An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
23 Jul 11

mirta jewelery

Andrea Simic is the talent behind Mirta Jewelery from Croatia.  Her style is simple and elegant without being prissy or precious.  Lines are minimal and geometric and colours are monotone.  Just lovely.  Check out her featured seller interview on Etsy or her Etsy store.

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15 Jul 11

toybreaker

Toybreaker’s tagline is Ties That Don’t Suck, and that just about sums it up.  Although many of the styles would fit seamlessly into a ‘corporate goth’ wardrobe, you’re also just as likely to find something for your dad.  Toybreaker’s huge range of motifs from subtly subversive to stylishly scientific are printed on silk or microfibre ties, scarves and bow ties.  Check out the featured seller interviewer with owner/designer Bethany Shorb, or just go browse the goods at her Etsy shop.

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09 Jul 11

dadaya

Dadaya is the Etsy shop of buddy stylist Shan Shan, who lives in (can you guess?) Japan.  Her super-cute felted berets, mittens, scarves, etc are wearable works of art available by custom order only.  Check our her Etsy Featured Seller interview to find out more about her, or visit her blog or website.  She also has a lovely collection of vintage finds for sale on both Big Cartel and Etsy.

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17 Jun 11

tortillagirl

Etsy star, TorillaGirl makes everything in her shop by natural daylight, in order to reduce her carbon footprint.  What else?  She uses only cruelty-free, local textiles sourced in France where she lives.  What else?  She makes lovely understated things, from linen tunics to knitted accessories – all with craft and care and attention to detail you can see in the finished products.  See more on her website or buy on Etsy.

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13 Jun 11

cla contemporary

Edinburgh-based clā contemporary makes not all, but mostly ceramic jewelery.  Each piece is hand-crafted by artist Chelsea Adams.  Themes follow simple lines and textures, with subtle colour choices.  She has two Etsy stores, the main clā contemporary shop, plus clā stock, where you can pick up a taste of her style for under £15.  You can also follow her on her blog, where, among other things, I just saw a couple of delicious-looking recipes!

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10 Jun 11

ellips

Priscille Demanche, l’image de la femme moderne, with your new shoe label Ellips – you temptress, you…  have mercy on my PayPal account!  With your vintage-look shoes made by European artisans – how are we supposed to resist?  Designed in France, made mainly on the plains of Spain, selling online via the Ellips website.  You’ll have to contact her first to ship outside of France, but you know you will… oh ouis

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08 Jun 11

hier apparel

Hier Apparel is one of those Etsy labels that kind of defies all description.  Here is someone truly making what they love, without following trends, and doing a marvelous job.  The aesthetic is… organic sci-fi?  Minimalist artisanal?  Bohemian couture?  I give up…  Go see it for yourself! Based in Chicago, but of course you can buy it online from her Etsy store.  You can also read about her as an Etsy featured seller.

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07 Jun 11

homako

Japanese and proudly eccentric Homoko makes fabric and wooden jewelery in her home in Los Angeles.  Many are made from textile origami, all are bold, beautifully crafted and as cute as a button.  Buy them from her Etsy store.  See more of her aesthetic and inspiration on her Flickr stream.

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24 May 11

weaselfactory

The Weaselfactory make very cute and affordable laser-cut jewelery and housewares.  Lots of different colours and styles in their store (plus custom orders) available in both acrylic and wood.  These rings are called Oh, Happy Day / Oh Crappy Day, the idea being you can adjust them according to your mood.  Buy from their Etsy store.

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21 May 11

art history 101

Designing for a delightful niche, Art History 101 highlights those interesting facts you learned in Art History class but were sadly never able to use in everyday life.  Words and illustrations like Chiaroscuro and Repousse are celebrated on eco-friendly heather t-shirts for both women and men, while Art History sayings and slogans are available on button badges.  From their Etsy store.

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