Eco-Stiletto: Fashion Goes Continental

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There’s eco-jewelry and then there’s fine eco-jewelry, the kind of serious
pieces think about for a long time before you buy them-and wear them for a
long time to come. New York-based jewelry designer Sandy Leong’s gorgeous,
angular cocktail rings-crafted exclusively in recycled gold with fair trade
gems like the one pictured above-are just those kinds of pieces, and have made…

We’ve loved Lina Rennell and Ashley Watson separately for a while now-Lina
for her swimsuits and Ashley for her upcycled leather jacket purses-but
their new collaboration on a series of bags crafted from hand-printed
organic cotton with recycled leather accents is a dream come true. With
Ashley in New York, Lina in NorCal and the bags made in Canada, this is
truly a multi-city offering.


There’s nothing basic about LABEL’s Tony tee. Crafted from the thinnest
possible, tissue-weight lyocell, it’s equally at home at the beach as it is
on the dance floor. Since 2007, LABEL has utilized all natural, organic,
renewable or reclaimed fibers to make their sporty-meets-sexy designs. Can
we get one in every color?


The genius behind eco-fashion mecca TEICH, Allison is a super-green geek-we
say that ever-so-lovingly-who retrofitted her East Village location with
vintage fixtures, low-VOC paints and energy-efficient lighting before
opening in 2009. She offers a wide range of sustainable jewelry and
accessories, mostly made locally in New York City, but our favorite is her
eponymous line of TEICH handbags like this vegan ultrasuede,
organic-cotton lined Nolita shoulder bag with the detachable vintage chain


Vancouver-based Flora and Fauna specializes in sustainable separates, like
this back-to-the-beach hoodie shrug crafted from organic bamboo and cotton
and accented with coconut buttons. Plus, $2 of each sale goes to local
animal rescue associations. (Cute dog not included.)


Brooklyn design house Feral Childe is known for their hand-drawn textile
prints and construction details-a peplum here, a plume there-crafted from
sustainable materials. Find them-and other cutting-edge
eco-designs-at eco boutique body politic, which adheres to its sustainable
ethics with recycled shipping boxes and an emphasis on low-carbon-footprint
online catering to customers with emailed size recommendations and style


Wear your inspiration on your sleeve? Try moving it up to your shoulder with
Boston-based Pansy Maiden’s new Lady Day bag, inspired by Billie Holiday’s
signature gardenia and crafted in all-vegan-all-the-time materials like organic twill and hemp.
Sweet and rugged, dainty and durable-just like all our favorite heroines.


The steel canyons of Pittsburgh are crawling with green start-ups, despite
the dirty reputation the industrial age has left with the city. Local
designer Jonano pioneered the cultivation of eColorgrown cotton at a Brazilian
artisan cooperative, where organic cotton grows in a rainbow of gorgeous
colors without dyes, but we’re partial to their new line of water color
dresses made from organic bamboo and cotton that look to us like a gorgeous
cloudy sky-the perfect counterpoint to a sunny summer day.

We may love peace silk evening gowns, but even a green girl’s gotta work.
We love Seattle-based Plaid Doctrine’s new line of vaguely preppy work bags crafted
from vintage-inspired fabrics made from recycled bottles, accented by veggie-tanned leather.
We’re snapping it all up, from briefcases to laptop totes to accessories like this
smart-yes, we said it-purse organizer, which could very well double as a

NICOLE BRIDGER, Canadian designer Nicole Bridger
is an original innovator of the Vancouver sustainable fashion movement.
Nicole learned about sculpting fabric while working with Vivienne Westwood,
then applied the knowledge to fabrics such as naturally pest-resistant-and
therefore truly organic-linen, like the beautiful Presence top, pictured


With its clean lines and innovative designs, Thieves spearheaded the
Canadian eco-fashion movement when it was launched by designer Sonja den
Elzen in 2006. Four years later, Thieves is still setting
milestones-summer’s five-in-one tencel dress, which can be worn a myriad of
ways, is a definite case in point. We can’t wait for next season, when the
label introduces pieces crafted in beeswax organic cotton, like the wrap
belt we’re sneak peeking here. Shhh.


There’s a reason Vancouver-based Nixxi has such a cult following: The line
infuses refined classics with edgy, contemporary styles crafted in
sustainable materials like hemp, soy and linen. Eco-dyed and sewn in
fair-trade Canadian factories, this is a line with its ethics intact. Oh,
and did we mention that each and every piece is ridiculously cute?


Leanne McElroy’s eponymous label hits sustainable fashion on every level.
Not only do her clothes rock, but she manufactures through fair-trade
cooperatives in Indonesia, where she also sources her certified organic or
sustainable fabrics, including the buttery soft chambray tencel denim
featured in these adorable slouchy trousers.


Soft buttery fabrics like micromodal and tencel-created from beech and
eucalyptus trees using a “closed loop” process that isolates and recycles
chemicals before wastewater is released-flatter most body types, while
carefully-placed details such as gathers, pleats and ruffles make
Vancouver-based Lav and Kush a staple of any ecoista’s closet.

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