An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
31 Jan 11

silvia66

Super-sophisticated Sylvia66 was born to knit!  Everything from textile jewelery to wraps and shrugs, it all exudes attention to detail and professional craftsmanship.  Her designs are often romantic and luxurious, and always made of high quality fibres and materials.  Buy on Etsy or follow her blog.

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28 Jan 11

the black spot books

Need tiny books to hang around your neck?  The Black Spot Books has them in their Etsy store! Margaux Kent and her husband Walter are up to much more recycling, reclaiming and designing with their studio The Ped and Awl.  You can tell by reading their blog.

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24 Jan 11

yorktown road

Beautifully folded, pleated and creased bags, clutches and purses are what Yorktown Road do best.  Usually working with linen, they’ve recently produced some designs in recycled leather.  Feast your eyes on their brightly-coloured beauties in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, or just be their friend on Facebook.

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20 Jan 11

jessalin beutler

Seattle-based artist Jessalin Beutler has a background in drawing and printmaking, which informs her geometric, graphic style.  What is really special about her t-shirts, tanks and sundry textiles is that she hand paints the designs.  Something special awaits you at her Etsy store.

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17 Jan 11

la casa de cotó

Crochet cushions!  And some lovely rugs.  Hand-hooked by La Casa de Cotó in Barcelona in fresh and fruity colours.  Buy them on Etsy or follow their blog (in Spanish, but with eye candy that speaks all languages).

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13 Jan 11

fink

Fink’s own tagline nouveau flowerchild chic, sums up their style pretty well, but there’s more to it.  They screenprint all their own fabrics, which are either recycled or bought as remnants.  The prints range from rock ‘n’ roll to over-sized florals, and are often printed in layers, making each fabric unique.  Their freestyle sewing celebrates handmade, with raw edges showing and multiple rows of stitching, so don’t expect factory finishing.  Buy their one-of-a-kind garments or order a custom job from their Etsy store, I Heart Fink!

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10 Jan 11

niu taller

Niu Taller is Spanish ceramicist Mónica Tort Bori’s studio, where she produces all sorts of lovely pieces, mostly in porcelain.  Her necklaces, rings, brooches, buttons and tiles all share her hand-painted graphics and chunky forms.  You can visit the Niu Taller website, check out her blog or buy on Etsy.

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06 Jan 11

maryink

Real cute illustrations on tees, including organic cotton and bamboo.  Styles range from folk-art inspired to scandinavian style to hippie-chic to just nice drawings, somehow remaining very current without looking like all the other printed t-shirts out there.   All handmade in Nashville, USA.  Read about them on their website, buy them on Etsy or watch the Etsy handmade portrait mini-documentary about their creative process.

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04 Jan 11

bestiario

I think I had a dream like this once, but that’s another story.  Bestiarios are the work of Milanese designer miss-tal.  She’s created a range of delightfully strange illustrations to sell on t-shirts, wallpaper and brooches like the one pictured.  The brooches are laser-cut in Germany, while the shirts are manufactured by an online service using pretty well-known t-shirt brands.  Oh yes, and all the illustrations are available as free iPhone wallpapers, in case you don’t want to part with any actual cash…

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