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Camper, Ethical Fashion Initiative Collaborate on Ethiopian-Made Shoes

SHOES WITH SOUL “We are extremely pleased to work with Camper, a family-owned company with strong values and a long-term perspective on our collaboration,” Simone Cipriani, head…

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"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is a unique collection of handbags made from unusual cow body parts that not only shows how much of each animal is wasted, but also how well-disguised…

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Oliberté Creates Jobs in Africa by Manufacturing Its Shoes on the Continent

WALKING TALL Although the business launched in 2009 with only two silhouettes and a handful of employees, it’s now a global brand that’s projected to sell between 20,000 and…

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Organic by John Patrick's Resort 2013 Collection is a Boho Boy-Girl Party

POP ART Patrick’s muse? Edit DeAk, co-founder of the ’70s zine Art-Rite, high priestess of the art world, and “epicenter of avant-garde,” Patrick tells Ecouterre…

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Titania Inglis Channels '90s Grunge at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Inglis describes her look as “grunge gone medieval,” citing medieval armor and the marine-life illustrations of Ernst Haeckel as influences. A mix of…

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John Patrick Organic is a Beautiful Vision at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

A BEAUTIFUL VISION For the first time in years, Patrick and his team (specifically Walter Fleming and Patrick Negron) styled the looks themselves. “That was very…

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Get a "Behind the Seams" Look at Billykirk's American-Made Leather Goods

A FINE BROMANCE It was in Los Angeles, however, that Billykirk found its footing, beginning as a small outfit that tinkered in handmade leather watch straps. Kirk, the younger Bray, has…

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Vote for Your Favorite Blogger Outfit, Win a Pair of Eco-Chic Naya Shoes!

How many shoes does a girl really need? Naya set out to find the answer by asking its favorite eco-fashion bloggers—including Ecouterre’s own Yuka Yoneda—to assemble a…

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Vegetable-Tanned Leather Sandals by Apolis Preserve Israeli Craftsmanship

Embracing authenticity, artesian aesthetics, and accessibility, Apolis is a social enterprise that empowers people to create inspiring products. (“Apolis,” taken from the Greek,…

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Helen Furber's Modular, Stalactite-Like Heels Redefine Sustainable Luxury

We’re not the only ones who think that shoes should take the higher ground, physically or otherwise. Helen Furber, a recent graduate of the London College of Fashion, has created…

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Is "Sustainable" Leather Really Better for the Environment?

Galahad Clark, owner and director of Terra Plana As long as people eat meat, leather can be an industry byproduct and a realistic sustainable proposition. A huge shift in cattle…

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Millican's Classic Utility Bags For Eco-Adventurers Pack Style, Sustainability

Millican’s rucksacks, field bags, and travel accessories may resemble something you’d find in a musty antiques shop or among the cobwebs of your eccentric…

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Eco-Footwear Goes Mainstream With Launch of Naya Shoes

Call a bandwagon a bandwagon if you must, but Naya isn’t just a fresh-off-the-presses line of eco-friendly wedges, heels, and flats. It’s also a ringing endorsement that the…

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Terra Plana's Recycled Quilt Booties Are a Step in the Right Direction

We’ve been fanboys (and girls) of Terra Plana for quite some time, but its new boho-chic booties have brought our fervor for the sustainable shoe maker to a new high. The classic…

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Can Leather Be Eco-Friendly...Ever?

Elizabeth Olsen, founder and owner of Olsenhaus Producing leather—whether by chrome/chemical tanning or vegetable tanning—comes with a host of problems. It heavily contributes to…

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