Dignity Campaign

by Celine Semaan Vernon — September 19, 2014

Slow Factory is proud to present its breakthrough fall campaign, Dignity / Dignité in collaboration with Anera. Launching on October 1st, the campaign will donate a substantial portion of sales from its fall line to the Dignity Kits that will support on-the-ground efforts in the Middle East to improve lives of refugees across the region affected by the various conflicts.

Slow Factory + NYFW

by Celine Semaan Vernon — August 26, 2014

Mark your calendar

September 10th. you are invited to Slow Factory's NYFW event

New York Fashion Week is buzzing with exciting events to attend and for this occasion we would like to invite you to SLOW DOWN and look at the big picture with us on September 10th for Slow Factory's Trunk Show where cocktail and delicious bites will be served from 6PM to 9PM at the RePopRoom 527 W 29TH Street (2nd Floor) NY 10001.

Slow Factory is a satellite boutique floating in space. Its timeless aesthetic is sourced from open data images, and the combination of science and design. Founded on August 5, 2012 – the day that the Curiosity rover landed on Mars - their work is inspired by NASA’s open data images of the Earth and of space, taken by satellites and telescopes to create quintessential pieces. Slow Factory re-purposes and re-samples in order to create new meaning.

Slow Factory's designs and products represent the new kind of luxury: the timeless and the temporary combined into sustainable essentials that are built to last, made in Italy and New York.

Take some time to slow down with us on September 10th.

Hope to see you there:

Slow Factory
NYFW Trunk Show
September 10th, 6PM - 9PM
at RePopRoom
527 W 29TH Street (2nd Floor) NY

Love,
Celine

 

 

FREEHUGS

by Celine Semaan Vernon — August 15, 2014

Use FREEHUGS until August 31st and get 15% Off.

 

 

The air is crisp and the nights are cool. Keep your scarf in your purse, you'll need it.

Silk is the perfect material for this kind of weather. Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. Silk is highly absorbent: silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.

Our silk scarves are made with 100% pure natural fabrics. We also print with eco-friendly ink that uses only 10% of the water other dying factories use.

For Sensitive Skin: It is 100% natural and combined with cotton is most comfortable on the body. Thanks to silk’s natural thermostatic properties, silk clothes will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Which means it is perfect for this in-between weather.

Get ready for the change of weather and the transition from summer to fall with your versatile consciously made and eco-friendly scarf - keeping you warm and letting your skin breathe at the same time.

Use FREEHUGS at checkout and get 15%OFF on all orders. We ship everywhere on Earth.

Private Show Room on Aug.18!

by Celine Semaan Vernon — August 14, 2014

 

We are getting ready to host our very first Show Room to exhibit our latest Mars, Revealed! Collection. 

If you are in New York, email us for more information! {[email protected]}

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2 years ago already

by Celine Semaan Vernon — August 06, 2014

When I was young, Mars was the planet I most wanted to discover. It was almost magically unattainable, as unreal as my childhood fantasies of flying through space. I remember imagining all the equipment and food I would need to survive there. Neil de Grasse Tyson explaining how to survive anywhere in the galaxy reminds me of my science teacher explicitly bursting my bubble when I was 7 by telling me I would die there almost immediately after landing, that is if I ever would be able to land there.


Exactly two years ago today, Mars became so much more real for me, and for everyone else on earth. The Mars rover Curiosity, a one-ton piece of advanced engineering, touched down on the red planet and began broadcasting back images. Today also marks our second year anniversary as we have launched the same day Curiosity landed on Mars, by random coincidence. 


It’s continued to gather and transmit remarkable images and data of Mars. A mission that was supposed to last for two years has now been extended indefinitely. Our Curiosity for Mars knows no bounds...


To mark this inspiring mission, I’m thrilled to announced Mars, Revealed! — a stunning collection of otherwordly images of the red planet, printed on high quality silk-modal made between Italy and New York.


We may not live on Mars (yet!), but Mars can live on us.



Mars, Revealed! consists of six Creative Commons images of the Red Planet from NASA’s MRO Mars High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment near iArabia Terra. One remarkable thing you’ll see is how earthlike the images appear at first glance. Mars is millions of miles away, but these scarves make it feel familiar.


It’s luxury fashion meets space. It’s also a beautiful example of how open knowledge can be used to make us feel more connected to the universe.


Mars, Revealed! keeps with a key theme of Slow Factory: making unreachable aspects of our world touchable and wearable. The universe has shrunk, space is less distant, and we are all inextricably linked to one another.


Thanks to Curiosity we now know that, at one point, there was water on Mars. We can see the shape of the long since evaporated water on the scarves. We can see waves on the landscape. With these waves we can imagine sound. What does it sound like on Mars?


Even today, Mars still has the power to fill me with questions and awe. I hope this collection inspires you to dream about about what Curiosity might bring us next, and to ponder your place in the universe.
Mars, Revealed! Will be available for purchase in September 2014. Stay tuned!
 
Photography by Meredith Truax
Shout out to our models Daria & Navarre

James Victore + Slow Factory

by Celine Semaan Vernon — July 23, 2014

We are so excited to be working with one of the most amazing designer/artist, authentic, passionate, public speaker, motivator and inspiration: James Victore

Fresh off the press today! Our Cities by Night: From Above collaboration with James Victore.

 

Bastille

by Celine Semaan Vernon — July 14, 2014

Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.

Happy Bastille Day Paris! 

Every man casts himself into the world by making himself a lack of being; he thereby contributes to reinvesting it with human signification. He discloses it. And in this movement even the most outcast sometimes feel the joy of existing. They then manifest existence as a happiness and the world as a source of joy. But it is up to each one to make himself a lack of more or less various, profound, and rich aspects of being. What is called vitality, sensitivity, and intelligence are not ready-made qualities, but a way of casting oneself into the world and of disclosing being. Doubtless, every one casts himself into it on the basis of his physiological possibilities, but the body itself is not a brute fact. It expresses our relationship to the world, and that is why it is an object of sympathy or repulsion. And on the other hand, it determines no behavior.

As Seen From Above: What the Stars See (when we can't see the stars anymore)

by Celine Semaan Vernon — July 10, 2014

The Inspiration for our “Cities by Night” Collection

Our most recent collection of silk scarves is titled From Above: Cities by Night. These images of the USA, New York, Paris and London by night have been chosen not only for their beautiful renders of city lights as seen from space, but also to draw attention to all these lights burning so needlessly, brightly and endlessly.

Keep in mind, this is what our cities look like from above at night. We can see them from up here among the stars (in our Slow Factory satellite), but they completely obscure the vast beauty of the universe from all nearby earth-dwellers.

Other than the vast energy it takes to light our cities, suburbs and even countryside, there is a major issue of light pollution both for people and animals.

As Jake recently wrote to us, "Stray artificial light doesn't just waste energy and prevent us from seeing more stars, it also has negative effects on animals that navigate by natural light, it messes with our circadian rhythms, and it can reduce safety and security in cases of bad lighting design."

Check out The International Dark-Sky Association  and Cities at Night to learn more about the only non-profit organization fighting to preserve the night.

Another reason why I began Slow Factory is because as I have grown up, I can see less and less stars in the sky. Adding to it the fact that we traveled a lot and that I never really felt grounded or connected to a home, I felt the need to look at telescope and satellite images of the stars.

We are moving further away from feeling connected to our planet, to our world and even to one another as human beings. Slow Factory is an experiment and a way to raise awareness around these issues by celebrating science, our world and us as one.