including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and Emily’s List.LipslutThis L.A.-based brand, founded by college...
Velvet d’Amour makes waves in the world of fashion. She’s the only “super-size plus” model to strut down Paris runways for John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. Her modeling expertise informs her career as a photographer, and she is dedicated to displaying the beauty of diverse bodies—no matter race, size, ability, or gender. Velvet is also a friend of BUST. A few years ago, she turned her prodigious skills to spreading her message of inclusive fashion in the form of a magazine called Volup2. And...

Hair dye is by no means a new invention. In fact, since early recorded history, people, particularly women, have been transforming their locks. Just not in a way we—or anyone with even an ounce of sanity—would guess! Rome: DIY Bleach and Horror In early Rome, it was common for ladies to attempt to color graying hair with a root touch-up, because apparently women aging has never been okay. Anyway, for this gray be gone, a concoction of boiled walnut shells, ashes and/or earthworms, would be ground...
When textile-arts student Elena Kanagy-Loux decided she wanted to learn how to make lace, she ran into a problem. The only classes she could find were in New Jersey—a two-hour trip from her home in Brooklyn—or way upstate in Ithaca, NY, a distance twice as far. So she took the next logical step—she traveled to Idrija, a tiny town in Slovenia known for its lace making, to study with the masters. “This was back in 2011,” the 31-year-old explains, “and that was the only place...
We all know that today’s “fast fashion,” the trendy clothing mass-produced in sometimes unsavory working conditions, can negatively impact the people who make it and the planet. Shopping at vintage boutiques instead of hitting the mall checks the “good” box for this reason and lots of others. For instance, investing in well-made vintage clothing instead of cheap new pieces likely saves money in the long run, because “quality construction was a way of life pre-1980s,” says Doris Raymond, the historical clothing expert behind The Way...
Meet Elizabeth Hawes, the 20th century fashion designer every feminist needs to know. Fashions come and fashions go, but if there is one trend that has recently ruled the runways, it has been fashion’s love for all things feminist. Cue a collective sigh of relief. Where there were once pussy hats on the streets, there are now also labia dresses on the runway (and labia pants in Janelle Monae's "PYNK" music video). Simply look no further than Namilia’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection and Thom Browne’s recent inclusion...
  Gabi Gregg, aka GabiFresh, fashion blogger and co-founder of Premme with Nicolette Mason, has been redefining the boundaries of plus-size fashion for years. With her latest collaboration with Swimsuitsforall, GabiFresh has assembled nine newcomers to modeling. Each woman represents a different size, but they all exude confidence, happiness, and beauty. The ten-piece swimwear collection comes in a variety of styles and colors, ranging from a subtle palm leaf print one-piece to a neon yellow mesh bikini, which means that there is something for everyone. Sizes range...
There is a meme making the rounds at the moment. It reads, "The future is female and it doesn't have time for styling products," and it's accompanied by four photos of shaven-headed women: three fictional characters from Black Panther, Mad Max, and Stranger Things, and activist Emma González.The meme, which seemingly originated from a tweet by Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson, reminds us how political our hair can be.Hair being a political issue is nothing new. From the liberated women of the '20s chopping their hair short, to '80s punks...