Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on February 10, 2010
Take it from me, bamboo is the fabric for the future. This super versatile plant has long been used in construction, as a food source (for humans and pandas alike) as well as providing the raw materials for everything from chopsticks to food steamers to martial arts weaponry. Now fashion forward designers can’t enough of bamboo. Why? Well, it’s cool in summer, warm in winter, is anti-bacterial and is as soft and luxurious as cashmere. And best of all, it’s sustainable.
L.A.-based designer Amanda Shi is a pioneer in ethical clothing, which she fashions from bamboo and other sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and recycled materials. Her aesthetic blends classic design with a contemporary twist and includes sweaters, tanks and dresses. For Amanda, going sustainable was a no-brainer: she firmly believes the future of the planet is at stake and wanted to do her part in preserving it. In 2003, Amanda lauched the Avita line, which she followed up in May of 2007 with the Co-op, located on über-trendy 3rd Street in West Hollywood. The Co-op not only houses Amanda’s signature designs, but also provides a storefront for a dozen or so other environmentally aware designers of jewelry, handbags, shoes and make-up.
So, if you’re seeking a guilt-free indulgence, head down to 3rd Street.