Industrial hemp appears in all sorts of products today – from milk and beauty lines – to upholstery and fashion lines. As a weed, it can grow quickly and pesticide-free, so many a sustainably-minded designer is incorporating it in their line. Once converted into fiber, hemp is durable and versatile. It’s cropping up in: wedding gowns, yoga & dance wear, designer handbags & wallets, shoes, jewelry, as well as everyday tops, skirts, shorts and dresses.
Essentially, today’s curated collection of personal fashion faves is inspired by HempFest, taking place in Seattle, today through Sunday. We personally own both handbags and shoes made of hemp – we luva the ganja. Today’s roundup includes fashion designers with styles ranging from straight-ahead to fringe – all incorporating hemp as a fiber of choice.
(above top to bottom) These chic, handmade jackets are easy transition pieces for fall. Perfect Blazer ($265) is one of a kind and ecofashioned from hemp linen. Stephanie Teague’s Snap Jacket ($290) is made from hemp and organic cotton. Made in North Carolina, find both @ pretty birdie.
(above) Custom bridal gowns by Pure Magnolia Couture incorporate organic cotton and hemp silk; Mermaid strapless sweetheart neckline ($2,235).
(above) From Australian-based, WyldeSkye, we’re loving her one of-a-kind and handmade, hemp jersey wrap skirt ($120).
(2 above) Using sustainable materials like hemp and organic cotton, plus eco-friendly dyes, Gaia Conceptions creates cool grab and go pieces for year-round style and comfort. Pokara Shirt with cowl neck ($95) and Cocoon Tunic Jacket ($125).
(above) In a blend of hemp and organic stretch cotton jersey, this Washington state-based Etsy designer will customize a soft, supple garter belt for you to feel all right and sexy in ($60) @ derbyfinemillinery. Matching bra also available, natch.
(above L to R) Looking for a deal? Perfect for weekends, these hemp tops by Ecoskin are now on sale ($43 & $41) @ nimli.com.
Slipcover Skirt in charcoal ($98) via horny toad. Made of organic cotton, hemp and recycled PET – water resistant, too.
Hempfest is part music fest, part protest – this 22nd annual celebration features: 6 stages of music, lots of food, crafts, pop smoking hippies and plenty of guest speakers – all enthusiastically supporting the effort to legalize cannabis on a national level. In case you’re wondering, it’s now legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana within the state of Washington.
With Dr. Sanjay Gupta coming out in support of using certain strains of the weed for medical applications, (weed on cnn), the debate over legalization is once again news fodder. It’ll be interesting to see how long it may be before pot, whether consumed on a recreational or medical basis, becomes legal on a national level.