Made in New York City’s Garment District, Susan Woo’s eponymous womenswear comprises organic cotton dobby, cellulose-derived Tencel and Enka viscose, silk crepe de chine, vegetable-tanned leather, and both felted and knit organic merino wool—all sustainably produced and bathed in low-impact, formaldehyde-free dyes.
The IOU Project uses social media and smartphone technology to connect you with your garment’s journey. ndwoven India and stitched together in Italy and Romania, each shirt, scarf, pant, and dress is assigned a unique Quick Response (QR) codes that unlocks photos and profiles of the producers on your iPhone. You can even upload a picture of yourself wearing the garment for the artisans to see, closing the loop on the story.
Hand-knit in Peru, Lauren Manoogian’s organic garments are an urban translation of indigenous patterns and textures. Manoogian also creates jewelry using everything from scrap metal to old electronics.
Ms. Wood launched in 2007 as a line of kimono-style robes. The Portland-made label has since evolved into a full-fledged collection of sleek organic-cotton and silk separates, recycled-leather bags, salvaged-wood jewelry, and towering wedge heels.
Bazsarózsa (pronounced “baj-sha roj-sha”) means “peony” in Hungarian, and the line of organic-cotton underthings embody the soft, feminine aesthetic of the flower to a T. Designed by Enikö Bázsa, every bra, camisole, and panty is made in New York City, where the label is based.
TERRA NEW YORK
Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saek founded Terra New York after their search for a bike-friendly raincoat they could also meet clients in proved in vain. Made from heat-sealed and solvent-free thermoplastic polyurethane, the chic slickers are designed to biodegrade in a landfill after 15 years of nonuse.
Where others see a moth-eaten sweater, Stella Neptune finds potential. The brand specializes in refashioning castoff cashmere sweaters into playful new-to-you garments, iron-on patches, and accessories—all sourced and made in Los Angeles.
SUPER EARTH GOODS
Founded in 2010, Super Earth Goods employs artisans across Indonesia to create its accessories from discarded and recycled products, such as coffee sacks, tire tubes, and secondhand clothing.
SWORD + FERN
Portland’s Sword + Fern is both an artists’ studio and a retail space. Proprietor Emily Baker has a line of jewelry she makes from castoff car parts, driftwood, recycled glass, and other found ephemera.
Jewelry designer Beth Orduna draws her inspiration directly from nature and its “prescribed chaos.” To create her baubles, Orduna harnesses vintage silk ribbons, bird feathers, weathered metals, reclaimed findings, and other discarded materials.
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Originally published on April 5, 2012.