If you love “The Office” like I do, you’re probably a fan of Rashida Jones (daughter of music legend Quincy), who plays Jim’s former love interest, Karen. If you’re not an “Office” watcher: A) you should be – it’s effing funny, and B) you’ll probably become a fan of Rashida Jones when you find out she’s launching her own sustainable fashion label.
Laloo is the name chosen by Rashida and her business partner Angela Wilcox. I’m sure there’s a good reason for that (maybe it stands for “Love All Leftover Organic… Overcoats”?), but what’s more important than monikers are the items themselves. Their line will consist of “swingy tanks, dresses, and layerable tees in the softest organic cotton.”
“Your hair is the only accessory you wear everyday,” so says the man behind the new organic hair care line, Tela Beauty Organics. Prompting the question: how’s your accessory hanging? Like a beautifully structured designer handbag? Or more like a shapeless beat-up rucksack? If it’s the latter, you better yourself get an organic fix. And fast.
The Tela Organic Beauty range launched in April this year and is available exclusively at Barney’s — purveyor of all fabulous accessories. The brains behind the hair is stylist, designer and philanthropist, Philip Pelusi, a man with over 40 years in the industry. Tela is heads and shoulders above the rest with its signature “skin care approach” to hair. “Healthy hair starts with a healthy hydrated scalp. Hair more than an inch long has already suffered damage,” says Pelusi. “I designed these products specifically to endure the daily stresses of styling, sun exposure and environmental changes.” Speaking of environmental changes, users of Tela Beauty Organics can rest assured they won’t be contributing to them. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Undoubtedly, indubitably, definitely: celebrity sells. There’s no doubt about it. For any designer — green or otherwise — nothing gets your garb flying off the racks like having it worn by A-listers in the league of Kate Moss, Jade Jagger or Gwyneth Paltrow.
But what if these celebrities were the designers themselves? This is the perspicacious premise behind LENY (Limited Edition New York), a tee shirt and tote line that donates its net profits to environmental causes.
Every day a story appears that turns our previously blissfully ignorant lives upside down. Don’t eat regular apples, they’re coated with pesticides. Don’t drink out of BPA plastic bottles, they leach toxic chemicals. Don’t wear conventional cotton tees, they’re often times made on the backs of child labor. Grim, right? Well here’s another one for you. Regular sunscreen? Forget about it. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that “the bodies of nearly all Americans are contaminated with a sunscreen chemical that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage”. That chemical is oxybenzone and it can be found in 600 sunscreens manufactured and sold in the U.S.
Canadians have got to be some of the nicest people on the planet. Handy with a smile and generous with their “neats”, this country has garnered a worldwide reputation for being honest and earnest. I mean, when was the last you got pick-pocketed by a Canadian? See what I mean?
Young designer Nicole Bridger is no exception (not the pick-pocketing thing obviously, the only pockets she’d pick are those associated with garment construction). Believing that the energy you put out is what you receive (call it “The Secret for Dummies”), each piece in Bridger’s eponymous line comes with its own little affirmation “to remind you to say good things to yourself, and to have a really positive day.”
Alyson Fox’s label, A Small Collection, came about from her desire to combine her disparate interests of photography, illustration, design and styling. Inspired by art, the weather and vintage pieces, the result is a line of everyday clothes that can be dressed up or down. Simple sculptural canvases that can be layered with what you already own Alyson’s favorite item from her own collection? The easy-to-wear yet sexy deep cowl neck dress from her first collection.
Rogan Gregory is hot right now. Not hot like greenhouse gas — quite the opposite actually. He’s Bono-approved, Target-diffused, New York’s own ethical poster boy hot. Hell, even his beard is impressive. With his penchant for transforming organic cotton into edgy attire, denim into danger and making mass market look a million bucks, everyone wants a piece of Rogan Gregory. And not surprisingly Wallpaper magazine got him. Here are the highlights from their interview about the man behind Loomstate, Rogan, Rogan Objects, Rogan for Target and the line that thrust him into the spotlight, Edun.
“Bono and Ali caught wind of what we’d been doing at Loomstate and wanted to do some kind of collaboration,” Gregory recalls. “My partner Scott called me one day and asks, can you meet with Bono tomorrow? I’m like, Bono who? Next day he shows up to our studio and we really hit it off.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
>Despite the efforts of many talented and dedicated designers, it looks like it will be a while before environmentally responsible fashion becomes the norm. Luckily for the planet, we’ve got a whole host of up and coming designers wanting to do their part. And in some creatively clever ways.
Nvohk (pronounced “invoke”) is “an eco-clothing company managed by the people who wear it”. Producing responsible surf-inspired clothing using sustainable materials like bamboo, their aim is to produce quality products with the environment in mind.
There’s nothing like giving birth to inspire inflated ideas of one’s own creativity. It’s like, wow, I just created human life, what can’t I do? Er… well, a lot actually.
Luckily this wasn’t case for Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, whose ethical clothing brand Stewart + Brown was born, alongside baby Hazel, back in 2002.
Spying a hole in the fashion industry for high quality, stylish clothing with minimal impact on the planet, the couple decided to capitalize on their complementary skill set. Karen is a trained painter cum designer who had previously worked at Urban Outfitters and Patagonia. Howard is a graphic designer and brand development guru who also worked at Urban Outfitters as well as Microsoft, X Games and Anthropologie. Together, this husband and wife design duo have created a collection of flirty, functional and highly fashionable pieces.
Check out all of the awesome things Texas has given us: oil; the evangelical mega-churches of the Bible Belt; “Dallas” the TV show; and the dynasty. No, not the TV show — the Bush dynasty. But it’s not all bad. Texas is also the birthplace of Brenda Brock, daughter of a seventh generation Texan farming family and the brains behind sustainable skin care line Farmaesthetics.
It was after to moving to Rhode Island that Ms. Brocks began making her handmade herbal skin care preparations — all concocted from fresh ingredients grown at her organic farmstead — to the delight of her friends and family. Nine years later, Farmaesthetics is a favorite of beauty editors, posh retailers and luxury spas.
I heart H&M. Or Hennes as it’s called in Europe. In London, Hennes and TopShop are the two staples for fashionistas to get cheap yet cutting edge clothing – a slinky tee to go with designer jeans or shirt-dress you could dress up with a fabulous belt. Here in the States there are so many inexpensive retails stores (Target, Forever 21, Old Navy, American Apparel, Loehmanns, Ross) that it’s utterly confounding. I’ve lived here for four years and am still absolutely clueless on where to shop for basics. Oddly the higher end posed no problem, I drifted to Neiman Marcus and Barney’s like a leaf in a current. But one can’t live in Jimmy Choos alone. Which brings me back to Hennes, rather H&M.