14 Eco-Friendly Women's Trench Coats, Blazers, Parkas to Fall for

by , 10/31/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Featured, Features, Women's Eco-Fashion

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ALMOST PARADISE

Feel like the rock star you are with a 100 percent cotton trench coat by EDUN, the ethical, pro-Africa fashion label founded by U2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson.

+ Trench Coat $398

+ EDUN

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AIR APPARENT

A chill- and gloom-chaser in searing hot pink, Vaute Couture’s NYC-made urban snow coat comprises a windproof, water-resistant shell derived zero-waste recycled satin ripstop and a liner insulated with recycled PrimaLoft stuffing.

+ The Airs $258 (originally $430)

+ Vaute Couture

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MAD FOR PLAID

C’mon get preppy with a vintage Pendleton blazer derived from 100 percent wool plaid, complete with deep lapels, flap pockets, and a tailored shape to help you look sharp no matter what you’re wearing underneath.

+ Vintage Plaid Autumn Wool Blazer $48

+ Ruby Rosebud

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GOLDEN FLEECE

Nothing grandpa-ish about the Glen Canyon granddad sweater by Turk + Taylor. It’s made in San Francisco from 100 percent organic-cotton fleece, with a punchy chartreuse color that will light up the dreariest of days.

+ Glen Canyon Granddad Sweater $159 at Jute & Jackfruit

+ Turk + Taylor

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BLAZER OF GLORY

Nau’s take on the traditional peacoat, the Highliner blazer marries tightly woven wool flannel with a water-resistant finish of polyester laminate. For extra snugness, the coat is lined with 100 percent organic-cotton flannel.

+ Highline Blazer $395

+ Nau

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COVER UP

Organic’s John Patrick crafted his sumptuous one-button jacket from a blend of recycled wool and cashmere, with a borrowed-from-the-boys aesthetic that includes single-welt pockets and a notched lapel collar.

+ One-Button Jacket at La Garçone

+ Organic by John Patrick

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THE COVETEUR

A 100 percent cotton-canvas trench from one of Canada’s reigning eco-fashion labels, Covet’s classic topper is so new it hasn’t shipped to stores yet. Snag one on pre-order, however, by getting in touch with Net à la Mode. Tell them we sent you.

+ Trench Coat $300 at Net à la Mode

+ Covet

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TEN HUT

We’d fall in line for Burning Torch’s recycled army jacket, which is crafted in the United States from salvaged military uniforms and trimmed with leather for an extra dose of ruggedness.

+ Recycled Army Jacket $410

+ Burning Torch

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SEEING RED

Stand out from the crowd with Cole Haan’s lacquer red hooded trench. Stitched together from recycled polyester sateen—and bundled with a matching reusable shopping bag—each coat keeps roughly 45 plastic bottles away from our overburdened waste stream.

+ Recycled Poly Eco-Coat $313 (originally $595) at Bluefly

+ Cole Haan

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BUBBLE WRAP

From Eileen Fisher comes a long bubble-hemmed topper that’s the height of utility chic. Made of recycled performance cotton-nylon in olive drab or black, the jacket includes a large funnel collar that can be worn up or folded down, long sleeves with gathered elastic cuffs, a tie waist, and side pockets for chilly mitts.

+ Long Bubble Coat $378 at + Neiman Marcus

+ Eileen Fisher

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BUTTONED UP

Clad in upcycled merino wool, Elroy’s double-breasted Azara jacket offers a toasty trans-seasonal option for fickle fall temperatures and a ladylike cut that will always be in fashion.

+ Azara Jacket $136

+ Elroy

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RE-TRENCH

With its burnt-umber hue and sleek 1970s silhouette, this water-resistant trench coat even includes a removable chocolate-brown liner that peeks above the collar for a contrasting pop of color.

+ Vintage 1970s Trench Coat $48

+ Vacation Vintage

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IT’S A CINCH

Part trench, part raincoat, Patagonia’s Larissa jacket features a dual-layer recycled-polyester shell that repels rain, sleet, and snow with panache. In addition to princess seams for structure and hidden front snaps for a clean finish, the jacket is also recyclable through the company’s Common Threads Recycling Program.

+ Larissa Jacket $69.65 (originally $199) at 6pm

+ Patagonia

 

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Lisa Våglund Upcycles Festival Tents Into Stage Costumes

by , 10/31/11   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Music festivals create more than merriment and boozy afterglows; they also generate a prodigious amount of trash. Lisa Våglund, a recent graduate of the Danish Design School, pitched a solution, transforming discarded tents from the Roskilde Festival—one of the six biggest annual music festivals in Europe—into stage costumes for singer and festival staple Kissey Asplund.

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Prêt-à-Portea, Vivienne Westwood's Active Resistance, DIY Runway Fashion

by , 10/30/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Site Seeing

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The Berkeley Hotel in London is hosting Prêt-à-Portea, a fashion high tea inspired by the Fall/Winter 2012 runway favorites like Stella McCartney’s spot dress, Miu Miu’s glitter pumps, Lanvin’s capes, and Burberry’s trench coat. (British Vogue)

Designer Vivienne Westwood has partnered with Lee Jeans to publish a photography book based on their “100 Days of Active Resistance” online installation last year. (My Fashion Life]

“Make it, don’t buy it” is the new mantra for fashion bloggers on a budget, and blogs like HonestlyWTF and P.S. I Made This are leading the charge for a new resurgence in DIY. (Today.com)

Congratulations to Costello Tagliapietra’s Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra for making honest men out of each other. The grooms’ bought matching bands at Tiffany’s—”our first and only piece of jewelry.” (Daily Front Row)

“Made in Britain” labels are thriving even as China, India, Bangladesh, and other offshore-manufacturing hot spots are becoming less attractive to retailers because of increased labor and freight costs. (Fibre2Fashion)

 

7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Lurking Inside Your Closet

by , 10/29/11   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Featured, Features, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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WHERE’S WALDO

Be the lovable guy everyone is searching for by donning a few simple pieces you probably already own.

COSTUME COMPONENTS

  • Red-and-white striped shirt
  • Jeans
  • Red beanie
  • Black-rimmed glasses
  • Camera with strap
  • Cane (an umbrella would also work in a pinch)

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CAT BURGLAR

Give your favorite stripy shirt a more sinister appearance by pairing it with simple black leggings and a beanie for this easy cat-burglar costume. Grab some shiny baubles off your dresser for a getup that will really “steal” the spotlight.

COSTUME COMPONENTS

  • Black-and-white striped shirt
  • Black leggings
  • Black beanie (with or without cut-outs for your eyes)
  • Laundry bag for slinging over your shoulder
  • Bling
  • Shifty expression

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DORA THE EXPLORER

Be instantly recognizable as everyone’s favorite pint-sized explorer. Bonus points if you can find a blue monkey doll to play the part of Boots.

COSTUME COMPONENTS

  • Fuschia T-shirt
  • Orange shorts
  • White sneakers
  • Yellow socks
  • Purple backpack
  • Yellow beaded bracelet

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GIRL SLEUTH

You don’t need to be a private eye to sniff out components for this 1920s detective costume!

COSTUME COMPONENTS

  • Trench coat or cape (bonus points for houndstooth)
  • Vintage-style cloche hat
  • Mary-jane pumps
  • Magnifying glass
  • Pocket watch for snapping shut dramatically

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MORTON SALT GIRL

We spied this nostalgic Morton Salt Girl costume over at Lucky and love how simple it is to put together.

COSTUME COMPONENTS

  • Yellow dress
  • Yellow cardigan
  • Mary-jane pumps
  • Umbrella
  • Salt-shaker

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UNHAPPY HIPSTER

Bring everybody’s favorite jaded modern-world dwellers to life with this Unhappy Hipsters costume.

COSTUME COMPONENTS

  • Plaid shirt
  • Jeans
  • Slouchy beanie
  • Black-rimmed glasses
  • Fake tattoo
  • Printout of your favorite Unhappy Hipsters caption, like “Forget wabi-sabi, the table was just mean. And so a plan was hatched to eliminate it forever”

 

14 Eco-Friendly Men’s Trench Coats, Jackets, Parkas for Fall Rambles

by , 10/29/11   filed under: Featured, Features, Men's Eco-Fashion

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PLAID TIDINGS

Monitaly designer Yuki Matsuda gives the field jacket a playful makeover by cladding it in plaid. Raw-edge leather drawstrings, dual-angled flap pockets, pencil holsters, and a hidden ventilated hood round out the Paul-Bunyan-takes-the-L-Train look.

+ Hooded Field Jacket $195 (originally $385) at Epaulett

+ Monitaly

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GLOBAL CITIZEN

Soldier on with the California-crafted field jacket by Apolis, which features military pockets, shoulder epaulettes, and 100 percent cotton sateen for waging warmth.

+ Standard Issue Field Jacket $286

+ Apolis

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PORTLAND REPRESENT

The double-breasted raglan trench from Pendleton’s U.S.-made Portland Collection is an heirloom in the making, with a classic macintosh design in 100 percent virgin wool that will help you look effortlessly pulled together, no matter what you’re wearing (or not wearing) underneath.

+ Raglan Trench $452 at Need Supply

+ The Portland Collection by Pendleton

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ROCK THE VAUTE

Named for a certain actor who reminded us we’re all Earthlings, the single-breasted Joaquin overcoat by Vaute Couture comprises a recyclable vegan shell and zero-waste recycled satin ripstop lining, with New York City construction thrown in for good measure.

+ Joaquin $504

+ Vaute Couture

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CALL OF THE WILD

A good thing that keeps getting better, Finisterre’s Etobicoke jacket is in its fifth iteration. Featuring PrimaLoft’s recycled synthetic insulation, the MK V also includes a stronger hem, reinforced cuffs and pockets, and increased overall durability.

+ Etobicoke MK V £135

+ Finisterre

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GO FISH

Made in the United States, the Barracuda jacket from Opening Ceremony offers an all-over cork print inspired by the sands of Morocco. Metal buttons punctuate the rich, textured surface while adjustable waist straps keep the fit loose or cinched.

+ Barracuda Jacket $183 (originally $610)

+ Opening Ceremony

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BOMBERS AWAY

A tailored bomber that resists water, wind, and even dirt? What more could a man ask for in a jacket? Constructed in New York City’s esteemed Garment District, Outlier’s Pivotal jacket combines a Bluesign-certified technical fabric by Schoeller Textiles with Outlier’s patented pivot sleeve for freedom of movement and breathability.

+ Pivotal Bomber Jacket $290

+ Outlier

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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

A vintage style from Sierra Design’s archives, the mountain parka is a true American classic, not least because it was reconstructed in Boulder, CO, with fabric from the company’s California mill. Using the same densely woven cotton-nylon blend in the original cut and colorways, the oldie -but-goodie includes leather pull tabs, cord locks, and the formerly retired “60/40 Made in America” interior label.

+ Mountain Parka $400

+ Sierra Designs

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DUFFLE SHUFFLE

A structured waxed-canvas duffle from the same century-old company that outfitted James Dean, the Ramones, and Bruce Springsteen, Schott’s Navy jacket boasts the same New York City provenance as the long line of coats that preceded it. Thar she blows!

+ Waxed Canvas Short Duffle $470 (originally $575) at Ball and Buck

+ Schott

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COUNTRY STRONG

Your sustainable answer to the quilted Barbour jacket, the Freebox by Patagonia comprises a snag-resistant plain-weave polyester shell, 90 percent recycled polyester insulation, and “barn style” construction for that quasi-provincial air.

+ Freebox Jacket $129

+ Patagonia

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QUIET TIME

Made entirely from salvaged fabrics, Looptworks’ Tranquillo jacket conserves precious resources while harnessing a fraction—make that a nano-fraction—of the 11.8 million tons of textile waste that Americans throw out every year.

+ Tranquillo $175 at YourLume

+ Looptworks

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EVERYBODY CUT LOOSE

A classic American jacket from two iconic American labels, the tin-cloth trucker jacket is an example of collaboration at its best. Made in the United States by Filson for Levi’s, the jacket marries Filson’s most durable, water-repellant fabric with the denim-meister’s trucker design.

+ Tin-Cloth Trucker Jacket $216

+ Levi’s Workwear by Filson

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I SPY

For its first piece of outerwear, Bonobos borrowed style cues from Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlower, and Inspector Clouseau to create the Shamus trench. Stitched in New York City from water-repellant cotton, the slick topper is perfect for “resisting foul play or fouler weather,” says the label.

+ Shamus Trench Coat $298

+ Bonobos

 

Sartoria Makes Cute Undies From Upcycled Cashmere Sweaters

by , 10/28/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear

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If long johns are overkill in your neck of the hemisphere, look to Sartoria’s adorable woolly undies. Each pair is handmade to order in the Great White North—where people really know frosty weather—from upcycled merino-wool and cashmere sweaters. They’re available in four sizes and your choice of rise, with plenty of options for the menfolk, too. Looking for something a little racier? Sartoria’s upcycled garter belt will send thermostats soaring.

+ Undies $45

+ Sartoria

 

14 of Fall 2011's Hottest Fashion Trends, With an Ethical Twist

by , 10/28/11   filed under: Featured, Features

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POLKA DOTS

Tired of stripes? Carrie Parry’s circus-inspired Dot Dress is spot-on. Fairly made in New York City with a luxurious blend of recycled polyester and spandex jersey, the sleek sheath is perfect for layering with long-sleeved shirts and sweaters.

+ Dot Dress $185 at FashionStake

+ Carrie Parry

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FAUX SURE

No need to have a cow to get a slice of the leather action this fall. Free People’s pleated vegan-leather skirt only looks like the genuine article—it’s made of 100 percent polyurethane and completely cruelty-free.

+ Vegan Leather Pleated Skirt $148

+ Free People

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TARTAN WITH A TWIST

From Alexander McQueen to Vivienne Westwood, tartan’s fashion reign isn’t ending anytime soon. This plaid number from Pendleton’s Portland Collection, made in the United States from 100 percent virgin wool, is a sterling example why.

+ Downeast Dress $228 at Anthropologie

+ Pendleton: The Portland Collection

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MIDI SKIRTS

Get your cowgirl on with an ankle-length prairie skirt by one of our go-to designer gals, Gretchen Jones. Made in New York City, where the former Portlander now resides, the skirt features an original print for twirling at the next barn-raising.

+ Ascending Prairie Skirt  $425 at Frances May

+ Gretchen Jones

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GOTTA HAVE PEPLUM

Featuring a mind-bending digital print, derived from a photo of roasting coffee beans in Uganda, David Peck’s Sasha dress presents a romantic sweetheart bustline and peplum detailing. It’s stitched in Houston from 100 percent organic cotton, with 10 percent of its proceeds benefiting the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.

+ Sasha Dress $198 (originally $495)

+ David Peck

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EMBELLISHED SPORTSWEAR

Stay snug as a bug in a rug with Erin Kleinberg’s cozy—and American-made—Logan sweatshirt, which includes metallic-black mesh and distressed embellishments to liven up a cold-weather staple.

+ Logan Sweatshirt $71.95 at Future Standard

+ Erin Kleinberg

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MIXING PRINTS

Remember when the worst fashion faux pas you could make was to be too matchy-matchy? Fall takes mixing complementary (and not-so-complementary) styles to the extreme. For a foolproof look, pair Fair + True’s fair-trade tailored blouse with ASOS Africa’s artisan-crafted side-panel pant, but only if you dare.

+ Fair + True Tailored Blouse £85 at Fashion Conscience

+ ASOS Africa Woven Side-Panel Trouser $80.87 at ASOS

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PLAY ON LACE

H&M piled on the charm with its second Conscience Collection, an expanded range of sustainable dresses, jackets, separates, and shoes that includes this knee-length fitted number in 100 percent organic-cotton lace.

+ Conscience Collection Dress $79.95

+ H&M

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STATEMENT COLLARS

Dramatic jewelry punches up even the most nondescript of attire, but Lizzie Fortunato Jewels’ “Frivolous Tonight” necklace isn’t about to take itself too seriously. Replete with vintage findings, tribal cross-stitched designs, and over-the-top charm, this is one future heirloom your grandchildren will be fighting over when you’re six feet under.

+ Frivolous Tonight Necklace $975 at Charm & Chain

+ Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

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PANTS THAT POP

With fall’s trousers available in every conceivable hue, there’s never been a better time to let your true colors shine. Among our favorites is the slim, tapered jean from the IOU Project, a burgeoning social enterprise that harnesses smartphone technology to connect you to the workers in the supply chain.

+ Slim Color Pant $69

+ IOU Project

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BOOTIE CALL

Show a little ankle this fall with cruelty-free spiked bootie with style for miles. Check out our fall boot roundup for 14 eco-friendly boots that will have everyone talking.

+ Spruce $150 at Compassionate Couture

+ Neuaura

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NEW COLORS ON THE BLOCK

Color-blocking is the word on everyone’s lips, but whether the trend has staying power remains to be seen. If you must indulge, consider investing in a statement purse such as GUNAS’s eye-popping saddlebag. It’s made of vegan materials and will be a looker and “laster” for years to come.

+ Neon 2 Cross Body Bag $225

+ GUNAS

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HOT LIPS

The mercury may be falling but lip colors are only getting hotter for fall. For an all-natural, nontoxic lipstick, try Primitive’s conditioning gloss in “Morocco.” Packed with healthful ingredients like jojoba oil, Shea butter, and Vitamin E extract, the lip-smacker delivers a rich terracotta hue without any nasty synthetics.

+ Natural Lipstick in Morocco $16 at Future Natural

+ Primitive

 

Manolo Blahnik, M. Patmos Make Eco-Friendly Shoes From Waste Tilapia Skins, Cork

by , 10/28/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Featured, Green Designers, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Spring/Summer 2012

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A eco-friendly Manolo Blahnik shoe isn’t something we expected to see in our lifetime, but stranger things have happened. The luxury shoemaker, name-checked by Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City, has teamed up with award-winning designer Marcia Patmos to create a collection of sandals for spring. Made from discarded tilapia skins, cork, and raffia, the two styles—a double-strap flat and a sophisticated open-toed pump—will be available in a combination of electric blue, black, ecru, and fluorescent yellow.

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Studio NL’s “Umbrella Coat” Offers a Hands-Free Solution for Rainy Days

by , 10/27/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Featured

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Navigating city streets on a rainy day is a chore, particularly if you’re commuting on foot with your umbrella/briefcase/groceries/stroller/labradoodle in tow. For the pavement-pounders of the world, Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL has an ingenious solution: a full-body jumpsuit that incorporates an umbrella, raincoat, and waterproof trousers. Winner of the Silver A’ Design Award in Fashion and Jewellery Design earlier this month, the “Umbrella Coat” can be adjusted according to the severity of the weather. The capacious hood keeps its wearer dry without the awkwardness of holding an umbrella, providing a hands-free option for folks with enough to juggle even on the driest of days.

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Seaweed Dye Offers Greener Alternative to Plastic Screen-Printing Ink

Seaweed Dye Offers Greener Alternative to Plastic Screen-Printing Ink

Photo by secretlondon123 That hard, rubbery texture on your favorite screen-printed tee? More likely than not, it’s plastisol, a PVC-derived ink that not only releases harmful…

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Shrine Rack Turns Your Shoe Collection Into Space-Saving Wall Art

Shrine Rack Turns Your Shoe Collection Into Space-Saving Wall Art

An extra shoebox on your closet floor is the last thing you need when you practically live in one. That’s why we’re smitten with Shrine Rack’s nifty wall-mounted shoe…

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John Bartlett Thinks Cruelty-Free Fashion is Going to the Dogs (Literally!)

John Bartlett Thinks Cruelty-Free Fashion is Going to the Dogs (Literally!)

John Bartlett is a New York fashion designer with not one but two Council of Fashion Designers of America awards under his belt, along with such titles as Swarovski Best Newcomer and…

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Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Recycles Wood Chips Into Snakeskin-Like Couture

Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Recycles Wood Chips Into Snakeskin-Like Couture

WOODEN YOU KNOW Eschewing virgin resources, Nieuwenhuys worked with bio-waste firm InCrops Enterprise Hub in Norwich to obtain discarded pieces of plywood, which she then laser-cut into…

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Would You Pay $300,000 for a T-Shirt If It Helped Starving Children in Africa?

Would You Pay $300,000 for a T-Shirt If It Helped Starving Children in Africa?

Is $300,000 for a T-shirt unreasonable if it’s for a good cause? Threadless doesn’t think so. The community-based T-shirt manufacturer linked arms with branding firm BBH New…

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Carrie Parry’s Spring 2012 Line Channels French Films of Jean-Luc Godard

Carrie Parry’s Spring 2012 Line Channels French Films of Jean-Luc Godard

CITY OF LIGHTS Parry borrowed cues from classic Parisian style, as well as the romance and whimsy of Godard’s early 1960s films, particularly A Woman is a Woman. And while their…

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Is Synthetic Clothing Causing "Microplastic" Pollution in Our Oceans?

Is Synthetic Clothing Causing "Microplastic" Pollution in Our Oceans?

Think of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and visions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch invariably come to mind. But an emerging breed of “microplastics,”…

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6 DIY Pumpkin-Skincare Products You Can Make at Home (Plus 1 to Buy)

6 DIY Pumpkin-Skincare Products You Can Make at Home (Plus 1 to Buy)

Photo by Kim Love PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB ¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin ¼ cup brown sugar Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub…

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"Dead Men's Patterns" Features Bespoke Garment Patterns of the Dearly Departed

"Dead Men's Patterns" Features Bespoke Garment Patterns of the Dearly Departed

It’s been said that dead men tell no tales, but would they stay equally mum about their tailoring? For artist Hormazd Narielwalla, author of the limited-edition book Dead…

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