On Thursday there was a whole spate of sustainable events around the city.
It started Thursday morning with a breakfast celebrating the launch of Echo, a collaboration between the fashion blog The Style Line and sustainable jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning. The Echo collection, a series of small to large jewelry boxes topped with geodes, came out of a conversation about ethics and sustainability, how we shop, and how we protect what we value. It’s a celebration of conscious consumption and American-made, quality items.
Every single item has some sort of conscious element. There are three floors of vegan handbags, items that donate to charity when you make a purchase, designers that manufacture in the garment district, non-toxic candles, some of the best vintage shopping I’ve ever seen, and environmentally friendly fashion, among many other things! I have my eye on a beautiful coat by Nicolino that was made in New York by. (Dibs!)
Unfortunately, there’s no labeling system that tells you why a particular brand made it into the store. So you’ll have to do some snooping and ask some questions. It will be open daily 11 am to 7 pm for the next two months at 54 Crosby Street for your shopping pleasure.
Next we headed over to the quirky product store Kikkerland, where they were celebrating the launch of a new eco-friendly candle by scent creator and candle maker KOBO, and pattern maker Lotta Jansdotter.
Each soy candle candle* is lushly scented, and comes in a beautiful ceramic tea cup that you can continue to use after you’ve finished with the candle. The packaging itself can even be ripped on the dotted line and used as postcards.
Head over the Kikkerland shop, at 493 6th Avenue in Manhattan, to pick one up.
I ended my night be swinging by Swords-Smith, the indie designer shop in Williamsburg, to celebrate the launch of Morgan Carper’s holiday collection. It was full of swingy, sparkly, black and crimson dresses that communicate, “I like the holidays, let’s party!” while still preserving your cool, personal style. Carper, who manufactures in the Garment District, and I had a long discussion about the difficulty of sourcing good fabrics that are made in the United States. Stay tuned for more on this conscious designer!
Head on by Swords-Smith on South 4th Street to check out the holiday collection, plus try on a little bit of the ethical collection Harare, which I’ve gushed over before. And if you want to be on the invitation list for other events at Swords-Smith, just sign up for their email list.
*I got one for free to try.