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Art meets commerce … Husband and wife, Margaux and Walter Kent are the owners of Peg and Awl, a Philadelphia-based design shop offering a mixed bag of finely crafted fashion accessories and items for the home, both inside and out. A collective of artisans, they feature funky finds, often olde, forgotten, tossed materials and transform these remains into useful and decorative objects.
The attractive Botanical Wood and Leather Necklace, 7 Blocks above, is carefully created from scraps of antique wood, reclaimed leather and paper, pieced together with ph neutral adhesive, covered with matte sealer and a dose of love. The decoupaged botanical images were lifted from a medical journal from the 1800s. All made in the USA.
find @ PegandAwl ($96)
related: more eco-fashion finds from The Alternative C0nsumer
Monday, July 21, 2014
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full disclosure: I received the JoAnne Tote (above and below) for the purposes of this Tried and True Review.
In the spotlight today is Tennessee-based, Nisolo and their handcrafted tote made by a Peruvian artist by the name of Willan. Focused on how conscious consumerism can have a social impact, the company’s ‘Hand Up’ philosophy empowers talented craftsmen and women in the developing world shape their futures through their extraordinary work.
the review Can a tote be sexy? This one is … After only 2 weeks in my possession, the JoAnne Tote has made her way all over town … attracting a steady stream of compliments. What good timing … for the past several weeks I had been on the prowl for a tote that would look great and holds its shape when set down. Well, here she is, right in my pretty little hands.
As a hardcore multi-tasker I needed an attractive bag that could hold an iPad, iPhone, laptop, notepads, pens, workout duds, specs, and other daily essentials. JoAnne is perfect – versatile, durable and a real beauty – made of soft leather that will only get better with age. Basically, she has become my everything bag. Evocative of her origins, the traditional Peruvian fabric lining adds a smart finishing touch and decorative color. If you’re looking for a tote that’s well constructed with clean lines and nice finishing touches – magnetic clasp and interior pocket – I suggest you check this out.
The bottom line … JoAnne Tote Oak with Azul retails for ($178) – by the way there’s free shipping to anywhere in the USA for the month of July. And you can choose from other styles as well, find your fave @ nisolo.com
- Dimensions: 16.5″ x 13″ x 6.5″
- Strap Height: 9″
- Lined with Peruvian Fabrics
- Easy Accessible Inside Pocket
- Magnetic Closure
- Handmade in Peru
Good karma … When you make a purchase from Tennessee-based, Nisolo, you make an investment not only in a superbly crafted handbag, pair of shoes or belt, but also an entire community of artisans who would otherwise be impoverished.
related: eco-fashion finds on alternativeconsumer.com
Friday, July 18, 2014
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Today we feature some of our eco fashion friends from our Twitter community.
dikokore designs is a jewelry and accessories company committed to the financial, educational and social empowerment of women and girls in Dikokore, Benin. Their colorful, hand-dyed, hand woven bracelets are a dynamic fashion accessory. Each dikokore bracelet (above and below) sold provides supplemental income for women artisans and educational scholarships for the girls of the local African community, while also addressing gender inequalities issues and lack of resources.
The company works directly with the Tibobene cooperative in Dikokore to bring their unique bracelets to the larger markets, enabling the women to support girls’ education in their village. The company also works directly with the Benin Education Fund, a local education non-profit, to disburse scholarships to the girls.
Our good friend Kate in NYC operates a shop filled with designer and affordable eco-friendly threads and accessories. One such item - this Prairie Underground’s Crazy Pockets Dress (above), made of luxuriously soft and supple organic cotton. $110 @ kaightshop.com
What could be more durable, waterproof and stylishly modern than a sexy black rubber backpack made from old tire inner tubes? This handmade designer backpack features a flop and popper closure, adjustable shoulder straps and 2 zip pockets. The whole deal is fully lined and costs £137 – designed and created by paguro
(above) For all you animal lovers – this Elephants Bag is created by Jabber Duck designs from recycled and repurposed vintage fabrics. $158 @ jabberduck.com.
related: more green fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer
Friday, July 11, 2014
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A summer essential for any traveler – sunglasses. Panda Sunglasses handcrafts their great looking shades from renewable bamboo – with the added bonus that for every pair of their sunglasses sold Panda provides medical treatment or prescription glasses to someone in need.
Panda’s line features a variety of styles – like the Hepburn (above) – all available for $120 a pair at wearpanda.com.
One concept that works perfectly in summer – versatility. This eco-friendly black and gray t-shirt dress can transform from a loose-fitting tunic into a zippy mini dress with the simple addition of a belt. Features a unique tribal/ethnic design. Made of 90% organic cotton and 10% viscose. $60 from Texturable.
High tide or low … grab this shabby-chic eco tote and hit the road or the sand. You can stash all your stuff in this bag created by the unity inspired surf brand, Of One Sea. This beautiful canvas zippered tote, features a zippered inside pocket and plenty of storage space. The bag is screen-printed with eco-friendly ink and (more…)
Friday, June 27, 2014
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Baby, it’s hot outside. Time to slip into an eco-friendly bathing suit to dive in, cool off and take a dip.
(above & below) Leaving a lighter footprint on the land and in the sand is a 4th generation family-owned company, ECO SWIM by Aqua Green, manufacturing a chic line of sustainable swimsuits in the USA using Repreve, a brand of fabrics made from 100% recycled materials. Available at many fine retailers and e-tailers: Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Aqua Beachwear, Swim Outlet, Canyon Beachwear and wellsuitedswimwear.com & more.
(above) Both body- and eco-friendly, and made in Australia; cute separates, bikinis and one-piece swimsuits for splashing around in your favorite body of water. Find a boutique in your city @ emobiswimwear.com
(above) California-based, KellyBCouture has only one handmade eco bikini in stock, size L. Handmade of bamboo, organic cotton and a bit of Spandex. (more…)