Friday, July 31, 2009

Grow Your Own Green Library

Landscape Stories by Jem Southam

Style, Naturally by Summer Rayne Oakes + Plants and their Application to Ornament (Notecards) by Eugene Grasset

Designing Sustainable Packaging By Scott Boylston + Le Forêt Eco-Keepsake Notecards by Lisa Congdon

San Francisco based publisher Chronicle Books is having a lovely 'friends and family' summer sale now through August 5. Online orders receive 35% off on all titles plus free shipping. Some of my favorite finds are highlighted above, though not all are books. My home library can never have enough green goodness on the shelves.

*Use the promo code FRIENDS during check out

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Williamsburg Designer Sample Sale

Bliss Lau 'Jeweled Vest', handmade in the USA

*Featuring gorgeous, original designer pieces by Bahar Shahpar, Dirty Librarian Chains, Study NY (via Tara of Covet), H. Fredriksson, A Peace Treaty, and Bliss Lau. Several designers are also bringing their vintage samples, so you will be able to shop their collections as well as their stellar closets.

*second image courtesy of H. Fredriksson

Friday, July 24, 2009

Border Experiences as Accessories

Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Tanya’s work is informed by border experiences: the interconnectedness of societies, the beauty in struggle and the celebration of culture.

Her work encourages users to reconsider the objects they use on a daily basis by creating work that explores an objects’ unseen aspect, such as half chairs that rely on the wall to function and whose image is only complete as its shadow is cast upon the wall.

* top image: Jersey Knot Bracelet by Tanya Aguiñiga

via The Moment blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pool Position by Sandra Backlund

I keep wondering what sort of tan lines these highly innovative knitwear pieces from Sandra Backlund's 'Pool Position' collection might create? Something unique like a vacationing water strider, no doubt.

* images courtesy of Sandra Backlund

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tin Can Lid Upcycling

So simple and chic - these biodegradable plastic 'tin can lids' by Northumbria University graduate Jack Bresnahan. Even saves you a trip to the recycling bin by encouraging some ready-made upcycling for your design studio or home. Household tin never looked more upscale and streamline.

via dezeen

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Studio JUX Spring Summer 2010

Even though we are all still savoring the sweetness of Summer 2009, Dutch Studio JUX is looking ahead to fresh green shoots for Spring Summer 2010. Be on the lookout for this smart label at Copenhagen Fashion Week's UnFair presentation from the 6-9 of August. Both women and men's collections are stylishly covered - a rare occurrence in the eco fashion realm.

via Eva @ Eco Fashion World

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Andean Collection Summer Goodness Sale

My very inspiring fair trade artisan friends at The Andean Collection are having a great summer sale on their latest fashion-forward designs. Readers of ecco*eco and Eco Fashion World will receive 20% off any purchase over $50 until July 22. You just need to enter the code 'FRIENDS' at checkout.

To learn more about the great work that The Andean Collection's artisans Nancy Moran and Olga Lucia Moran are doing using natural materials indigenous to their Peruvian villages and communities, visit The Andean Collection's new blog. Congratulations to founder Amanda Judge as well for this gorgeous, socially responsible enterprise.

* shop online

* all images courtesy of The Andean Collection

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Desert Rose by Evgeni Petkov and Ivomir Peshev

Congratulations to Bulgarian couture designer, Evgeni Petkov, and fashion/portrait photographer, Ivomir Peshev, for their gorgeous collaboration in the August edition of ROUGE magazine. Their landscape-inspired photoshoot, 'Desert Rose' is a succulent celebration of femininity on the pages of this luxe and glossy publication. Stay tuned for upcoming news regarding this talented duo's plans to hit the fashion runways in Geneva this autumn in honor of eco chic couture and traditional Bulgarian textiles.

* above images via Ivomir Peshev's blog
* jewelry design by Valia Bradshow for Rovalia Lea

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Chasing Rainbows by Suzanne Goodwin

An amazingly beautiful and inspiring collection by TextileFutures/Central Saint Martins MA graduate Suzanne Goodwin where she crafts fabrics and designs that explore climate change by respond to changing weather patterns.

See more at Chasing Rainbows - Suzanne Goodwin (2008)

* above images courtesy of Suzanne Goodwin

Friday, July 10, 2009

Deconstructed Heels by Sara Hubbs

I really find these deconstructed heels by artist Sara Hubbs to be truly stunning. Not simply recycled or upcycled but a whole new take on the materiality and inner bones of the accessories that we pave our fashion psyches with. Sara is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and completed an MFA at The George Washington University prior to moving to New York. She is an artist in resident of Lumenhouse studios in Brooklyn, NY.

The artist states: The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground - Buddha

"My work investigates muted and unseen spaces, looking to dirt, use and accumulation as points of visual contact with the world. I am interested in utilizing discarded materials to create a collaged space of actions, memories, stories, and desire."

"In working with shoes, a language of repeated shapes and imagery creates an active archive of form, use, and meaning. The process of dismantling the shoes opens the subtle and uncertain remnants of narrative into something else and the work moves between personal and collective ways in which we define, and extract meaning."

*above images courtesy of artist Sara Hubbs

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

7-7 Apron Dress by Popomomo

So enamored with this adorable 7-7 apron dress from LA-based eco fashion house Popomomo. Available at Green with Glamor, follow this link for a great GwG 'designer spotlight' interview with Popomomo's Lizz Wasserman.

(eco specs: beautiful screen-printing on luxe hemp & organic cotton in thyme & natural, made in Los Angeles - machine washable)

*via Green with Glamor

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Four Seasons Fashion Show

The one-of-a-kind designs for this evening's Four Seasons Fashion Show at The Junction in Cambridge have been cleverly sourced from the British Heart Foundation and Oxfam charity shops. Showcased pieces have been re-worked by over thirty young designers in order to create four collections, one for each season of the year. Designer items will also be raffled and auctioned to add to the fundraising efforts. Over seventy volunteers have been involved through event planning, fundraising, photography, modelling, and fashion design - a community effort to promote sustainable fashion and clothes recycling.

Location: The Junction, Cambridge
Contact: 07852451257

Monday, July 6, 2009

Terra Plana at Wertvoll Berlin

I missed out on Berlin Fashion Week due to the cultivation of new eco fashion sprouts here in Sofia, but if I had, I surely would haved popped into Wertvoll to pick up a pair of these great Terra Plana heels. Solely fabulous!

* Wertvoll

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Awake to Arise

Awake to Arise Magazine, the latest glossy publication to feature the rich and trend-setting wave of African 'fashion, music, culture, and polity.' Artfully curated and totally inspirational.

Thanks for the great style tip, Loza Maléombho.