An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
23 Jul 11

mirta jewelery

Andrea Simic is the talent behind Mirta Jewelery from Croatia.  Her style is simple and elegant without being prissy or precious.  Lines are minimal and geometric and colours are monotone.  Just lovely.  Check out her featured seller interview on Etsy or her Etsy store.

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13 Jun 11

cla contemporary

Edinburgh-based clā contemporary makes not all, but mostly ceramic jewelery.  Each piece is hand-crafted by artist Chelsea Adams.  Themes follow simple lines and textures, with subtle colour choices.  She has two Etsy stores, the main clā contemporary shop, plus clā stock, where you can pick up a taste of her style for under £15.  You can also follow her on her blog, where, among other things, I just saw a couple of delicious-looking recipes!

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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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07 Jun 11

homako

Japanese and proudly eccentric Homoko makes fabric and wooden jewelery in her home in Los Angeles.  Many are made from textile origami, all are bold, beautifully crafted and as cute as a button.  Buy them from her Etsy store.  See more of her aesthetic and inspiration on her Flickr stream.

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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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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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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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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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