Ms. Wood, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, Portland, Seattle

WOOD YOU, COULD YOU?

Four years after Wood found inspiration in the clean, feminine lines of the Japanese kimono, an Asian leitmotif continues to permeate her collection. Ms. Wood has also become a family affair, with Wood’s woodworker husband, Ben, responsible for carving the wood jewelry and platforms.

Ms. Wood has also become a family affair, with Wood’s woodworker husband, Ben, responsible for carving the wood jewelry and platforms.

Besides the aforementioned organic cotton and silk, Wood also uses bamboo-viscose jersey and a hemp-Lycra blend for her minimalist yet statement-making garments. Other materials, many of which are derived from within Portland’s city limits, are equally sustainable. Thrift-store leather jackets are turned into fringy carryalls, while scrap lumber from a local bike-maker becomes geometric bracelets, bag handles, and heels.

“It feels natural for us to find ways to use products that are rejected and turn them into something desirable and give them value again,” Wood tells Ecouterre. “That also adds to the creative process.” In that same spirit, Ms. Wood’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection will comprise rejected fabrics from Nike—even if, at first blush, they’re not materials she normally gravitates towards. “I am eager to step up to the challenge and keep the creative juices flowing,” she adds.

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