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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7 Favourite Ethical Pinners on Pinterest


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I love Pinterest! The inspiration and discovery possibilities are really endless and there are some great great ethical pinners sharing great DIYs, new ethical brands, and various ways to become greener. Here are 7 of my favorites.

A note about my favorites: I totally understand sharing your posts from your own blog on Pinterest, in fact I encourage you to do so! BUT, I really tried to share pinners who are not solely pinning from their own site.

I think pinners who draw from many different places offer way more diversity plus sharing posts and items from other sites is a great way to support shops and blogs you love…so share share share.

1. Jen Bluecaravan

You might have heard of blue caravan, the fabulous ethical design market based in Australia. Jen from blue caravan, has a great mix of boards from street art to tutorials and a variety of ethical products.

2. Hipcycle

Hipcycle is a really amazing online boutique. Everything at Hipcycle is upcycled and I think their product selections are just excellent. As a pinner Hipcycle pins not just items from their shop but also ideas on DIYs and general upcycling desings.

3. Reincarnations Art

Reincarnations Art is also a shop that sells only upcycled items. I think the shop is super charming. They share tons of upcycle DIY ideas and I love how they’ve broken up their pinterest boards into certain items; for example a board for just upcycling doilies or mason jars.

4. Caitlin Bristol

Caitlin Bristol works on the team at Ebay Green. I started to see Bristol’s pins on my Pinterest feed and I was always attracted to them so I decided to randomly follow Bristol, a stranger. I googled her for this post and now my attraction to the ethical fashion she shares and style inspirations makes complete sense to me.

5. TreeHugger

If you’re into green living you probably heard of treehugger, they are one of the larger green sites on the internet. Their boards do have a lot of treehugger posts, but in this case I think it doesn’t feel redundant since they have such a variety of topics and contributors. Their Pinterest account also covers fashion and DIYs which are not frequent subjects on treehugger.

6. Practically Green

Practically Green is a services that helps you become more sustainable and helps you track how green your life is. They also have a great blog. I LOVE this pinterest account it has a lot of great upcycling ideas, along with yummy recipes and green gadgets.

7. ecosalon

First off, YAY(!) times a million ecosalon has returned!!! They’ve found sponsorship and are pumping out new and great content. This makes me super duper super happy. I think their pinterest boards are really fun and varied just like their site, ecosalon also pins from a lot of different sites which makes for great boards and a lot of discovery.

Some Tips for Following on Pinterest

  • Finding Pinners to Follow-If I like someone’s Pinterest account I’ll look to who they’re following. A lot of times I’ll like them too! A great trick when you feel like you need fresh content on your feed.
  • Follow Selectively: Your Pinterest feed is not selective, you can’t really browse by category or type of pinners. So if you don’t follow carefully your Pinterest feed could be clogged with things that don’t interest you.
  • Pick Your Boards: You don’t have to follow every board someone has, only select the boards that really interested you so that your Pinterest feed will be things you really love and want to know more about. For instance a lot of the people I follow have wedding boards, I’m not suuuper interested in this topic so I choose to not follow those boards.

 

Do you guys have any suggestion on who to follow? I would love to hear them! And what are your tips for using Pinterest, what do you love? Hate?

P.S- You can follow Ethical Fashion Bloggers on Pinterest HERE.

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

 

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The January Freestyle Outfit Challenge

Our outfit challenge for January was a freestyle one. Basically we could choose anything we wanted as long as it was sustainable or ethical. The Freestyle challenge is the chance for bloggers to show us their favourite style or try out something new.

Bella of Citizen Rosebud describes her outfit “I’m wearing a dress from Karina Dresses, an USA manufactured dress. Designed and sewn in the United States has its challenges, especially in a global economy that wants cheap prices for quality goods. Committed in giving their employees a living wage, and proud of their long term commitment to sustainable practices, Karina Dresses puts their money where their mouth is and also donates “100% of net proceeds of their LOVE CLUB membership to The Little Stars School of Varanasi, India (littlestarsschool.org), an organization that provides an education – including sewing classes! – for street children, especially young girls.”

At Joyatri’s Adventures in Vintage, a post on Long Term Commitment features a fantastic vintage outfit. She also talks about how she has bought beautiful quality clothes to last a long time.

My Freestyle Outfit (posted on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog) which I have also entered in the Observer Ethical Awards (Check out how you can enter here!) features a top by ethical brand YouMeWe and trousers by ASOS Africa, vegetable tanned leather shoes by Dream in Green and second hand/ vintage jacket and bag.

I hope you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Style-is.co.uk – A New Search Engine for Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable fashion search engine www.style-is.co.uk

I wanted to share my new website www.style-is.co.uk, a search engine for sustainable UK fashion. Obviously a deliberate plug on my behalf but I also though it would be a useful resource for anyone who would like to shop more sustainably but have found it time consuming or difficult to find exactly what they want or need.

Style-is.co.uk brings together thousands if sustainable and stylish choices from over 100 brands together under one virtual roof. It features clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and children in a number of sustainability categories including organic, Fair trade, recycled, vintage, vegan and for hire. The site features a wide selection of styles, all chosen for their design but also commitment to sustainability or ethics.

For those looking to shop ethically on a budget, there is also a sales page so you can check out the latest reductions and a number of offers and discounts available on some products listed on the site.

Whether you are looking for an ethical fashion dress by UK designers including Henrietta Ludgate or Ada Zanditon, organic clothing from a ‘Made in Britain’ brand like Seasalt Cornwall, high performance outdoor wear from brands like Timberland and Patagonia, stylish vegan shoes or quirky recycled accessories, we hope you will find a piece of clothing that you can love, treasure and wear for a long time.

I would love to know what you think or if you know of any other useful resources for shopping more sustainably.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Happy New Year and Ethical Fashion Link Round Up

Happy New Year! 2012 has been an exciting year for ethical and sustainable fashion, with so many innovative new brands and interesting developments in the industry. Some times it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is going on both globally and locally and in 2013, I hope that we can continue to grow and develop our community to provide a useful and supportive resource for our our members and beyond, both for blogging and finding the most sustainable style choices.

I am really inspired by the many different styles and blog posts that I have seen from Ethical Fashion Bloggers so far and would like to help share this in 2013 with a monthly post round up. This month, with it being the being the beginning of the new year, we have some fantastic posts including round ups of 2012, ethical finds in the sales and, of course, plenty of new years resolutions and challenges, enjoy!

Made to Travel  rounds up in My Fave Posts of 2012

Recycled Fashion tells us about Designer Brands Starting the Recycling Revolution

The Conscience Collective share 20 New Years Dresses with Personality

Jessie Anne O will be joining Little House in Town for the 2013 Wartime Wardrobe Challenge!

Citizen Rosebud takes the Shop Second Hand First Pledge

Honey Go Lightly is taking part in the 100 Day Spending Ban

Country Girl Does Norfolk shares her lean, mean and green Resolutions for 2012.

Eco Warrior Princess makes it her new year resolution To Buy Nothing New

The Only Way is Ethical share 15 of the Best (ethical) January Sales

You can also check out My Sustainable Style Resolutions for 2012

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in Ethical Fashion Bloggers during 2012, you are amazing! Looking forward to lots more fashion blogging in 2013, lets make it a sustainable and glamorous one.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image – Katherine Hamnett T Shirt at Yoox

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Christmas Outfit Challenge

A very Happy Christmas to all Ethical Fashion Bloggers! Here is our slightly belated Christmas party outfit challenge.

Bella at the Citizen Rosebud has put together a beautiful festive outfit for Christmas using second hand clothes. You can check out her Shop second hand Pledge here.

Jean of Jean of All Trades has put together a thrifty designer outfit for Christmas featuring Aramani trousers and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Pao of Project Minima has created a fantastic outfit in her post The Artist Not Wearing Banksy or Hirst

For my Christmas outfit which is featured on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog, I have worn a vintage maxi dress from a local charity shop.

Have a lovely time!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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We Need You! The Wartime Challenge 2013

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We need you! The Wartime Wardrobe Challenge 2013

Fellow ethical fashionistas and bloggers, lovers of all things green, vintage and Fairtrade, I come bearing festive news of an ethical fashion challenge designed to change the way we think about our wardrobes, promote the ethical fashion cause and raise some much-needed money to support garment workers worldwide.

So, what is it?

The Wartime Wardrobe Challenge is based on the clothes
rationing system introduced in June 1941 in response to the shortage of
materials and need for factory space to produce war supplies. In short,
everyone was expected to make only essential clothes purchases, and make the
most out of their existing wardrobes using the principles of ‘Make Do and
Mend’. The coupon allowance for men and women during this time was 66 coupons,
with different garment types attracting different coupon values (e.g. a dress
was 7 coupons and a coat was 14).

In 2013, Meg (the Double Life of Mrs M) and I (Nik of Little House in Town) will be challenging ourselves to live within these ration restrictions, but (of course) with an ethical twist!

Any items purchased that are deemed ‘unethical’ will be penalised
- attracting a higher coupon charge than their counterparts. We will also be
encouraging re-use and repair by making all second-hand and vintage purchases coupon-free, as well as allowing free use of sewing materials and existing fabric stocks.

In addition, any overspend on our coupon allowance will result in a hefty fine – the proceeds from which will go to garment worker charities.

(You can see the full list of coupon values and rules here.)

 What can I do?

Throughout 2013, in addition to blogging our progress in the challenge, Meg and I will also be sharing practical, useful advice and tutorials to highlight the issues in the fashion industry, get to grips with the background of ethical fabrics, learn new skills in making and repairing our clothes, and experiment with clothes washing techniques and item care.

Of course we would love for you all to sign up and take part in the challenge with us, blog your own progress and display our lovely badge for the world to see. But even if you choose not to join in with us, there are other ways that you can help us raise awareness of the challenge and (therefore) the benefits of curating an ethical wardrobe.

  1. Share your shopping/mending/making skills with us!
    Take over our blogs for the day and showcase your talents, or teach us how to
    do something new.
  2. Follow us on Facebook (Nik, Meg) and Twitter (Nik, Meg) and share our progress with your
    followers (#WWC).
  3. Let us know about any ethical fashion posts
    you’ve done on your own blog that could be of use to us in the challenge, so we
    can share them with other participants.

Or anything else you can think of! The key aim of this challenge is to bring awareness – of the fashion industry, of the alternatives available, of the simple ways each person can make a difference. We, as ethical fashion bloggers, are the natural ambassadors for all of these things and if with our knowledge and influence we can convince one single person to change their habits for good then I think it will have been a good use of my 2013.

A very Merry Xmas to everyone, and here’s to an ethical 2013 (said in Queen’s Speech-esque voice)!

For further information on the challenge, email nicola@littlehouseintown.co.uk or visit www.littlehouseintown.co.uk / thedoublelifeofmrsm.wordpress.com  

 

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DIY Round Up – The Perfect Fit

The latest DIY round up on Ethical Fashion Bloggers had a theme of ‘the perfect fit’. We all probably have at least one or two pieces of clothing in our wardrobe that don’t fit quite right and this challenge was all about converting them into something beautiful and wearable that fits just right.

Erica of Recycled Fashion has upcycled a mens business shirt into a fabulous casual shirt without sleeves.

Pao of Project Minima has cleverly changed the fit of her shirt completely by making it into trousers.

I have removed the sleeves from this dress which I posted about on Ethical Fashion Blog.

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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