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The Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart goes for clothes with a conscience.

When Julie Gilhart gets behind something, you can be sure it’s going to be both stylish and sustainable. Take this silk dress by the Paris-based label E2. Fashioned from vintage Balmain scarves, it possesses qualities close to the heart of the women’s fashion director of Barneys New York. ‘‘For one thing, it’s not mass-produced,’’ Gilhart says. ‘‘Whenever possible, I like to know who a designer is, what they stand for and where their things are made. This is not just ‘fashion consciousness’ — it also adds a sense of story, romance and culture to the clothes you buy and wear.’’ She refers to Michèle and Olivier Chatenet — the husband-and-wife team behind E2 — as futurists. ‘‘They sense what people will want and incorporate it into their collections,’’ she says. ‘‘Every piece they make is one of a kind and utilizes pre-existing fabric, but somehow they make it feel new.’’ The clothes are also practical for this inveterate traveler. ‘‘The pieces pack easily and are well suited for numerous occasions.’’ That’s perfect for Gilhart, who is planning a surfing vacation at Nihiwatu Resort on Sumba Island in Indonesia.

Photo by: Jens Mortensen
Article by: Sandra Bellentine via The New York Times

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