Green is the New Black

September 20, 2010 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Eco chic …conscious couture …  recycled runway … whatever you choose to call the growing movement of choosing garments, footwear and accessories while considering their origins, materials, sustainability and the working conditions in which they were crafted, is undoubtedly in. And eco-fashionistas Natalie Portman, Gwen Stefani, Lea Michele, Sienna Miller and Demi Moore all prove that we’re not talking about hempy, “earth-friendly” potato sack anomalies. Alongside New York Fashion Week this year was the inaugural Eco Fashion Week at The Green Shows, where clothing with a conscience sashayed down the runways.

Closer to home, Rachel Lessne at Green Envy in Brick Market Place is proving ethically sound, fair trade fabulousness is easy to achieve. Check out this casual but conscious look for fall … click the link below the fall look she’s created and the look she’s wearing.

On Mannequin

Yoke tank by Indigenous Designs, fair trade, hand-loomed in Peru using 55% organic cotton and 45% Tencel. $42

Long cardigan by ShariBe; made in the USA. 90% organic cotton, 10% spandex. $60

Pipe-leg jeans by Revel Seven; made in the USA. Revel Seven developed unique washes and treatments for their jeans using vegetable dyes, salts, minerals and good old-fashioned elbow grease to give their denim a vintage look without using toxic compounds. 98% organic cotton, 2% lycra. $185

Bib necklace by the Andean Collection. Fair trade from Ecuador; handmade from the sustainable Tagua nut in a 3-5 month process of sun-drying, hand carving, and dyeing. $78

Kali flats by Terra Plana. Made from vegetable tanned, chrome-free leather and a lining made from 50% recycled plastic bottles. Terra Plana uses Vivo Barefoot technology which includes an ultra thin, yet puncture resistant sole and memory foam to mold to your foot and therefore naturally strengthens your feet, realigns your posture and stimulates the nerves in your feet which enhances your sensory perception. $110

On Rachel
Bark scarf by Armstrong Fox; Handmade in Canada by two college professors using a vintage loom. 50% alpaca, 50% wool. $70

Wrap tunic by Peligrosa.  Dyed naturally using vegetables, herbs, and roots. “Hip not Hippie”. 100% linen. $98

Stretch leggings by Toggery. Made in the USA. 91% organic cotton, 9% spandex. $40

Cameo Ring by J. Fein Designs. Handmade in the USA using vintage findings like buttons and pendants that are affixed to a base made from sustainably harvested wood. $38

Feather necklace by Eros & Psyche. Hand crafted in the USA by Jaymee Luu. Jaymee travels around the country on an antique and vintage treasure hunt, completely disassembling the jewelry she finds and uses the pieces to make a new item of jewelry. Even the chain is upcycled vintage. $37

Vintage boots from the 1970’s

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