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Yuka Yoneda

 
Yuka YonedaEcouterre's New York editor, Yuka is a writer and designer from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University, and holds a degree in exhibition design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2008, Yuka looked in the mirror and didn’t like what she saw. Always feeling like there was something missing from her life, she had turned to excess, amassing a mountain of clothes, shoes, bags, and random tchotchkes to fill the void. In an act of desperation, she founded Swyyne.com as a guide for urbanites wanting to change their piggish ways and has been learning and smiling more ever since. When she isn't writing about sustainable design, Yuka amuses herself by making trash into treasure, hunting for goodies at her favorite thrift shop, and offering up vintage, secondhand and refashioned clothes from her own closet to raise money for Japan.

Follow Yuka on Twitter @yukayoneda.

WILBy’s “Ethical Sweatshop” Pops Up in Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

WILBy’s “Ethical Sweatshop” Pops Up in Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

What exactly does an “ethical sweatshop” look like? New Yorkers who are curious to know can now head over to the lobby of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel to glimpse one in action at

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LXR & Co. Pop-Up Shop Offers Pre-loved Luxury Designer Goods

LXR & Co. Pop-Up Shop Offers Pre-loved Luxury Designer Goods

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Refashion an Old Blanket Into a Stylish Poncho (DIY Tutorial)

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INTERVIEW: Will.i.am Tells Ecouterre Why Green Fashion is the Future

INTERVIEW: Will.i.am Tells Ecouterre Why Green Fashion is the Future

With his ultra-modern aesthetic and song lyrics that reference the next millennium, it’s no secret that Will.i.am is looking to the future. In addition to creating music, the multi-platinum

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Will.i.am, H Brothers Debut “Ekocycle” Suits Made From Recycled Bottles

Will.i.am, H Brothers Debut “Ekocycle” Suits Made From Recycled Bottles

Ekocycle, the eco-conscious brainchild brand of musical artist Will.i.am and Coca Cola, has announced a new line of fashion-forward men’s suits designed by New Zealand-based H Brothers. Will.i.am

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La Poubelle Offers Vintage Clothing From a Refurbished Trailer in Brooklyn

La Poubelle Offers Vintage Clothing From a Refurbished Trailer in Brooklyn

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6 Emerging Eco-Friendly Brands at Designers & Agents Los Angeles

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10 Emerging Green Brands Appearing at Designers & Agents’ Green Room

10 Emerging Green Brands Appearing at Designers & Agents’ Green Room

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Snoop Dogg, MTV Team Up With Jewelry for a Cause to Recycle Illegal Guns

While his sudden name change had people up in arms for a while, Snoop Lion (or Snoop Dogg, if you’re old school) has been stirring up controversy in a different way lately. He’s thrown his

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TerraCycle Upcycles Old U.S. Postal Service Bags Into Chic Accessories

TerraCycle Upcycles Old U.S. Postal Service Bags Into Chic Accessories

TerraCycle has made a name for itself by turning landfill-bound objects into one-of-a-kind accessories, and its newest line of bags is no different. Stitched together from decommissioned U.S. Postal

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Martha Stewart Admits She Paints Her Christian Louboutin Soles Black

Martha Stewart Admits She Paints Her Christian Louboutin Soles Black

Here’s a bit of news that made us spit out our afternoon coffee: Reigning craft queen Martha Stewart recently admitted that she customizes her Christian Louboutin shoes by painting their signature

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Nolcha Fashion Week Brings Green Designers to New York Fashion Week

Nolcha Fashion Week Brings Green Designers to New York Fashion Week

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14 Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Fashions That Make the Grade

14 Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Fashions That Make the Grade

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For China’s Beach-Goers, Sun-Protection “Ski Masks” Are All the Rage

For China’s Beach-Goers, Sun-Protection “Ski Masks” Are All the Rage

We’ve heard of the Chinese expression “saving face,” but these photos of a new swimwear trend sweeping the country takes the saying to a frighteningly literal level. While it may look

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Would You Use a Comb Made from Human Hair?

Would You Use a Comb Made from Human Hair?

Now here’s a thought that will get your mind into a tangle: Would you comb your hair with another person’s mane? That’s the question Italian designer Giorgia Zanellato sought to answer

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Constrvct: An App That Lets You Turn Any Photo Into Custom Clothing

Constrvct: An App That Lets You Turn Any Photo Into Custom Clothing

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Mystery “Yarn Bomber” Attaches 150-Ft Olympic-Themed Scarf to Pier

Mystery “Yarn Bomber” Attaches 150-Ft Olympic-Themed Scarf to Pier

Photos by North News and Pictures A mysterious “yarn bomber” has struck Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire. Don’t panic, no incendiary devices were involved. Instead, the anonymous

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Fake-Out Fashion: Women Paint Their Soles Red to Get the Louboutin Look

Fake-Out Fashion: Women Paint Their Soles Red to Get the Louboutin Look

Photo by Shutterstock Why fork out $900 for a pair of Christian Louboutins when you can whip up your own red-soled kicks with a $3 tester pot of paint? That’s the question many savvy—and

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