Anyone who’s been overcome by the rosy splendor of a setting sun or the serene majesty of mist-capped mountains can agree: Ma Earth is one helluva stylist. So who better than the prima designer herself to shows us how to step out in high style with cues from her own repertoire? From moss-topped knuckle rings to couture heels layered in cowberry leaves, here are seven eco-accessories that put the “green” in green fashion.
Tara Baoth Mooney’s ersatz fur stole won’t draw the ire of PETA—it’s made from a thatch of living moss. A finalist in the 2009 Fashioning the Future international student competition, Mooney conceived of her moss collar as a way for people to engage directly with their environments through “symbiotic biomimicry.”
Part purse, part houseplant, the Vagabond by Woolly Pocket keeps your beloved botanical close at hand wherever you may roam. The bag itself is handmade in the United States from reclaimed leather and felt derived from recycled plastic bottles. On days you need to leave the vegetation behind, you can purchase the optional hanging system for stringing the bag up on your ceiling.
Tuscany-based designer Carmel Walsh enlisted the aid of a local wood restorer to carve pairs of mid-heel soles from walnut wood, which she then plied with succulent-sprouting “barnacles” made from vegetable-tanned leather, organic cotton, linen, hemp, and cork. For shoe lovers who like novelty in their wardrobes, Walsh has an inspired solution: Change the plants, not the shoes, from one season to the next.