Every month I stumble upon mounds of beautiful, sustainable, ethical things. I can’t give them all the coverage they deserve, so I round them up for you here. Take a peek through and enjoy!
Want: Uye Surana
Pronounced Yoo Sur-rah-nuh, Uye Surana is a New York based and manufactured label. While she makes clothing as well, designer Monica Wesley really shines in the lingerie department. Uye Surana utilizes airy silks, mesh, and lace and specializes in unique hand-dyed silk techniques. (Merci to The Good Closet)
Love: La Vie Rosie
I popped into a sustainable fashion boutique in Beacon, NY to say hi this holiday season and made the acquaintance of Xristina Samira, who was there crafting handmade herbal wreaths that can be taken apart and reused after they are done being decor —eucalyptus branches can be hung in the shower for an herbal steam experience, various herbs can be brewed into tea. She also sells living succulent wreaths, silk flower crowns, and custom work. She told me she made a wreath full of calming herbs that a mother could brew into calming tea for her hyperactive child later. Amazing!
Need: Perpetual Shade
I won this simple, satin eye mask from Perpetual Shade. I have to say, I’ve taken to finding excuses to wear it. Like, “Oh, I’ll just leave the light on so my boyfriend doesn’t have to stumble around in the dark. Which necessitates this eye mask. Oh hey, honey!”
The-Acey is an online store based out of the UK for women to discover and purchase contemporary clothing, consciously created. Find timeless coats, blouses, trousers, and shoes by brands like Sydney Brown, Svilu, Groceries, Matt & Nat, and undiscovered brands, all editorialized beautifully.
Want: Brook There
Since 2007, Portland, Maine designer Brook DeLorme has been making elegant and sustainable clothing and lingerie. All Brook There garments are designed, cut, and sewn in America, sourcing a wide variety of organic and sustainable fabrics. The focus is on beautiful and long-lasting construction, soft and comfortable fits, organic cotton fabrics, and real silk.
Want: Petal by Pedal
Sort of like a floral CSA, this service lets you pay up front for a certain number of small or large bouquets cut to fit standard mason jar sizes. The bouquets–sourced from local farmers–are delivered to your door by bike. Starting at $65 per bouquet, $55 for a succulent, $100 for a wreath, and getting up to $140 for a single large bouquet, they aren’t cheap. But they will most certainly last longer and be more well received than a bodega bouquet!
Want: Homespun Design
Homespun design features furniture that is American-made by skilled craftsmen. Styles range from midcentury modern to Shaker, but all furniture is heirloom quality, made from solid, sustainably-sourced wood mainly from the USA. Homespun is members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, whose mission is to encourage eco-friendly practices within the furnishings industry and raise awareness of key sustainability issues.
Wintervacht is a small Dutch brand founded by designers Yoni van Oorsouw and Manon van Hoeckel, which makes clothing in the Netherlands from quality, second-hand materials like Dutch woolen blankets and vintage curtains. The differences in prints and colors make every piece unique.
Created to encourage mindful shopping for a few quality, handcrafted, heirloom items, Cuyana features classic pieces created by artisans from around the world. There are sweaters and scarves in neutrals, pretty leather accessories, turkish robes, and gold jewelry.
Love: Noble Denim
This tiny denim company is hellbent on reviving American manufacturing. It lists all of its US suppliers, from the reclaimed leather for the patches, to the organic cotton for the pockets, and the copper hardware. Its products are very much for the all-American dude.
Love: Fashion Kind
Launched last month, Fashionkind was founded to leverage fashion to influence positive change. Each Fashionkind brand is held to two criteria: impeccable style and tangible impact. The aesthetic is young and edgy–razor sharp jewelry, mens boxers, tailored knits, and leather accessories. Each item has an educational bit about the impact of the industry and the importance of buying ethically and/or sustainably.