Editor Olivia Chen and storeowner Allison Teich

We love the wide range of sustainable fashions offered on the Internet, but we have to admit that online shopping really can’t compare to the satisfaction of good old-fashioned in-person browsing! Touching the fabrics, trying on the garments, and being bewitched by the atmosphere of a shop itself are all things that we love about shopping, so it’s a bit of a bummer that actual brick-and-mortar establishments selling eco-conscious clothing are still such a rarity. That’s why we were overjoyed to find out that our hometown, NYC, has just added another eco-boutique to its repertoire: the fabulous Teich! We were lucky enough to scope it out in all of its green glory.

img_5339Vintage fabric and Milano cookies – two of my most favorite things!

In addition to the buttery line of handbags for which the shop is named, there was plenty of other little treasures to tickle the retinas in the form of floaty organic fashions by Ryann and custom-made NYC name pendants (see storeowner Allison Teich’s neck in our pics) that masters of recycled funk Junkprints custom-made for the store out of old records!

We were really impressed with the cheery and sophisticated decor in the space, too. Bright azure walls and smart titanium-white trim make the tiny space (typical of specialty shops in the Big Apple) look airy and open. We hope that the opening of Teich in these harsh economic times is a signal that the sustainable-commerce scene is alive and well, and we’re thrilled to have a place to support green designers right in the neighborhood. Not to mention that walking to the shop and carrying the items you purchase home with you is way more earth-friendly than having them shipped long distance. Don’t miss your chance to check out Teich if you’re ever in the NYC area!

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