An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
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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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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06 May 11

carry a cute bag

Why yes, Carry a Cute Bag does have cute bags.  Messenger bags, satchesl and padded purses just big enough for your phone, there’s no excuse not to carry a cute bag any more.  All made by hand from eye-popping prints. Buy on Etsy. Custom pieces also available.

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15 Apr 11

astridland

Astrid Bucker is a New York-based stylist and costume designer with her own limited-run label, Astridland.  The pieces are beautifully designed and made by hand from lovely fabrics.  She also makes bags, jewelery and other accessories, all available to buy on Dawanda or Etsy.  You can check out her work as a stylist and costume designer for film on her website.

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01 Apr 11

ninù

Geometric twists, turns, pleats and tucks are the hallmarks of Italian label, Ninù.  Designer Sandra Comas makes everything by hand, creating bags, clothing and occasionally jewelery.  You can follow her blog for sneak previews or buy from one of her online stores, at Etsy or Supermarket.

 

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28 Mar 11

rose la biche

Urban design label rose la biche repurposes t-shirts, dresses, hoodies and more by adding flaps, frills, ruffles and rosettes.  Seemingly simple transformations turn comfortable wardrobe basics into nonchalantly sophisticated designer clothes.  Buy them for yourself from her Etsy store.

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25 Mar 11

veronica vartic

Lovely leather belts, spats, wristbands and bags all handmade by Veronica Vartic in Belguim.  I particularly like her long, loopy feather belts for everyday minimalist hippie style…  Buy from her Etsy shop and or check out her website.

 

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21 Mar 11

stash

I’ve seen the meticulous workmanship of Stash bags with my own two eyes and I was impressed.  Laptop, iPod, camera bags are all made from recycled vintage fabrics (many of them woolens) wherever possible.  Your one-stop shop for your pinstriped worsted Kindle cozy!  Selling on Etsy.

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18 Mar 11

ellaina boutique

Sue Bradbury produces her understated, casual and affordable clothing collection in her home in Portland, Oregon.  Her elegant, comfortable designs are insanely wearable and look like they’d become instant wardrobe favourites.  Buy from her Etsy store or visit her website.

 

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07 Mar 11

ampule

Ampule creations are coaxed into existence in a small studio in Amsterdam by a film maker and artist who also happens to be a friend of mine!  A woman of many talents with a rampant imagination and exacting technical standards, her designs have been selling for some time at pop-up shops and to private clients, but are just recently available on Etsy.  Bold graphics and tongue-in-cheek black humour are themes in her work, including her latest collection Historical Figures: Decapitated Women.  Guaranteed to turn heads!

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