Jill is the the founder of Pure Thread :: an internationally recognized taste-maker in sustainable luxury fashion, offering styling, textile sourcing, and exclusive curated collections each season.
A passionate tastemaker and trendsetter with expertise in the designer and contemporary fashion market, Jill always anticipates the waves of the future, both in fashion and in its greater context. PureThread is based on her intentions to define contemporary beauty in deeper terms than the surface charm of a beautiful garment. Each season, PureThread Pop Up Stores showcase a curated selection of the best ethical fashion brands from around the world.
Jill presents her vision of clean sophistication by showcasing contemporary ethical fashion brands and merchandising the finest in casual luxury fashion, as she selects special items from a diverse array of designers based on her taste level and intuition. Jill believes that the lifestyle shopping atmosphere fosters a unique connection with customers, as they discover their own personal expressions of style.
She is New York's fashion ambassador for the CLASS eco- textile library. Along with CLASS founder Giusy Bettoni, Jill is creating a community of like-minded designers and fashion companies whose focus is on design and ethics.
Jill has her fingers on the pulse of the newest textiles in sustainable fashion. At her studio, designers can touch and feel many of the best and newest in sustainable textiles, further develop their own sustainable line, market eco-textile products, and/or develop hangtags and a sales strategy for their new collection.
Dress (by Leila Hafzi, Organic Cotton “Life Cloth” Dress :: this dress went through a 5000-year old Ayurvedic treatment of textiles where as many as 40 herbs are combined in synergy; the process is completely free of synthetic chemicals, toxins, and is completely organic, sustainable, an biodegradable; roots, flowers, leaves, seeds and bark of around 2000 herbs are used to make the dyes; made fairly in Kathmandu)
Cashmere Cardigan (by Kristensen Du Nord, hand-stitched by Italian craftsmen)
Bangle Bracelets (by Monique Pean, handmade by artisans in NYC and around the globe using recycled gold and platinum)
Pearl Earrings (by Gabrielle Sanchez, made in NYC)
Necklace (by Gabriella Kiss, made in NYC)
Kelley is a sustainability researcher, activist and the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of majestic disorder magazine, an international quarterly print arts + culture publication that she co-founded with her husband Sean. A native of Chicago, Kelley has lived in Tanzania but now calls London her home.
While at university, she studied political science and English literature with the intention of becoming a human rights attorney. However, after spending a summer living in Tanzania working for an NGO, she had a change of heart and moved to London to pursue a degree in journalism with a concentration on sustainable fashion. In March 2014, she founded majestic disorder.
Focusing on nomadic cultures and sustainable lifestyles, Kelley uses majestic disorder magazine to encourage consumers to exchange empty consumption for luxury sustainability and social responsibility through new and repurposed design.
Her magazine campaigns for the highest standards of transparency within the industry, leads with an all paid editorial staff, promotes independent artisans and works with local universities to set up paid internships and work placements. Her aim is to empower and reshape the way we think of secondhand, vintage and eco-friendly aesthetics, as well as ethical living and production.
Kelley believes in the future of sustainability and the impact travel and promoting positive body image and diversity has on humanity. Spending about a third of the year traveling for work each year, her colorful style is a result of her travels and the pieces she picks up at local markets, vintage stores and independent shops that stock sustainable designers.
Today, in between running majestic disorder magazine, Kelley is preparing to start her MPhil/PhD next fall, researching sustainable labels, traveling, reading and hunting the streets of London for the best gluten-free beer and fair-trade coffee.
Sunglasses (1960s vintage from Rare Eyewear in San Francisco)
Scarf (second-hand Diane von Furstenberg, purchased on eBay)
Bracelets (beaded bracelets handmade in Africa from reclaimed materials, vintage snake bracelet from Hirst Antiques in London)
Rings (second-hand and vintage; engagement ring made from repurposed sterling silver and ethically mined turquoise)
Shoes (thrifted in Portugal)
Ariel was born in Northern California and currently lives in New York City. While being raised in the idyllic fields of Sonoma County, she was instilled with a respect for the natural world and a drive to protect & respect the environment. Through modeling and her love of clothing, Ariel understands the importance of fashion / textile production to create beauty and culture in the world, but she also realizes how destructive it can be to the environment and humanity.
Ariel believes that by representing “green” she can be a role model for individuals looking to change their habits in order to support a healthier planet. In her late teens, Ariel entered the modeling scene serendipitously, through a photo shoot about Yoga for Scoliosis for Yoga Journal. From there she launched a modeling career and continues to work exclusively with designers, stylists, brands and photographers that share her same vision for natural beauty and environmentalism.
Educated in International Relations and Spanish language, Ariel has a broad understanding of the impact of the degradation of the environment on people’s everyday lives. Currently, Ariel works for a small high-end American made furniture company called BDDW which has a showroom in Manhattan and Milan. This position allows her to utilize her sales skills to share the beauty and craftsmanship of heirloom quality and handmade pieces.
Like most New Yorkers, Ariel also dabbles in other occupations like blogging for The Fashion Globe, starting her yoga teacher training and buying for her family's hotel and Fair Trade gift shop. Ariel wants to work toward creating a more respectful and aware modeling and fashion industry, where beauty does not compromise the world around us.
Denim Shirt (by Everlane, made fairly in Hangzhou, China, see the factory story here)
Grey Undershirt (received via a clothing swap with girlfriends)
Floral Pants (by Carrie Parry, made in NYC, USA of silk)
Greek Shoes (gift from Ariel's mom)
Jade Earrings (by Ted Muehling, made in NYC, USA)
Myrrhia is a designer and entrepreneur whose contemporary women's knitwear company is headquartered in Oakland, CA. Myrrhia makes clothes that are not costumes, not uniforms, but a form of self-expression. Her label's inspiration comes from self-actualization and the concept of reaching one's potential. She works only with yarns and fibers that are grown and spun in the USA, choosing local and organic whenever possible.
For Myrrhia, fine knitwear is a continuation of family tradition :: her maternal great-grandfather started out peddling clothes out of the trunk of a car, and her grandfather and great-uncle opened a chain of women’s clothing stores in the midwest. At age 7, she was already learning how to knit from her paternal grandmother.
Originally from Santa Cruz, Myrrhia was born in the mountains and moved into town when she was seven years old. She spent her high school & college years skateboarding, climbing trees, swimming in the ocean and going to beach-raves. She has a lot of treasured memories from those days, although she realizes that that lifestyle can steal your ambition.
She moved to Minneapolis for law school in 2004 to gain a new perspective, and then moved to Oakland upon graduation to start her own business in 2007. Myrrhia's knits and accessories are inspired by friends and family, technology, and space.
Bag (by Platinum Dirt, made in Oakland, CA, USA using reclaimed leather)
Pyramid Box Dress (by Myrrhia, made in Oakland, CA, USA using low-impact dyed tencel)
Jacket (by Myrrhia, made in Oakland, CA, USA using California-grown organic cotton)
Sandals (by Moxie Shoes, handmade in Oakland, CA, USA)
Earrings (by Scorpion Sisters, made in USA using reclaimed and vintage materials)
Jessika is the founder of Style Me Sustainable :: a blog that is dedicated to finding you the hautest sustainable fashion trends that support reused, recycled, reclaimed, natural/organic and ethically made products.
She hopes to inspire others to join in the global movement of putting an end to wasting our earth's limited resources and compromising our own health. For Jessika, it's all about working to "inspire people to live out their dreams while living within the planets' means."
Here, she's sporting an entirely thrifted outfit, and enjoying the fruits of a most beautiful organic strawberry farm!
Kristin is a musician and makeup artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She knows that people have been putting the earth and themselves at risk for the sake of fashion and beauty since ancient Egypt -- where men and women would paint dark lines around their eyes to ward off evil and dangerous spirits, deflect the harsh desert sun and prevent eye infections. The black kohl came from an ingredient called galena, a dark gray ore of poisonous lead.
As an artist at Juut Salonspa and an educator for Aveda, a leader in the environmentally-responsible beauty movement, Kristin teaches her clients and students that we no longer need to sacrifice the well-being of our planet, our own health or the conditions of the people growing our beauty products' ingredients, to look and feel our best. With high-performing organic and plant-based formulas and uplifting sustainable sourcing stories, the Aveda wearer can feel good about the products they're using.
Not surprisingly, many women are turned off when they discover that numerous cosmetic lines use ingredients like carmine beetles, fish scales, beef fat and tar in their formulations. Aveda utilizes skin-loving ingredients such as blueberries, tourmaline, ginger and vanilla.
Kristin sees firsthand that people today care a great deal about what they put into and on their bodies, and yet many don't seem to wonder about the sourcing stories behind their clothing. This surprises her because when those sources are examined, we often find unethical working conditions, negative environmental impact, depletion of natural resources, and even toxic cancer-causing chemicals.
Kristin has always had a love for vintage clothing finds as well as one-of-a-kind garments and jewelry with a positive narrative behind them. Shopping at vintage and thrift stores began as a way to avoid looking like everyone else, but Kristin now sees that it's guilt-free fashion in addition to an exhilarating treasure hunt.
When she’s not painting faces, Kristin can be found singing and playing bass in her band, Catbath, riding her bicycle and, along with her husband, Kyle, attending music events around the Twin Cities. She looks forward to spreading the word on sustainable fashion to the people in her life.
Leather Vest (vintage from 1970s)
Chiffon Tank (by American Apparel, Made in Los Angeles, USA)
Cotton Pants (vintage from 1960s)
Clogs (by Swedish Hasbeens, handmade with respect to people and the environment)
Pencil Necklace (vintage from 1920s)
Necklace (by Laura Lombardi, handmade in Chicago, USA of repurposed materials)
Gold Bracelet (vintage)
Rubber Bracelets (from Made with Love Project, fair trade and made of recycled materials, proceeds support Empire des Enfants - a center for homeless children in Dakar, Senegal)
Earrings (vintage, from her Mom's closet)
Ring (by Jessica Matrasko, handmade in Los Angeles/Minneapolis, USA)
Lisa is a sustainability writer, researcher & consultant, and the author of Sustainability with Style. She was born in the USA but has called Sydney, Australia home for the past decade. Lisa's style bounces between boho beach and urban chic, usually landing somewhere in between.
Her first sustainability lightbulb moment happened when she learned that most 'to go' coffee cups are not recyclable, and she has not looked back since. She completed a Masters degree studying environmental behavior change, worked as Marketing Manager for the Green Building Council of Australia, and most recently co-founded Clean Cut, an Australian sustainable fashion organization that hosted the first sustainable runway to be included in Sydney's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Today, Lisa is working on her PhD, studying sustainable fashion shopping, writing, and continuing to strive for the perfect blend of sustainability with style.
Denim Top (vintage, 100% cotton, picked up in Nashville last year on a road trip across the USA)
Skirt (by Lalesso, fair trade, made in Kenya, Lalesso offsets to be carbon neutral; the writing around the bottom of the skirt is in Swahili, and it says something along the lines of 'Water does not flow uphill' :: a beautiful reminder about letting go and living life as it comes)
Shoes (by Funkis, made ethically in Sweden using sustainable timber and naturally dyed leather)
Karen co-founded Stewart+Brown, along with her husband Howard Brown, in 2002 and oversees all design and production activities. Prior to Stewart+Brown, Karen was a Designer at Patagonia, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie.
Karen has cemented her place as a leader in both Fashion and LOHAS circles. She actively serves as an Advisor to Teens Turning Green, a Mentor to Otis School of Art and Design and a speaker at many conferences including Women In Green and Women of the Green Generation. Karen makes her home in Ventura, CA along with her husband Howard, daughter Hazel and son Huxley. She spends as much time as possible at her family retreat in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.
Henley Blouse (by Stewart+Brown, organic cotton, made in Los Angeles, USA)
Printed Tank (by Stewart+Brown, organic pima cotton, made in Los Angeles, USA)
Braided Labradorite Nugget Wrap Bracelet / Necklace (by Love Heals, fairly made in Bali, for each piece sold 10 trees are planted in Ehtiopia)
Tara is the owner and head designer for the New York-based clothing label Study, an ethical contemporary womenswear brand produced in New York City using sustainable materials.
Tara makes seasonless clothing locally and ethically without subscribing to the traditional fashion calendar. Her goal is to create the ideal wardrobe for their ideal individuals (you). Tara believes that the clothes we wear should be well-made using quality materials, and the hands that manipulate those materials should be respected and cared for. With that in mind, Study tells the story of how their clothing is made, one step at a time.
Tara was born and raised in Montreal, a city known for cultivating young talent before setting it free on the world. In primary school, she was a big math nerd and won a contest to become Canada's top math student in the 4th grade. In high school, Tara was captain of the debate team and planned to study political science and become the first female Prime Minister of Canada. Instead, she studied menswear tailoring in a design school that offered a lot in terms of technical training.
After graduation, she spent a year traveling around Australia, making costumes for Mardi Gras and doing work for local tailors. Upon her return to Montreal, she started working in the denim industry where she learned how to design, cut, fit and wash a pair of jeans in more ways than are imaginable. After 6 years of making jeans, she knew it wasn't her calling, and applied her industry education to starting an eco-friendly mass-consumer line called Covet. This line benefited from her vast knowledge of production and textile sourcing.
In 2009, Tara finally started Study NY, a line that was all her own. Small, conceptual, sustainable and ever-changing, Study is her outlet for all she feels is missing from the fashion industry. Mainly it's her way to make clothing she wants to wear, and wants to see others wearing.
Jumpsuit (vintage Diane Von Furstenberg, purchased at Amarcord Vintage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn about 6 years ago)
Shoes (by Study NY x Taller NU, sheepskin leather hand cross-stitched by female prisoners in Mexico City who are provided living wage compensation for their work)
Hannah is a blogger and non-profit consultant who is passionate about social justice. Her closet is full of well-worn items that have been gifted, thrifted, and ethically made. She loves that she can literally "wear her convictions on her sleeve" when donning an ethically made outfit. She's inspired by bold prints, traditional motifs, and versatile pieces that can be used often. You can find her thoughts and musings on Lifestyle Justice.
Tank (by Mi Esperanza, available on Liz Alig Fair Trade Clothing, stitched together from recycled, worn out t-shirts by women in Honduras, the nonprofit provides job skills, training and a living wage to its employees)
Shorts (available on Liz Alig Fair Trade Clothing, made of handwoven and block printed fabric by artisans in India)
Hat (vintage wool, made in USA)
Necklace (by Starfish Project, made by women in Southeast Asia, who are part of a program that provides housing, education, and sustainable employment to women who are survivors of sex trafficking)
Merijam is the founder and designer behind Folk Project. After studying art history and anthropology of Oceania at L'Ecole du Louvre in Paris, Merijam pursued fashion design at L'Atelier Chardon-Savard where she excelled and graduated valedictorian.
During her scholarship, she found inspiration in the material culture of people still living in a traditional way, such as gypsies in Transylvania and folks from northern Hungary. She also gained great interest in ancient textiles, like "boutis" from Provence, as well as recycled fabrics. Shortly after, her idea for Folk Project was born.
The mission of the project is to travel the world looking for unique textiles and turn them into bespoke decorative pieces, such as furniture, handbags and accessories. Folk Project uses a raw material known as the Huipil, which is an essential piece of the Guatemalan and Mexican traditional costumes. Every Huipil is bought at a fair price from the artists in order to promote the survival of their traditions.
Through Folk Project's creations, Merijam aims to highlight the creative work of the indigenous woman who often remains invisible to modern society. By using huipil in the world of modern living, she hopes to showcase their craft on a global platform and give them the acknowledgement they deserve.
Folk Project is all about introducing a piece of the traditional world to the modern one, in turn creating a refreshing design unique to the global living style.
Feather Hat (vintage, purchased at an antique market in France)
Collar (by Folk Project, made of fabric remnants)
Purse (by Folk Project, made using huipil)
*This hat reminds Merijam of a medicine man :: she feels like a medicine woman when she wears it. :)
Sophie is the cofounder of Teysha :: her purpose is to create opportunities for people to express themselves, follow their passions, and work for a shared prosperous future.
Through working in rural communities in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru, Sophie experienced a similar situation :: smart, creative, hard working people who struggled to earn a living or move forward because of lack of opportunities, be that access to market, capital, or support. Through internships with the Whole Planet Foundation in Guatemala and Peru, Sophie felt the amazing transformation in women’s lives when they had the opportunity to create and grow their own businesses.
After graduating from the University of Texas, Sophie and her partner Travis began their company Teysha, an international development company seeking to create opportunities for artisans to share their crafts, for people to take action and empower communities directly, and for the world to celebrate diversity and ethically made goods.
Teysha now operates a collaborative design workshop in Guatemala where traditional boot makers and craftspeople join with weavers and textiles artisans from around the Americas, and customers around the world, to create one of a kind, wearable art.
They are currently rocking Teysha across the USA on their "Keep Earth Weird" Tour. Follow their adventures here!
Top (by Mamie Ruth, made in USA by Savannah-based designer Emily Bargeron)
Hat (by Mamie Ruth, made in Mexico)
Boots (by Teysha, El Botine style with Blue Waves design, fair trade, made in Guatemala)
Feather Earring (by Universal Love Jewelry, made in New Orleans, USA)
Photos by Anna Winslow
Samuel grew up in the remote village of Benesti in pre-revolutionary Romania in a large family. There, he experienced first hand the struggles one faces growing up in poverty in a communist ruled country. While Samuel and his family immigrated to the United States when he was only eight, his parents taught him and his eleven brothers and sisters to never forget their humble beginnings, to display gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon them and to always give back to those less fortunate. So for the next twenty years, giving back is exactly what Samuel has set out to do.
Throughout college, Samuel dedicated much of his free time to causes and organizations he believed in, often traveling to poverty-stricken countries where he assisted with the building of schools and orphanages. In 2001, Samuel returned to Romania for the first time since moving to America and though the country was no longer under communist rule, poverty still remained. As he witnessed street children and orphans trudging through the rain and snow with inadequate shoes or too often no shoes at all, Bistrian knew he had to help.
Upon graduation from Dallas Baptist University, Samuel took a job with a major department store in Dallas, Texas where he worked over the next few years. During this time he continued his service to those in need by sending clothes, shoes and money back to his home country and taking annual trips back to Romania doing humanitarian work. However, it never seemed to be enough. So in 2010 Samuel decided to take the experience and knowledge he gained working in retail fashion at Neiman Marcus for nearly a decade and merge it with the humanitarian efforts he held so close to his heart to create a charity based company that could give back on a grander scale. With the help of friends and family, Roma Provisions (Roma Boots) was finally born.
Roma means amor, and amor means Love. Roma Boots combines fashion with a mission to help eradicate the cycle of poverty afflicting street children and orphans. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need.
Through Roma, Samuel has been able to bring bring hope, love and lasting impact to thousands of street children and orphans not only in his home country of Romania, but throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Central America and Asia.
Kathryn is the designer and owner/creator of the clothing line GreenLinebyK. She's a fashion activist and activist for an array of social causes :: ethical labor practices, Habitat for Humanity and local causes.
As the owner of Stitched on Cape Cod, an upscale tailoring shop, Kathryn's life focus is on doing the next right thing in all situations. She was on the Brands Team for Fashion Revolution USA, designed the notable Transparency Dress, has been an invited guest on Sirius Radio XM, and is currently partnered with Amy Dufault for The Tailor Project, a year-long mending and design collaboration (Amy + her local tailor Kathryn).
Most recently, Kathryn created #shiftforshift :: a shift dress for a local eco boutique which is completely customizable and will be ordered on a sushi style menu.
Dress (by GreenLinebyK, linen, made-to-order in the USA)
Ring (by Sara Westermark Jewelry, handmade in the USA)
Necklace (fair trade from Lithuania)
Viktoria is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Lozena. She started the company with her sister and mother because they found there was a lack of responsibly made clothing in the upscale, mainstream marketplace.
Through Lozena, Viktoria is working to make sustainable fashion synonymous with high-end fashion. Her Bulgarian heritage inspires her to design elegant, yet unconventional clothing that is a modern reinterpretation of traditional dress and that appeals to style trendsetters.
Preserving traditional craft, bolstering the livelihoods of artisans, and treading lightly on the earth is of utmost importance in her business. Viktoria is a risk taker in life and with her style, and her goal is to motivate women to be true to themselves, to be kind to others, and to live close to nature!
Traveling and interacting with new people of different cultures is Viktoria’s favorite thing to do. She also loves great food, tennis, live music and the wilderness.
Viktoria was able to collaborate with photographer • stylist • ethical fashion advocate Abigail Doan of Lost in Fiber for this stunning shoot.
Skirt (by Lozena, New Zealand merino lambswool, hand woven in India, fair trade, azo/iso free dye / contrast : organic raw silk, hand woven in Cambodia, fair trade, non-heavy metal dye)
Top (by LUDUS, responsibly and locally made in Macedonia)
Necklace (by Polina Stoeva – P.S. Clothes and Accessories, handmade in Bulgaria)
Earrings (vintage, glass)
Traci is the founder of REpurposingNOLA Piece by Peace, a New Orleans based sustainable fashion brand. Traci utilizes excess fabrics from the community (burlap coffee sacks, upholstery remnants, salvaged belts) to create signature bags inspired by her kinetic wanderlust.
Her bags have graced the pages of People Style Watch and Country Living, among others. Because summer in New Orleans can be unbearably hot, Traci loves to wear accessories that make a statement against a nude canvas; she craves fashion that is uniquely handmade from shoes to bags to jewelry.
Leather Cuff with Heart Fossil (by Jess Leigh, made in New Orleans, USA using leftover belt piece from Traci's own designs)
Wooden Ring (made in Spain by Nerja artist, carved from an olive tree)
Vintage Key Necklace (vintage, found at Mixed Pickles Antiques in Oakland, CA)
Necklace (by Saints for Sinners, made in New Orleans, USA)
Carpetbagger (by REpurposingNOLA Piece by Peace, made from repurposed materials in New Orleans, USA)
ECO-City-HoBo Bag (by REpurposingNOLA Piece by Peace, made from repurposed materials in New Orleans, USA)
Boots (by Minnetonka, made in USA)
“As a society, we need to phase out our disposable mindset and go back to one of built to last.”
Dustin is the designer behind Platinum Dirt, a label that creates modern meets edgy apparel made from dream cars. Each one-of-a-kind piece features upcycled upholstery from vintage Cadillacs, Lincolns, BMWs, and Mercedes.
Dustin develops his designs in the heart of Oakland’s art district. As part of the slow-fashion movement, he believes in quality, American-made craftsmanship, created by artisans making a living wage, and using sustainable materials. Trend-setting stars from Jamie Foxx to Carlos Santana have rocked Platinum Dirt’s VIN Jackets.
VIN Jacket (by Platinum Dirt, handmade in Oakland, CA using reclaimed leather from automobiles and a hood ornament for the zipper)
Tee (original design by Dustin, before he started making jackets)
Jeans (vintage Diesel)
Janelle is the Operations Manager and Creative Director for non-profit Well Aware, which works with communities across Kenya to set up sustainable clean water systems. When not at work, she's reading about sustainable development models, hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, continuing on her Austin coffee tour ::#theyearofcoffee :: or wandering around with her 35mm camera in hand.
Janelle recently pared down her closet to about 1/3 of its size, selling her old clothes on Instagram to start rebuilding her staple collection with as many ethically sourced pieces as possible.
"I want my purchases to tell women they are enough; to help men and women take pride in the work they do; to give back to communities; to provide an actually sustainable living for artisans and their families. 2014 has been such a fun journey of learning about new fair trade, local, & eco-friendly companies and I'm thankful for others who have decided to do the same."
Tank Top (by Freeloader, made in USA)
Undershirt (by H&M conscious collection)
Skirt (vintage, garage sale find from over 10 years ago!)
Boots (by Teysha, fair trade, handmade in Guatemala)
Scarf (from Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade from India)
Gold Drop Earrings (from Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade from India)
Gold Bangles (from Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade from India)
Glasses (by Warby Parker, with each pair purchased, a pair is given to someone in need)
Key Necklace and Bracelet (by Giving Keys, social business providing jobs to homeless men and women in LA)
Paper Bead Necklace (by Bead for Life, handmade in Uganda)
Wood Earring (bought at an Artisan market in Uganda)
Feather Earring (reused)
Turquoise Ring (from an artisan market in Colorado)
Gold Cuff (by Wordy Woman, made in the USA)
Kirstin started her business Nature Bound in 2012 :: she hand makes women's accessories & home decor items using materials from nature. Trying to reuse as much material as she can from mother earth, Kirstin hopes to preserve a life that was once lived, re-grounding us with the earth since manufactured items so often consume our lives today.
"There is a passion & love you get when you receive a hand made item that you do not get when you buy from a department store."
Top (by Pepperment, from Threadsence, made in USA)
Pants (by Gypsan, made in USA)
Headband (handmade by Kirstin, Nature Bound)
Necklace (handmade by Kirstin, Nature Bound)
Turquoise Bracelet (thrifted from a Pawn Shop)
Linda loves the natural world, being in her garden, and enjoying the moments with her family. After teaching kindergarten for about 10 years, Linda and her husband purchased a historic hotel in Trempealeau, WI, which they renovated and evolved into an upper Mississippi River Valley dining destination.
Recently embracing her pseudo-retirement, after 27 years of running the Historic Trempealeau Hotel & Restaurant, Linda brings so much positive energy to all those she encounters. She also happens to be my incredible and amazing Mom, one of my prime supporters and sources of inspiration & motivation over the years. <3
Shirt (by Patagonia, organic cotton)
Watch (by Tense Watch, made of natural materials in Canada)
Earrings (handmade by Linda's husband Jim of found materials)
Bracelet (handmade and purchased in Ghana)
Ring (handmade by Nadine Leo of Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry Co)
Danielle is the owner and producer of Urban Air Market :: a curated marketplace for sustainable design which features 100+ independent designers of men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and home décor.
She's been an event producer and artist representative since 2005 and has won San Francisco fashion awards for: Best Event Producer, Best a Fashion Event, Best Artist Rep and Best Fashion Collective.
Danielle loves to represent the sustainable designers she works with through her everyday outfits.
Earrings (by Sea Pony Couture, handmade in USA)
One-of-a-kind Lace Shirt (by Sea Pony Couture, handmade in USA)
Upcycled Knit Skirt (by Miss Velvet Cream, handmade in USA)
Gold Necklace (vintage from her mom)
Undershirt and Petticoat (vintage)
PC: Alexander Warnow
“We try to be as conscious as we can. It’s easier said than done.”
Other than an odd pair of running shoes or vans, photographer and ocean lover Drew can't remember buying a new piece of clothing for at least the last couple years. His closet is mostly comprised of thrift store finds from AMVETS.
In this outfit, he's sporting a Be Kind Project organic cotton / hemp tee which he claims is "the most comfortable shirt you'll ever find yourself in" and a wetsuit by Patagonia that was a Craigslist find and in new condition when he got it.
Lastly :: even his surfboard has a story. The surfboard making process is not known for its environmental friendliness. However, surfboards, if taken care of properly, can have a very long life. Drew's board was bought second hand off a friend from work, giving him the chance to give the board a new life and keep the by-product of making a new board out of the environment.
Tee (by The Be Kind Project, made in USA of 60% hemp/40% organic cotton)
Jacket (originally $200, thrifted from AMVETS for $12)
Jeans (thrifted from AMVETS)
Boots (originally $300, thrifted from AMVETS for $15)
Wetsuit (by Patagonia, purchased used on Craigslist)
Surfboard (bought second hand from a friend)
Evan, a Texas native, discovered his first pair of Peruvian boots while backpacking through South America. Initially hesitant of the idea of wearing a colorful, native looking boot with lambskin lining, Evan decided to blend in with the locals and add some flair to his adventure.
He ended up loving the look and realized that the mix of Incan textiles and the modern boot silhouette made for a super stylish product. With this inspiration, Evan founded Fortress of Inca :: all of their styles are handmade in Peru, channel a free-spirited and vibrant lifestyle, and are made with the finest quality leather and woven Peruvian textiles (locally known as 'mantas').
Boots (by Fortress of Inca, fair trade, made in Peru, men's style available on Kickstarter)
Levis Jeans (vintage)
Pearl Snap Shirt (by Wrangler, made in USA)
Leather Belt (father's from the 1970s)
In August 2010, Julie started Rais Case in her living room with the simple desire to make a few stylish laptop cases. From 2005-2014, she taught art in San Diego. Teaching the creative process to others ended up helping Julie personally guide herself through the creative process of making and remaking prototypes for her bags.
What began as an effort to create something effortless and chic has become a study of quality, engineering, fashion and art. Julie uses materials like salvaged leathers, bold textiles, and quality hardware to help create a rich canvas for Rais Case, and makes all of her bags in her studio/shop in Southern California.
Sweatshirt Jacket (by James Perse, made in USA)
Cowhide Crossbody Bag (by Rais Case, made in USA)
Sunglasses (by Ivi, handmade)
Sandals (by Havaianas, made in Brazil)
Hawa and Kofi are inspiring role models for an entire community of kids in Accra, Ghana's art center neighborhood.
Hawa makes clothing featuring stunning Ghanaian fabrics and sells them to friends, neighbors and tourists. She's gorgeous inside and out. All of her and Kofi's outfits here were handmade by her.
Kofi is a master drummer and literally brings so much joy every day to the children that live nearby. They flock to his home to hang out, learn more about drumming, and to understand an appreciation for the simple things in life. Kofi is a gem who harbors an enviable ability to share love with everyone he encounters along his journey.
Dress (handmade by Hawa)
Headwrap (made using excess fabric from other designs)
Shirt / Trousers (handmade by Hawa)
Necklace (handmade by Kofi)
Hat (handmade by Kofi's friend Ras Holy)
Juliette is the founder of spades + Silk :: a socially conscious site highlighting sustainable and ethical fashion designers in an intelligent, positive and aesthetically rich way.
With a background in environmental science, Juliette has led public awareness campaigns on water use in LA, conducted ecological habitat restoration, and even found herself shoulder deep in cows rumen for research. When she discovered the connection between our fashion choices and the tangled supply chain of fashion manufacturing, she knew she had found her passion.
We are swooning over this look -- especially this gorgeous jacket by Thu Thu which is adorned with vintage hand embroidered fabric from the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam.
Jeans (by Raleigh Denim Workshop, cotton grown and milled in North Carolina, and cut and sewn in North Carolina)
Shirt (by Rag & Bone, made in the USA)
Jacket (by Thu Thu, made with vintage hand embroidered fabric from the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam, finished in the UK)
Necklace (by RoyalBLUSH, made with vegetable (bark and root) tanned leather, supports local production, made in Germany)
Amber is a first-year student at Hamline University, studying to become an advocate or counselor for survivors of sexual violence.
She is double majoring in forensic anthropology and psychology, and minoring in women's studies. Amber works as a barista and frequently volunteers with her school's Women's Resource Center, where she helps plan events that promote healthy relationships, share knowledge about sexual health, and provide free contraceptives for fellow students.
"As someone who strives to make decisions that reflect my humanitarian values, it is important for me to also convey them through my own personal style."
As a Hamline alum myself, it brings me great joy to feature Amber, her conscious style and her story. She is currently taking the inspiring class :: Socially (Ir)Responsible Fashion :: led by one of my own mentors, Colleen Bell. I continue to build further hope in the future of fashion as the supply chain conversation is becoming a far more frequent one.
Lesley-Ann is a 22-year old Dutch student, an environmentalist and an eco activist. She's somewhat of a thrifting magician in how she can discover gems from the past and reinvent them into stylish looks for today.
Her entire look is second hand, styled from her thrifted finds.
"I love clothes with a story and history. One man's trash, that's another man's treasure."
Dress (thrifted, from the late '60s)
Cape (thrifted, made by a company that ceased to exist in the '90s)
Megan is a curious explorer who enjoys the journey, fueled by a life on the road and espresso. She finds style inspiration from culture and heritage and is a sponge for the sights, smells, and the people while traveling. She believes that the ingredients that shape an epic adventure are the right mix of sights, smells and people. That make life, in general, whole.
Her art is connection - between people and things. Her passion: empowerment of individuals through sustainable business practices and making people smile. Her mantra: move slowly. Live with intention, take time to take it all in, make connections, and nurture relationships that generate positive vibes and lots of giggling and learning. Time is the greatest gift one can give.
She is captivated by the way in which an article of clothing can tell a story, and as a storyteller herself, loves to tell any curious passerby the unique stories of the pieces she wears.
Megan is co-owner and sales/marketing director for Ethnotek, which is a group of creative, curious culture curators with a passion and dedication to the mission of keeping culture alive through the preservation of handmade craft around the globe, and by spreading cultural appreciation and awareness thereof. Their chosen medium to get the message out is high-quality backpacks, messenger bags and accessories designed to bring the fusion of culture and functionality to our busy everyday lives.
ETHNO - TEK: Ethnotek is the fusion of two entities: Ethnology and Technology.
[ETHNO] – Ethnology - Anthropology dealing chiefly with the comparative and analytical study of cultures.
[TEK] – Technology - The methods and tools that a society has developed in order to facilitate the solution of its practical problems.
Shirt (by good hYOUman, made in USA)
Scarf (by Late Sunday Afternoon, made in USA)
Bracelet (by The Base Project, Made by artisans in Africa)
Wallet (by Ethnotek Bags, proudly and responsibly made in Vietnam)
Boots (by Kiboots, featuring handmade Moroccan Kilim rugs)
Andrea is the founder of Ecologique Fashion and the Editor-in-Chief of Refix Magazine :: an online ethical fashion and sustainable lifestyle magazine.
She is a fashion writer and eco fashion activist, as well as a publicist and art director for several eco-friendly fashion brands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrea is set on removing all “granola” stereotypes and showing society that sustainable style is beautiful, innovative, and here to stay.
Andrea is changing the state of fashion by educating her generation about the importance of conscious consumption, and she's clearly doing it in style...
Tee (by Under the Canopy for Fashion Revolution Day, 100% organic cotton, made in USA)
Jacket (by Amour Vert Eco-fashion, organic cotton, made in USA)
Jeans (second-hand, thrifted from Crossroads Trading Company)
Shoes (by Olsenhaus, vegan)
Handpiece (by Elisa Gonsalves Designs, made in USA)
Necklace (by Lyons Mercantile, made in USA)
Makeup (by 100% Pure, "health food for skin")
Ryan is one of the most genuine people you will ever encounter. With a heart of goodness and grounded energy, Ryan also has a true case of wanderlust.
His traveling spirit has taken him all over the world. One thing he always packs for his adventures? Kindness and an open mind.
Shirt (by Enlighten Clothing, organic, made in USA)
Pants (by High Thai, made fairly in Thailand)
Moccasins (handmade, purchased locally while traveling in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala)
Necklace (handmade, purchased from an artisan in Sayulita, Mexico)
Carrie is the designer and owner of Carrie Parry :: a modern take on classic designs, Carrie Parry offers timeless investment pieces crafted with artisanal and luxurious fabrications. Each piece is proudly cut and sewn in the USA and through her website, Carrie displays genuine transparency from concept to creation.
The line has been honored with the 2014 US Embassy's Fashion Envoy to Thailand, the 2012 EILEEN FISHER Women Business Grant Award, the 2012 The Green Fashion Competition during Amsterdam Fashion Week, and the Ethical Fashion Forum 2011 Innovation USA Award. Carrie is such a glowing woman with an inspiring drive to design beautiful, wearable clothes that can tell stories that are just as beautiful.
In her classic yet modern look, she's paired:
Shirt (by Carrie Parry, made in New York of handwoven fabric)
Vest Coat (by Carrie Parry, made in New York of handwoven fabric)
Shoes (vintage, purchased on eBay)
Bag (by By Myself Handcrafted, purchased in Bangkok, made in Bangkok)
Hat (by Goorin Brothers, made in USA)
With over 12 years of experience trend forecasting for multi-billion dollar brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters, Chrissie now leverages her network in the fashion industry to create closer relationships between the design community and artisan social enterprises around the world.
As the director of The Supply Change, Chrissie connects global fashion brands with artisans in developing economies, creating mutually beneficial and profitable partnerships. She has an inspiring ability to build bridges and bring people and companies together for good.
In her fresh and bright spring look, she's rocking:
Mini Mala Necklace (by Aum Rudraksha Design, made in Bali)
Sandals (purchased in Paris, France)
Bag (by Missibaba, handmade in South Africa, fair trade)
Jenna is a super calm soul with a fiery drive. A med student preparing to shortly kick off her residency in Boise, Jenna has always had a wanderlust and amazing desire to explore the world.
She's also mad good at crossword puzzles and throwing out hilarious one-liners when you least expect them!
In her perfect beach style, she's sporting:
Kate is the owner and founder of Kaight :: a pioneer retailer in the eco fashion movement, that aims to unite consumers with clothing and accessories that are smartly designed, ethically-produced, and eco-friendly in nature.
Walking into Kate's shop is Iike walking into a style dream where all the designs around you come complete with an inspiring story. When Kate isn't greeting you kindly in her Boerum Hill shop, she's writing or off on a traveling adventure.
In her New York City spring look, she's paired:
Pants (by Amour Vert Eco-fashion, peace silk, made in USA)
Tee (by EAIRTH, organic cotton)
Shoes (by Fortress of Inca, Fair Trade, made in Peru)
Denim Jacket (by BIG STAR JEANS, eco-friendly dye/ozone wash technology)
Scarf (by Fibre Tibet, made of the finest Tibetan
cashmere and woven by Tibetan, Newari and Nepali women in Kathmandu, Nepal)
Bag (by Superfield, handmade in NYC from reclaimed leather)
Lip tint (by BITE Beauty)
Abigail is an environmental fiber artist and writer, who currently divides her time between NYC, Eastern Europe, and Tuscany. Her work as a fiber artist offers a unique view into the materials, methods, and life cycle of handmade textiles, slow fashion garments, and related environmental issues.
Abigail's recycled fiber forms and land-based installation work has been featured on LabforCulture.org, TreeHugger, Trendtablet – as well as in the New York Times, HAND/EYE Magazine, & OnEarth Magazine, among others.
She is an internationally exhibited artist and works to promote the preservation of textiles, natural resources, & cultural handcraft techniques globally. Currently, she is working on the year long slow fashion and art project, Lost in Fiber: The Gathering, and is the country coordinator for Fashion Revolution Bulgaria. She also happens to be one of my most influential mentors. <3
In her distinct classic / global look, Abigail is wearing:
Wool Poncho Top (by Nikolay Bozhilov, made locally in Sofia, Bulgaria)
Wide-legged Trousers (by Nikolay Bozhilov)
Sequin Top (by Sassa Björg, made locally in Sofia, Bulgaria)
Brass Honeycomb Pendant (by Gretchen Jones NYC)
Beaded Bracelet (by Isabel Marant)
Earrings (by Andy Lifschutz Jewelry, handmade in USA)
Platform Cork Sandals (vintage, purchased in Italy)
Amanda is the Founder and CEO of fair trade fashion company, Faire Collection, which just celebrated its 5-year anniversary!
Fascinated by development in South America, Amanda started Faire Collection while interviewing Ecuadorian women for her master's thesis on poverty reduction strategies.
She has proven that entrepreneurial success and social good are not mutually exclusive. On a fashion note, her collection is gorgeous, with her styles telling amazing stories.
In her Brooklyn casual look, she's paired:
Necklace & Earrings (by Faire Collection, fair trade, made in Ecuador)
Sweater (by AG Jeans, made in USA)
Jeans (by Mother Denim, made in Los Angeles, USA)
Jess's vibrancy follows her all over the world. Here she is smiling in the Ancient City of Petra in Jordan, which is her 50th country to visit!
A writer and sustainable fashion advocate, Jess is currently studying Social Innovation & Impact, Supply Chain Management, and Luxury Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business.
She's got a glow and upbeat energy that's absolutely infectious.
In her travel / adventure getup, she's wearing:
Shirt (by H & M, conscious collection)
Jeans (by J BRAND, thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Scarf (handmade in Turkey)
Shoes (by TOMS, gives a pair to a child in need)
Sunglasses (by TOMS, gives the gift of sight)
Jordan is an actor and well, quite the character overflowing with witty and humorous chatter.
Minnesota-born, he fits in swimmingly in his current home of Los Angeles. Whether he's adventuring off somewhere or just being his stylish self, Jordan seems to inspire laughter wherever he goes.
In his California winter look, he's sporting:
Black Jeans (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Tank (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Sandals (by Roma Boots, gives a pair to a child in need)
Watch (by Nixon, made according to Social Accountability International guidelines)
Starre is the founder and editor of Eco Chick & the author of The Eco Chick Guide to Life. Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York, she is a beacon of sustainable style wisdom.
A traveler, creator and glowing soul, Starre is almost ready to launch her first home linens collection: Dogwood & Hastings.
In her bright ready-for-spring look, she's paired:
Orange Mohair Cape (vintage from The Salvation Army)
Scarf (by Virginia Johnson, fairly dyed in India by a women's co-op)
Hearts Cardigan (80s vintage from London)
Dress (by Feral Childe, made in NYC)
Tights (by Gudrun Sjödén, made in Italy with low-impact dyes)
Boots (by El Naturalista, handmade in Spain with vegetable-tanned leather)
Earrings (@By By Natalie Frigo, made in NYC from recycled metals)
Knit Bracelet (by Study NY, made in NYC from upcycled textiles)
Metal Bracelet (by Growing Jewelry, handmade in Austin, Texas)
The gorgeous Dominique, CEO of Drake Natural, is an ambassador for sustainable style, and well :: she's got it.
Oakland-born and Brooklyn-based, Dom's company is a sustainable fashion PR and community development business. She serves her clients by widening the availability of sustainable fashion to the market place, encouraging environmental stewardship, social change, and economic development.
Her bold aesthetic is enviable, and we love it!
In this classic-with-an-edge look, she's sporting:
Blazer (vintage Yves Saint Laurent)
Lace-Collared Leotard (vintage)
Olive Green Jump Suit (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Sterling and Amber Ring (handmade in Africa)
Peep Toe Heels (reused, by Giani Bernini)
Bag (vintage American Escort)
Kim is the inspiring soul and designer behind San Diego based label Stelari.
As she states so beautifully :: "The Stelari line was created out of rhythm of my own heart to create chic effortless style that is versatile, comfortable, and yet meaningful."
All of her designs are made in San Diego and fall in line with her guiding principle of life, "Sthira Sukha Asanam," which is the balance between effort and ease.
"Too much effort, we burn out. Too much ease, we never reach our potential." Love this.
In her balanced look, she's rocking:
Onyx Kimono (by Stelari, made in San Diego of vegan washable suede & sheer embroidered netting)
Black Dress (vintage)
Native American Necklaces & Bracelets (vintage)
Hat (from The Indian Store, handmade)
Suitcases and Handbag (vintage)
PC: Epic PhotoJournalism
Swedish born, Brooklyn based Maja is the beautiful woman behind Elsa and me, a clothing business she launched for women like herself, who crave to have a more diversified and feminine look at the office.
Maja's ladylike dresses are made in New York City, and fit perfectly in the workplace or at a cocktail party. Inspired by her Grandma Elsa, Maja's styles are timeless yet fresh, and ever so versatile.
In her modern business look, Maja's paired:
Dress (by Elsa and Me, organic cotton, made in NYC)
Necklace (by Knotty Gal, handmade in NYC, gives back to Bhandari Girls' School in Bangladesh)
White Shell Earrings (inherited from boyfriend's Grandma)
Will is an insane photographer, with a knack for capturing nature's most beautiful moments. He's grown up around the waves his entire life in Southern California, and continues to appreciate the ocean's waters.
A music lover, Will always knows what's happening in the San Diego concert scene. While he may have a creepy white van, we're cool with it. He's got mad AWEAR-worthy style!
Susanna is a fashion designer and self-proclaimed "local fashion advocate". She creates gorgeous modern designs using rescued textiles, breathing new life into fabrics which would otherwise be considered obsolete.
As a coordinator for Western Canada Fashion Week, Susanna is bringing the "buy local style" conversation to the masses. We love her distinct aesthetic.
In this chic with a bit of edgy look, she is rocking:
Sweater (by Stanley Carroll Clothing, made in Canada)
Sheer Dress (by Susanna Pearcey herself, made from old curtains)
Shoes (thrifted from the '90s)
Helen of GypsyLovinLight is a biomedical naturopath and a gypsy soul with a shining sense of style. Her greatest passion is to inspire love and the freedom of self expression.
"My intention is to be authentic with my style and share from the heart...I love the freedom of flowing fabrics, the delicate beauty of lace and crochet, and who doesn't love to wear flowers in their hair...I love vintage and jewellery with a story. It's the same with my clothing. I prefer handmade conscious clothing and jewellery, ethically made, and always with love."
Her one-of-a-kind style and pure positive essence is radiating in this look:
Bag (by Ethicollective, the Hanneli Overnighter, fair trade, made in Guatemala)
Turkish Shield Rings (from Child of Wild, handmade)
Healing Spirit Hill Tribe Necklace (from Child of Wild, handmade by Hmong tribe)
Crescent Moon Midi Ring (by Nikdreamer, made in Las Vegas)
Anatolian Ring (by Lost Lover, handmade in Istanbul)
Thunderstruck Cuff (by Spell Designs, handmade)
Shine on Silver bracelet (by St. Eve Jewelry, handmade)
Divergent thinkers Tim and Will are both grad students at Harvard University. While their interests and paths are distinct, their ability to think outside of the box and challenge each others' initial conclusions is admirable.
Tim and Will have innovative startup genes and the drive to match them. Not to mention, they know how to look good when their creative hats are on!
Here's what they're sporting today:
Shirt (by Gitman Vintage, English Spread Parquet Blue, made in USA (Andover MA shop)
Sweater (Second-hand, found at Savers, Madison, WI)
Cologne (by Brooks Brothers 1818 Signature, made in USA)
Jeans (by Lucky Brand, "121 Heritage Jeans", made in USA)
Red Pants (by Band of Outsiders, made in USA, thrifted from Garment District)
Grey Shirt (thrifted from Boomerangs, Cambridge, MA)
Blue Men’s Crew (by Everlane, made in USA)
Brown Shoes (by Cole & Haan, second hand via eBay)
Emma Grady is the founder of Past Fashion Future and a vintage style queen.
A personal stylist and award-winning fashion journalist, Emma has a distinct knack for discovering gems from the past and piecing them together into timeless masterpiece looks.
We are certain that her classic aesthetic never goes out of style!
Her secondhand / vintage look is made up of:
Blazer (by Georgio Armani, vintage)
Boutique Skirt (by Valentino, vintage 1970s)
Coat (Regency Cashmere, vintage)
Fur Hat (by Saks Fifth Avenue, vintage late 1950s/early 1960s)
Gold Timex Watch (vintage)
Green Velvet Purse (vintage)
Gold Rings (by Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry, handmade)
PC: Jeff Gentner
Angelica is the stunning designer behind American Gypsy Jewelry. Not only does she design and hand-make all of her own jewelry in San Diego, she also gorgeously represents other emerging SoCal-based designers.
In her boho chic look, Angelica's rocking both her own handmade jewelry and styles by Stelari, which are all made in San Diego!
Tank (by Stelari, made in San Diego, CA)
Kimono (by Stelari, made in San Diego, CA)
Buddha Necklace (by American Gypsy Jewelry, handmade and designed by Angelica in San Diego, CA)
Pyrite / Gold Necklace (by American Gypsy Jewelry, handmade and designed by Angelica in San Diego, CA)
Beaded Bracelets (handmade of recycled glass & brass in Ghana, Africa)
Ana is the real deal Mrs. American Made. As she says, "I am just a mom trying to look cute on an everyday basis." Well, she's doing just that - showing that it's possible to look cute while sporting American-made brands.
A few years ago, Ana was looking for examples on how to dress more in line with her values of sustainability and ethical work standards.
When it proved more difficult than expected to find what she was looking for, she took matters into her own hands and started her Mrs. American Made blog, where she styles her outfits from new and vintage Made in America apparel.
In her fresh spring look, Ana has paired:
Top (by Dobbin Clothing, made in USA)
Scarf (by Little Minnow Designs, handmade and screenprinted in Austin, TX, USA)
Blazer (by Two Penny Blue, made in USA, every jacket purchased provides a school uniform to a girl in Africa)
Leggings (by Vince., made in USA, purchased at Rags Consignments in Boulder, CO)
Jennifer is the Director of Brand Communications & Values at The Body Shop and a freelance writer. As you can see, she's also got an impeccable vintage-infused aesthetic.
A New York City-based gal, Jennifer has written for a multitude of conscious style publications and is an encyclopedia when it comes to sustainable style knowledge.
Not to mention, she's flippin' adorable.
In her "Gone Global" look, she's wearing:
Black Long Sleeve Shirt (by Only Hearts, organic cotton & made in NYC)
Hat (vintage, found in Asheville, NC)
Cropped Crochet Top (handmade in Iceland by "Shadow Creatures", a local independent designer, purchased in Iceland)
Jacket (vintage Stella McCartney, vegan, found in NYC)
Pin-stripe Pants (vintage Dolce & Gabbana, found in Berlin)
Shoes (by Stella McCartney, vegan)
Handbag (vintage Louis Vuitton from the 1980's, discovered in NYC)
Her crafting abilities are mind-blowing, consciously-created and always fashion-forward. Not to mention, the girl's got style.
Sidebar: she has a wicked sense of humor and is the sweetest person ever!
In her Chic in the City look, she's paired:
Trench Coat (vintage, purchased at Fox and Fawn in Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Purse (vintage Moschino Redwall)
Blouse (by Chloé, purchased at Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Tank (Refashioned by Yuka from an old shirt)
Skirt (vegan, by Vaute Couture)
Boots (reused, purchased many years ago in Japan)
Gloves (heirloom from her Grandma Alice)
Lanni is the creative force behind ( re ) by lanni lantto, a clothing label dedicated to creating a better world by redesigning what already exists.
Lanni has made it her mission to bring the concept of creative reuse to the spotlight. Side by side with her muse - Brandi Veil - she is living this reality, bringing repurposed style to the red carpet!
Both Lanni and Brandi's dresses have a story behind the seams.
Here's the breakdown below:
Lanni's Dress is upcycled using these materials from Buffalo Exchange & thrift stores:
1 sheer party dress
3 vintage nightgowns
Applique flowers from upholstery
Brandi's Dress is upcycled using these thrifted & vintage materials:
Outdated bodysuit with chains
Leftover dress from a movie set
Appliques from a blouse
Shannon is a sustainable apparel consultant, who's helping to change the future of the fashion industry. She has this outstanding ability to break things down and discover solutions.
Her killer sense of style and down-to-earth character make you want to just hang with her!
Her classic look includes:
Sweater (by Woolrich, made in USA, purchased vintage)
Jeans (by True Religion, inherited at a clothing swap)
Ankle boots (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Harmonica necklace (made from recycled materials in Colorado)
A third year med student in the Army at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Caitlin's typical days involve sporting her uniform.
So, whenever she gets the chance to rock her own style, she goes for the color. It coordinates perfectly with her vibrant and upbeat personality!
Caitlin's bringing us the perfect relaxed Monday look, and we are obsessed with her hat She made it back when she was in elementary school. Amazing.
Her denim+color look is made up of:
Pants (by Adriano Goldschmied, made in USA)
Long Sleeve Tee (made of hemp & organic cotton in USA)
Denim Shirt (by Cloth and Stone, made in USA)
Necklace (hand-me-down from her Mom)
Hat (handmade by Caitlin in elementary school)
Bracelet (by Hovey Lee Eco Jewelry, made in USA)
Boots (by The Frye Company, 8 years old, made in USA)
Sass always brings an edgy yet sophisticated style, and has an unmatchable knack for finding connections between fashion, technology, history, and hands-on creating.
Her books Eco Fashion and ReFashioned are inspiring resources on the sustainable design conversation.
In her rockstar ensemble, she's wearing:
Coat (from a small boutique in Milan, made by a local Italian designer using patchwork leftovers)
Pants (by Tankus, from same small boutique in Milan)
Boots (by All Saints, reused from years ago)
Photo Cred: Kah Poon
Stop what you are doing and take a moment to absorb the authentic and eclectically-amazing style that is permeating from Gretchen!
A native of Colorado, Gretchen sees clothing as a medium for relating to the world, whether it's through design or in her dress. A past winner of Project Runway and a 2012 GenArt inductee, Gretchen is now the elevated contemporary lead at Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Her 2014 project - NEUTRAL TERRITORY - is a "year-long experiment in self-expression through deprivation – 2014 will start with a full ( if contentious) palette of neutrals, and each month another 'color' will be eliminated."
In this look, she's pieced together the below:
Leather Jacket (made of recycled leather by her Brooklyn-based friend Belinda of The Sway)
Braided Leather Belt (thrifted)
Fur Vest (vintage, from her aunt)
Dress (found at a consignment store)
Blouse (found at a consignment store)
Hat (found at a consignment store)
Jewelry (by Gretchen Jones NYC, A/W 2013)
Alden is the founder and editor in chief behind Ecocult, a rad site that reminds us that there is nothing boring or crunchy about being green today.
With her edgy style and authentic to-the-point writing, Alden brings a refreshing flavor to the sustainable fashion scene.
In her NYFW-ready look, she's sporting:
Sweater (by Svilu from Rodale's)
Leather Jacket (reused from 5 seasons ago)
Vest (reused, faux fur)
Sunglasses (by SOLO Eyewear)
Knee Socks (organic cotton, from Made Collection)
Boots (reused from 4 seasons ago)
Giveashit Beanie (by A QUESTION OF, organic)
Leather Skirt (by ahshmata, made in Brooklyn, found at Artists & Fleas)
Kristin is the founder and designer behind Seamly.co. She's always got this inspiring positive energy bursting from her presence, with a creativity and drive that are off the charts.
Kristin's designs for Seamly.co are made in Denver, using surplus fabric. All of the pieces are super wearable and sport versatile attributes. Kristin also co-created the original Versalette - a multi-functional piece that can be worn over 20 different ways.
In her designing-ready look, she's rocking:
Tee (by Seamly.co, made in Denver using surplus fabric)
Wrapped Cardigan (by Seamly.co, made in Denver using surplus fabric)
Scarf (stolen from a friend)
Necklace (by Native Clutter, handmade in Denver)
This is my brother. He rules.
He also has an enviable way with balance. When it comes to family, friends, work, play, and travel, Forest enjoys every moment along the way.
In his wintry lumberjack look, he's rocking:
Boxer Briefs (by PACT Apparel, Inc., made of organic cotton)
Hat (handmade in Nepal)
Boots (8 years old, by Red Wing Shoes, made in USA)
Socks (handmade, from an alpaca farm along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevadas)
Kat is bringing us an overload of true beauty. A yoga instructor and manager at Yogasix, Kat has the most beautiful and calming spirit.
Whenever she's in your presence, you can plan to feel more at peace. Kat loves to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with her pup Arrow, amigos in San Diego, and her rad husband Luke.
Jonathan lives an uber thrifty lifestyle. As the executive director of The 1:1 Movement, making conscious decisions and asking questions about where things come from is part of his everyday existence.
The 1:1 Movement is all about helping to create the cleanest, greenest, healthiest and most vibrant communities possible through bottom up and top down approaches. They say we can all be part of the solution...and we second that!
In his everyday look, he's sporting:
Jeans (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Shirt (thrifted from a pile of donated clothes he stumbled upon)
Shoes (by Onitsuka Tiger, vegan)
Wallet (by 1:1 Movement, made from repurposed waste vinyl from a local printing shop)
Luke is a true lover of life. He seems to live by this mantra: "If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of."
Whether he's hiking, balling, biking, surfing or trying to show up his yoga teaching wife with his side crow, Luke embraces life's moments and gets out there to pave his own adventures.
He also makes a mean homemade pizza.
Charlotte is a fashion anthropologist who loves to explore issues concerning culture, fashion and identity. A professor at AMFI - Amsterdam Fashion Institute, she has an inimitable style edge.
Inspired by AWEAR 2014, Charlotte is infusing more creativity into her current wardrobe this year by pledging to only purchase 2 garments in 2014. Definitely a great way to inspire new ways of using what you've got.
In her fashion event ready look, she's wearing:
Dress (by Dutch designers Soepboer & Stooker, made in Netherlands)
Shoes (by Vera Gomma, made in Italy, reused)
Jeff is a London-based photographer, whose knack for capturing inspiring moments is out of this world.
Born in Canada and raised in Florida, Jeff's intrigue in his grandparents' ancestry led him to wander over to the other side of the pond.
A lover of window light and Sufjan Stevens, Jeff is just one of those guys that brings an energy and aesthetic you want to be a part of.
In his look, he's paired:
Oceana's soul basically flows golden energy. She brings a positive and vivacious attitude to any situation.
An ethical fashion writer and activist, Oceana is currently spearheading the USA campaign for the global Fashion Revolution. The movement asks us to question "who made your clothes"?
Make a note in your calendar. On April 24th, 2014, we all plan to rock our outfits inside out in a global movement to remind people to think about where their clothes came from and who made them.
In her #insideout look, Oceana is wearing:
Blazer (by Hugo Boss, vintage)
Lace Top (by Two Star Dog, designed in Berkeley, made using fair labor in India)
Pilazzo Pant (by Bryn Walker, made in CA, USA)
Peacock Feather Tie (made in CA, USA)
Artisanal Cuff (made in CA, USA)
Jerzy is about the most humble creative I know. The production manager at BustedTees.com, he's also got a wicked sense of style. Seriously, that cardinal sweatshirt is straight out of Flight of the Conchords!
Living the life in Brooklyn, Jerzy always brings the humor - and it's usually deadpan with a side of a smirk.
The gorgeous Gina is a Minnesota native, and she's had a dreamy case of wanderlust since her early years.
"I was an imaginative child who wore mix matched socks and picked dandelions in the outfield while others played ball."
Her creative soul has led her to design clothing mindfully made in the USA and share modern bohemian fashion gems with others through her boutique Velvet Moon.
In her winter "ready-for-the-slopes" look, she's rocking:
Sweatshirt: (by Gina Marie Vintage; from Velvet Moon)
Backpack (by BAGGU, available on Velvet Moon)
White undershirt (by LAmade, made in USA)
Jeans (by Lucky, made in USA label)
Hat (handmade from Etsy)
Jewelry (by Acre Goods, made in Brooklyn)
Amisha has an insane knack for evolving multiple inspiring projects at the same time. A writer, presenter and entrepreneur, she's got this unstoppable energy that's never far from being revolutionary.
Former Associate Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum, she also published the collaborative book, The Future We Choose with radical think tank THINK. ACT. VOTE. Her most recent venture, Provenance, is a web platform to help makers be more transparent and tell the true stories behind their products.
She designs sustainable jewelry under the tagline 'elegance rebellion' and definitely embodies that aura.
Tim is the epitome of the classic gentleman. Author of Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable and a current student at Harvard University, he brings mind-expanding dialogue to any dinner table.
Wisconsin-born, Tim has the grounded spirit of the Midwest, a hunger to consistently learn more, and a heart of gold.
In his "Made Irish-American" look, Tim's gentlemanly attire includes:
Shirt (by New England Shirt Company, made in New England, USA)
Tie (by Brooks Brothers, made in USA)
Jacket (by Brooks Brothers, made in USA)
Scarf (merino, handmade by Celtic Islander; Dingle, Ireland)
Hat (by Goorin Brothers, made in USA)
Our girl Domenica is bringing us style inspiration straight from her adorable living room today!
The innovative designer behind LA label AVERTI, Domenica is the also the founder of Global Action Through Fashion and a true beacon of wisdom in the sustainable fashion sphere. Take one glimpse at her genuine smile, and it'll brighten your day.
In this casual chic get-up, Domenica's rocking:
The bombshell, Kate, is the brain behind our AWEAR name. She's also a killer Community Manager at Uber San Diego and an interior design maniac.
Whatever the event, whatever the crowd, Kate brings the beat. We call her DJ Katestir and she makes everyone around want to stir up their dance moves.
In this outfit - perfect for a farmer's market adventure - she's rocking some of her favorites:
Holly, the visionary behind Hera By Day, is bringing us all a little sunshine from her favorite San Diego coffee shop - Cafe 976.
The girl's got style and not to mention the most insane humor on the planet. Gotta love a gal who can make you laugh on the turn of a dime, while bringing you creative outfit inspo at the same time!
In her boho chic look, Holly has paired the below pieces:
Turban (by Hera by Day)
Sunglasses (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Maxi (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Necklace (vintage from Mom)
Stone Bracelet (by Mermaid by hand)
Silver Bracelet (by Alex and Ani, made in USA of recycled materials)
Talk about a glowing beauty. Kirsten - the designer behind Kirsten Muenster Jewelry - is radiating in this effortless look.
"My ancestors were coppersmiths, sheet metal workers and artists. I feel a strong connection to the materials I work with, knowing that my Great-Great-Grandparents worked with them before me."
We are all about the connections! Kirsten's look is made up of:
Lars has a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and that just makes him more rad in our book. He embraces the moments and definitely lives life to the fullest.
As he says, "I want my clothes to be like my beer, local and crafty so when I heard about Kestrel's mission with AWEAR, I wanted to be involved any way possible, and truly believe in the cause."
Here's what he's sportin':
Plaid Shirt (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Green Shirt (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Sunglasses (thrifted from Buffalo Exchange)
Shoes (PF Flyers, thrifted from Buffalo Exchage)
Pants (Levis, borrowed from roommate)
Emily is a photographer and editor based in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys wearing flannel, reading scary novels, and is basically one of the most humble creatives I know.
In this super fun outfit, she's bringing us the color!
Hat (by Stormy Kromer, handmade in Michigan)
Pants (vintage from Mayflower Supply)
Scarf (vintage from Mayflower Supply)
Button-up Shirt (by Tradlands, handmade in San Francisco)
Shoes (thrifted for $3, by Minnetonka Moccasin, made in MN)
Matt is the man behind The Be Kind Project - a clothing company building a community of "kindness ambassadors". We can always use a friendly remember to be a little kinder in life.
An ocean wanderer and sun seeker, Matt is a lover of life. He rocks a multitude of accents and always greets the world with a smile (or funny face to generate a smile)!
In his beach-side look, he's sporting:
Greta is the founder of FASHIONmeGREEN and the author of the recently launched book Wear No Evil. If you think sustainable style can't be sexy, think again. Greta is the master of making non-believers, believe!
In her casual look for a chill Venice Beach afternoon, she's rocking:
Hat (Rag & Bone, made in USA)
Denim Shirt (found at a secondhand store)
Cropped Sweater (by Organic by John Patrick, 100% organic cashmere)
Bottoms (by Amour Vert Eco-fashion, organic cotton + spandex, made in the USA)
Leather Jacket (by The Sway, made from upcycled leather scraps)
Kicks (by Nike Better World x Liberty London, made from recycled materials)
Caitlin's style emanates a sense of classic nostalgia. Not only is she a glowing beaut, she's also a business woman making waves as eBay's Green Manager.
Her timeless look is made up of some sustainable style staples.
Avid surfer and editor for Sweatpants Media, Dave is always up for a new adventure. Will there be laughing involved? Always.
His old hollywood look is made up of a collection of gems.
Seeking some weekend style inspo? Fret not. Johanna's got the classic, effortlessly chic look, nailed.
As a freelance designer and the Editor-In-Chief of Goodlifer, Johanna's a self-proclaimed raw foodie and health nerd blogger. She's also got impeccable style and the heart of a lion.
Here's the story behind her threads:
Black Velvet Blazer (12 years old, reused)
Overalls (reused, intended originally to be "work pants')
Heels (by Chanel, gift from former boss)
Chain Bracelet (by Kirsten Muenster Jewelry)
Gold Bracelet (heirloom from Grandmother)
Gold Necklace (heirloom from Mom)
Talk about a gem. Jordan writes lonely fiction, films weddings, and creates candy-pop music for web adverts. Basically he is the epitome of genuine creativity!
His rugged look features many heritage pieces, passed down to him...so many stories already connected to them!
Amy Dufault, people. A sustainable fashion writer, consultant, and activist, Amy's a wave-maker. Check out her current awesomely cool endeavor, The Tailor Project!
See what's makin up her "Road Warrior" look below:
Bianca of Conscious Living TV is absolutely stunning in her "Apres Ski in Park City" look. An Emmy award winning journalist, yogi, and ethical fashion advocate, Bianca's got style.
She's showcasing a collection of gorgeous pieces here:
The gorgeous Sloane is the inspiring designer behind Mermaid by Hand Jewelry. A beachcombing adventurer, sea loving gypsy, and beautiful soul, Sloane brings joy and beautiful accessories to all those she encounters.
In her first featured outfit of the year, she's rocking:
Fashion is already a force to be reckoned with. It inspires, provokes, leads and enthralls. And, from April 24th 2014, it’s going to do even more. Because we’re turning fashion into a force for good.
On April 24th last year, 1133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many more were injured. Today, people are still suffering as a direct result of our fashion supply chain.
Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.
This April 24th, people around the world – from designers and icons, to high street shops and high couture, from cotton farmers and factory workers, to campaigners, academics, the media and any individual who cares about what they wear – will come together to say the same. We’ll start by remembering its victims and raising awareness of the fashion industry's biggest challenges. But because we want fashion to be a force for good we will challenge the industry to do better and celebrating fashion and spreading excitement about the power it has to make big change happen fast.
You can help by wearing an item of clothing inside out and asking one simple question: Who Made Your Clothes? Be curious, find out, do something to encourage greater transparency.
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