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Proof that eco-conscious accessories can look just as on-trend as mass-made ones, Collina Strada’s line of bold bags fuses pops of color with modern silhouettes. Designed by Hillary Taymour, each piece is made by hand in New York City using eco-conscious materials.
Svilu’s silhouettes may be borrowed from the boys but they’re also designed with the modern woman in mind. Founded in 2012 by Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo, the company seeks to revisit the fundamentals of a woman’s wardrobe by offering timeless staples that are mindfully sourced and locally produced.
LAURA LOMBARDI JEWELRY
Laura Lombardi makes her eponymous line of jewelry by hand in Chicago. Lombardi takes vintage and repurposed materials and retools them to fit her aesthetic, which favors themes like repetition and appropriation.
Berlin designer Elise Ballegeer’s recruits German craftswomen to produce her clothes on a small and personal scale. Keeping production close to home not only keeps carbon emissions down while supporting the local economy, but it also allows Ballegeer to keep an eye on maintaining her standards of quality.
We’ve coveted Tamara Fogle’s military-inspired bags in the past, so we’re excited to see them up close and personal in the Green Room this year. Each piece is proudly made in the United Kingdom from reclaimed materials, including antique German flour sacks, vintage military-tent canvas from Prague, and recycled Indian quilts and leather.
All Hands is a line of leather bags and satchels that are designed and stitched together in a small New York City studio. In order to contribute to fairer working conditions for women, the company plans to eventually move at least 50 percent of its production to artisan groups and women’s collectives overseas.
Who says telling time can’t be both stylish and better for the Earth? Sprout Watches creates its timepieces from sustainable elements such as corn resin, bamboo, cork, organic cotton, conflict-free diamonds, mother of pearl, and lead-free Swarovski crystals.
Proud Mary is a socially conscious textile firm that works with artisans in Guatemala, Mali, Morocco, Peru, and Niger to create a line of “ethnic-modern” home decor, accessories, and garments. It strives to infuse its wares with a clean, modern aesthetic that brings artisanal traditions to the masses.
JELENA BEHREND STUDIO
With influences ranging from candlelit churches to punk rock clubs, Jelena Behrend’s 100 percent recycled jewelry is as distinctive as it’s sustainable. “As we all know, precious metal mining contributes to destruction of the Earth and its resources,” says Behrend. “The sad fact is mining is a ‘dirty’ business and the production of one beautiful gold ring will generate five tons of environmental waste, contaminating water and lands which endangers the health and lives of humans and animals. It doesn’t have to be this way.”
Adrienne Antonson launched State during a stint on an alpaca farm on an island in the Northwest. Her clothing, which honors a thoughtful and handcrafted approach to fashion embodies a “farm to hanger” ethos. Using deconstructed materials, organic cotton, and U.S-grown alpaca wool, State’s American-made basics are as functional as they are a joy to behold.