by Maureen O'Connor @ 11:53 am 3 comments »
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.
(above) Subtle edginess … Eco designer Missismiss created this cuff from upcycled black leather – only $19 on supermarkethq.com
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)
(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)
(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
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 10:46 am 2 comments »
Have you ever needed convenient flip-flops for bopping around for a day or while on vacation but you don’t want to pay $10 or more for something you’re not going to use for very long? I certainly have, and the only cheap flip-flops that you can throw away are the pedicure ones you receive at a nail salon, which are flimsy and really only for women.
Well, not anymore! With the EzFlop Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, if you pledge $3 you will get your own pair of recyclable flip-flops. These flip-flops are durable, recyclable, and fold in half for quick storage in a purse or backpack … ideal for pedicures or a lazy day at the beach. (more…)
Friday, February 28, 2014
by Maureen O'Connor @ 1:08 pm post a comment »
(above) Transition to spring easily with this smart Herringbone jacket. In organic cotton; Riley is made in San Francisco and goes for $189 @ amourvert.com
(above) Double dip – California’s Horny Toad has an additional discount on their already reduced items sale going on right now thru Sunday. Their eco-consious items are first-rate quality, they’ll last forever. Cortina Henley is super comfy and casually stylish – in a soft blend of organic cotton and Modal, take your pick of stripes or solids. Reduced from $72 to $49.99 – you can also receive an additional 20% off with code 20MORE thru Sunday 3/2/14.
(above) Tre eco chic … this is the go-to look for spring: Designer Helena Fredriksson’s Zip It dress has a flattering cut, with a front zip, deep neckline and slim waist. Fabric is a heavy organic cotton; (more…)
Thursday, February 27, 2014
by Jennifer Hui @ 11:11 am post a comment »
To be honest, I’ve never really been all that enamored with jewelry. But recently, I’ve gained an appreciation for dainty pieces like rings and bracelets to add that extra oomph to my look, if you know what I mean. They can help make you look more put together, like you put a little effort and creativity into your style.
Also, I love the addition of a necklace that makes a statement. There is something so easy and effortlessly chic about this necklace … it’s bold yet elegant. Paired with some basics, I think it can make all the difference and elevate that casual look. This Crystalline necklace is made from found materials and features an acrylic pendant from the 1970′s. ($185 @ dirtylibrarianchains.com)
I think jewelry is very specific to the wearer. Some of us love trendy pieces and stack ‘em up. Others may regard pieces with sentimental value and sport them on a daily basis. For me, I love mixing staples in my jewelry box with more trendy purchases that I usually buy on the cheap. (more…)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
by Jennifer Hui @ 8:18 am post a comment »
Many of you are obviously aware of the popular chain store Urban Outfitters. I’d say it caters to 16-25 year olds who favor a grungier, more bohemian vibe. That said, imagine my surprise when I discovered that they carried vintage Coach (above right) and Dooney & Bourke (above left) bags. At $69 dollars for the respective bags, I’d say that’s a great deal.
They are being sold under the brand Urban Renewal, which is an Urban Outfitters line that features repurposed bags and clothing. There is a catch though; if you’re shopping online you can’t choose your exact bag when you’re hovering over the “add to bag” button – so you’ll need a little faith (and a love of vintage stuff) to pull the trigger. (more…)
Friday, February 21, 2014
by Maureen O'Connor @ 11:49 am post a comment »
For those with an ‘alternative’ look … these organic hemp Manakees (above) are created for those with stretched ear piercings. These OOAK manakees are created from hand-stripped organic hemp and are very lightweight. $102.56 – from Australian designer Manaka and manakahandmade
A fun eco-fashion statement … this handy clutch (above) from Couture Planet is made from 100% recycled/post consumer newspaper and features a snap closure. Each clutch is a unique design (hurry there’s only one left). Made in the USA. $48 @ ecolissa.com
(above) Looking for some sporty style? This top features henley snaps and princess seam detailing that will definitely flatter your figure. A casual everyday shirt in eco fabric – 95% organic cotton, with 5% Spandex for stretch-ability. Works as both a layer and a stand-alone. Hand dyed in small batches with fiber reactive dyes. $60 from Crossfox
(above) The ‘Dannie‘ is a stylish little Chelsea ankle boot with classic rounded toe and bold heel. This vegan boot is the perfect complement to jeans, leggings or sexy pencil skirt. This smart shoe-tie is made from 100% recycled bottletop faux suede and PU faux leather, with breathable faux leather lining and resin sole. (more…)