A picture is (often) worth more than a thousand words, and though we could talk about sustainable style ad infinitum here at Inhabitat, there are occasional examples of eco-chic fashion collections that really speak for themselves. Beau Soleil, designed by Anne Salvatore Epstein, is a feminine and sexy assortment of sumptuous dresses that are draped out of the finest sustainable fabrics with the spirit of the modern, forward-thinking woman in mind. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to take a peak at Beau Soleil’s Spring 2008 collection in order to celebrate the beauty of women everywhere as well as gorgeous, spring-infused green fashion.
Beyond being bold and beautiful, Beau Soleil’s company focus is on sustainability, fair trade and labor, as well as organic raw materials ‘with the end goal to offer consumers environmentally healthy clothing choices without sacrificing fashion’. Designer Anne Salvatore Epstein uses the highest quality fabrics made out of bamboo, tencel, vegetable-dyed organic and vintage cottons, as well as recycled leather trims. With career experience at Marc Jacobs and IISLI, Epstein became concerned with how the manufacturing process impacts the environment as well as garment laborers. As a new mom, the designer also made a conscious lifestyle choice to move her family into a green, eco-efficient building in midtown Manhattan and while also supporting local farmer’s markets and agriculture. “Simple, Modern, Organic” is their household mantra.
With dress names like ‘Beau Breeze’, ‘Beau Sun’, ‘Beau Baby’, ‘Beau Wrap’, and ‘Beau Boat’, the Beau Soleil collection refreshes both body and soul. We love that the designer has also considered every last detail by providing ‘fashion tape’ inside the hang tag in order to keep the dress in the right spot. Whether for Mom, sister, girlfriend, significant other, or simply as a way to celebrate your own eco-fabulous self, Beau Soleil has a chic assortment of pieces to keep you glowing throughout the entire season.
+ Beau Soleil + Beau Soleil on Inhabitat (July 2007)