As a California native currently living in a concrete jungle, I often miss the wind ‘n surf culture I traded in for the cosmopolitan mindset of New York City. Northern-California based designer, Lina Rennell stirs up a bit of this nostalgia through her spring collection entitled “Big Sur Meets Helsinki” inspired by both Scandinavia and the California Coastline. Subtly sophisticated spring-summer wear for the coastal wilderness, Lina uses bright blue and neutrals in sea-inspired patterns to conjure up “ocean weathered objects and washed-up discoveries from the sea, driftwood, barnacles & visionary notions.” We especially love the Pocahontas-inspired vegan collection of faux-leather fringe moccasins, belts and bags. Finally vegans can have their style cake and eat it too!

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Lina’s California style with hints of Finnish makes a sustainably stylish spring collection that is both refreshing and refined. The spring collection offers the breezy dresses and tops every girl needs for sunny days at the beach. All of which can be complimented with her vegan leather fringe moccasins or fringe belt — which both incorporate Native American details in a rather charming way. Other accessories include her organic cotton voile scarves. With prints such as pacific water weave, shell ikat, and gold tents, the scarves represent a sophisticated version of the adventurous and carefree qualities of living near the ocean.

We love Lina’s new collection so much that we just brought a bunch of the items into the Inhabitatshop.

Check them out here >

$220 Vegan leather moccasins >

$115 Vegan leather belt >

+ Lina Rennell

Vegan leather fringe moccasins (left);Vegan leather fringe belt (right)

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lina rennell, sustainable style, lina rennell spring 09 collection, big sur helsinki lina rennell, beach wear eco fashion, eco fashion, sea inspired fashion, california eco fashionPacific water weave (left); shell ikat (center); gold tents (right) on organic cotton voile

lina rennell, sustainable style, lina rennell spring 09 collection, big sur helsinki lina rennell, beach wear eco fashion, eco fashion, sea inspired fashion, california eco fashionGold tent print cami made of organic cotton jersey (left); Gold tent print tote made of organic hemp linen

lina rennell, sustainable style, lina rennell spring 09 collection, big sur helsinki lina rennell, beach wear eco fashion, eco fashion, sea inspired fashion, california eco fashionPacific water weave print on organic cotton voile (left); Black swimsuit made of organic cotton jersey with sunhat made of lycra & organic hemp linen (right)