In the world of eco-fashion, the Green Room at premiere fashion trade show Designers & Agents is a coveted spot that only the most promising up and coming sustainable brands can show in. Unlike the rest of the show, emerging designers are handpicked to fill each sought-after nook in the room based solely on their talent . So it was with an insane amount of enthusiasm that we accepted the opportunity to be the sole shoppers reporters in the bright and cheery space filled with the dreamiest dresses, coziest coats, and poshest pants—all with a sustainable spin. In fact, we spent so much time drooling over these truly quality garments, that it became difficult to part with them when the show was over! Read on to see our picks—modeled, of course, by yours trulies…
JESSICA IN TURK + TAYLOR
Senior Editor Jessica went for a schoolgirl chic ensemble, layering a superfine alpaca wool and silk blend cardigan in navy with delicate recycled leather rose brooch by Anardo and Skyum over a sheer recycled polyester bias cut tank in silver by Turk + Taylor. Her skirt made of wool, hemp, and lyocell blend is also by Turk + Taylor. Jessica finished off the look with her own gilded TOMS Shoes.
JILL IN AYNI
It was love at first site for Editor-in-Chief Jill when she first stepped into the Green Room and spotted Anardo & Skyum’s sophisticated sweater dresses. These comfortable and classy garments are made out of sustainable alpaca wool and silk and are crafted in Peru by Andean women who receive fair wages and take pride in being able to improve their living conditions through their work. Jill’s wrist is adorned with a high-impact leaf cuff by Alkemie that is crafted on entirely recycled materials.
OLIVIA IN PO-ZU
Editor Olivia is a big fan of comfort, so she immediately liked these cushy wool, natural latex, and coconut husk ballet flats by PO-ZU. Since she could only participate in our photoshoot for a few moments, she quickly picked out the first thing that caught her eye: an adorable and locally produced bubble wand pendant necklace by Laura Lobdell Jewelry. We were disappointed to learn that this particular necklace was not made of reclaimed metals, but Laura assured us that they can be specially ordered as such—just give her the word!
YUKA IN HOUSE-WEAR
My personal tastes run toward the avant garde, so my pick was a bit different. This cheeky trompe l’oeil shift dress by House-Wear from their new PAPER WEAR collection and is made out of Tyvek—yes, what mailing envelopes are made of! “Aren’t you getting all sweaty, though?” a few passersby inquired. To my surprise, I wasn’t! The material is totally breathable, washable, and to our delight, recyclable!
PETEY IN INHABITAT
And of course, we would be remiss not to give a shoutout to our resident Editor-in-Training(pants), Petey, sporting his Inhabitat “I Give a Hoot” onesie. What superb taste for a youngster!