An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
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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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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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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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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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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28 Feb 11

signora luna

Get your Italian designer paper jewelery from Signora Luna.  Hand-folded and lacquered to give it a protective layer.  Ideal for a first anniversary gift, definitely a conversation-piece, but not for singing in the shower.  Available on Etsy.

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21 Feb 11

in my backyard

Handmade designer brooches, bags, pouches and paper products from In My Backyard from way down south in New Zealand.  Follow her blog or buy her treasures on Felt and Etsy.

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11 Feb 11

simone’s rose

Gorgeous clothes in the latest Simone’s Rose designer collection from Michelle aka Pyxus.  She says of this collection “I choose to use organic, fair trade, locally purchased or vintage fabrics for all of my designs.”  The Vintage Gold Label pieces in this collection are all made from salvaged kimonos, and are absolutely gorgeous.  Available on Etsy and Shrimpton Couture or you can follow her blog or be her friend on Facebook.

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07 Feb 11

trixiedelicious

Cheeky New Zealand artist Trixiedelicious vandalizes crockery from all eras.  No plate or cup is safe from her irreverent calligraphy.  So if you like your dinnerware with a touch of Tourette’s, or want your gravy boat inscribed with the name of a popular poison, buy some on Big Cartel, Etsy, Felt or follow her blog.

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