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Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

Local Buttons have evolved a collection of professional accessories and garments ethically in Haiti to help the local community. The design team launched three years ago with the aim of…

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Elise Ballegeer's Ethical Slow Fashion Offers Timeless Minimalism

Faultlines is the stunning new collection from eco-fashion designer Elise Ballegeer who has produced her stylish range using responsibly sourced organic and sustainable fabrics. To make…

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Anthropologie's "Legend & Song" Line Spotlights East African Artisans

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Deola, Clan Bring Nigerian Mother-Daughter Style to NY Fashion Week

The show opened with a dazzling retrospective of pieces inspired by Sagoe’s 25-year career. From luxe Russian-doll skirts and voluminous shoulders in bold African fabrics to…

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Rekh & Datta's Bahaus-Inspired Block Prints Elevate the Art of "Slow"

Fashion trends may come and go, but for Rekh & Datta designer Rebecca Layton, “slow” is the way to go. By “slow” we mean the slow fashion movement. So what is the…

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Hand & Cloth's Recycled Quilts Offer Bangladeshi Women a Fair Living

These beautiful quilts are not only exquisite fabrics, but they have a social conscience. Hand & Cloth is a fantastic social enterprise that helps local women in Bangladesh who…

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Lallitara Recycles Discarded Indian Saris Into Eco-Chic Bow Ties, Scarves

The materials are all sourced by working with India’s informal recycling communities, says founder and CEO Bijal Shah. “We pay these hardworking women and men fair wages for their…

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Patagonia to Offer Fair-Trade-Certified Apparel Starting Fall 2014

Outdoor apparel giant Patagonia is going to boost their arm in sustainable fashion, offering Fair Trade Certified apparel in their Fall 2014 collection. Customers can choose from nine…

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Raven + Lily's Debut Apparel Line Supports At-Risk Women in Cambodia

CLOTHING WITH A CONSCIENCE Raven + Lily’s social consciousness has been at the core of the brand since its inception in 2011. Kirsten Dickerson, a 15-year-old veteran of…

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The Up-Shirt: A Tee With the World's Smallest Environmental Footprint

GOING UP Together with Markus Vihma and Ann Runnel, Aus has devised a shirt made entirely from manufacturing leftovers. Because Aus and company use waste material that would otherwise…

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Nordstrom Debuts "Me to We" Line of Kenyan-Made Artisan Accessories

FROM ME TO WE “We currently employ more than 600 artisan mamas who live in Free the Children communities across Kenya,” says Roxanne Joyal, founder of Me to We, in a…

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Emi & Eve Recycle Cambodian Bullets, Bomb Casings Into Jewelry

To Emi & Eve founder Cassandra Postema, fashion is about adorning oneself with what resonates with what is on the inside. Each item should have a story and meaning behind its…

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Lotus Wonders Makes iPad Cases That Empower Women in Cambodia

The team ensures that the women who make the items are paid “above fair wages”. On top of this, a “Wonder Fund” contributes an additional 20% of earnings to the community in…

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Help Raven + Lily Partner With Maasai Artisans, End Female Genital Mutilation

Each collection offered by Raven + Lily strives to be fair trade, eco- friendly, and a means through which women around the world can lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty,…

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Anthropologie Partners With Rags2Riches on Eco-Ethical Bag Collection

CINDERELLA STORY Nearly 300 women now work for Rags2Riches. Most of them mothers, the women receive a 40 percent cut of the retail price of each item they make, along with training in…

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Amazon-Crafted Wooden Clutch Wins Most Socially Responsible Handbag Award

A Venezuelan-crafted minaudière, derived from different plantation-grown Amazon hardwoods, won the “Most Socially Responsible Handbag” at the Seventh Independent Handbag…

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Lemlem Create Ethically Crafted "Mommy and Me" Tops

Say what you like—or don’t like—about Gwyneth Paltrow; the actress-turned-lifestyle-guru sure knows how to pick ‘em. Her latest stab at ecommerce has her Goop venture…

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Lily Cole Debuts Wild Rubber Jewelry That Benefits Amazon Rainforest

WILD ABOUT RAINFORESTS Cole’s collection, available exclusively at online retailer Stylistpick.com, isn’t your typical vanity project. The 25-year-old threw herself into the…

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