Amy DuFault and Shift Boutique

Fashion used to be an art.  It used to be about detail, design and workmanship instead of just labels and marketing.  But in a race to make money and satiate stockholders, even the most sacred houses of high fashion have sold out.  Now, thanks to a valiant band of independent, earth-conscious designers the true spirit of fashion is being revived and celebrated around the world. Amy DuFault knows eco-fashion.  She’s been the Fashion Editor at EcoSalon.com for almost two years.  At the same time, she started doing sample sales and trunk sales,…

Headed to Vancouver? Check out Body Politic!

Eco fashion has been a profoundly online phenomenon from the get-go.  Slowly but surely, however, boutiques are cropping up all over North America and Europe.  If you’re in Vancouver, you don’t want to miss the chance to check out Body Politic founded by Nicole Ritchie-Oseen in 2008 and located in the South Main district of the city.  Body Politic features some of the hottest green designers including Stewart + Brown, Elroy and Perfectly Imperfect. Ritchie-Oseen says, “At body politic we began with the belief that sustainable and eco-friendly clothing didn’t…

Terra Trendz Sea Glass Jewelry – and Discount Code!

Sea Glass brings back wonderful childhood memories for me.  I grew up near the ocean in northern California and we spent a lot of time at the beach where I would collect all kinds of treasures including pieces of smooth, gem-like sea glass which I would horde like a little pirate.  Over the years I’ve lost all the sweet souvenirs I collected as a child, but not my love of the colorful pieces of glass that get washed up on the shore after being massaged into shape by the…

Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna is a ready to wear line by designer Pauline Siu based in Vancouver. Taking inspiration from the lush nature world around her, Siu designs clothing that is captures the beauty, charm and delicacy of plants and animals.  The line features clean lines, rich colors and a pan-seasonal style that makes them both conscious and easy to integrate into your existing wardrobe. In addition to using eco-friendly materials and business practices, Flora & Fauna also supports animal welfare and nature conservation organizations.  For the FW09 season, they are giving $2 from…

Five Finds: September 25, 2009

1.  Beau Chrome by Beau Soleil – $295 Beautifully crafted bamboo/organic cotton blend sweater that will last you until the end of time. 2.  Station Trench by Raw Earth Wild Sky – $295 Single button trench coat made from cozy fleece is perfectly tailored to flatter. Features a cinched in waist, perfectly placed front pockets and longer length sleeves. 100% Organic cotton fleece, Low impact dyes Handmade in Los Angeles. 3.  Nixxi Wrap Shawl – $340 A versatile wrap that can be worn with the collar up as a hood, gathered in front, or draped over the shoulders; side pockets;…

Ecouterre

Check out the latest addition to the blogosphere–Ecouterre.com: Despite the fact that most fashionistas are loath to talk about the environment, and most environmentalists are loath to talk about fashion, the environmental ramifications of clothing design impact each and every one of us on a daily basis. The cotton industry releases roughly 16 percent of global pesticides—more than any other agricultural crop—each year. The World Health Organization estimates that at least 3 million people are poisoned by pesticides every year, resulting in 220,000 deaths worldwide annually. “I got tired of having…

Fall/Winter 2009 – Eco Fashion Review

As NYFW draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on just how huge the fashion industry is.  There are literally hundreds of designers creating thousands of new pieces each year.  A small percentage of those are ‘green’ designers, but they are absolutely making a dent in the industry by demanding the highest standards of fabrics, construction and manufacturing–growing their lines with grassroots marketing. I’d like to show off the Fall/Winter 2009 lines of some of my favorite green designers.  These collections may seem to have very little in common when…

Five Finds: August 3, 2009

1.  Girls Night Out Dress by Convoy – $112 This dress is an investment.  Its one of the most versatile pieces you’ll ever own. Deliciously draped jersey material cut in a flattering drop waist and gathered bodice. This slinky mid-calf number is great for an evening out when paired with a pretty clutch and rockin’ heels.  64% bamboo, 28% organic cotton, 8% spandex. Made in Southern California. 2.  Melissa by Cri de Coeur – $260 Strappy, zip-front ethical sandals will add low key sex appeal to hundreds of outfits. 3.  Triangle Handbag by Zut Design – $55 A cool, functional handbag…

Rosel

  Twitter is awesome.  I’ve met so many cool people using that service.  Who would have thought that 140 characters at a time could be so powerful? This month I was able to make the acquaintance of designer Juliane Camposano.  Her new line is Rosel and is currently based out of New York.  She graciously agreed to let me interview her about her line and the inspiration behind it: Thanks for agreeing to let me feature you and your line on Fashion, Evolved.  I really like the style of your designs and I think…

Weekly Five: June 9, 2009

I’m starting a new feature where I post about five products that have caught my eye this week.  I’m always on the lookout for something new and exciting, so drop me a line at the_q (at) inbox (dot) com if you have any suggestions! 1.  EyeQuatic by Tarte This amazing set of summer cosmetics by Tarte includes a funky mod headscarf, waterproof mascara, and 3 mermaid-inspired lock & roll creaseless cream & powder shadow duos in turquoise, citrine, and tanzanite.   The best part?  The whole thing is only $35! 2.  Mophop High Walnut Infinity…