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David Dietz
David Dietz is the founder of - an online retailer for stylish sustainable fashion. Modavanti’s mission is to be the trusted and recognized destination for socially-conscious consumers to find clothing that fits her values without compromising on style. Prior to entering the sustainable fashion revolution, David was on the front lines of another different type of revolution reporting on the Arab Spring where he covered uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya.

Entries by David Dietz

Fashion's Fur Problem: Fur Is More Fashionable Then Ever. But Why?

(41) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 6:44 PM

The arc of history bends towards progress, but for the fashion industry, change isn't progressing fast enough. As recent revelations that Hermes skins live alligators for their bags show, animals are being tortured and killed for fashion at an alarming rate. Leather is a staple and fur is...

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Donald Trump Won't Make His Clothes In America But These Awesome Designers Will

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:08 PM


Donald Trump has been in the news a lot recently for inflammatory comments. He has said things in the past week that have been baffling, contradictory and down right outrageous, but as the owner of Modavanti, an online retailer for sustainable...

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Drought-Resistant? The Future of the California Denim Industry

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:45 PM

There are several troubling new realities emerging from the California drought crisis: We could soon be living in a world where Cinco de Mayo is celebrated without guacamole, where we have to substitute a generic Chilean White for our favorite Napa Valley Chardonnay and where a pack of...

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New York Fashion Week Drops the Ball On Sustainability

(5) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:50 PM

For New Yorkers, the arrival of February means Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is right around the corner. With the first shows just days away, Soho is already abuzz as press, models, designers and industry insiders are set to descend upon New York for the semi-annual showcase of the most extravagant...

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Why We Won't Be Participating in Black Friday

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 12:05 AM


The holidays are a time for reflection. An opportunity to give thanks while keeping in mind those who are less fortunate. It should be about spending time together with our families and friends and celebrating what we have.

Yet it seems we've lost...

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Climate Progress Starts with Changing What We Wear

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:56 PM


Several friends and I stood in awe as we watched Sunday's climate change parade snake by us from our perch in Bryant Park. For more than three hours we cheered thousands of marchers from all over the country. We marveled at their...

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If We Can't Smoke It, at Least Grow It: The 4/20 Case for Hemp

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:45 AM


Over the course of the past several decades 4/20 has become a symbol for 'weed day.' Where the designation comes from is as hazy as the smoke hundreds of thousands of pot aficionados will bask in around the country as they...

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Search for Missing Plane Distracts From Bigger Environmental Concerns

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Lost in the despair of the endless search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 lies another tragedy. One that is far less painful yet, conspiracy theories aside, far more disturbing. For the past three weeks our hopes for finding the missing airliner have ridden waves of emotion as turbulent as the...

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The Eight Ways You Can Shop Sustainably During Fashion Week

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 1:46 PM


We've seen Whole Foods lead the organic foods revolution. We're witnessing Tesla drive the electric car movement. It's about time we experience a sustainable fashion movement.

The future of fashion is sustainability and yet even though the industry has made considerable progress in...

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Make It Rain: The Power of Sustainable Fashion

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Camille Seaman's opening line that 'everything is interconnected' is a divine truth of the natural world. In today's hyper-globalized environment it has become a...

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Protecting Our Planet and Protecting Ourselves: The Importance of Organic Cotton

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 1:49 PM

When picking out that new top or cute dress, the style and fit are the obvious attributes we focus on. But how and where -- and from what materials -- that clothing is made is important too, especially when it comes to buying organic. We know about the health benefits...

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Khan You Believe it?: It's Time to Slow Down Fast Fashion

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 6:28 PM


Your first trip to Khan al Khalili, once one of the Middle East's most illustrious bazaars, is an overwhelming experience. As you fight your way through the packed dusty narrow lanes and labyrinth of shops, the assault on your senses is...

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The Last Frontier: The Sustainable Fashion Revolution

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 5:57 PM


A revolution is coming. No, not in Turkey. This is a different kind of revolution. A revolution inspired by our generation of millenials to bring about positive and lasting change through what we wear.

We've seen the organic foods...

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