It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so make things merry and bright by choosing sustainable fashion this gift-giving season. To lend a hand, here’s a listing of free events and holiday markets happening in and around New York City in December. The best part? It won’t cost you a thing to scope them out. Check back often—we’ll be updating this schedule throughout the month.
When: Nov. 30 to Dec. 1
Where: Starrett Lehigh Building, 601 W. 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Why: Browse and buy the wares of 25 women-owned sustainable businesses that incorporate astute attention to design, craft, women empowerment, environmental responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Supplemental programming includes DIY events, film screenings, and panels, musical entertainment, and an ongoing art exhibition of women artists sponsored by the Underline Gallery
When: Dec. 1
Where: Mercedes Club, 550 W. 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
CARRIE PARRY FIT/TRUNK SHOW
When: Dec. 5 to 6
Where: Alvanon, 145 W. 30th St. Suite 1000, New York, NY 10001
Who: Women who wear sizes 2 to 12
Why: Get fitted by the apparel-fit experts at Alvanon, fill out a brief survey about your size and fit preferences, and receive 50 percent off Carrie Parry’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection, 20 percent off a future Internet purchase, and a free goodie bag.
When: Dec. 6 to 7
Where: Showroom NY, 262 W. 38th St., Suite 506, New York, NY 10018
Why: Scope out the holiday sales of 10 fashion-design entrepreneurs come together; 10 percents of proceeds go to New York Cares to Support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Plus, drop off your gently used coats for folks in need.
When: Dec. 8
Where: The End NYC, 13 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Why: The one-day-only pop-up shop will feature American-made clothing, accessories and jewelry from a host of New York-based designers, including Silk and Cyanide, Tilly and William, and Eki’s Famous.
HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE
When: Dec. 8 (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Where: Apt. 3, 78 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205
How: RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org