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Betsey Johnson will be honored by The National Arts Club’s fashion committee.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “It’s not some porridge-colored fabric,” said Katharine Hamnett, praising the organic cotton produced by the Indian company Pratibha Syntex on the sidelines of the RITE Group conference in London. “They make a highly sophisticated product: My jersey slogan T-shirts are produced in 120-gram organic cotton,” added the designer, who is also at work on an organic denim line. RITE stands for Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment, and Hamnett was speaking at the group’s annual conference. She introduced Shreyaskar Chaudhary, the vice chairman and managing director of Pratibha Syntex, which also invests in organic farming in India, supports cotton-producing communities, funds schools and encourages farmers to keep their children in education. Hamnett said she admired the company’s “total respect for man and nature. If I couldn’t do design sustainably, I’d have to go and live on a farm and grow my own fruit and veg.”

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