An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
13 Sep 10

thokkthokk

The only thing that is better than ThokkThokk’s graphic bold prints is the long list of karma points this brand is accumulating.  100% organic cotton, 100% fair trade, sweatshop free, waterbased inks…  what more can we ask for?  Oh, did I mention that no one will be able to tell you’re a hippy when you’re wearing these tees?  Buy online from their Dawanda store, or their own online shop.  You can read all about them and their long list of credentials on the ThokkThokk website.

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09 Sep 10

tinctory

Tinctory is a handmade textile jewellery label made in the UK.  Eva makes some of the most original and beautiful jewellery I’ve seen online, and I was completely enamoured of it even before I found out that she uses vintage materials dyed with natural plant dyes!  The Tinctory range is available online at her Big Cartel store.  If you’re as taken with these pieces as much as I am, check out her blog for a peek into her process and inspiration.

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10 Aug 10

mydearthing

This independent clothing label is a one-woman show from Brooklyn, NY.  The profile on her mydearthing Etsy store says she designs, drafts, cuts, sews, dyes, and knits everything herself!  Many of the fabrics and fibres are organic and all appear to be chosen by a textile nerd.  :)   I have a lovely soft bamboo tshirt from this store and the easy freestyle way it’s been cut and sewn (raw edges with the “official” face of the fabric on the inside) has made it a favourite.

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06 Aug 10

mohop shoes

I’m fascinated by Mohop Shoes.  They’re wooden shoes that are carved (turned?) to order.  I know!  They’ve been designed with an intricate system of ribbons and hooks to achieve countless different looks and are available in maple, cherry or walnut.  These shoes look fab and I believe her when she says on her site that they’re comfortable.  If anyone has a pair, let me know…

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03 Aug 10

mind what you wear

i used to be a bottleFull disclosure: Bea from Mind What You Wear is a friend of mine.  But I’m putting her on this list because she has some great stuff and she stands firmly behind the cause of ethical consumerism.  Her own clothing line is characterised by tongue-in-cheek(y) political statements and “clothes that make you go hmmm”.  Her website also carries lines of clothing, accessories and objects from other independent artists and designers.

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02 Aug 10

sock dreams

I first discovered Sock Dreams through an ad they’d placed in Bust Magazine.  They’re an independent retail company with a real passion for quality socks and tights.  They stock many eco-friendly and organic products as well as garters, gloves and petticoats!  Many of the products they sell are made by small, independent enterprises from all over the world.

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