Smooth. Sharp. Classic. When I met Carrie Parry, the fledgling (yet rich with eye and experience) fashion designer, gone eco — these were the first three words that came to mind. It seems to define her capsule collection, as well as her own London-meets-Brooklyn aesthetic and the “confident” women for whom she designs.
We met as she launched her limited edition seven-piece collection at Bloomingdales Soho in New York City. It’s her first collection after a well-charted journey. As a student at Central St. Martins University of the Arts in London, Parry decided she couldn’t work in the fashion industry unless she did things a little differently — a little more responsibly. So, the California-native crossed back over the pond and ventured to Earth Pledge, the non-profit dedicated to helping businesses, governments and communities adopt sustainable practices. There, she labored over fabrics — compiling the Future Fashion sustainable textile library.
Fast forward to today, and she’s completing a graduate degree in Socially Responsible & Sustainable Apparel Business and debuting her own collection. Yet, she comes across as perfectly relaxed, poised and a little offbeat, just like her line. Sourcing fabrics like GOTS-certified organic cotton with low-impact dyes, artisan silk from India and recycled jersey polyester knitted and dyed in LA without the added use of water, Parry’s devoted herself to a new path in fashion. Each of her pieces is brought to life by a husband and wife team in New York City’s Garment District. It’s a supply circle that connects her to true passion—creating, says Parry “green fashion that doesn’t have to look green”.
With Earth Day just around the corner, Parry begins the celebrations at Bloomingdales Soho with a trunk show this week from April 14th – 17th. Items include the Dot Print Knit Tunic, $185 (above left), the Check Pleated Skirt, $295 (above right) and the White Shirt with Detachable Collar & Cuff Set, $345 (shown below, only underlay available). In August, she’ll begin offering interchangeable collar and cuff sets in various designs—a concept inspired by Mrs. Montague, an 1800’s New York housewife who tired of cleaning her husband’s soiled shirts over and over again. After all, responsible fashion goes beyond the fabrics and clothing creators—it’s about how we wash, care for and wear the things that line our closets—collars and cuffs included. And, these are the things that make Carrie Parry smile, with the pure confidence that fashion can do good.
The complete collection will be available online in August at CarrieParry.com.