Vote for your Favourite International Ethical Fashion Brands

You may of noticed from our recent blog posts that the editorial team here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers have been busy posting about our favourite ethical designers from around the world. Jamillah of Made-to-travel.com has been sharing some of the most sustainable and stylish from New York, Davinia of Techstylista.com from Australia and myself from London (well nearby anyway!).

So now comes the fun bit. We would like you to get involved, to help us decide where in the world is the winner in the sustainable style stakes. All you need to do is follow us on Pinterest here, check out our International Ethical Fashion Board here and vote on which looks you like best by favouriting or sharing your favourite.

We would also love to see your favourites from whereever you are in the world so you can either post on your blog or create a look with their collections on Polyvore. Please let me know your email so that I can invite you to pin on our Pinterest boards or email the link to me ceri at heathcotecommunications.co.uk so that I can pin it for you.

We also have a number of other Pinterest boards for you to pin to at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. Again please email me so that I can invite you to all or any of the following. Pinning is such a great way of sharing style and inspiration, we hope you will get involved.

Ethical Fashion SS13
DIY/ Upcycling Fashion
Vintage Style
Ethical and Sustainable Accessories

I can’t wait to see who you vote for and see your favourite local ethical designers and brands! Happy pinning.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Ethical Brands in London – Fair + True

For our latest challenge on Ethical Fashion Bloggers, I was tasked with showcasing a London Designer / brand with an ethical focus. One of the things that I really love about London is that has such a diversity of cultures often reflected in its amazing eclectic fashion and style. Eclectism meaning “the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and combining them” (Hume 1998, 5).

London FashionLondon Fashion by styleeyes1-333

Fair + True combines locally (London) produced with fair trade fashion from abroad with a signature style of bold bright, bright and colourful pieces in contemporary styles with African inspired prints. I love that each piece from the Fair + True collection can be used to create  a truly eclectic London outfit.Pretty London Fashion

Being such a fan of bold and bright prints, I couldn’t help but choose Fair + True to post about accessorised with a little Vivienne Westwood (for Melissa) and Tatty Devine. All three with very strong links to London and its vibrant fashion scene.
Printastic

What do you think of London Style? Will you be rocking bold and bright prints this spring?

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

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Ethical Designers in Australia – Ginger & Smart

Since landing in my new home city of Sydney, Australia I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the Aussie ethical fashion world. There is a definite difference in designers and size of the ethical fashion market compared with London, but the unique flare that these Antipodeans neighbours bring, more than make up for it. The designers that stand out from the crowd for me are Ginger & Smart.

Ginger & Smart are sister duo Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, who founded the brand in Sydney over 10 years ago in 2002. They are one of the few high-end designers in Australia to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Their designs project a cool sophisticated confidence that any women would be happy to encapsulate and epitomise eco-chic.

The array of pink garments and accessories is right on trend for AW13.

AW13 Pink Trend

Ginger & Smart AW13 Pink

The newly launched diffusion collection AKIN by Ginger & Smart, feature a range of mini and party dresses with modern graphical prints. Appealing to a broader and younger market.

AKIN collection

AKIN by Ginger & Smart

AKIN by Ginger & Smart by techstylista featuring dresses

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13 is the latest collection and features some striking patterns and shapes.

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13 - Ginger & Smart
Ginger & Smart will be featuring their latest collection at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia event. It’s not hard to see why these designers have fast become my favourite Aussie brand, I’m hoping to get into the their collection show to see this style duo up close and personal.

Davinia writes at Tech Stylista about all things to do with ethical fashion and how you can be fashion conscious whilst being kinder to the planet with an injection of weekly technology stories to keep your manicured nails on the pulse. Follow @techstylista on Twitter.
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Ethical Designers In New York – Nissa Jewelry

When Ceri asked to pick our favorite hometown ethical designer I found this assignment super duper challenging because there are really so many wonderful ethical designers doing great things here in NY. But when I sat down and thought about aesthetic, price and accessibility I really didn’t think it got much better than Nissa Jewelry.

(L-R: Seneca Ring $30; Isabella Ring $45; Set of 3 Small Chain Rings $78; Double Bar Ring $15; Studded Stacking Ring Set $22; Hamilton Large Stud Ring $40)

All Nissa Jewelry is handmade in NYC and most of their jewelry is made of recycled metals. I personally really love rings and typically of the bolder variety, so I’m really naturally attracted to the bold edgy Nissa rings. I already own 2 of them (seen here and here) and they are definitely 2 of my favorites.

Nissa Jewelry is a darling in fashion right now, spotted on everyone from Jordan Sparks to Chelsea Handler to Kim Kardashian and Julianna Rancic and from magazines from In Style to Self.

(L-R: Talasi Jeweled Necklace $88; Long Twist Necklace $49; Sheba Bib Necklace $39; Bernice Necklace $123)

I think Nissa has received such well deserved praise because there really is a great variety of design while still keeping a narrow point of view. I would say the main esthetic is definitely edgy, urban and bold, but there are definitely pieces that make a quieter statement alongside pieces that have a bit of whimsy.

(L-R: Dreamcatcher Bracelet $68; Clara Bracelet $24; Cleo Earrings $55; Delano Stud Earring $55; Dakota Bracelet $82; Cobblestone Earring $30; Comancher Catori Cuff $198)

Nissa Jewelry also offers a really palatable price point with regular items starting at about $18 and then going up to as much as $350 and they have a stellar sales section as well with things constantly getting added so be sure to check that out!

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

 

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Sustainable Style at the Oscars

Celebrities can have a huge influence on fashions and trends and it was fantastic to see so many celebrities opting for sustainable style at the Oscars this year, showing just how amazing eco fashion can look. The very fact that so many celebrities decided to don something amazing and sustainable for this years event, shows that people are starting to take sustainability seriously.

Livia Firth Oscars

 

Image credit – Eco Age

Livia Firth has been looking stunning for many seasons with her Green Carpet challenge which she co founded in 2010. Such a fantastic project which is inspiring many people to try and minimise the impact of their style on the environment but getting everyone talking about eco fashion and even getting plenty of hi end designers involved along the way. For the Oscars Livia wore a beautiful Grace Kelly-inspired dress made from GOTS certified organic silk made by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead. She also showed that she is totally up for recycling by accessorising with the same Roger Vivier shoes and clutch as she wore for the last two academy awards.

Bond Girl, Naomie Harris wore a dress featuringr ecycled zippers, vintage glass beads, and embellishments made from discarded candy wrappers by Ghanian designer Michael Badger who was also the winner of the Red Carpet, green dress challenge.

Anne Hathaway vegan shoesImage credit – Ecorazzi

Anne Hathaway has become known for her choice of vegan shoes and she did not disappoint at this years Oscars with her choice of custom cruelty-free pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti.

helen Hunt Oscars dressImage credit – Metro

Helen Hunt, Best supporting Actress Nominee really turned heads in a stunning blue gown from the H&M Consious Collection. An interesting choice that combines both high street and sustainable fashion proving that it is completely possible to look amazing in eco fashion on a budget.

These were just a few of the sustainable and stylish outfits that were worn for this years Oscars, there was plenty more including some ‘made in the US’ fashion. What do you think of the Eco fashion at this years Oscars. Has it inspired you at all?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

 

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