upcycled crocodile swatch handbag

Designer Rachel Dortch of Marge and Rudy specializes in creating handbags from discarded fashion industry swatches. Dortch saves discarded material from winding up in the the landfill and incorporates these materials into handmade designer handbags that can evoke both vintage and modern sensibilities.

The Triple R Swatch handbag (above) incorporates an antique brass clasp, embossed crocodile and recycled leather; $65 @ Marge and Rudy.

upcycled leather cuff

(above) Subtle edginess … Eco designer Missismiss created this cuff from upcycled black leather – only $19 on supermarkethq.com

eco zero biggie tee

NYC-based eco boutique, Kaight has a great sale going on through the month of March: 20% off with code marchmadness at checkout. Applies to everything except sale items, natch. Here are 2 new arrivals that caught my eye:

Zero Biggie Tee (above) is made of organic cotton and created in NYC with “zero waste”. A versatile staple for spring, you could wear this boxy oversized tee as either a tunic dress or pair with  jeans. ($110)

denim eco dress

(above) From Seattle-based, Prairie Underground, Dress Code is made of soft organic cotton and features nice big pockets; comes in either solid black or a grey and black colorway. ($198)

feral childe spring 2014

(above L to R) Made in NYC and exuding east meets west-coast sensibilities … shop perennial fave, Feral Childe‘s new spring collection … Day Coat in Tencel Linen ($395) and Van Allen Sheath, ($295) …  where to find

And that’s a wrap for today … Join us every Friday as we feature our favorite eco-fashion finds. Remember, love what you already have and pass along your pre-loved items.

related: more eco fashion finds on alternativeconsumer.com