Posts Tagged ‘Apparel’

Talk about an Icebreaker!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

For the women who run – and row, and swim, and whatever else – in the all weather conditions including the current frigid one, the right sportswear is incredibly important. So thank goodness there’s Icebreaker, a New Zealand brand looking to break its way into the New York market with the first sustainable and ethically manufactured, directly-sourced outdoorsy wear made out of…. Merino wool? It sounds odd, we know, but believe it or not, pure merino fibre is highly breathable and wicking, helping to prevent the clamminess often associated with synthetics-made outerwear. It also prevents odor for day, or even weeks – not that ladies ever sweat, of course – and protects the wearer from the sun’s rays in its silky soft fabric.

Starting today, New Yorkers can stop by the brand’s new 2,500-square-foot TouchLab flagship store in trendy SoHo – 102 Wooster Street, between Prince and Spring Streets to be exact – to dip their hands into some pure raw merino, learn more about Icebreaker’s various collections – Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear, and City – and of course purchase some ideal and unique holiday gifts for their sporty friends once they’ve fallen in love.

Find out more about the brand and special holiday promotions they have going on at the new store after the jump!


Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with an Online Sidewalk Sale at Stewart + Brown!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It may only be Wednesday, but if you’re anything like me, you’re already dreaming of weekend bbqs and the first big weekend at the beach. With Memorial Day just around the corner, one of my favorite eco-friendly online boutiques, Stewart + Brown, has just announced another thing to look forward to this long holiday weekend – an extra discount on sale merchandise! Calling the event an Online Sidewalk Sale, for the next few days, you can stock up for your future beach weekends with an additional 30% off all of their sale merchandise using the code MMD30 at checkout.

That means cute summer dresses and silk shorts like the pieces below. So stock up now while they’re still available and make sure you’re ready to rock the beach this summer!


Shopflick Announces Summer Staple Sale 2009, Including Sublet and Zova LA

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

One of the most difficult things about buying eco-friendly is coming to terms with the cost… While you may be able to purchase adorable cheap duds just about anywhere you go, you’re not nearly as likely to find the same sort of deals on clothing that is sustainably-created, made with eco-friendly materials, or guaranteed ethically-sound. Thankfully has just announced their Summer Staple Sale! Starting tomorrow, Shopflick is offering select pieces from 4 designers for as much as 85% off, including some great eco-friendly basics from Sublet Clothing (check out my previous post about their lates Spring 2009 lookbook to refresh your memory) and Zova LA.

Here are a few of the cute pieces you can get your hands on starting tomorrow:

Sublet Becca Top
Sublet’s Becca Top will be on sale for $29.99 (down from the original $115)

Sublet Belinda Dress

Sublet’s Belinda Dress will be on sale for $39.99 (down from the original $275)

Sublet Beth Dress

Sublet’s Beth Dress will be on sale for $39.99 (down from the original $220)

Zova LA Boyfriend Mini Dress

Zova LA’s Boyfriend Mini Dress will be on sale for $39.99 (down from the original $145)

Zova LA Bubble Dress
Zova LA’s Bubble Dress will be on sale for $39.99 (down from the original $124)

Elroy Apparel’s fun and funky sustainable stylings

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

The Canadian brand Elroy Apparel is yet another one of the growing number of clothing lines out there that shows just how exciting eco-friendly fashion can be. Launched during the Fall 07/08 season by designer Leanne McElroy, it’s all about “sophisticated street wear for a contemporary health conscious woman, who cares not only what she looks like, but what story her clothing carries” (according to the designer bio). Couldn’t have said it better myself!

With only a few choice dresses, shorts, skirts, tops, and jackets currently for sale, all of their pieces are bright and different, edgy and fashionable, yet made from entirely sustainable materials.

Check out a few of my favorite pieces currently available from Elroy Apparel after the jump.


Lina Rennell’s Adorable Spring/Summer Collection – Big Sur Meets Helsinki

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Using only organic cotton, organic hemp linen, and vegan suede, Lina Rennell‘s new Spring/Summer 2009 collection “Big Sur Meets Helsinki” explores the relationship between Mother Nature and her daughter with simple hemlines and flowery, fun prints. “Forming an elegant bohemian look, the collection is rebellious, intelligent and simple.” All her textiles are hand-printed and every piece is ethically crafted in Northern California.

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All the material looks light and comfortable, perfect for spring, and has just a hint of Little House on the Prairie feel to it – but not enough to be annoying. Personally, I’m in love with the blouse hand-printed with the deep blue Pacific Water Weave print and that “Big Sur Meets Helsinki” limited-edition necklace shown above!

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To learn more about Lina Rennell, check out

Edun’s Spring 2009 collection just launched!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Edun has just launched their new Spring 2009 Collection for sale online, which the company is titling Origin of Species. Yeah, that’s right. They went there.

Edun Origin of Species

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I still love Edun and I still love this line, but really? How cliche.

Anyway, for anyone who doesn’t already know, Edun is a “socially conscious clothing company” which was founded in 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono. Founded with the purpose of helping build-up 3rd world communities with “trade, not aid,” the company works at a micro-community level to teach and build skill sets to the workers in the fair trade factories in India, Peru, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, Mauritius and Madagascar – where the clothes are produced using 100% organic cotton.

The latest collection has a great mix of casual basics, splashy graphic tees, and pretty blouses and dress with delicate, unique prints. Like previous collections, every piece is made from eco-friendly materials and lists the country it was created in. Although a $65 t-shirt or a $160 tunic sure ain’t cheap, you have to admire the origins of each piece and what your purchase means for someone out there.

Edun Diamond BurstEdun Nyasa Top



Sublet Clothing Spring 2009 Lookbook

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


Most eco-friendly clothing lines have a pretty typical story for why they got started. Sublet Clothing is more unique. After responding to a Craigslist ad for a sublet apartment, Inessah met her new roommate Tara. Discovering they had a lot in common, the two-week sublet turned into three months. Two years after, they remained friends, and after the experience of both having worked more “traditional” jobs, the two missed the feeling of spontaneous community and creative development that sublet living had fostered. Over lunch together one day they dreamed up their clothing line and decided to launch Sublet Clothing.

Two years later, after having worked traditional careers, Tara and Inessah missed the spontaneous community, independence and creativity they felt when subletting. So over lunch one day, they decided they would create their own permanent sublet through Sublet Clothing.

The company just released a sneak preview of their Spring 2009 collection, which focuses on bright, cheery colors that pop and beautiful, easy-to-wear silhouettes. After covering New York Fashion Week, it’s a nice change to see a smiling, happy model associated with a clothing brand. If the cute clothes themselves don’t make you feel the same way, at least they’ve got that going for them! (Although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to get your hands on the Caitlin dress or Charlie blouse, you crazy!)

Click the images to see full-sized.

All photos by Kelsey Foster.

For more info on Sublet Clothing, check out

(via Inhabitat)

Stewart + Brown Early Spring 2009 Collection

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Womenswear clothing line Stewart + Brown have been making beautiful, environmentally-friendly clothing since 2002, taking inspiration from their love of nature and their passion for good design. As a trained painter, co-designer Karen Brown draws inspiration from colors and patterns you can find in her sketchbook (excerpts of which she publishes online!). For fabrics they use only organically grown cotton, lush Mongolian cashmere that helps the nomads sustain their traditional way of life, cruelty-free merino wool and yak down, sustainably harvested tencel gauze, hemp silk charmeuse, hemp jersey and linen cultivated without the use of herbicides, pesticides or defoliants, and factory surplussed recycled and salvage fabric, organic cotton and hemp canvas.

Their latest Early Spring 2009 collection is a mixture of pretty dresses and fun prints and basics, full of pieces that could be worn out on the town or at the yoga studio – not to mention their lookbook features some beautiful photography.

(Click on images to view them full-sized.)

To find out more about the brand or look out past collections, check out

Bahar Shahpar’s Spring/Summer 2009 Collection

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Started in 2007, Bahar Shahpar‘s eponymous womenswear line makes fun, beautiful, funky clothing out in Brooklyn, NY using sustainable practices as the cornerstone of her manufacturing process. According to her website, she designs using only “ecologically sound materials, minimizing waste and overall energy consumption in every instance possible. Fibers are evaluated according to the methods used for their cultivation, processing, and finishing, and vintage trims, natural buttons, and unbleached organic cotton linings are incorporated into most pieces.”

Her Spring/Summer 2009 line has me itching for spring. On a day as beautiful as today, when the sun is shining and begging me to take to the park with a book and a pair of sunglasses, leaving my coat at home, her colorful collection of sundresses, tanks, and light jackets are just the cure for the dreary mood the weather of late has left me in. Using a refreshing mix of both bright and pale yellows, full green, and bold patterns, the whole line screams summer fun.

I am DEFINITELY going to have to get my hands on that green/yellow jacket when things warm up!

To see the full collection, to find out more about Bahar Shahpar, or find out where you can buy these pieces, check out her website here.

H&M Increases Organic Clothing Line in 2009

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

It’s obvious now that I’m not the only one who’s a fan of H&M’s organic cotton clothing. The line has been so popular that they’ve decided to boost the amount of the eco-friendly material used in 2009 to an estimated 4,500 tons (up from about 3,000 tons in 2008). This is a great step toward more socially-conscious earth-friendly fashion considering conventionally-grown cotton uses 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of insecticides, which lead to water and air pollution all over the world.

And as if this weren’t enough, H&M has also announced they will begin distributing clothing made from recycled materials such as PET bottles and recycled fabric remnants (much like the Urban Outfitters “Urban Renewal” line, although hopefully cheaper).

The pieces will include more cute shirts, t-shirts, blouses, skirts and dresses for us, as well as suits, skirts, vests, and jeans for the guys and will be distributed in stores nationwide this spring.

Now if only those new Alexander McQueen McQ for Target pieces were being made with organic cotton too…