An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
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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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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09 Jun 11

jeez vanilla

Jeez Vanilla is Adriana Bellet’s line of decorated ceramics and paper goods.  An illustrator from Madrid, her latest ceramic collection Retro People is inspired by vintage photographs of people she found at a local flea market.  Simple yet intriguing.  Buy from her Etsy store or check out her blog.

 

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30 May 11

skinny laminx

Skinny LaMinx is the fabric design label of Heather More from Capetown, South Africa.  Her style is minimal, retro and a little bit quirky.  Buy tea towels, napkins, cushions or the occasional dress for very small girls from her Etsy shop or her SA locals’ shop.  Or you can order the raw fabric to make your own creation.  Or follow her blog.  Or see for yourself what inspires her in the Etsy Handmade Portrait film about her.  So many options!

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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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19 May 11

norwegian wood

Angie Johnson, the talent behind Norwegian Wood takes risks that always seem to pay off.  Designs from her Montreal-based label are fashion-forward and refreshingly bold.  Clothing, belts, harnesses, body jewelery… she puts her unique stamp on whatever she designs.   Follow her blog, look at her lookbook and then when you just can’t stand it anymore, buy something from her Etsy store.

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11 Apr 11

bonny & ried

Bonny und Ried is a collection from independent Berlin designer Maren Lass.  The whole range follows a bright and breezy nautical theme reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic and comes in plastic-free packaging!  Buy on Dawanda, or read more about it on the Bonny und Ried website.

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18 Feb 11

timber preservation society

Chop wood in a stylish, ‘specially graphically designed TIMBER! t-shirt designed and printed by Chad in California.  Grow your own beard and sweat in your sweatshop free tee.  From Etsee.

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06 Jan 11

maryink

Real cute illustrations on tees, including organic cotton and bamboo.  Styles range from folk-art inspired to scandinavian style to hippie-chic to just nice drawings, somehow remaining very current without looking like all the other printed t-shirts out there.   All handmade in Nashville, USA.  Read about them on their website, buy them on Etsy or watch the Etsy handmade portrait mini-documentary about their creative process.

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