An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
15 May 11

take off your clothes

Take Off Your Clothes is a Brooklyn-based label who re-define and re-work existing styles and even existing clothes.  Often using recycled materials, their current includes a drapey dress made from two t-shirts sewn together.  Their clothes are comfortable and easy to wear and adjust to the wearer’s mood.  Buy from their shop on Supermarket HQ or on Etsy or follow their blog.

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10 May 11

peace bomb

Not just any bracelet, the Peace Bomb bracelet is made from reclaimed artillery metal dropped on Laos during conflicts in the late sixties and early seventies.  The bracelets (there are two styles and also garden-marker spoons) are made by local artisans and part of the buy back the bombs initiative to raise money for clearing unexploded ordnance and awareness to ban cluster munitions.  Purchase also supports local communities and independent artisans.  Yay!

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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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30 Apr 11

celinda.ceramics

Celinda Versluis of celinda.ceramics in the Netherlands collects vintage ceramics and repaints them with charming illustrations.  She favours minimalist and modern graphics, often with one of her four French ladies, Les Belles Dames, and you can clearly see the care and patience she puts into each piece.  Buy one (or more) from her Etsy store.

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25 Apr 11

bird apparel

Bird Apparel is an independent, handmade clothing range from Canada.  The pieces are either one of a kind or small run and typically feature simple, easy lines and either blocks of neutral shades or vibrant prints.  Available for purchase on Etsy.

 

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22 Apr 11

this ilk

Lovely lace-based jewelery from Montreal.  This Ilk designs range from avant-garde harnesses and collars to every day flattering favourites.  Enjoy the prudishness of lace with contemporary abandon!  Buy on SupermarketHQ, Etsy or follow her blog.

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18 Apr 11

lila ruby king

Lila Ruby King is a jewelery label based in both Greece and Australia.  Pieces are handmade using silver, porcelain, wood, glass, bamboo…  all with an understated playfulness and contemporary style.  The same designer sells paper products in the Etsy shop Anna Ruby King.  You can read on her Etsy profile about how she’s trying to make her business carbon neutral and if you’re really curious about what she’s up to, check her blog.

 

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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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08 Apr 11

nomilk today

Really, who doesn’t like geometric jewelery?  Especially the lovely stuff in nomilk today’s Etsy shop.  Handcrafted from polymer clay, these tiny tasteful triangles, squares, parallelograms and rhombuses are available in many colours and styles.  Go on, indulge your inner Pythagorean.

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04 Apr 11

esther coombs

Love Esther Coombs’s work.  She does hand-drawn illustrations on vintage dinnerware and textiles.  All are done in pen and ink style and most are of buildings or architectural features.  All made in the UK.  Read more about her and her technique on her website or buy from her Etsy store.

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