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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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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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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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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21 Mar 11

stash

I’ve seen the meticulous workmanship of Stash bags with my own two eyes and I was impressed.  Laptop, iPod, camera bags are all made from recycled vintage fabrics (many of them woolens) wherever possible.  Your one-stop shop for your pinstriped worsted Kindle cozy!  Selling on Etsy.

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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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14 Feb 11

martice

Martice is a busy student at Leiden University in The Netherlands who makes cute stuff in her spare time.  Most of her items are knitted, including these charmingly simple textile necklaces.  She also makes laptop and iPod cozies, ceramic tile earrings and knitted pears!  Find her on Etsy and Dawanda.

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31 Jan 11

silvia66

Super-sophisticated Sylvia66 was born to knit!  Everything from textile jewelery to wraps and shrugs, it all exudes attention to detail and professional craftsmanship.  Her designs are often romantic and luxurious, and always made of high quality fibres and materials.  Buy on Etsy or follow her blog.

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