Today’s edition of finds features indie designers and socially conscious e-tailers with ready-to-wear items that can add a little zip to your eco-conscious wardrobe.
(above) For the seven readers who may have seen the Steampunk episode on Portlandia (some funny bits), Etsy artist MizzMechanique handcrafts these ear plugs consisting of surgical steel tunnels filled with jewelry grade resin and suspended upcycled watch parts. Every pair is unique. $30 @ MizzMechanique’s shop.
(above) Samba’s not only a sexy dance, it’s also a sexy sustainable material featured in a cool line by Cali-based, hornytoad.com. Feel free and easy in the Chachacha skirt ($59 ) – you get to choose from five fab colors. For the curious – Samba’s an eco-friendly blend of Tencel®, organic cotton and spandex.
(above) This season’s must-have? Vintage style with a contemporary twist … handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY, this Superfield Bucket Bag is made from remnant leather and will hold your laptop plus a whole lot more. $220 @ kaightshop.com
(above) Greet those spring rains with open, yet covered, arms. Always on the edge of eco + performance wear, Nau’s new collection of chic gear includes these two smartly tailored trench coats (L, $280; R, $225). Bonus points – feel good knowing that 2% of your purchase will support your choice of one of Nau’s Partner’s for Change.
(above) Ready to put some spring in your step? UK-based Beyond Skin ships worldwide (free over £100) and offers a great selection of beautifully made 100% vegan shoes. Some fabrics are recycled suede and faux suede so you get the feel of yummy suede without harming our furry friends.
Available in a few different colors … the featured flats above (from top) are Lulie in recycled suede ($141) and Madison ($139) from their Essential Collection. High-heeled Flora is from their more upscale Spring Collection, she’s available in nude or black and handmade of recycled Dinamica faux suede upper, breathable faux leather and resin sole; ($253). I like traipsing in faux suede, year-round.
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