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Heron Preston Visits Nairobi With United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

Invited by the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, the two-night trip was a launch for its program Future Fashion Now. The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is rooted in the urgency to better coordinate sustainable fashion efforts as they fit with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN flew him and a cadre of other young designers to Nairobi, where he gave a talk, explored local secondhand markets and went on a safari. The markets were packed with essentially the effects of what happens to our stuff when we no longer want it.Taking out his smartphone to illustrate that point, Preston reeled through photos of a room stacked to the rafters with compressed bales of secondhand clothes.So flooded with secondhand goods, the markets have more than they can sell, Preston said.Then that really affects the local designers and markets there. It’s harder for them to thrive because of all this stuff that we’re sending, he said.It’s crazy just clothes, bras, athleticwear, jerseys. There’s a documentary about it.

We think we’re donating clothes, and it gets sold off by the weight in bales and bales. There’s a bunch of stuff that isn’t even used.Another photo shoot by Preston showed a man unstuffing a pile of teddy bears to reuse the cotton. They’re just breaking things down and using it for different purposes, he said.Preston was at The Whitby in New York to reconnect with Fashion 4 Development’s senior adviser sourcing and innovation Jeanine Ballone, who was on the Nairobi trip, and to meet the group’s founder Evie Evangelou.The designer, a contender for the CFDA’s Emerging Designer of the Year award, said his interest in sustainability started out with a zero-waste collaboration with New York Citys Department of Sanitation repurposing 9,000 old uniforms.

That sparked this curiosity and challenge to do better in fashion. From there, I really learned and discovered how damaging the textiles and apparel industries were.
I had no idea. And I had no idea that I was part of that problem as a designer.An apprenticeship with Eileen Fisher had helped to set him on his way, repurposing a tarp that he had hung in his showroom with an Eileen Fisher quote before he met her into camera bags. His latest earth-friendly project is Jump, items made from military grade decommissioned parachutes, which launches next month.

During his UN-sponsored trip to Nairobi, he presented some of those designs. Preston has switched his cotton sourcing and is now using only organic certified cotton, and is looking to use other environmentally preferred materials.Preston buzzed by Germany to visit Rimowa and tour the factory, getting a closer look at the machinery that is used to make Porsches and airplanes. It was million dollar heavy-duty engineering that just goes into aluminum luggage, he said.They started back in the 1800s making leather luggage. The factory had a fire and the only thing that survived was the aluminum.It’s beautiful luggage as well all handmade, weather-resistant, super, super airtight glue, nice design. On Monday, he is off to Hong Kong for the city’s Art Basel where he will DJ for David Zwirners gallery.The trip east will give Preston the chance to stop by his Hong Kong store in Causeway Bay. He shrugged off his resilience to transcontinental travel.

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Afridi the true star of PSL

DUBAI: He is one of the most colourful cricketers ever, he is the heart-throb of the crowds around the world, he is Boom Boom Afridi, says a PCB press release.
Arguably, it is one of the most eye-catching sights in modern day cricket, besides his towering sixes and boundaries.
The PSL in its fourth year has become a top brand and is placed among the top of the leagues around the world, opines Afridi.I think from the first year in 2016 to the fourth year, the PSL has become our brand and our identity, said Afridi.It is our respect. Whatever the talent is there in the Pakistan team mostly in Twenty20s and ODIs have been groomed in the PSL.Afridi rose to fame with a 37-ball hundred in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996 a world record then and since has become a crowd favourite around the world. Despite retiring in 2016, Afridi has continued to play in PSL and is a crowd-puller to the core.In a glittering career, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 One-Day Internationals (Pakistan record) and 99 Twenty20 internationals and helped Pakistan win the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England.Such is his demand that he has played for a record number of teams around the world, including Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada and the West Indies.Fresh from guiding Comilla Victorians to the title in the Bangladesh Premier League, Afridi is now playing for Multan Sultans after featuring for Peshawar Zalmi in the first two editions of the PSL and then representing Karachi Kings in the third.The leagues around the world are doing that purpose of finding talented players and then polishing their skills, opined Afridi.
So far, so good, I would say for the PSL and since talent is coming to the fore I can say that the PSL is successful.Afridi urged fans to come and watch PSL in big numbers.I want crowds to come in big numbers and PCB must also chalk out some plans to bring more and more people to the PSL matches, advises Afridi. This is our league so we have to make this successful by coming to the grounds.It would be a big support for the league. It’s a big entertainment for the people, so I request people to come in big numbers.I am sure matches in Karachi and Lahore will be full-houses and we players enjoy the game when the grounds are packed.Afridi believes some three to four players will shine and make their mark from PSL 4.I can see three to four players who can come and break into the national team from this year’s PSL, said Afridi.It’s the start so let them show more skills in tougher matches and before bigger crowds, so I could see how they do in that, then only I would be able to tell the names.The evergreen Shahid Afridi is one of the most sought after cricketers in the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) as people come to watch him, for his sixes and boundaries and for his lively style of celebration on getting a wicket — arms-raised-fingers-pointing-towards-the-sky-feet-apart.Arguably, it is one of the most eye-catching sights in modern day cricket, besides his towering sixes and boundaries.The PSL in its fourth year has become a top brand and is placed among the top of the leagues around the world, opines Afridi.“I think from the first year in 2016 to the fourth year, the PSL has become our brand and our identity,” said Afridi.“It is our respect. Whatever the talent is there in the Pakistan team — mostly in Twenty20s and ODIs — have been groomed in the PSL.”Afridi rose to fame with a 37-ball hundred in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996 — a world record then — and since has become a crowd favourite around the world. Despite retiring in 2016, Afridi has continued to play in PSL and is a crowd-puller to the core.
In a glittering career, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 One-Day Internationals (Pakistan record) and 99 Twenty20 internationals and helped Pakistan win the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England.Such is his demand that he has played for a record number of teams around the world, including Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada and the West Indies.Fresh from guiding Comilla Victorians to the title in the Bangladesh Premier League, Afridi is now playing for Multan Sultans after featuring for Peshawar Zalmi in the first two editions of the PSL and then representing Karachi Kings in the third.“The leagues around the world are doing that purpose of finding talented players and then polishing their skills,” opined Afridi.“So far, so good, I would say for the PSL and since talent is coming to the fore I can say that the PSL is successful.”Afridi urged fans to come and watch PSL in big numbers.“I want crowds to come in big numbers and PCB must also chalk out some plans to bring more and more people to the PSL matches,” advises Afridi. “This is our league so we have to make this successful by coming to the grounds.“It would be a big support for the league. It’s a big entertainment for the people, so I request people to come in big numbers.
I am sure matches in Karachi and Lahore will be full-houses and we players enjoy the game when the grounds are packed.”Afridi believes some three to four players will shine and make their mark from PSL 4.“I can see three to four players who can come and break into the national team from this year’s PSL,” said Afridi.“It’s the start so let them show more skills in tougher matches and before bigger crowds, so I could see how they do in that, then only I would be able to tell the names.

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