If you haven’t yet heard of David Peck, you’ll want to check out his CrOp line immediately. Not only is CrOp by DavidPeck a fun and quirky clothing line, it also has a conscience. Short for “creative opportunities,” CrOp is something the designer David Peck is developing by focusing on socially responsible manufacturing processes, minimal environmental impact and charitable partnerships. David’s personal life led him to creating a line based on social responsibility: when he and his wife moved to Houston Texas, he found the city void of a “fashion center” and decided he would develop it on his own. Peck created a design studio and production facility employing locals who are keen to learn the trade. “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.”
Distinct custom prints and vibrant hues are signature to CrOp by David Peck, designing prints based on past personal life experience. The spring 2013 “Once upon a dream” collection, features pieces inspired from Pecks childhood books, with digital prints that capture the spirit of ”Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” origami florals, and maps from books that gave him the feeling of travel. The collection is composed of luxurious one-of–a-kind garments and limited edition pieces, as well as easy silhouettes in relaxed shirt-dresses, mod shift dresses with piping details, jersey gowns, novelty tees, skirts and jackets. Each garment is carefully hand crafted with exacting skill from low-impact dyes to the finest materials using fair-trade and sustainably sourced fabrics sustainability such as silk and organic cotton sourced from Turkey.
As Peck says, social responsibility is a key element to his line, believing that “sustainability starts with people. The consumer benefits, the money is reinvested in the local community, we are forging partnerships with local charities, and our success goes back into the local community, and the city of Houston via The Greater Houston Partnership.”
David Peck is only the first in my series for Greenster on the wonderful Men of Eco-womenswear. Stay tuned for more!
Photo credit: Jill Heller