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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.

9 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at Designers & Agents Los Angeles

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Suzanne Rae is Faux Real at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

Photos by Brit Liggett for Ecouterre Who needs fur when you could have faux as flirty and fun as the foxy stoles and multi-”tailed” boleros that came floating down the catwalk for Suzanne

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VPL Plays With Biomorphic Knits at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

VPL Plays With Biomorphic Knits at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

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Book a Granny to Remind You to Bundle Up for National Sweater Day

Are you guilty of chucking aside the sweaters your granny gives you every winter? The Canadian arm of World Wildlife Fund wants you to be a dear and dig those dusty jumpers out of your closet for National

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Can Buying Less Make Us Happier? Take Part in the “JoinLess” Revolution

Can Buying Less Make Us Happier? Take Part in the “JoinLess” Revolution

Ever feel like the stuff you own ends up owning you, instead? Ben Davis, the founder of JoinLess, can empathize. As the brains behind the “world’s first open source brand,” Davis wants

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VIDEO: TOMS Shoes Introduces Print-Clad Ballet Flats for Spring

VIDEO: TOMS Shoes Introduces Print-Clad Ballet Flats for Spring

Just when you thought TOMS couldn’t get any more awesome, the philanthropic shoe-and-eyeglass company is launching a line of cute-as-heck ballet flats, just in time for spring. Guaranteed to put a

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“Closet Swap” iPhone App Encourages You to Trade Clothes With Friends

“Closet Swap” iPhone App Encourages You to Trade Clothes With Friends

Swapping clothes? There’s an app for that. If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe this year, “Closet Swap” allows you to trade castoffs with your friends without the hassle

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Meet the Guy Who Owns Only 15 Things (Not Counting Undies or Socks)

If you’re thinking of adopting a more minimalist lifestyle for 2012, take a page from the playbook of Andrew Hyde, an itinerant blogger-cum-interface designer who owns only 15 items. Currently

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Weird Trend Alert: Fake Designer Paper Bags Are All the Rage in China

Knockoff designer bags are a dime a dozen in China, but the nation’s latest “It bag” requires less effort—and money up front—from counterfeit rackets. Instead of paying a premium for

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NYC EVENT: Make Your Own New Year’s Eve Headpieces at  Yestadt Millinery’s Yurt

NYC EVENT: Make Your Own New Year’s Eve Headpieces at Yestadt Millinery’s Yurt

Yestadt Millinery designer Molly Yestadt will be taking the yurt from humble nomadic lair to holiday hat studio and she’s inviting you to come make your own headpieces! Come peruse a yurt-ful of

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Copious: A New Marketplace That Lets You Sell, Buy Preloved Goods

Copious: A New Marketplace That Lets You Sell, Buy Preloved Goods

If a few of the holiday gifts you received this year weren’t quite your cup of tea, why not sell them on a new site called Copious.com so you can buy what you really wanted. Like other online

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Make Your Own “Texting” Gloves for the iPhone or Android (DIY Tutorial)

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Save $5 on Select John Bartlett “Tiny Tim” Vegan Sweaters—Today Only!

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