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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The Houston-born, Paris-trained, New York-based eco-friendly fashion designer David Peck has finally unveiled his CrOp Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The designer found inspiration for this line in his passion for classic cinema, combining a mid-century elegance with dramatic flourishes.
Environmental consciousness and sustainability are driving forces at CrOp, therefore Peck chooses every item with care, from organic fabric to low impact dye and to fair trade fibres.
The fashion designer is very focused on being eco-friendly, not just in the choice of materials but also in the process of manufacturing each garment. “Can we do good while producing? Peck asks. “There’s an inherent amount of waste in anything that you do. So how can we do it in a way that has the least impact on the environment and the most positive impact on people’s lives? We try to do little bits and pieces along the way to change the story and build awareness.” Additionally, the designer is very committed to charity, and a portion of the profits of each CrOp garment sold will go directly to fund a cause that inspired the collection.
David’s passion for sustainability may only be rivalled by his love for his hometown: he is adamant in boosting Houston’s qualities in the field of fashion design and clothing manufacturing as he declared: “The majority of American fashion brands manufacture outside the United States. We want to change that, and I am confident with what we are doing; we are on the right path. We believe that providing local employment not only guarantees higher quality control but also provides fair wages for an industry that is notorious for the contrary.”
His concern for maintaining a positive workforce has triggered him to turn a 6,000 square foot former real estate office into an impressive manufacturing headquarters and move his showroom in Houston’s Upper Kirby district, where he employs and trains local women, many of whom are learning English as a second language. “A lot of the women that first come to work with us don’t have a lot of skills,” he says. “There’s not a huge manufacturing base for clothing in Houston, but we take the time to train them and they can work their way up and gain skills, and then are able to earn a living through that. I’m proud of the fact that we’re able to do this and create another economic layer to Houston’s economy, aside from the oil and gas industry. We’re creating jobs locally.”
David Peck’s admirable ethics and gorgeous garments have gained him a stellar following, including Kate Bosworth, Jaime King, Giuliana Rancic, Mayim Bialik, Maggie Grace, and we hope, Eluxe’s readership.