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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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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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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21 Dec 10

okapi knits

Beautifully crafted limited-edition crochet and knitted clothes, accessories and soft jewelery.  Okapi Knits is an independent French design label, making both hand- and machine-knitted textiles.  Colours are understated and carefully-chosen.  The style is loungy, futurist, modern.  Why yes, you can buy it on Etsy.

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13 Dec 10

malam

Malam is one of those crafty fashion designers for whom Etsy was made and you can tell she puts her heart and soul into her handmade creations.  Her Poupees Perdues (Lost Dolls) collection features one-off and limited edition designs ranging from key wardrobe items to her signature cheeky, quirky pieces, many using recycled, hand-dyed and re-worked industrial textiles.

Browse her collection on Etsy, follow her blog or friend her on facebook.

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29 Nov 10

isabel amyo

Isabel Amyo is a self-taught fashion designer from Bordeaux, France.  Everything is handmade by the designer, mostly cut from natural fibre fabrics.  Her style is under-stated, relaxed yet elegant.  Easy to wear, but with enough special details to put these pieces at the front of your wardrobe.  Buy on Etsy and Dawanda.

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22 Nov 10

dmetal + lunaticart

Dmetal sells body jewelery on Etsy, such as shoulder jewelery, fine chain harnesses and feather epaulettes.  All components for her jewelery are fabricated locally in Paris.

The Dmetal designer has another range on Etsy called Lunaticart, where she sells her silver jewelery, all made from reclaimed, recycled silver.

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