Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on May 27, 2008
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.
The Stewart + Brown collection is composed of various product categories including: ORGNC, an organic cotton line which includes pima, jersey crepe, fleece and French terry; SURP+, apparel and accessories made from excess fabrics and materials; and GREEN, designs from naturally cultivated fibers like linen and hemp.
We were treated to an in-house preview of their Spring/Summer 2008 “Fado Do Mar” Collection, which was inspired by their travels to Portugal. Lucky sods. We spied a super cute layered cotton jersey dress in pink and grey, a just-back-from-the-marina blue and white crochet top, gorgeous indigo woven pleated skirt and many more items featuring that exquisite Portuguese flavor.
To see the entire collection, visit Stewart + Brown.