When the Europeans first arrived in North America, the passenger pigeon was the most common bird in the country. 500 billion of them swarmed the skies (which is pretty scary, when you think about it). But the pursuit of pigeon meat for food combined with habitat destruction meant that by 1914 the bird was extinct. Luckily for us, the Passenger Pigeon lives on in name and spirit, thanks to Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I’m the reason museums have security guards. I love looking at sculptures, but I often get in trouble for wanting to touch the exhibits. I know it’s wrong. But simply seeing the detail up close isn’t enough for my curious senses. I want to feel its surface, exploring the detailed ridges and contours.
Which makes Baltimore “fiber artist” Jennifer Strunge unique. Focusing on “soft sculpture”, Jennifer creates monsters and other larger than life (literally, in some cases) creatures out of fabric scraps and used clothes she finds in second hand stores. With an emphasis on vibrant eyes and large open mouths, her “cotton monsters” are both lovable and imposing.
Launched in New York City back in 2004 by Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn, Loomstate is quite simply the coolest ethical demin line around. The name itself maybe derived from a century old term for just-woven fabric but the result is timeless, effortlessly casual and quintessentially American. With a firm foundation in jeans and tees — which now extends to hoodies, shoes and beyond — Loomstate not only creates its garments from certified organic cotton, its fashion forward designs also create demand for these garments.
Vibram’s FiveFingers look like something Spider-Man would wear, especially if you look at them from the bottom. Which is a good thing; I love Spider-Man. But I doubt that’s what they were going for when they designed them.
In a way they’re kind of the anti-shoe. Which is part of their marketing. “Go barefoot without being exposed”, they invite. Their sure-footed grip sole will act like “a second skin to offer a gecko-like grip over a variety of terrain.” And from the looks of them, it seems to be true. From what I can tell, the shoes guard your feet from rocks, sharp objects and other debris while giving you that freestyle barefoot feeling.
And according to their site, the shoes promote “a natural walking motion, reducing impact on your knees, hips, and lower back.”
Here’s how they work: the specially designed sole “follows the contours and flex points of your feet” while the five fingers (or rather, toes) go in individual slots that give you a more balanced, natural movement. (Which kinda makes sense, considering that’s what toes are for. It’s like winter handwear — why put on restricting mittens when you can wear gloves that allow you to use your fingers?) Meanwhile, the Razor-siped sole protects your feet from hot pavement, sand or rocks while gripping the ground to protect you from slips.
Plus, an adjustable gizmo in the back allows you to create a personalized fit that matches your foot.
I’m guessing they take a little getting used to, but I like the idea. Plus they’re made from non-animal products, which is even better.
“Who says innovative outdoor apparel has to clash with the environment?” asks Nau as they proudly showcase their new men’s Fall collection.
I’m a big fan of Nau – both as a clothing line and as a philosophy. Great clothes, great values. Offering functional designs inspired by the balance of beauty, performance and sustainability, their new men’s collection blends style and substance with a hipness that represents the next generation – a generation striving to save the world.
And since fall is my favorite time of year, it’s the season I get most excited about fashion-wise. Sweaters, jackets and various insulators are what Nau is proffering this season – each with their signature simplicity that allows for versatility, multi-functionality while offering no style compromise. And the cool thing about Nau is that their items are produced from organic, recycled, or surplus materials. Using sustainable fabrics and keeping in mind each garment’s full life cycle, the designers at Nau are on the fashion balance beam, tottering between cutting edge and classic.
I don’t surf or even swim, but I love Billabong’s hip and comfortable clothes that make me feel like a beach person even as I’m sitting in front of my computer. And seeing as how I limit my dressing up to weddings, their shorts and tees provide the coolest everydaywear for me.
Futurenatural doesn’t mince words. They believe the future of skincare is natural. And for those of us who’ve done even the most cursory research into the topic, we know that “the body’s largest organ” and “carcinogens” don’t mix well together. Ever. (Let alone on a daily basis.) So, take my advice: if you want to pack your bathroom cabinet with the hottest, effective, organic Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
John Paul Young’s 1978 classic “Love Is In The Air” may smack of sentimentality, but it’s core message remains timeless. On February 29, 2008, LOVE IS IN THE AIR will jostle for space with other pollutants in Los Angeles. Located on Third Street in West Hollywood, ethical boutique Avita Co-op plans to host to the Eco-Luxe Bridal Salon Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
When it comes to skincare, Europeans know their ass from their elbow. Just take a look at 74- year-old Academy award winning actress, Sophia Loren, who recently posed semi-naked for the celebrated Pirelli calendar. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s illegal to sell cosmetics containing carcinogenic chemicals (such as petro-chemicals, phthalates and parabens) in Europe, while here in the U.S. it’s perfectly legal.
Turns out Sabrina Posillico, Founder and President of Healing Anthropology, was herself influenced by an Italian woman — her mother. Hailing from a tiny town in Italy, she would create natural remedies and herbal concoctions. “I remember her using rosemary infused olive oil on her skin and how amazing it smelled,” says Posillico, whose modeling career would take her around the world, where she amassed knowledge of beauty secrets and healing practices specific to each culture.
I love the chic silhouette of the Abelia Dress — the keyhole opening gives it a playful twist. Or the simple cut of the Peonia — the monochromatic color scheme provides a racy retro feel. Or for the more daring among us, there’s the dramatic V front of the über-sexy Davidia Jumper. And finally, the exquisite tailoring of the white Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Last year I wrote an article on child slave labor. “The real price of non organic cotton” was based on a report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). To learn that over one million children across the globe are forced into cotton production – sacrificing their education, health and innocence – to satisfy and industry worth $40 billion annually was a real eye opener Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
There’s an old saying, dating back thousands of years:< if you can’t find ethically manufactured shoes to your liking, go ahead and produce them yourself. (Or was it “if at first you don’t succeed in finding ethically manufactured shoes to your liking — try, try again”?)
Regardless of the wording, it’s the sentiment that counts. And Bourgeois Bohème, London’s compassionate, animal-free fashion boutique known for its celebration of life, has done just that — they’ve launched a line of Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos